So the sun shines this morning but a cool autumnal wind and showers forecast, one is left wondering where summer has gone.  Disappointing that Perth has lost it’s two day meeting this week due to water-logging, a few horses prepared specifically for this fixture and no alternatives now until 22nd Aug; once again one is reminded of the vagaries of summer jumping- in the winter a 24 day “blank” would warrant scheduling of replacement fixtures but with so much flat racing at this time of year that is out of the question which is tough for owners paying training fees for their summer jumpers.

Some of first lot out on the grass this morning - it almost feels like summer!

Some of first lot out on the grass this morning – it almost feels like summer!

Anyway, before I talk myself completely out of a job, it was wonderful to have some horses out on the grass this morning which is riding perfectly, the weather has forced us to use the AW more than usual, I prefer the long steady work on the flats at this time of year, this lot are in their third week being ridden having had two weeks on the walker prior to that, they now walk a mile, trot two miles, canter a mile steadily and walk a mile home again, out in the field for the rest of the day.  The farm isn’t nearly as “open” as it should be at the end of July but that will come as August’s fine weather will surely allow us to finally make our hay and let the contractors get on with lifting carrots and potatoes as well as harvesting the cereals – a lot to be done!