One of the most exciting (to me) things to happen this winter has been the addition of a new light in the yard.
Until now we have just had the lights in the stables and the tack room so although the yard hasn’t been pitch black it has been pretty murky. It is wonderful to be able to see!
Even better, the light has a remote control switch so I can turn it on before I am even in the yard. Which means I can see to open the gate. Technology is amazing!
I am terrible at procrastination. I seem to have a constant list of small jobs which need doing but something more important comes up and after all they can always be done tomorrow. Last weekend though I had a free day and made the most of it to get some yard chores done.
My jumps have been lying in the field for the last few weeks – unusable because the ground is so slippery. I have been wanting to get them put away – obviously I don’t want them to rot!
Sorry the picture is so blurry – it doesn’t look it but it was getting dark!
As is almost always the case it turned out to be a much smaller job than I had anticipated and didn’t take long at all. They are still outside but they are not sitting in the wet any more which is the main thing. Hopefully I will get around to painting them this winter.
I also managed to get the yard properly cleaned and swept. I keep it pretty clean anyway but the ponies are always tracking in mud which needs scraping off every so often. Again,something I have been putting off for a while!
Lastly I filled the water trough. Obviously, it always has water in it but if I am in a hurry – and I usually am – I just make sure that there is enough in it to last the day. It takes quite a long time to fill the whole thing but it does mean it won’t need doing again for a few days.
It is incredible satisfying to get the yard chores done. Having the afternoon to do them all made me feel like a proper equestrian!
It is often the little things which give the most joy. I went up to the yard to let the ponies out and found them both in one stable (we keep the doors open so they have the run of the yard all day) having a nap.
It isn’t that unusual but for once Galahad didn’t get up when I appeared. He so rarely stays lying down around people that it feels incredibly special when he does.
It was a good day!