Our old house The Paddock where we have lived for the last 18 years is now sold and we have upped sticks and moved everything a mile down the road to Eight Oaks Farm.
An enormous task moving house, 18 years of our stuff, 2 dogs , 2 cats (3 with the feral kitten I seem to have adopted) numerous chickens and all the horses. This all happened a week ago and everyone has settled in nicely. My oldest dog Sweep had a “when are we going home look on her face ” for a few days, whilst 12 month old Hugo bounded round in great excitement at the prospect of something new happening. The funniest thing was the look on their face when we popped back to The Paddock to collect something. There were 5 dogs in THEIR drive barking back out at them, how dare they, even kind gentle Sweep decided much barking and some growling was appropriate.
Getting the new house ready for the horses was a stressful task, once The Paddock was sold we had just 2 weeks to move. We needed paddocks, stables, water, electric with a few sleepless nights it all came together in the nick of time.
The horses arrived with eyes out on stalks but all soon settled in really quickly, especially Rif Raf who quickly learnt her rug offered great protection, not against the weather but against the electric fence!!! The removal of her neck cover soon put a stop to her adventures!!
The newly renovated farm house we now live in is amazing, we feel like we are living in a beautiful hotel, our new 60×30 arena is almost finished, but for now we are riding in the field and doing loads of hacking which is excellent practice for Event horses.
Massimo is back in work after a months holiday, he will be out competing on the winter circuit soon, while the baby horses are all turned out for a holiday. Having unpacked almost all of my boxes I now feel I need to go horse shopping………