I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love………..

Twiggy the chestnut mare

Twiggy the chestnut mare

Twiggy on right

Twiggy on right

With a beautiful chestnut mare called Twiggy……

What we’ve learnt looking after Twiggy the horse:

She likes being stroked and having her mane and tail de-tangled (you can get special brushes for this), Stella let us use her horse brushes, and a special de-tangling spray, but it’s better to spray it on the brush rather than the mane as it can scare the horse if they’re not used to it..

She likes the sound of your voice and to sing to her is very calming, she half closes her eyes and almost falls asleep her favourite song..  “I like you eyes, like your nose, like your fingers, like your toes…”

She prefers hay to frozen grass on the field in winter

She loves her oats, carrots and apples

She is very calm, even when you’re de-ticking her, it’s best to put her bridle on so she knows she needs to stand still

We’re going to miss you guys…..

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New Year’s day lunch at Jollity farm…

Pears with black pudding

Pears with black pudding

It was minus 5 degrees here in the shade of the stable this morning and we had to break the ice in the water troughs for the horses. We gave all the animals extra hay to eat as the fields were frozen.

For lunch we’re having black pudding and pears. The French often pair black pudding with apple, but here’s something a bit different. When our friends (and what great cooks they are) Stuart and Sonya were staying here recently, Stuart cooked spiced pears with the black pudding. He fried the pear quarters in butter and chilli and served them with the fried black pudding. He removed the skin of the black pudding before frying so it’s extra crispy. I shall always cook my black pudding that way now – delicious!

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