Saturday in the winter sun

This morning dawned bright and sunny for January, in dazzling contrast to the snow we woke to last weekend, beautiful in an entirely different way, and the lingering mists and rains that have dominated most of the month so far.

My day started early, with an 8am field stop to bring Charmer in for a farrier visit, standing quietly in the sleepy yard to the clanging of metal and the sounds of seagulls over the water, on a morning that only got more beautiful as the sun rose.

This afternoon, we joined friends for a little hack along our usual tracks, an hour of easy chatter and the clop of hooves on the winding road. Taking riding a day at a time with Charmer just now as he definitely seems to be adjusting to some changes in his eyesight now and is starting to be less keen to go to certain places. Really glad though to see him still enjoying our weekend walks and looking forward to working to find the best ways to let him keep doing that.

Back home now, after a hot chocolate in the barn while the boy enjoyed his dinner, chatting away and absent-mindedly stroking the friendliest of farm cats, and just enjoying some time just ourselves and with the pets.

Had lots of lovely times with the rats – and with Ty particularly in the last few cosy winter nights, who has always been a lovely boy, just a bit less keen on interacting with us when free-ranging than Win and Harvey – but has just recently really been much more engaging with us as well as his furry comrades, which is so nice to see.

Rosie too has been very active in the last little while – at nearly 2 years old now and with cataracts over both eyes we keep thinking she will slow down, but quite the contrary, she continues to be as devoted as always to her routines, her food gathering, bed building, tunnelling and exercise on her wheel as always. She is so peaceful just to watch – there seems so much wisdom in how a hamster goes about its little life, happily organising and arranging everything.

As Saturday draws now to a close, I am happily tired after a full and busy day, glad to be cosy and very grateful for a quiet evening with our mischief. Happy weekend all! ❤️

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