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CHARITY ACTIVITIES GOES NORTH


my wayback north and ontothe Fosse, tracking alongside the A46. Ipull overfor arest, so O&A canbury their nosesinthe cowparsleytheylove. Arriving in Farndon, justsouth of


Newark-on-Trent, Ipassaperfectverge forthe night. As Istop, Iheard that ominous clink of another loose shoe. Tricky, though problems areagood wayofmeeting newpeople.I stayed alittle longer than intended but Bless Farndon, no-one complained, and Ihad alovely viewofO&A on rich pasture.


Thurs 10th May –The Nottinghamshire CountyShowatNewark Showground seemed to have attractedall the local farriers. Luckily,I found RoystonMerlyn Briggs-Price, who also runs the Farndon pub,who came overonFridaytolook, but couldn’tdoanythinguntil SundaysoI settled intoacleaning and planning day.


Sun 13th May –Farrier Roycame and tightened up Olive’sloose shoe.With the Showstill on, Iwas advised to do a couple of milesround Newark on the A46. Reading amap with the reins in the other hand is remarkablydifficult and SatNav only takesmeback ontothe A46, so A46 it was. This time it wasn’tsobad, slower traffic and ashorter stretch, then ontothe old GreatNorth Road. Suddenly Ihearthe oldfamiliar clop-clop-clink-clop-clop…… Alay-byappeared, and Ipull in to look.


Mon 14th May -A phone call to Henry,the first farrier on my listasI’vea faithful Clydesdale at home called Henry. Farrier Henry popped overfirstthing to tighten up Olive’sshoe. He declares the rest of the shoesare good and should stay securefor the week,but Imust plan ahead forafull trim and refit. Back on the road, Icontinue up the old


GreatNorth Road. It’s afast, straight road, with cars flying pastusoften. Afterlunch Istart looking foralikely verge, reducing my expectations as the hourstick by.I findhalf averge justsouth of Tuxfordnext to an industrial estate.Base camp and Google saynot toopromising immediately ahead, so Isettle in. We hadmanyvisitors coming out and making donations. Amazingly Steveand Maxappeared with 2balesofhay all stuffed intohay nets, which wasvery generous indeed.


Tues 15th May -Tim, aboiler maker, came with ahugely welcome cup of tea, and Gerry Murray appeared with his camera. On ashort distancetothe


outskirtsofEaton, whereanother side road appeared with stunning verges.Not wishing to push our luck, we happilysettled forthe night. Fortune smiled again, with generous visitorsand good company.


Though as if to add contrast, there


wasadisturbanceinthe evening gloom, and Ilooked out to findArthur had rolled, and takenmyelectric tape fencing with him. Atouch of chaos ensued however we were sorted again soon enough. Irealised that under the long grassand cow parsleywas asignificant slope that Arthur had rolled down… Silly boy.


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Wed16th May-Upearly after not much sleep worrying about Arthur and the fence. We headed up the road to RetfordwhereIneeded to exit on the A638 -except Ididn’t…… It’s that map/reins/traffic thing again. Aftera quick turnaround, we managed the correctexit on the second attempt. JustbeforeScroobywefind


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aquiet side-road with an over- indulgenceofawide vergeand settle into amoreorganised night’s sleep on adelightfully quiet road.


Thurs 17th May -A beautiful morning. An extremely cheerful Graham appeared with avery welcome bacon sandwich. We hit the road up to Scroobyand come lunchtime,a stopping place wasn’tobvious, so anarrowlay-by had to do with O&A squeezing in between the waggon and hedge. So long as they’re well fed, they nevercomplain, bless them.


OnemonthinandDaisyismaking excellentprogress.Followerscantrack Daisy’sprogressviaFacebook(search SydsPlodsGoesNorth)anddonateto theImogenWhitbyFundviahttps:// www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ sydsplodsgoesnorthorbytexting ‘SYDS73’followedbythedonation amount(i.e.SYDS73£5)to70070.


ABOUT DAISY


Daisy,wholivesjustoutsideBanbury,Oxfordshire,has beeninvolvedindraughthorsessincetheearly1990s, andcurrentlyrunsSydney’sExploditions,ahorseand carriageservicefortheNorthOxfordshirearea,available forspecialoccasions,suchasweddings,villagefetes andchildren’sbirthdayparties.www.sydsplods.co.uk


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