Flurry and Gigi have been resting happily/eating like pigs in Anne's paddock.
They've both had their feet trimmed. Flurry needed almost nothing taken off his toes, but he was indeed quite long in the heel. He's looking good now and Martine is going to start working him completely barefoot as soon as his holiday is over. It was good to see that Gigi's heels are opening up nicely, but her feet still aren't quite up to the full barefoot life yet, so she'll continue to wear her Renegades for the immediate future.
Cinnamon settled right back in. She seems to be sleeping more than before, perhaps, like the Ould Wagons, she needs to rest a bit after Le Big Trek.
Cookie got straight back into Cat Persecution mode. The cats, Fatty and Skinny, are continuing to try to teach her that Cats are Friends, not Food, but they're not getting anywhere. Cookie has now learned how to climb trees, so the only safe haven the cats have is on top of the stable roof.
Martine and her Long Suffering Husband have made the decision to return to Provence. They're hoping to leave towards the end of 2012 and will spend a full year there on a trial basis. If it works out, who knows what could happen! Martine has set up a new blog, Halt, Salute and... which will chronicle their horsey activities and their lives as they first of all prepare to leave Ireland and then settle in to Provencal life long-term.
Our fund-raising efforts were more than worthwhile. We knew that our target of €5,000 was pretty ambitious, but we're now just short of €4,000, with a few more "promises" to be kept yet. It would be great to break the €4000 mark, so if you've been intending to donate, now's the time! It's all gone directly from mycharity.ie to the Assistance Dog Program run by IGDB, barring cash donations which Martine will hand over in the form of a cheque shortly.
The auction of the limited edition print, Ma Blonde, donated by Irish contemporary artist Tony O' Connor, made €150, with only one bid! Denise Barrett really wanted that print!
Anne hasn't settled back in as well as Martine, finding it really hard to settle into the daily routine after so much excitement !
The horses went to Martine's place initially but were soon moved up to Anne's place as she has an abundance of grass. The neighbourly farmer was going to top the paddock but the weather turned so wet he couldn't get into the field without wrecking the grass, as the field is on a slope. So our noble steeds returned to more grass than they had seen in months !
|Lots of grass|
Gigi had of course changed shape significantly during the period away, and it's obvious from these pictures that the saddle just wasn't fitting properly any more. But the sores aren't infected and as long as she isn't ridden they should heal well, but she will probably always bear these reminders of Le Big Trek, with white hair replacing the chestnut.
|Poor Gigi's Sunburned Nose|
Fionn is loving being home, after three weeks in kennels, and is delighted with the freedom the garden offers him. Although he looks very grey he still has as much energy as ever and is getting nice long walks every day.
|Fionn enjoying the sun|
|The vegetable patch|
I want to say a big thank you to Martine for doing the navigating every day, my sense of direction is appalling and I'd probably still be stuck up a mountain somewhere if it hadn't been for her, it was a huge responsibility and she rose so well to the challenge.
Big thanks also to George, who was always there for us when we needed him, lunches, boot repairs, taxi horsebox, and putting on boots, always with good humour, we couldn't have done it without him.
It took me ages to figure out how to put all the maps together, and I'm not sure it was worth the effort but here it is ! Everytrail has also not added up the distances correctly, probably because we retraced our steps, but we really did do over 500k!!