Horse Sense: Catching-Up.

Well I have been busy, but now it is time to hit the keyboards once again.

With the onset of the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival, in less than two weeks, let's start with a binary horse tongue twister.

Try saying this one out loud!

"One one” was a race horse,

“Two two” was one too.

“One one” won one race,

“Two two” won one too.

Pretty good eh!


Friday 12th February was a sunny day, but with the recent rains, the floods were still about.  Here are two images from Lower Apperley, near Tewkesbury.

As you can see the road was covered over with flood water.


On Sunday 21st of February we visited the market town of Saffron Walden in Essex.

It is a charming medieval market town, with many buildings of note.

It had a timeless feel about it and pleasingly seemed immune from Sunday trading.
It boasted one of the best known parish churches in Essex, St. Mary's.

A very impressive building for a small town.

I liked the sentiment displayed on the parish board inside the church porch.

Saffron Walden earned its name and fortune, by growing the yellow Saffron Crocus, in favourable soil and climate during 16th and 17th Century. The saffron extract was used in medicines; condiments; perfume and yellow dye.
By the 18th Century saffron was no longer in demand so the industry was replaced by growing malt and barley,  The many Maltings  in the town continued its prosperity.


Last Saturday 27th February I went with d and friend to Gloucester's Kingsholm Rugby ground.

Gloucester were entertaining the Newcastle Falcons.
As you may know,  I have a  penchant  for  'Geordie ' teams and so I dressed with a black and white scarf, together with a red bobble hat and boots and  hoping for a draw! The Falcons are currently languishing near the bottom of the Premiership and so need every point to ensure survival.

Unfortunately, to mix metaphors the Falcons were not 'at the races' last Saturday allowing Gloucester to run out easy winners by 32 to 6.

The Falcons, certainly missed the kicking skills of veteran Andy Goode, who was injured and although I endured, from my stand seat a bitterly cold wind, it was clearly  much too mild for those Northern Raiders!

The Falcons next game is this Friday, 4th March at home to Worcester Warriors (KO 7:45 ). I expect an improved performance.
Stop Press: better, but they LOST 15-14 and swap places with Worcester, one from bottom.


We are near the last furlong (what racing again) of the Premier League football title race with 12 or less matches to go.
 It has been a strange season with all the  teams lacking consistency, except of course for Newcastle who consistently  lose. The trapdoor is looming large.
Oh well, moan over, let's look forward to sunshine and increasing daylight hours .
Cheerio for now,


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