Lights- camera - action- we have had plenty of all three recently and we are not finished yet. Our trusted electricians have put in a ten hour day today as they started fitting the new lighting system, so far the fillies barn has been completed so 16 fillies are currently bathed in a very nice, subtle red light (red at night and LED white lights during the day replicating sunlight). It will take an entire week to kit out the yard with only the 7 wooden boxes being left with the old system of lighting but, given these boxes are not used for racehorses, there was little point in spending an extra lump of money on those particular stables.
The camera has been kept busy with my "sister" Clair King who has quite rightly used us as a guinea pig for her new venture but more on this another time.
The yard and gallops have seen plenty of action with Ian, our gallop man and a team of lads, including George continuing relaying the walkways from the end of the all weather gallop to the crossroads with new membrane and carpert fibre. The barn housing the water treadmill and wash off area had shuttering fitted today ready for readmix concrete arriving tomorrow and the drive has endured some extra digging and stoning ready for it's new section of tarmac. I will however, be making certain I use a reliable contractor known personally to George and I, and not some fly-by-night guys. That road was trodden once before and deserves its own chapter in the "Duffield book". Trust me when I say it was a " colourful encounter" and God knows I have had a few of those!