Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (21) Love at a Trot (Part 02)
As Anthony wanted to take some time to weigh up his options he instructed his solicitor to rent out the majority of the surrounding land to neighboring farms, which was quite substantial, though underworked.
The idea being it would give him an income which would at least cover any running costs for the farm as well as maintenance.
Charlotte raised additional revenue at the farm by renting out the empty stables, one to a man from Dulcets Green, Luke Barrowman, and a further six to Lynda Radcliffe, who had previously had a riding school in Dulcet St Mary, but the stables she was using burnt down, so she stabled them at Copper Beech in the short term.
Anthony’s first act as the incumbent was to offer Charlotte the job of Farm Manager and her first act after accepting was to do a deal with Lynda Radcliffe to run her riding school from the farm.
Anthony knew Lynda, she was a rotund redhead who he had known for years, they had even dated briefly when they were at school and he knew her working out of the farm would be a good fit.
Lynda was an exceptionally good riding instructor and her success brought her many pupils and she was able to employ a number of village girls to look after the horses.
Copper Beech Farm is in the Dulcets, the Dulcets consisting of a collection of villages and hamlets such as Dulcet Meadow, Dulcet St Mary, Dulcet Green and Dulcet-on-Brooke to name but a few, and it had been pretty much vacant for several months when 28 year old Anthony Holmes, a tall slight figure with sandy hair and hazel eyes, arrived as the reluctant incumbent.
He was not a farmer and never would be, he was a computer geek and a fairly successful one.
The farm had belonged to his estranged father who never got over the fact that his son had no desire to follow in his Dad’s footsteps.
He tried to explain that his talents lay in a different direction but his father couldn’t see his fascination with computers and thought that he would be wasting his life on his hobby.
Despite his father’s reservations Anthony had made a successful career of it.
He had pretty much everything he needed at Copper Beech and he was happier than he had been for several years and as the weeks past Anthony was very pleased with his decision to put Charlotte in charge, she had the farm running as smooth as silk which allowed him to concentrate on his work which revolved around his computer which was on his desk in front of his study window so when he looked up he could look out at the real world and when he did he liked what he saw.
In his quieter moments he liked to watch Charlotte busying around the yard with her gangly gait or he sat and talked a lot with his old friend Lynda Radcliffe.
They talked a lot about their childhood, relationships, computers and horses, just about everything really.