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18th January 2020

0 degrees and dry when driving in.. It is going to be a stunning day.

David Bass was in for a couple of lots this morning .. quiet lots as we did not work any horses.. just cantered.

We had Frances Draper and Veronica Noel here for a Morning on the Gallops with breakfast which they won with their winning auction bid at Calmsden Horse trials supporting the Mark Davies injured riders Fund.

Peter and Lois Burke were here third lot to see their KBRP horse Yeavering Belle.

Mat is away today .. He is up north with Ian Robinson watching Newcastle play Chelsea.. Big match..

We have one runner this weekend on the flat at Wolverhampton and for my thoughts on Blazon’s chance please click here.

Our Five To Follow competition substitution window will be closing tomorrow so make sure you have been and made your changes..

I received this email yesterday

Dear Miss Bailey (Kim is such a pretty name),

My name is Hibiscus Digweed-Smythe. I am a keen horticulturalist, and I have been alerted to the fact that you have a daily blog that refers, on a regular basis, to various plants and vegetables. I have nil interest in horse racing, so please do not try to sell me a share in one of your KBRPTYYRWEX Syndicates. 

The answer to today's question is STRAWBERRY. Everybody knows that. Can you please make the questions harder, and more interesting.

I am on the Committee for the annual Chipping-Under-Flatcap village fete. And I hope very much that you might come to speak to us about your horticultural experiences - please do not mention horse racing, as I have no interest. You could even make an entry into our "Largest Prune" competition.

You refer occasionally on your blog to "Seconditis". By coincidence, I have an acquaintance who trains racehorses in Sussex. He tells me the best cure for Seconditis is Whisky.

Anyway, more interesting questions please. And less talk of horse racing in your horticultural blog. Racing is terribly dull.

Toodle Pip,

Hibiscus (you can call me Hibby).

Yes Hibby of course you were right

The fruit with its seeds on the outside: Strawberry. 

Todays question..

In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

Have a good weekend (including Hibby) and see you on Monday..