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20th December 2021

Plus 4 and dry when driving in.

It was a cold and foggy day here at Thorndale yesterday which is probably not a huge amount of interest to you.. but.. what do you do when it is like that.. watch the second Ashes Test.. Not much fun.. infact depressing... and it still is... I also watch Eddie The Eagle..inspirational..

Last night I watched with interest the Thoroughbid bidding process and although I tried to buy a filly from France, I was well out bid.. the downside was that while I was watching her I failed to increase bid on another I was looking at..You learn by your mistakes, but I have to say the whole process was very good..

Anyway the good news was that Norman Carter, who was the instigator of my interest because he had put his mare Diamond Gait in the sale..sold

I watched mesmerised as the bidding went up and then with a minute to go two people started bidding and then it stopped..

DG made 28k which I thought was a very fair price. She was bought by Great Budworth Stud. No auctioneers fees and the only other sale suitable is breeding sale at Doncaster Goffs in January and who knows what might be happening by then.. So Norman you should be pleased.

Less interesting was BBC's  SPOTY..Saved by Rachael Blackmore..

Nigel Kirby took Archie on a field trip with his camera on Saturday.. What a great guy Nigel is..

Monday morning ..

First thing Bobhopeornohope went over to visit Laura Collett for a bit more jumping practice.. all ready for Boxing day and Market Rasen.

Starvoski had a visit second lot from some of her Grapevine Syndicate members.,.Panda Christie, Roly Luard, Adam Edwards and Ed Playne

Third lot Paul and Elizabeth Kellar called in for a chat..

The most important part of my day is going to be meeting Harry at Kingham Station at 1.10.. he passed his Lateral flo test this morning.... 27 months since I last saw him in Sydney..

The old ones are always the best and with a day of Christmas shopping around the corner...

Clare and I were Christmas shopping in Cheltenham...

The shopping center was packed, and as Clare walked through one of the shopping arcades she was surprised when she looked around to find that I was nowhere to be seen.

She was quite upset because we had a lot to do and she became so worried that she called me on her mobile phone to ask me where he was.

In a quiet voice I said, "Do you remember the jewellers we went into about five years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we (I) couldn't afford, and I told you that I would get it for you one day?"

Clare choked up and started to cry and said, "Yes, I do remember that shop."

I replied, "Well, I'm in the pub next door."