This weekend was one spent enjoying time with family and friends, with, as it happened, back to back celebrations – a graduation, friend’s birthday party and Mother’s Day all rolled into a busy, warm and memorable couple of days. In amongst the festivities, it was absolutely wonderful to find time to enjoy the wonderful sunshine, sitting outside in a street café in the city, being out in the garden from first thing and watching the sun glint off the water all weekend long.
Yesterday, waking from a busy day of enjoying family and friends, found myself with a spare couple of hours on the first morning of British Summertime, so the pony and I took a wander down the track, the sun already high in the sky, enjoying the morning light. On our way we passed so many walkers and cyclists, dogs and children playing; everyone drawn out – even on one hour’s less sleep – to greet the spring day.
Later in the day, my mum and I headed out for lunch to the beach, taking the dogs with us, and it was a lovely time to spend. We are sadly preparing to say goodbye to Ginny, our 14-year-old collie, who I recently wrote about here, as her difficulties getting around now that her back legs don’t support her anymore are getting too much to ask her to deal with long-term. Yesterday however, being helped down onto the beach and enjoying an ice cream, the sea air and the waves lapping in, she had a lovely day; ending back with the family all together at our house.
All being gathered, pets and people alike – Marley, Reuben and Perry eyeing up my mum and dad’s lurcher Katy curiously and clamouring at the bars to meet her, Ty taking the opposite approach of curling in his ball until he could be sure the extra people and animals were gone, Ginny sitting out the back door in the sun watching the world go by and the rest of us laughing and chatting inside – was the perfect way to bring to a close a sunny weekend.
Hope everyone else had a good one, and have a great start to the week. Xx
This week brought with it, at long last, the Spring Equinox, and the weekend when it rolls around will see the clocks spring forward, setting the seal on the already lightening nights once and for all. It has been beautiful in the past little while to see the nature around us come back to life. I am so happy to see bumble bees back on the heather in our front garden, and share a morning coffee with them keeping themselves so busy and doing such good work. 💛🐝
The birds too are out in force, lining rooftops and trees and singing their morning awakening as the weather improves and the breeze warms up around our little part of the world.
At the farm, all the horses are whole-heartedly embracing new shoots of grass and lighter evenings, Charmer now staying out until 9ish every evening and just coming in to enjoy some extra hay while the fields catch up with the horses’ enthusiastic grazing!
Last Sunday, got to the farm about 6.30, still with some unexpected daylight ahead of us, creeping in more and more to our evenings, and although didn’t quite have time to tack up and head out riding, did squeeze in a walk, rope in hand, just down to the water straight from the field, Charmer pausing to take in the view on the way down the hill, and at the bottom, by the sea’s edge, where I love to just look out over the ruins of a beautiful old church – and he loves to just munch all the normally untouched grass! – we stayed a while, making our way up as the sun set.
At the farm, on the tracks around, and in the garden, where I try to spend as much time as possible on these lovely days, daffodils are in full bloom; so bright and sunny after winter’s grey hues. First blossoms are budding and blooming, and the temperatures are rising. It is so wonderful to feel the winds of change in the air, and see spring come to life.
Hope everyone is having a lovely week. X
This week decided it was time to shake things up a bit again for Ty, Reuben, Perry and Marley, and so rotated some toys and added some new games into the mix in their cages, which was met with approval by all four of them.
Ty loves a comfy place to cuddle down in, so his enrichment is usually new corners, things to rearrange on his ground floor and new bedding to line his life-long favourite hamster-ball bed – which no alternative however plush has ever come close to in his eyes… ❤ (Suits me just fine as it’s easy to wipe clean, and can be lined with comfier inserts if he needs them!)
One of the best ways to keep the boys busy and give them more bedding to sort is to wrap toilet roll around the cage accessories for them to pull down, a game in itself with an end result they love, and one Marley and Perry at masters at!
The younger boys are very active, and ropes and climbing frames never go amiss – Perry usually trailblazes the way with all of these, with Marley and Reuben following along, usually a little more cautious. Marley’s eyesight is not excellent due to his very pink eyes (when out free-ranging he can be seen swaying his head from side to side before jumping from one place to another, his whiskers giving him so much more information than his eyes can and helping him out so much, it’s amazing to watch); and Reuben as a result of having had to have his tail partially amputated has a little less balance than the others; but they both take their lead from Per and soon have the hang of it, the three of them love exploring.
They are fond of a comfy bed too, usually choosing to sleep all of them in a pile, so their new tunnel has been happily adopted…
Love to see them all exploring new additions to their environment and to watch their personalities and their natural reactions as they do – our little “Pet Corner” is a perfect place for me to start my days with a coffee, watching them play. 💙
Frosty mornings, windy afternoons and busy working weeks and weekends in our little corner of the world have meant that long leisurely explorations on horseback have been few and far between since the turn of the year – but nonetheless it’s been a good couple of months on the farm; and, as ever as we creep tentatively into spring, it’s been lovely to watch the days lengthening bit by bit, looking forward to a summer of adventures.
Whether we make it out a hack or not, I love to spend time with Charmer, and most of my evenings in the last couple of weeks have been spent in the stable, brushing out his winter coat by the bucketful while he idly chews on his hay and makes grumpy faces at his neighbours, just in case any of them had any vague notion, or the impossible ability, to leap into his own stable and steal any from him. It never ceases to amaze me how much winter coat there is to come out, we tend to spend February and March in a blur of black fluff and it’s long overcoat and full wellies before work for me to avoid transporting too much of him around!
In the mornings, we generally just amble from the stable to the field gate, the sun usually coming up as we do, and in the evenings I chase the daylight home and have almost – almost! – made it!
We did manage a lovely Sunday hack last week with friends, which was full of fun as we were able to explore a new briefly-available route through one of the sheep’s fields while they were rotated out for a few weeks ahead of lambing – the sun was shining, field newly-green and got to enjoy a few full-pelt canters up the hill, Charmer and his friend straining to race each other; though my boy did draw the line at the woods at the bottom of the track where some trees creaked omiously, and flat-out refused to continue, opting instead to stand at the top watching the others wind the track and canter back, happy as ever to be at the top of a hill admiring the view. ❤
Looking forward to getting out more as the nights shorten further, and to more suspicious-tree-dogding and hill-cantering fun.