April into May πŸŒΌπŸŒΈ

It’s been another month that’s passed in a flash here, but a good one – the weather is on the turn and days have been spent more outside than in which has been lovely after a long winter.

The little one in particular has been loving exploring the garden, parks, woods and all the flowers and animals we can find – especially enjoying all the ladybirds in the garden this year!

Had a family jaunt at Easter time to a favourite place not too far away, the Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder, an absolutely lovely place for a day out. Closer to a rescue centre than a Zoo in feel, it is full of animals including ex-circus lions and bears with amazing and sometimes very sad stories who it is just so lovely to see enjoying a second chance at life and finding their feet in their new surroundings. We all very much enjoyed our outdoor day in the sunshine and the chance to see all the animals enjoying it too. β™₯️

Charmer my lovely old boy has celebrated his 23rd birthday and is enjoying life at the moment now being out at night again and spending most of his time just chilling in his field, his favourite way to live!

The rat boys are doing not too badly too though very definitely in their old man stage now. Both are enjoying their evenings out on the settee with us and their arranging and playing in their cage. Jasper particularly is showing a fair amount of signs of slowing down and needing a little extra care and boost to his weight but seems happy cuddling with Jet in his bed and still getting around alright which is lovely to see.

Into May now, a showery and bright April come and gone and really enjoying the blossom season being back upon us!

Happy Sunday all, hope you are all having a good weekend. X

Pony diaries – edging into our summer routine β˜€οΈ

Thursday night was a big one in my fluffy boy’s calendar and one I look forward to every year – never quite knowing when it’s coming! He spent the night out in his field rather than in his stable, after a long winter of coming in every night – and thoroughly enjoyed it too, both him and his fieldmate having to be coaxed in last night at nine o’clock in the last of the daylight, obviously having adapted very quickly to being outdoor horses once more!

I always like to take the lead from Charmer on when it’s time to make the shift, and the night before when I had brought him in I knew he was ready when he finished his dinner and lined back up at his stable door again, no interest in the cosy straw or pile of hay that he’s been so appreciative of all winter – just keen to get back to the field, where he loves the freedom so much.

Will keep him in every second night at least at the moment while we transition to a summertime routine, so he was in again last night, and got him out for a stretch of his legs this morning before the day began on a beautiful sunny Saturday.

There’s something so energising about this time of year, a curtain of blossom hanging on the trees and daffodils lining the roadside, still the smell of haylage in the air as we pass the horses’ fields – a tug of war between winter and summer going on as we meander along. β™₯️

Back out again today to stay overnight again, and grazing happily. Looking forward to the new season ahead!

Have a lovely weekend all. X

Back to blogging…

A wee catch up from our corner of the world, having well and truly fallen by the wayside with blogging over the past few months.

Finding a wee bit extra time in the mornings at the moment and loving the still of an early start at the farm, pottering in the barn just a little longer than usual before home to start the day.

Really enjoying the brightness of these April days and the gradual draw towards summertime again, a whole winter weathered once more and the extra daylight our reward β™₯️.

Life is hurtling on at its usual unbelievable pace, and our little home is full and busy, with our little girl now 16 months old, walking and talking, or more accurately running riot and making us laugh every day, keeping us all busy!

My life has changed significantly in the time since she was born, and am settling into the new normal now, having not returned to my previous job after maternity leave, instead taking the chance to spend the weeks at home with our daughter; and also now being a couple of months into working part-time in a new job, just a couple of shifts at weekends, as a home carer. My care work is a huge new chapter for me, totally different from anything I’ve done before but something I’ve always wanted to have the chance to do, and I’m loving it and really enjoying finding my feet with it. My weeks at home with a now toddler too though, filling our days with learning and playing and watching the world be discovered through her eyes, are even more wonderful. It’s been great too finding a new balance that works for us all at home and finding the time for our little family, wider family, friends and the furry ones too.

My fluffball Charmer has had a great winter in many ways. Have managed to keep him ticking over with wee ambling hacks, he’s been in at nights in his stable but in better weather just 9pm-7am to give him plenty of time out moving in his field, living “horse”. Having avoided any repeat of the Beast from the East snowdrift drama of last year has helped a lot and it’s been much easier with a milder January – March! He has been keeping me on my toes a little in the last couple of months as we’ve tried to get on top of his arthritis, and a few X rays and investigations later we at least know exactly where we are with it. Just trying to keep him out and moving as much as possible, experimenting with medications and supplements and overall I’m delighted to see him happy and healthy and even enjoying a bit of daylight of an evening.

Jasper & Jet, our little rats, are two very distinguished gentlemen now, around two years and seven months and both much older in themselves the last few months, enjoying lots of cuddles and lots of treats, but overall doing well – putting up admirably with being the object of the little one’s affections and making the most of their oldie days. β™₯️

Really glad to have found a wee bit of time to catch up on reading some favourite blogs here and have a scribble again, love being able to gather all our adventures into words and find the time to take stock of it all!

Hope you are all having a lovely week. X

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Blog birthday 🎈

3 years ago today I wrote my very first blog post all about our lovely rats – in the three years since we’ve had the joy of owning Reuben, Perry, Marley, Jasper & Jet to add to the rest, having so many more adventures; and it’s now nine years this year since our first little rats joined us. Enjoyed a wee reminisce today of all our old lovely souls from my first post. Happy Sunday all. X

https://amischiefmanaged.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/our-rat-story-so-far/

2018 drawing to a close… β™₯️

It’s been so long since I found the time to write here, and the last few months of our year have tumbled by as impossibly quickly as ever – drawing to a close now in the much-appreciated stillness of these few days between Christmas and New Year.

The autumn months crept into winter, the pony thriving on much more time inside and a steady night time stable routine; hacks confined once more to the golden light of weekend mornings, but looked forward to and lovely.

We have had a busy and lovely December, full of lights and cosiness and times with family and friends – celebrating our daughter’s 1st birthday as well as Christmastime in a blur of good times with the loveliest people.

It’s been wonderful to have some quiet time just at home too, especially in the last few days – wrapping up to head out for walks nearby; relaxing with books and box sets, the little one her lovely new toys; and Jasper & Jet enjoying cuddles and company in the evenings.

Enjoying a quiet day today, looking back on a lovely 2018 and forward to the year to come too. Wishing all of you all the very very best for 2019. Xxx

Morning amble with my fluffy-necked boy β™₯️

Started the day in the best possible way, arriving at the farm at sunrise – coffee flask under my arm and scarf tight round my neck – to greet the morning with my boy.

The horses in our barn had all been in last night, their faces lined up expectantly over the stable doors, clouds of breath meeting the cold air.

Got my mucking out done to the happy sound of C munching his breakfast bucket, and, tacked up, got out to the day.

Just love a quiet wander on my wee pony’s back, just me and him, and it was a beautiful morning as the light gradually filled the sky.

Love this time of year so much, with the leaves crunching under our feet, and enjoyed our wander so much. Charmer seemed to too which was even nicer, a bounce in his step and a little burst of canter up the hill back home. β™₯️

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