The Weedkiller terrorist

Weedkiller terrorist 4

Hurrah, I’ve finally finished spraying home paddock with weedkiller, even though it’s a bit breezy today. Glad the postman didn’t come, as I wrapped scarves around my head to protect my skin, so I look very suspicious!

Prefer not to spray if it’s windy as the weedkiller drifts. But, I have to say, I’m very pleased with the type of weedkiller I used. As you can see from the photo below, home paddock comprised 90% buttercups and plantains, hardly any grass.


As buttercups are notoriously difficult to kill, I went for a specialist weedkiller, which cost me an arm and a leg, but I think it was well worth it as it certainly knocks them on the head very quickly! I now have to wait two weeks before I can cut it.

I sprayed the bottom of the paddock during the May 1st Bank Holiday, and mowed it after a couple of weeks.  Absolutely brilliant!



May have to spray it again later in the year, or next Spring, but let’s hope that’s the end of them…. for good.

Yippee, one big job nearly finished… on to the next one… the garden….


365 #18

Friday was a lovely day. It was the first day, in the first week of my retirement, that I had to myself and the sun was shining and it wasn’t windy.

I had decided to spray weedkiller on the paddock, but couldn’t make my brand new backpack sprayer, work! Typical, as it’s a Bank Holiday and I am unable to phone the supplier so can’t get on with the job.

Because of this, the hens had a glorious day on the paddock. Buffy made straight for where I had a bonfire a few weeks back for a dust bath.

Buffy having a dust bath

Buffy having a dust bath

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A magic moment with Max

One of the many tasks horseowners have to undertake is field poo-picking. I do it every day to keep the grass in the meadow and turnout paddock, sweet. If left, the poo areas will get bigger and bigger and the grass areas smaller and smaller. So, every day I scan the meadow for his dung to pick up with my super duper horse pooper scooper.

One day last week I was hunched over concentrating on the job in hand (no pun intended!) and I felt a weight across my shoulder. Max had walked silently up behind me and rested  his chin on my shoulder. He then nickered quietly in my ear. The vibrations went through my whole body. My legs went weak and my heart pounded. He has never made such a soft, tender, gentle gesture before and it made me feel so close to him. It really must have been the magic moment of a lifetime!

Max in the foreground with Pippa  rip

Max in the foreground with Pippa rip

365 #17

A few years ago I noticed a little clump of primroses in my turnout paddock. Nothing strange about that.  But this year, the little clump has turned into a large patch of not only yellow primroses, but pink ones too and cowslips!  What a pretty picture they make.

Pretty as a picture 2

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Photo of the Week 20th April 2013

This photo, by no stretch of the imagination, is a good photo, but I just had to record this brave little daffodil for posterity! As you can see, I had quite a bonfire this afternoon. At times the heat was so intense I couldn’t get within six feet of it. This little daffodil was barely three feet from the fire and I really thought it would melt in the heat. But no, there it was still erect and pert after over two hours of ferocious heat beating down on it. I marvel at the wonders of nature!

A tenacious little daffodil

A tenacious little daffodil

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Photo of the Week – 15th March

Photo of the Week

I think that this sky sums up my mood at the moment. Am so very fed up with the weather. To have floods after two, glorious, warmer dry weeks. Then to have the snow directly after all that rain, which froze the ground solid, was the last straw. Living in the country with animals, the weather dictates what you can do each day. Roll on the Spring!

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Photo of the Week – 2nd March


ploughing sepia

They had tried to plough this field behind  my cottage several months ago, but it was far too wet. The recent dry spell has brought out the local tractors in force!

The sepia tone gives it an ‘oldy worldy’ feel, it’s just a shame that it doesn’t show a couple of magnificant shires pulling the plough!

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