Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Happy 94th Birthday

On Sunday my grandfather celebrated his 94th birthday so on Saturday morning I flew up to meet my parents and Amy in Rotorua and spend a day at the lake before driving to Hamilton on Sunday for my grandfather's birthday and then back home on Monday - Whistlestop!

I grew up spending my summer holidays at our family bach on the shores of Lake Tarawera. It's a stunning spot and I miss spending time there but, when you have a horse stud and your busiest time of the year is November through to February, summer holidays don't really happen! That said, hopefully we will get up there late summer 2009 for a week or so. Seems such a shame to have access to such a truly beautiful property and never ever use it! I've included some photos taken at Tarawera to provide a glimpse of how beautiful it can be.

View over to viewing platform
Flower Power
Yes, it was cold in the lake!

Not really a lot to report on the farm/horse front. Everyone is doing well, Maude looks like she is starting to drop some condition so I will increase her feed and start throwing some extra out to Reilly as well. Aine is such a big girl, she's going to start dragging her mum down soon if I don't keep on top. She will be weaned in the next month/six weeks in preparation for her new home and Maude will be scanned next week to confirm that she is in foal and only carrying the one foal. Hamish and Minty have had a great week and I am confident that Minty will be in foal. Girl is another matter altogether however and will just be a case of watch this space!

Bree has now had about as much time off as she has had in work, haha so, it's back to her this week as well. She's parked up right next to the house so I have no excuse really. It has been awfully hot tho!