This is a photo I took of Cherry last summer and just couldn’t get her to look at me! Sadly Cherry died on Friday. She was almost 34 years old and had come through the cold spell we have just had. Cherry had lost quite a bit of condition due to old age and we were feeding her concentrates, carrots, bread and apples four times a day. The vet had told us that she wasn’t in pain and that we weren’t being cruel to keep her going as she was still very aware and interested in what was going around her – a very curious horse. Rod went out as usual Friday morning to give her one of her feeds and found her down on the ground, she whinnied to him but just couldn’t get up, I went out to see if we could persuade up onto her hooves but we got the impression she was tired and weak. She hadn’t been down long. We immediately telephoned the vet who came out within the hour and administered the necessary injection, less than a minute later she was no more. Luckily both our daughters, who have known Cherry for 22 of their 24 years, were both visiting and were able to say their farewells to her. Cherry is now buried in our garden by the apple trees and will be missed. We keep expecting to hear her whinny wondering where her apples are. Why do we let these animals get under our skins?
In my last post I wrote about our daughter’s enterprise with the children’s craft club. Here is a photo of the Christmas Wish Lists that the children made a week or two ago – these are the ones our grand-daughter, Kim, made in the craft club and are now pinned up at home with her wishes written in!
The top one is a Christmas Tree – just in case you hadn’t guessed!! – the shape was attached to a piece of card and the children had to decorate the shape. In this case Kim used squares of green paper and then added die cut Christmassy shapes to represent decorations.
This, believe it or not, is not snow but hoar-frost. It turned everything white for a day or two before the temperatures finally rose and melted it all away. With the sun just catching the trees it all looked very pretty.