! Poor Hyeon Chung though, we would actually have volunteered to swap with him during that 1018 Australian Open - but for that injury, we think he'd have had a great chance of beating Federer in the semis. he was playing red-hot all week - and he couldn't even turn up for it, poor man - whereas we were just mostly sitting on the sofa for those two weeks anyway...
How's your herd going? And is your daughter feeling better yet? I'm sending you happy riding vibes. I'm hoping that my boggy ground riding hiatus will lift next week - I really want to get back into it. Spring flush is about to start and that horse needs exercise...
, yes - great fun!
I guess it's back at school in your part of the world?
, thank you very much for that link!
I really do want to take the dog on that track again, but it's not going to happen without paw protection of some sort. I knew that in parts of Australia they put some sort of paw protection on their stock dogs in doublegee country, but this might be something DIY the stockmen make from suede leather. Doublegees:
And it's felafel night! Hooray! We've not eaten meat rissoles since making these, because they're so much nicer! Dog Update
Jess spent Monday on the sofa sleeping and saying, "Would you please bring me stuff?"
On Tuesday I carried her out into the garden with me, so she could lie on the lawn in the sun. She then discovered she could walk a little.
Yesterday, she went outdoors of her own accord and guarded stock all day. I took her walking on the sand track in the evening, and she was sound there.
This morning, we've been for another extended walk in sandy country and she did a lot of retrieving in the neighbour's dam. She was a little tender on one front paw - a bit of the pad has peeled, and the new skin underneath isn't as tough as normal yet. But, she's OK, and we're going to do a beach walk this weekend so she can rehabilitate on soft sand and put her paws in salt water. Horse Update
With treatment since last spring, Sunsmart's coat isn't nearly as yak-like as it was at the end of last winter, when I first suspected he was developing Cushings. He's still Mr Hairy though, rivalling some of the donkeys with his fur coat. Chasseur doesn't make a fair comparison, since he completely lacks a winter coat gene (like some other TBs and STBs) - he'd actually die of exposure in the four-day deluges with screaming Antarctic winds, without a rug - like quite a few elderly and very young stock do at those times, in Southwestern Australia. They're always broadcasting "sheep weather alerts" here, to say lamb losses are expected unless farmers move them to sheltered areas. Julian has a normal winter coat - not long, but dense. I'm mostly restricting their grazing to the fenced paddocks at the moment because I don't want them gaining weight. As spring progresses, they will be locked in the back paddock, and possibly into the driveway to limit their oinking. Occasional excursions will be permitted. By Christmas, they can have the range of the place again - the annual grasses will dry up. Donkey Update
Feet are coming up for trimming - three donkeys, plus two and a half horses. Better get busy this week.
Hoping everyone in the northern hemisphere is enjoying their late summer! If you're in deciduous tree country, please take photos this autumn and share!