The long and the short of it is.......

I got what I always wanted. I can wake up each morning, have breakfast and get a friendly greeting at the door. He got my toast,  I got my coffee and the company of an equine friend. Animals can do so much for healing a hurt, and helping us forget our troubles. And in turn we can help them get through their troubles. Most of the horses I have on the farm have had sad backgrounds. Ed too had a hard life before he came to me nearly ten years ago. His days are coming slowly to an end. Soon I'll have to make a decision about his future. Simply he is getting very old and with it health problems have come along. He won't be sent off to the hounds or off for pet food. I couldn't repay his years of companionship with a betrayal like that. So when that day comes for him to cross the rainbow bridge he will be buried here on the farm.

And on the other side of things we have Shadia, who not so long ago was an angry withdrawn shadow that avoided human contact and didn't take kindly to having anyone near. I took this today. As soon as she saw me she was heading straight for my location. Different little horse to the nasty dangerous angry filly that arrived not quite a year ago.

When I was 8 years old, my parents asked me what I wanted for christmas. I said I want a farm! I meant a real farm, and like any kid of that age was sorely disappointed when the farm I got was made of plastic. I played with it anyway, and said thank you to Santa for at least trying his best to make me into a farmer. Well I'm not a farmer as such, more a mad person who lives on a farm, be it all a small one, but I respect my neighbours who do have real farms and work very hard seven days a week. In short I love it here, and I love it when I get moments when I can just share a quiet moment with my horses, and know they are safe with me. Shadia will never leave here. I made a decision that she wouldn't ever be any good for rehoming. So we're stuck with each other for the next couple of decades at least. My girls love all the animals. My youngest daughter Michelle is away for a couple of days helping a friend to show their cattle at a show up North. Last show they went to, Michelle came home with a reserve champion ribbon, how;s that for a kid who started off as severely autistic, physically disabled and it seemed she would have a hard road to walk. She's done brilliantly. All my kids have. Proud mum I am. My eldest daughter achieved her PhD in Psychology a few weeks ago, Inaya too has done really well and Michelle is learning to sing opera. Enough of my rabbiting on. Maybe we should all be more concerned about Cows with guns and Chickens in Choppers. Enjoy the video it is hilarious!


Kids should just be kids I thumb my nose at the PC brigade

I'm tired of seeing more and more of these politically correct jerks in power telling us what to do with our kids. More so when it's getting to the point where kids can't even play in a tree without a stack of regulations being drafted to keep kids safe. How safe is too safe. When our kids can no longer explore a tree, play on a field, or sit in the mud and make mud pies just in case they get germs. When my girls were little, they ate dirt and sand, tried worms and slugs and the cat food. Why? Because they were being kids! What's really crazy is the latest piece of stupidity and that is to introduce A Sexuality/Health Curriculum for children of the tender age of just five years old. State schools have to implement the new curriculum which is as follows:

What Year 1 students will learn

• Working together as a class to create a safe classroom environment

• Discussing the meaning of respect and showing respect for others

• Describing themselves and their relationships with others, including similarities and differences

• Describing themselves in relation to their gender

• Exploring and sharing ideas about friends and classmates

• Using 'I' statements to express ideas and feelings

• Identifying body parts, including sexual parts

• Discussing changes to the body and ways to care for the body

Sourced: NZ Herald "School sex ed guidlines start at year one" (November 2,2013)

I;m not old fashioned and there are certain things children should know, however five year olds would have no comprehension of the politically correct terminology that is peppered through out the above. They are little kids! And little kids should be allowed to play, not end up being made to somehow fit in with some pc nutter's idea of how a young child should be educated. Parents should have the right to object and withdraw their child from such a curriculum. In short it's stupid, short sighted and an invasion of a parent's right to educate their child about the birds and the bees at the appropriate age. 5 years old is not in my honest opinion that appropriate age. All of this stuff is a hangover from the "I" stuff from the early 1980s. Self awareness courses, woman's rights movement (which I am not against) and other ideaologies. I thumb my nose at the policy makers who came up with that PC crap for little ones. LET KIDS BE KIDS!