DROUGHT AND TERRY UNWELL
The horses are very well and a lot are ready to run but we are still suffering from drought conditions here at Lockinge and the ground is extremely FIRM. We have been unable to school any horses in our schooling field for a fear of injuring them on the ground. Fortunately, we do have our loose jumping school which is on a good all weather surface. The north of the country seems to have had plenty of rain and in Ireland I see it is soft and even heavy in places. Today, Monday, it is very windy and very mild with us.
NOT a good weekend either as Terry suffered a stroke on Saturday and I have spent a lot of my time in the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. He is in the Stroke Ward – Ward 5B Room 6 and looks like remaining there for a while until he can swallow and speak properly. Currently he is being fed by a drip and by a tube directly into his stomach. It looks very uncomfortable but he seems fairly peaceful. I will know more about the prognosis when I see the Doctor this afternoon. Weekends are never any good at hospitals – it was difficult to get much sense out of anybody on Sunday.
Added on: 10/10/2011