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  • Day106

    Day off with Rhubarb Pie

    March 15, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today Marika and I were free so we could sleep as long as we wanted. I walk up shortly before 9 am and got up to have breakfast.
    Ok, I was already awake once when Megan and Tracey were getting up to get to work but could fall asleep a little bit again.

    Unfortunately, Anton didn't show up to drive Flair and have Dolly on the lead rope behind. So Tracey asked me around 9.30 am if I could wake up Marika and ask her what they should do.

    So she got up and went straight out to drive them and came in for breakfast afterward.

    We took it super calm until around 12 pm when we decided to go into the city for some shopping.

    We found some pretty cool sunglasses at Kmart 🙈😂
    Was too hard to decide which ones to buy, these are my favorites 🤣🤣

    We even tried to buy some food, but you need to take what you can get.. The pasta was sold out.. 🙄
    It's crazy...

    In the afternoon I baked a rhubarb pie for everyone. I was really feeling for a rhubarb pie since a couple of weeks and now I finally did one 🤗😋

    More we didn't do today. Marika is having a cold and not feeling super fresh so we were only cooking later in the evening and watching a movie together with the other once.

    Marika met Pat, the owner in the stable when she shortly went out to check the training list for tomorrow and gave her 1000$ for me as a thank you for all my help 😳😳
    So amazing. Didn't expect this.
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  • Day107

    Day 6 at Anton Golino Stable

    March 16, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Another early morning. It's cold outside today. But a little bit warmer than yesterday I would say.

    Same routine in the morning. Just a calmer day today, all horses are only jogging today. So we don't need to fix them so much and everything was going pretty easy today.

    The one-year-olds were only walking in the walker today is we were actually done around 1 pm already! Nice 😊
    I am recognizing almost all horses now and even know where to find their paddocks, so I am more and more taking them in and out now. 🤗😉

    After lunch Marika, Jack and I had a little nap 🙈

    At 4 pm Marika and I went back to the stable to take in the horses that are sleeping inside, fixed some wounds and put some wraps on and them we were feeding them and fixing the food buckets ready for tomorrow morning.
    5.40 pm we were ready with all.

    Back inside we both had a shower and then fixed some grated potato-carrot cakes, or whatever you want to call them, for dinner.
    And of course rhubarb pie with ice cream as a dessert 😋
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  • Day101

    Day 1 at Anton Golino Stable

    March 10, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Today I got up early, 5.30 am to be ready to go with them to the stable at 6 am.
    The first thing I got to do was taking out some horses from their boxes, check the temp, pick their feet, change their rug and kick them out in the walker. During the day I did this a couple of times.
    In between, I helped them to gear up some horses as well, picked up some from the walker, washed a lot of horses and did as much as I could to help them.

    Around 10 am Marika, Anton, the boss and I went with 3 horses to Melton for trials, training races.

    It took us around one hour to get there. Once we arrived we loaded of the stuff onto the sulkys, took the horses and went to the stable area. All got a fast stopover in the pee box, as they don't have boxes here for the horses.

    After that, we started to fix them straight away and Marika went out with the first one for the warm-up. In this stable, they actually are warming up the horses! That's not so common here in Australia.
    Back in, we got the other two ready and Marika and the other driver, Jason, went out with the other to warm them up as well while Anton and I got Elvis ( his real name is Dreamcatcher) ready for the next trial. As soon as Marika and Jason were back inside Jason had to drive out with Elvis for the trail. So I and Marika fixed the other two horses ready while Anton went up to the track to watch Elvis.

    Marika and I had the other two ready when Jason came back inside so we had just to take off the bike from Elvis and put it on Kiwi.
    While they went out for the next trail I was suddenly alone with Elvis. I didn't really know what to do and how they want me to take care of him, so I just did, what I thought should be right. I took off all the gear, checked the plus, walked him for a while and gave him a nice shower. So Anton was happy when he came back from the track 😊

    We got the other two horses quickly ready as well, packed in all the stuff, they wash all at home and got going really fast again.
    We stopped at KFC for lunch and even I found something to eat 😉

    Back home we were loading of the horses and five them before we kicked then out in their paddocks, loaded of the stuff and at 3.30 we were ready and went inside for a calm afternoon. We went to buy some food and I found German bread!!! I can't believe it! Really good bread!!

