I just wanted to start by thanking you for your comments on my previous post. Jean, your comment was so astute I can't begin to tell you!
Well, Mr O and I had a fantastic time at Newhaven on Sunday. Last year I only did the seven mile route so I really enjoyed doing the fourteen miles this year. Barnaby was fabulously behaved, I am so pleased with him. This must be the best ride for breathtaking scenery. Derbyshire has areas of outstanding beauty, especially in The Peak District National Park, which thousands of people walk over every year. The scenery is rugged and in the area we were, there wasn't a road to be seen in any direction. We were on the White Peak Trail, much of which must have formerly been a railway, as there is an old signal box half way along it. This is the ride we do with lots of gates so poor Mr O was on and off quite a bit, but there are also several good canters. I was amazed that Barnaby knew where he was all the time having only done it once a year ago. Horses have amazing memories, don't they?
The only downside was the vast quantity of flies. I doused Barnaby in fly spray before we set off, and yet within minutes we were covered in them. Mr O had swarms of them all over his hat. They were crawling up my face and on my bare arms - ewww! Horrible! Poor Barnaby just strode stoically on, braving it out, but Zak did quite a bit of head-shaking. Poor boys.
And the really good thing is that Zak travelled very well. I do think (Jean again!) that there were flies in the lorry on the way back from Elvaston Castle the other week, so we made sure there were none in the lorry when we loaded them this time, and apart from a couple of bangs, Zak was fine all the way home. Such a relief as we were beginning to think we'd never be able to travel him again.
I'm sorry I've been a bit lax with photos from around the farm lately. Firstly, as I've said in a previous post, the goslings are huge now. Here is a picture to show you what I mean:
But, please welcome our little darling baby ducklings:
Have a great day, everyone. Hope you're getting lots of riding done.