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18th August 2017

Plus 14 and dry when driving in from Brackley

Clare, Archie and I  stayed with my sister Moo and Brother in law Pete Mordaunt last night.

Time to see and meet Susie whose parents used to work for my parents..  I have not seen Susie, who now lives and runs a school in Spain since she was 17.. and now she is 48!! Bloody hell time flies..

Moo’s daughter Patience was also staying and we also celebrated her birthday.. it is today, so happy birthday Patience.

Back early to see John and Penny Perriss who were over to see their horses.. Staion Master, Wanderin Star, By The Boardwalk, Champagne To Go, Dueling Banjos, Lady Of The Night, Rockys Treasure and The Drinkymeister canter.

A rare evening stables where the sun shone last night.. Time to catch up on photographing the horses for the ‘horses in training’ page on this web site..

Another National Hunt Sale has broken records ..Tattersalls Ireland held their August NH Sale over the last two days and again it broke records.. This sale is always seen as the second division of youngsters that don’t make the premier sales at Goffs Landrover or Tattersalls Derby Sales..

The Day/Night Test was fun to watch.. One sided..The old guard doing well.. Tough for the new boys at the moment..Huge crowds and a great atmosphere .. even on TV.

The British have such a command of decorum and aplomb to which we can only aspire.

His Lordship was in the study when the butler approached and coughed discreetly.

"May I ask you a question, My Lord?"
"Go ahead, Carson ," said His Lordship.

"I am doing the crossword in The Times and found a word the exact meaning of which I am not too certain."

"What word is that?" asked His Lordship.

"APLOMB," My Lord.

"Now that's a difficult one to explain. I would say it is self-assurance or complete composure."

"Thank you, My Lord, but I'm still a little confused about it."

"Let me give you an example to make it clearer. Do you remember a few months ago when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived to spend a weekend with us?"

"I remember the occasion very well, My Lord. It gave the staff and myself much pleasure to look after them."

"Also," continued the Earl of Grantham, "do you remember when Will plucked a rose for Kate in the rose garden?"

"I was present on that occasion, My Lord, ministering to their needs.

"While Will was plucking the rose, a thorn embedded itself in his thumb very deeply."

"I witnessed the incident, My Lord, and saw the Duchess herself remove the thorn and bandage his thumb with her own dainty handkerchief."

"That evening the hole the rose made in his thumb was very sore. Kate had to cut his venison for him, even though it was extremely tender."

"Yes, My Lord, I did see everything that transpired that evening."

"And do you remember the next morning while you were pouring coffee for Her Ladyship, Kate inquired of Will in a loud voice, “Darling, does your prick still throb?” and you, Carson, did not spill one drop of coffee?

That, Carson is aplomb.”