    And we even found some L&P from New Zealand, for tonight's dinner. 🤗
    Around 7 pm Marika and I was cooking dinner and around 9 pm we went to bed. As I didn't sleep so well last night I was pretty tired.
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  • Day104

    Day 4 at Anton Golino Stable

    March 13, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Today was a calm day in the stable. We had online horses to high, swim or go on the treadmill.
    So all was going pretty easy and smooth in the morning.

    After all horses, we're done training, Marika and I started to fix the one-year-old so Antin could drive them today as well.

    We were basically done with all the rest but there were still 2 babies left so we all were doing some extra cleaning and organized a shelf new until the last baby was outside and we could have lunch. Even though we hadn't so much to do today we got ready at 2 pm, quite late.

    Marika and I had lunch and then went for a nap.
    I am really not used to this anymore 🙈😂

    The rest of the evening was calm, we all watched a movie together but anyway went to bed pretty early, tomorrow gonna be a massive day, we have like 20 horses going fast tomorrow 😳😅
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  • Day108

    Day 7 at Anton Golino Stable

    March 17, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    It was still cold this morning. Pusspuss, the stable cat, was very happy to see me this morning. Probably because I have been starting to feed her 😉
    Today we have a lot of horses jogging.

    We were supposed to go to the Ballarat Racetrack with around 9 horses for the trials but Anton changed his mind yesterday evening as he could not find another driver to drive the horses. We were actually happy to stay home 🙈

    Everything went on as normal during the day.
    We git ready around 2 pm in the stable and Marika and I were back out at 4 pm to take in some horses, fix some and feed them all. We were a little bit faster today and got ready at 5.20 pm.

    Back inside we were discussing what to eat and wrote a shopping list and then went shopping. We could buy PASTA!!! 🥳 Amazing!

    We actually got all we needed.
    So nice.
    Today's dinner was mashed potatoes with fish! 😊😋
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  • Day109

    Day 8 at Anton Golino Stable

    March 18, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Today it was already much warmer in the morning.
    Megan is free today and we have a lot of horses going fast today... So this is going to be funny...

    They first went out with the jogging horses, while Tracey and I fixed the horses for the first heat ready.
    When Marika, Anton, and Glenn were done jogging the horses, Tracey and I had even the horse for the second heat in and started to fix them.
    I gonna be inside alone while they go out and train four horses and Jack is out fixing the track 😬
    So I finished the horses for the second heat, fixed and took out Cam in his paddock and started to gear up the third heat while they were out.
    So we all washed the first heat horses and kicked them out before Marika, Anton and Glenn went out with the second heat.
    Tracey and I brushed and fixed the jogging horses fast and while she was driving them out with the quad to their paddocks I fixed the horses for the third heat totally ready and then we both started to take in the horses for the fourth heat as well.

    Back inside they helped out washing the horses again and taking in the last one for the fourth heat, even started to gear them up.

    So while I was inside alone during the third heat, I got the fourth heat ready and fixed as many horses as I could from the first heat until Jack came back and helped me with them. So we got them all ready before they came back.

    During the fourth heat Tracey, Jack and I fixed as many horses as we could, had Freda out in the walker and Elvis on the treadmill and I went out with him to swim him as well.

    It went pretty good I think, we got ready in a good time but driving the one-year-olds is taking quite much time. But we had a lot to clean up as well so around 2.30 pm we were finally done.
    After a quick lunch, we took a little nap, before it was time to get back out and take in the horses, fix them and feed them.

