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24th January 2024

Plus 9 and dry when driving in

That was a very windy night Storm Jocelyn doing its best to bring down a few trees.

It was certainly windy and wet in Northamptonshire yesterday where I was on a farm walk with Polly Wilson.

Polly hosted a day of walking round her farm at Holcot which I last did two years again with her husband Giles.. Giles so tragically died last year, far too young.

Fellow walkers were my brother in law Michael Wills, Dan Richmond-Watson who is chairman of Warwick Racecourse, ex point to point rider Joe Docker and very knowledgeable local farmers Will Beers, Peter Swinfen and Mark Arrowsmith.

Yesterday was the first sale of 2024.. Goffs in Doncaster.

Wednesday morning brought in David Bass and Ciaran Gethings.. We jumped Heros De Romay, Tregele, Phantom Getaway, General Hubble, Killigarth and Destrotheevidence first lot as Ciaran was off shortly after..

Paul and Elizabeth Kellar were here second lot to see Fairie Cutlass.

We have five runners today at Chepstow although I will not be there as I am on a speed awareness course all afternoon.. caught speeding on the M5 in their road works!!. Naughty boy.. this will be my sixth course..which makes it 24 hours of..

Hopefully I will be watching..Grand Escaparde, Magical Escape, Espoir de Romay, Moonlighter and Halligator. For my thoughts please click here.

John Battershall send this over..

A dog lover who’s dog was female and “in heat”, agreed to look after his neighbours male dog while they were on holiday.

He had a large house and believed that he could keep the two dogs apart.

However that night as he was drifting off to sleep he heard awful howling and yelping sounds he rushed downstairs and found the dogs locked together and in obvious pain and unable to disengage, as so frequently happens when dogs mate.

Unable to separate them and perplexed as to what to do next, although very late he called the vet who answered in a very grumpy voice.

Having explained the problem to him the vet said “ Hang up the phone and place it down alongside the dogs. I will then call back and the noise of the phone ringing will make the male lose his erection and he will be able to withdraw “

“Do you think that would work?” He asked

“Just worked on me ! “ said the vet.