Summer feels as if it's over. This morning the air was cold and smoky, that familiar tang of autumn. The children all return to school next week. I have plans to spend this last week blackberry picking, and jam-making and chutney making, and immersing myself in that wonderfully satisfying feeling of stocking the pantry for the winter.
Even the ponies love foraging in the hedgerows for fruit!
I have held back from posting about Bethan all summer, for fear of'jinxing' things, but I think now is the time to tell the next installment of her story. This summer has been the making of her - since the acupuncture, she has not bucked at all. We have increased her work slowly, and she has been as good as gold. Middle daughter has finally bonded well with her, and they are building a great relationship. Bethan has been to Pony Club rallies,and riding out over the moor, and I have finally trusted her enough in the last couple of weeks to let the girls take her out on their own, riding with friends. She seems happy, and relaxed, distinctly ploddy ( which is good!). The sweetitch takes a little bit of effort to manage, but not too much, and she lives out 24 hours a day. I'm so pleased!