So I just had to tell someone who would understand just how much this means...
We have 10 acres & currently 4 horses. But it's dry land, lacking much topsoil & was overgrazed & covered in weeds for years before we moved in. So my horses are off the most of it, for most of the time, while I spread hay(old hay for mulch/compost & seeds), eradicate weeds, let it rest & regenerate, and I've been buying hay for them.
So, couple years ago, I was stoked when the neighbour offered me the use of a 2 acre paddock that hadn't been grazed for many years! Give the horses a bit of fresh tucker and give their track a bit of a rest, and save me some hay money - which has got exxy. He told me just to use it as if it were mine, put the horses there whenever I liked. But, for the sake of courtesy I've always given him a quick call to ask, before each time I've put them there.
So yesterday I texted him, but he didn't reply till this morn when I got 'Oh no! I'm so very sorry, I feel awful but I've extended my chicken paddock so you can't put them in there any more. I'm really so, so sorry(as if it was my land he was using). Oh well, I thought. Then another text hot on the heels of the first... Look, sorry I'm such an idiot and I should have thought of this in the first place - you can have the top paddock & to make it up to you, I'll help you if any fencing needs doing.
His top paddock is FIFTEEN ACRES!! Ungrazed for about 15 years, since he got rid of his cattle. Not a skerrick of rye grass anywhere - it's all 'low GI' native pasture. I am just blown away by his generosity! I have been out there fencing for half the day, as there were indeed some... dubious areas. First time I've traipsed around the place and it's even better than it looks from the road. I finished fencing just as he came down the road home from work.... and apologised for not being there to help me! Feeling the love! Feeling very thankful to have such a wonderful neighbour! Feeling rich!