Two weeks on and things are starting to settle down at Whorral Bank. Thankfully, fewer clients are now going to Longwitton, taken there by googling our new postcode. Hopefully that has now been rectified!
We are still at Morpeth and it is easy to find our new surgery. There seem to be fewer builders this week and more vets with a return to our normal rota, and after not seeing some colleagues for the past three weeks while they have been working out of Blyth and Ashington surgeries during the move, we are finally returning to some normality.
The new surgery is fantastic and is due in no small part to our practice manager, Shelagh Prescott’s, vision, drive and determination.
We owe Shelagh a huge debt because without her we certainly wouldn’t have the building we have and I’m sure that both Dransfield Developments and Tolent are pleased to see the completion of the building and the back of Shelagh!
There are a few minor details to be completed within the building and then the job of finishing the landscaping to provide us with two paddocks, outside stable block, a trotting up area and a schooling arena for equine work.
Hopefully, the weather will continue to stay fine and the completion of this shouldn’t be too far away with a grand opening ceremony proposed for early October.
On the showing front, Piccolo Pete continues to do well in the show ring, winning the ‘handsomest horse’ class at Blue Sky Equestrian three weeks ago.
I think I’ll have to start training as my knees refused to work the next morning from trotting up in the in-hand show horse class, in which he came second.
Aideen is now back at work with her collar bone more or less healed although I’m not sure she’ll be riding Piccolo Pete again!
He’s doing well under saddle after we seem to have found the problem. The saddle was just too narrow! And he had a dressage lesson at the weekend when he did really well and I was very proud.
The showing season continues and we now have some re-trained racehorse classes ahead when hopefully all the hard work we’ve been putting in will pay off.
I’ll keep you all informed!
Sally Booth, Director and senior vet