Monday 9th November:
A very busy day I was in the vets at 9am in Cashel and I was in Shelbourne Park at 1pm and I was up at 4.30am so long day. We had heavy rain all day, we got our waste away and got passports for hounds going to the UK that are sold.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAD ONE WINNER AT CENTRAL PARK LAST NIGHT SWIFT LETTUCE.
Tuesday 10th November:
We are doing Tuesdays journal on Wednesday morning as I day trip to UK delivering hounds all went well and I was back in Lughill Kennels at 7pm last night. Padgie prepared dogs for schooling, we mended the fence in the garden paddocks and did a whole load of small jobs.
Wednesday 11th November:
A wet morning and plenty to do, we are meeting Ross Miles as we have more hounds going to the UK. We need supplies and we are going to do a massive swap around with hounds. We have Gain dog food coming so have to be packed away if the rain stops we will mend more fences in the garden paddocks.
Thursday 12th November:
We are doing Thursdays journal on Friday morning as I day trip to the UK again with hounds that are sold as is nearly impossible to get greyhound transporters to Northern England and Scotland. Lucky I have Padgie my head lad to run the show at Lughill Kennels as he is absolutely a top drawer lad. At the kennels rained all day so the work stopped outside the sales department has been very busy thanks to everybody who purchased a hound.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAD TWO RUNNERS AT PERRY BAR INCA CONEY AND SWIFT SINFUL.
Friday 13th November:
A nice morning and the big job of today is swap around with hounds, pups and saplings. We will keep going with the fence job in the garden paddocks, we need our waste away and we have run out of red mills so I will go to Goresbridge and collect a pallet of racer.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK TONIGHT AT ROMFORD WE HAVE TWO RUNNERS SWIFT TARQUIN AND SWIFT COPE.
Saturday 14th November:
It has been a busy morning so far as our supplies arrived from the UK and they had to be packed away. We have a mountain of paperwork to do which will get done today. We will probably gallop a few hounds and get hounds that are schooling checked. I forgot to mention in yesterdays journal if Andy Fairbairn had still been alive he would have been 75 years of age. He was a legend back home who crammed three or four lives into one. Anybody who has been to visit us and gone for a pint afterwards will have heard stories about him. To sum him up at his funeral 16 years ago a man said to me Andy should have died a multi-millionaire and I replied more importantly he lived the life of one. It must been in the genes of the family as I was speaking to Andys wife on Thursday night and she was telling me Andys sister who is now 80 got married this week for the fifth time. He did everything from bookmaker to builder, greyhound promoter, chairman of a non league football club and did massive building jobs from Felixstowe to Holyhead to Newcastle. He only had one lung, one kidney and had to inject himself twice a day with insulin. He never complained and nobody troubled him from Tax men to hard men. What a character.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE ONE RUNNER AT MONMORE: SWIFT CONUNDRUM,
Sunday 15th November:
We have had rain once again like never before. As we do the journal at 8:30 the rain continues. We nearly have all the paperwork up to date. I need an appointment with the accountant to get the VAT done. It will be a day for cooking, cleaning and letting dogs out that are in kennels as there is absolutely nothing else we can do outside. Thankfully we gathered up all the leaves yesterday so the drains didnt get blocked today.
ON THE OPEN RACE SCENE IN THE UK WE HAVE TWO RUNNERS TONIGHT AT CENTRAL PARK: SWIFT LETTUCE AND MASSIVE EGO.