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Settling in and making contact with the outside world.

Byline: Marie McCabe

IF you are reading this column it means that I have finally got online and managed to send it.

Our new home sits atop a hill and I can see for miles from my sitting-room window. This, apparently, has no bearing on the strength of broadband signal we receive which is as slow and weak as you are likely to get before it disappears altogether.

I have a beautiful new office in the yard, fully equipped with all the hardware you need to run a successful business, but until the BT man comes next week we may as well be in the Himalayas, rubbing sticks together to make smoke signals.

We are enjoying our new circumstances thus far and I am finding more I like about the place with each passing day. The horses are sublimely chilled and the new gallops are reportedly riding like a carpet. We are anticipating the arrival of new inmates over the coming days and have welcomed curious owners to show them the facilities we enjoy here.

We spent a most agreeable day on Sunday when a half-dozen of our loyal supporters descended upon us for Le Grand Tour. Some came bearing champers, but all were in fine spirits and we even coaxed the vertiginous ladies up the steep steps to the viewing platform for a birds-eye view of the new gallops.

The afternoon was rounded off nicely with a trip to a local riverside pub for an alfresco lunch by the water and much laughter and good humour.

The teenager declined to join us, but the monster was happy to grace us with her company, although I was a little worried when I caught her sipping from my coffee cup after lunch as I envisaged two or three days of sleepless hyperactivity, but mercifully it seemed to pass through her system fairly rapidly.

I am looking forward to having our first runners next week. It seems an age since we last raced and it will be good to get going once again. Not least because I will finally get rid of Alan on a regular basis - I seem to get far more done when he's not around and there is still plenty to be done.

I think I will go racing myself to watch the first runners and am particularly looking forward to seeing Fol Liam on the track as he is in fine fettle and one of my personal favourites. He runs in the 'Mr Blobby' colours of Andrew Timms, the bringer of the champagne on Sunday. If his return to the track is a successful one we have vowed to crack it open and raise a glass to the exciting times we hope may follow.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2009
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