Arnold lives next door-but-one from us. He is an old boy and has led an interesting life as he was used by Hazel to teach all the local children to ride. He used to have several sheep living with him, both for company and because Hazel used to spin their wool.
One by one his field companions have gone on to their Happy Hunting Ground, and so has Hazel.
Her widower, John, is 96 and still lives at home and cares for Arnold. He also keeps bees and keeps busy! John used to be a farm manager, and told me that he still finds himself counting the number of stock in the fields around, as he can't change the habits of a lifetime.
Arnold misses his field companions, and he misses Hazel, so John has made an arrangement with a local farmer to provide grazing for a few sheep. They arrived yesterday and Arnold is fascinated by them.
|The moles have been really busy in the paddock!|
He's just not sure he wants to mingle with them yet
but keeps staring, fascinated.
The sheep are pretty interested in him too.
He is a lovely, gentle, horse - quite mischievous - as he likes to check out pockets for tasty treats and tidbits.
He loves company and he really likes children, however
today he just crunched his apple and then returned his attention to the new-comers!
I really like crumbly old buildings like this!
I quite like crumbly, old, interesting people too.
I love old horses.