    As Megan is gone I got to take care of her cat and the bird she is trying to raise at the moment. It was three from the beginning but two of them died on the second day. But this one is getting stronger and bigger with every day 😊

    I am feeling a little bit like I might get a cold and the hot and humid air during the day today was not helping me at all. But I felt already better during the evening but anyway I went to bed early to get a good sleep.
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  • Day111

    Day 10 at Anton Golino Stable

    March 20, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Pretty calm day today. Most horses were jogging or going on the treadmill.
    Marika went to the racetrack with Akky around 10.30 am and Anton will leave later in the afternoon with Owen to Ballarat Racetrack.

    Anton decided to not drive the one-year-olds today and to give them a break now for a couple of weeks/month. We kicked them all out together in a big field. Oh they were so happy 😊

    We were ready in the stable shortly past 12 o’clock. So we went inside and had lunch and watched Akkys race together shortly past 1 pm. He was winning super easy! 🥳
    After that, I was laying down a while to read a book.

    Marika got back here around 3 pm and we went to the stable at 4 pm to take in the horses and feet. Anton was fixing Owen on his own and left at 4.30 pm.

    We got done pretty fast and went back inside to shower and then watch the race from Owen. And even he was winning his race easy 🥳
    Really good day for the stable!

    The rest of the evening was pretty quiet.
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  • Day112

    Day 11 at Anton Golino Stable

    March 21, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Today we have a lot to do. All horses are going fast today. But Glenn is working today and also a friend from Anton came to help us train the horses. So we were a lot of people and got the job done really good and we were ready already at 12.30 pm 🤗
    Really nice to be done early and have some time off to relax before we had to get out and feed the horses. Marika had to go to town to fix some stuff and buy stuff for the pizza we gonna made tonight. 😋
    The horses are all staying outside tonight, so we only had to feed them.

    So back inside with the pizza in the oven Marika go a call from a friend, that her good friend Kima had an accident on the racetrack and is on the way to the hospital.
    So she spent some time to find out how she is and finally got to know that she is okay, having a broken wrist and a concussion but okay otherwise.

    That was so good to hear.
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  • Day112

    Day 12

    March 21, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Calm day today. Marika and I had to work this Sunday but it's not so much. We went out around 7.35 am to feed the horses and then had 3 horses to put on the treadmill and two of them had to swim as well afterward, but all the other horses are free.
    I went inside around 10 am and Marika was just waiting for the horses to get dry and kick them out. It's shit weather today, cold and raining a little bit all the time.

    At 4 pm we went back out to take in the horses and feed.
    And after that Marika went to Melbourne to visit Kima at the hospital.

    I watched the news and it's going to be a lockdown here and none essential travels are forbidden from Tuesday on.
    So I will stay here where I have a safe place to stay for the next couple of weeks and wait and see how everything is going to be.

    I am not writing any daily blogs anymore, gonna be a weekly update on Sunday from now one, to keep everyone updated.
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  • Day114

    Week 3

    March 23, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    It has not happened so much this week, we are getting closer to a lockdown as more and more restrictions are out every day.

    We went shopping on Monday so I could buy some more cloth and a heater for my room because it gets pretty cold overnight in between. So know I am good prepared for the weather here and don’t need to worry if they gonna close the stores soon.

    I have been helping in the stable a couple of days. On Thursday they decided to stop training all the racehorses, give them a break and kick them out I the paddock for a couple of weeks. They have now only 7 two-year-olds to train and they will start with 7 one-year-olds next week.
    They even kicked out 3 people 😳😬

    But I can stay here as long as I want and can help them if I am feeling for it but they won't need so much help now as it's not so much to do at the moment.
    On Thursday I went with Megan and her dog Fly to a lake for an evening walk what was really nice.
    The weather is better now and it's much warmer again! So nice!
    Lilly and I had a big clean up of the house on Friday and she started to clean her car as well 😂

    I just can say that I am still really glad that I am stuck here and I have a lot of fun with the guys here.
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