Friday, 17 November 2017

Bowhill Trip

Fantastic ride at Bowhill today, we cantered up Duchess Drive and had a wee breather at the Stone Seat, the heart shape apparently relates to Sir James Douglas who bore the heart of Robert the Bruce to the Holy Land on a crusade in the 14th century and engraved on it is 'B Q 1864 - 1935' to commemorate the 7th Duke of Buccleuch.

Lumiere Durham 2017

I had a super night out yesterday, going down to Lumiere in Durham to see the light installations that are held every two years.  Lumiere 2015 was one of the last nights out Mark and I had together and I decided I would leave it to fate, I wouldn't ask for the day off but if I was given it I would go.  I picked up Caroline on the way past (and as always, was wonderfully fed by Bruce) and we laughed from the moment we got in the car.  I don't see Caroline that often but when I do I have conversations I don't have with anyone else,  gave me lots to think about! 

Monday, 30 October 2017


Rebecca's Chamfrons having breakfast in bed.  Sammy (Chamfron Firefly) had a trip to Inchcoonans yesterday, jumped some great rounds and was placed in the small open.  Photos with kind thanks to Chris Dundee.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

What would you tell your younger self about grief?

Inspired by a blog by "What's your grief?" the idea of what would you tell your younger self about grief (theirs has natty cartoons, I don't have an artistic bone in my body but I probably have them beat on black humour)

1) People will say to you it will make you a better person, it will.  You are still justified in wanting to stab anyone who utters those words.  Bonus points if the only thing they have lost is their cat.

2) Grief is brutally physical, no one tells you that.  Your teeth are going to cost you a lot of money but he'd be so impressed at your dentist bravery.  As an aside, having your mouth swabbed out with iodine is a really unpleasant experience.

3) It will be the most fantastic people watching exercise of your life.  People will live up to your expectations, both good and bad.  You will wish he could see who was incredible and who you were right about.

4) Your situation was unusual, only a couple of people will have any concept of how much you lost along with Mark.

5) It isn't flattering, the offers you will get being single in your forties will tick at least two of the following boxes, very overweight, old enough to be your grandfather, tragically thick, married.

6) You will be OK.

Sunday, 15 October 2017


Kris Clay captures the moment!  Chamfron By Dand and Rebecca Crump having just passed the vet last weekend.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Chamfron Santiago- 28 months old

Now standing at 15.2 and suddenly looking like a proper horse, he has also perfected the look of innocence "Annoying Tuco? Me? Never!"

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Chamfron By Dand - Endurance

Up to Tentsmuir this morning to crew for Karen and Rebecca with Chamfron By Dand.  They cruised round the 51km with smiles the whole way and both gained their Bronze Thistle Final Award.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Chamfron Compostela - Charity Ride

Some lovely photos of Stela enjoying a charity ride a few weekends ago, as you can see she still keeps the company of South Americans!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Chamfron Nicobar out showing

Three year old Chamfron Nicobar had his first outing to a show today, he was incredibly well behaved and won the odd coloured class.  He is looking super, well grown, very handsome and beautifully turned out.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Even I have hacking envy!

A collection of incredible photos taken by Jessica through Chamfron Colorado's ears.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

The Trail Cameras

A positive badger sighting in the woods this month along with some foxes, rabbit, squirrel and deer shots.  Meanwhile the garden camera has become pheasant selfie central, there has been the odd shot that wasn't a pheasant, I've had a hare, a pair of partridges, a few nice shots of the fox cub and many many close ups of the whippet...