Would like to introduce
Or Lucky as he is known at home .. he had a very traumatic start to life.
His story of when he was born can be found by clicking here.
However, now he is growing up
is rapidly becoming famous as a local celebrity in our area,
Next stop... BLUE PETER!
Wednesday 28th February we all set off at 5 am for the CBBC studios at BBC
tv centre in London with Lucky and Spiderman ( Shadel Going for Gold and
Shadel Shades of Dreamtime ).
Everyone had to
be extremely quiet whilst they broadcast the weather report at
9am.......then it was our turn.
Below - Fletcher running through her lines with Andy and the crew
A break during filming. 'This Blue Peter grass is obviously far superior to what we have at home
Fletche and Lucky testing the Blue Peter carrots
Everyone trying out the Blue Peter carrots. Even stars have to be bribed sometimes!
Filming underway. Aren't we all being good? ..apart from Lucky who is still chasing those carrots
Almost a camera each !!
'lucky and Spiderman being very good whilst the rest of the crew try to round up a reluctant star !!
Having caught one.....Andy then let go of the other one !!
With everything back under control....a chance for a break....and to get out of the mud !
Making even a
short piece for tv takes a long time.... in fact it took almost four hours
to shoot all the footage that they needed for just four minutes of
airtime........ so there was an awful lot of standing about. The weather had
been awful overnight, so the garden was very wet and muddy, but fortunately
the rain stayed away during filming.
and Fletcher were all totally professional throughout, and we all enjoyed a
chance to visit Television Centre and see how a programme is made.
One warm & sunny afternoon at
the end of May this year Derek called me at work in a bit of a panic.
'Quick...I think she's started' - she being our little palomino mare
Goldie. As she was a first time foaler I was quickly on the scene, and sure
enough Goldie had decided that the time was now right ( having kept us
waiting for four weeks over her due date !) We had been keenly anticipating
the birth of this foal as it was the first by our new stallion Alchemist and
we were hoping for a palomino.
Having seen him
up on his feet and settled with mum, nursing and wobbling around like all
newborns, we decided to leave them for a while to recover and get to know
After 72 hours I had forgotten what sleep was !!! but our little man had finally decided that he did want to stay with us after all, and was busily making up for lost time at the milk bar !! At this point I must offer heartfelt thanks to two of our closest friends...... Jodie at Caliko Stud , who drove all the way up from Dorset one morning, just to bring me a rug......... and Lindy at Golden Oak Stud who did the same, and was always on the end of the 'phone to see how we were getting on. They both knew how much this foal meant to us, not only because of his colour....but also because he was by far and away the smallest foal we have ever bred.
Asleep in the sun ... "all
this fuss is very tiring!"
trying out my new legs
So, you eat this do you?
From that point
on he got stronger every day, rapidly becoming strong enough to rejoin the
rest of the group with his mum. ( They too had been anxiously checking on
his progress every day, coming down to the stables every morning to see mum
and trying to get a good look at him.)