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18th April 2020

It was plus 5 and wet first thing this morning.

Welcome rain, all 22 mm of it.. Yes needed to kick the fertilizer into gear and then the grass will grow.

Four weeks into lock down and although we are only training two horses we are still working as a yard as we should at this time of year, albeit a month early.

The steam cleaner or power washer is going flat out to clear the boxes of last seasons mess, and then we will start the painting.. A job that my staff really look forward to every year..

So much so that when we ask them when they would like to take their holidays, they all invariably say the first few weeks in May.. ..That is when we would normally start the cleaning and painting sessions.. They have been caught out this time!

Silly things like the rugs.. They have all been packed in preparation to be cleaned and repaired as normal.. but sadly The Horse Rug Laundry Co are not collecting rugs to be cleaned or repaired as one would expect..

So being a Saturday with no David Bass or horses to work..the one thing Mat and I will enjoy doing (for once) is filling in a form to be sent to the BHA with all the names of the horses, and what type of races we hope to run them in July and onwards.. if racing over jumps starts again as planned..

We were going to attempt to fill this form in last night after evening stables, but we thought better of it as we needed something to look forward to doing this morning!!

My WhatsApp is about to blow up with all the messages and videos.. It seems to be a never ending treadmill of fun..

One message that touched me was from somebody who kindly asked 'how my daughters neck was progressing?'

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds: "What does love mean?"

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined. See what you think...

"During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore."Cindy - age 8

"Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken."Elaine - age 5

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."Chris - age 7

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."Mary Ann - age 4

"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." (Now THIS is love!) Lauren - age 4

"When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you." (what an image!) Karen - age 7

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross." Mark - age 6

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."Jessica - age 8

And the final one...

Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbour was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.

Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.

When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbour, the little boy said, "Nothing Feature Articles, I just helped him cry."

Have a great weekend, that is if you knew it was one ..Stay safe and hope to see you on Monday.. That is what think it will be in two days time!

Please stay safe and at Home Aussie style..