Monday, 2 November 2009

Floors Castle (Kelso)

Floors Castle in Kelso is the home of the 10th Duke of Roxburghe and family.

This is a large estate with extensive grounds, cottages, stables and other properties including the Roxburgh Hotel and a new golf course.

The Duke and Duchess are fond of horses and have bred some very good race horses. Currently they have Elation, a two-year-old bay filly in training at the Mark Johnston racing stables; one of the most successful trainers in the UK.

I like strolling around the pasture areas of Floors Castle and sometimes see quite a number of beautiful horses grazing. However, today I could find only a couple in the area I was walking in. One of the two looked as though she might be in foal. I'm no expert but I thought she looked a tad 'plumpish'.

I've not been around the blog scene for a few days as my wife, Pat, has been spending a couple of days in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary where she had a minor operation called an angioplasty. It went very well; Pat was able to see this procedure on the monitor as the surgeon went about her job! She is now safely back home I'm pleased to say.

Short video:


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19 comments:

Monkey Man said...

I am happy for you and Pat that her angioplasty went without a hitch. Medicine is amazing these days. Here's to a speedy recovery for her.

Lynn said...

Thanks for another lovely stroll. The horses are beautiful.

So glad to hear your wife is out of the hospital and doing well. My best wishes for a quick recovery for her. Take good care.

Susan said...

I always enjoy your posts so much. Glad you're back!
It's very good to hear that your wife is home and doing well. I wish you both all the best.
~Susan

menopausaloldbag (MOB) said...

Good news on the op front - hope Mrs Croydon Boy has a speedy recovery and a better quality of life after having this done. Nice to see the geegee's in your video. What about a closeup of the castle next time?!

the walking man said...

Best of thoughts and prayers for your wife, may she live long and well.

Pauline said...

Glad to know Pat is doing well. Love these little video glimpses into your life.

PhilipH said...

Thanks so much for your comments and good wishes for Pat, my OH.

Glad to say she found the procedure virtually painless and in fact was able to see all that was going on via the tv screen the doctor was using to guide the catheter etc. It has eased the pain to a fair extent but further treatment may well be in the offing when we return to the hospital for a follow-up check in a couple of months or so.

Thank you all again,
Phil

Shadow said...

i'm glad she back and all went well, but to WATCH IT?!?!?!? horror of horrors, some things i certainly don't need to know and when they are working on my body, that would be one of those things... she's brave!

scarlethue said...

Beautiful property. Glad your wife is home safe and sound!

A human kind of human said...

I am so happy that all went well with Pat's surgery. Welcome back.

DUTA said...

That's very good news about your wife undergoing successfully the minor surgical intervention.
May you both be healthy and..wealthy, as they say.

Horses and pastures are a beautiful sight. Lovely video as always!

The Bug said...

I had wondered where you were! I'm with Shadow - I would NOT be watching LOL. Could I read a book instead? Glad it went well.

Brenda said...

Say Hello to Pat and tell her we are happy she is home and doing well. I don't think I have ever seen a horse expecting, but I think I will look it up on the computer just because I can...

Land of shimp said...

There you are Philip! I thought we'd misplaced you, and that wouldn't do at all! Luckily, those lovely horses found you and returned you to us.

I had an urge to sing a song from Dr. Doolittle as I watched the video, Philip. I do so enjoy watching you talk to the local animal life :-) Such a lovely video, thank you for it.

I'm so glad that your wife's operation went well, and she's a much braver woman than I. I couldn't have watched, I'd have said, "Drug me to the gills, doctor, or I'm likely to disrupt the proceedings by fainting anyway."

Seriously, a speedy recovery to Pat, Philip. I'd checked in a few days back, and saw your note on the other entry. So I've been thinking of you, and hoping it went well for your wife.

Cliff W said...

Great to see you back in good form Mr H. There's been something missing without your charming posts of the rural life in the Borders.

Glad that Mrs H is doing well after her op and please pass on our regards from the across the Irish Sea. Promise me though that Mr Flip isn't going to be heading into the operating room! ;)

Barry said...

Please pass my best wishes along to Pat. A friend of mine had an angioplasty and now feels better than he has in years.

I wish the same for Pat.

thistledew said...

I came accross your blog via Cliff W`s Beekeeping blog. I hope that you don`t mind, but I registered myself as a follower.
I too am a Borderer by adoption, although hopefully not a reiver (of either side). You seem to share my delight in this relatively undiscovered part of Scotland. Long may it remain the way that it is, despite the odd adversity. (Refer to my blog to see what I mean)
I do hope that your wife enjoys the benefits to be gained from her angioplasty. Looking forwards to your next posts. Take care.

Jo said...

I was wondering where you have been hiding. I'm glad to hear your wife is okay.

Rebecca said...

Hello Phillip,

First of all, thank you for the lovely comments at my Tea Sociey blog. You are welcome to join me for a cuppa there anytime.

And, these wonderful creatures in your video made me feel right at home. I live in the midst of Thoroughbred country just outside of Lexington, KY. We certainly love our horses here so this was a perfect video:-)

I am very glad to hear that your wife had a successful procedure...

Very best to you and yours...
Most Teafully,
Rebecca



What a delightful stroll.