Gawaine at 1 month

Our foal Gawaine is now one month old, so here’s a couple of pictures.

The top picture is a bit misleading, something about the camera angle. Domino (mum) looks like a pony there, but she’s a good 16 hands tall (half-Clydesdale) and the foal is frankly enormous for a baby. I think Gawaine will end up basically at full Clydesdale size, perhaps a bit taller than I was hoping. My plan is to ride him, so I wanted him big but not too tall.

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We all went to the Murrumbateman Field Days (an agricultural show) on Sunday. My Dad’s ancient (pre-metric!) ride-on mower has died, with a cracked wheel rim that can’t be replaced. And it was getting increasingly cantankerous anyway.

So we’re interested in getting a new mower or even a low-end tractor with a grass-cutting option. There was plenty of choice of tractors at about $20,000, but nothing great with the mowers. A Goulburn firm offered us a second-hand John Deere mower, with a little bucket on it, for $10K, but when we went to get it they backed out of the deal and wanted $13K, so we said to forget it. Still need to solve this one, as recent rain has (happily) meant that our house paddock is disappearing into the grass.

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It’s our first feast next weekend for Okewaite, our new SCA group in Goulburn. You can get a feast poster at the Okewaite website, okewaite.wordpress.com. Please help us celebrate this landmark.

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