Changing Seasons 🍁

As we settle into an October that dawned cold and wintry, right on cue, there have been lots of changes in our little corner of the world – and on a rare and much-appreciated Sunday off, I’m so glad to take some time to slow down, match the pace of the season and enjoy a quiet day between the stables and home, making soup, wrapping up and enjoying family time.

It’s so lovely to have time to take stock of everything around us and in the lull I have enjoyed catching up on thoughts and all our recent happenings.

We are entering a new season especially for our little family at the moment, and a very exciting one at that, as we are delighted to be expecting a baby at the beginning of April next year. We are all so looking forward to welcoming our second child and growing our little family. ❀️

Now very glad to be a little less exhausted than I was the first few months, been so enjoying getting out and about in this beautiful time of year for walks and explores with my daughter, gathering leaves and fir cones – and of course with my biggest fluffiest boy, who is doing very well at the moment and enjoying the shift into a more wintry routine.

We have had a few challenges this year trying to stay on top of his arthritis, and I think we may have possibly reached the point of retirement for him, but we will just take it all as it comes as always and, for his part, Charmer is very much enjoying life in the field and all his little routines and is his usual characterful self. ❀️

We have also welcomed another new member of the family, this time small and fluffy, our little Sandy hamster who came home in July and is a truly lovely wee character. He was just 4 months old when we adopted him from a lovely local hamster rescue centre, now around 6 months and he’s settling really well as a lovely family pet. ❀️

Been falling very much by the wayside with blogging the last little while but it’s lovely to write a little catch up and looking forward to reading and writing more autumn adventures very soon.

Have a lovely week all. ❀️🍁 xx

A fond farewell to our mischief β€οΈπŸ€

Much has changed in our little corner of the world over the past few months as life has moved on in all its usual ways. As we move into another new season, and my very favourite at that 🍁❀️, it’s good to find the time to take stock on everything around us and find our feet where we are. There’s been so much going on, lots of it very exciting, and I’m very much looking forward to catching up on it all here very soon; but first of all I wanted to write just a little post in honour of my boys.

At the beginning of the summer, just a few weeks apart, we said our last goodbyes to both Jasper and Jet, our lovely elderly rat boys; and in doing so also closed a chapter nearly a decade long of owning and caring for pet rats.

Jasper and Jet were such lovely characters, and were a wonderful part of our home and family. Having lived with us two years, and reaching an age of around 2y10m each, it was lovely to have been able to have them so long and to have got to know them so well.

Arriving in July 2017, desperately needed companions for our little rat Perry who had been left unexpectedly alone, they could not have fulfilled their role as his buddies any better, giving him such comfort and friendship in his last months, before going on to live with us themselves through two more years of changing times and family life, adjusting to a new normal with the arrival home of our newborn daughter and over time as she grew older being her first wonderfully patient and kind teachers in animal handling and care. ❀️

For me, it’s very strange not to have any rats at home any more, having fallen so in love with them as pets and having had 14 over the last nine years, as well as the 4 in my childhood. Life seemed just a little too hectic at the moment to take on any more right now (though I found I just couldn’t be completely without pets in the house and we do have a new addition in the form of a content little hamster, Sandy, who I will write about very soon!); but I do hope maybe one day we’ll have rats again.

Our little group changed and evolved over the years and from 2010 – 2019 we were blessed to have Smokie, Peatie, Sylvie, Lizzie, Chae, Winston, Pipkin, Harvey, Ty, Reuben, Perry, Marley, Jasper and Jet in our home.

I named this blog when I first started writing about our pets to include the most appropriate group term I’ve ever come across – our “mischief of rats” were truly full of mischief, full of fun, and brought so much love and joy for all the years we had them.

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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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