Thursday, 6 July 2017

Hold on...

I'm still here - work is crazy busy and every spare moment outside of work is also busy with animals, training, or sneaky trips to London to see Adele!

Anyone remember that old phrase...



Thursday, 1 June 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #7

Did you enjoy the bank holiday?
I enjoyed the extra day off as I was able to spend an extra day with my friends.
The last week has been busy but fun...

Sunshine riding
My friend came over to ride with me at the weekend and we went for a lovely ride on my horses and they both behaved which was a bonus!

Chickens indoors
The chooks have taken to hanging around outside the back door and as soon as it's open, they come in the house looking for food. If you feed them, they will settle down on the doormat for a snooze but I ignored them the other day and then found one in my bedroom! 

Barley walks
The barley fields are nice and long now and one of our walks goes through some. I like to wait until the dogs are ahead slightly then I run up the tracks, crouch down and hide from them. When I whistle, they have to try and find me. It's absolutely hilarious!

We're currently overrun with squirrels and they are trashing the chicken run and house, eating all the food and even had an egg the other day.
I have got a trap and our tally is 7 at the moment in the space of about 10 days.

Pony cuddles
Fern is the most unaffectionate horse ever and will only tolerate fuss on her own terms. I checked on them yesterday and she came strolling over for some fuss and we had some lovely scratches and cuddles for about 20 minutes before she'd had enough and walked off again. I have to make the most of these rare moments!!

Have a cracking week and let's hope the sunshine hangs around just a little bit longer.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Beautiful Bluebells

This month, I have been out with my big girl camera taking photos of the gorgeous bluebells that we have in abundance!

The bluebells in South Devon were out at the end of April and are virtually gone now but the ones further up on the moors are in full bloom now - presumably because it is somewhat cooler up there.

Enjoy these photos....

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #6

When it comes to writing these posts, I just check my photos on my phone to remind me what I've been up to.
This week, there's not much but I feel like it's been a really busy week!

Badminton Horse Trials
On Saturday, I spent the day at Badminton with one of my best friends and her sister. We spent a few hours shopping and got some goodies, we met LOADS of dogs and had to say hello to most of them - especially the Whippets, Cairns and Daschies!
We then walked the course which is just over 4 miles long. The fences are enormous and some are quite complex. It was great to see the amazing skill of the top riders. 
Thankfully the weather was kind to us as it looks like it was going to be awful right up until the night before but we had a lovely dry day that was the perfect temperature!

When one of our hens went broody, our neighbours gave us some duck eggs to put under her as an experiment. 3 have hatched and they are unbelievably cute! I hope they aren't too confused by having a little chicken for their mum but I'm sure they'll be fine. 

Not much other fun stuff has happened this week - poor Monty dog got attacked by another dog on Saturday and ended up in the vets with a big abscess and the police involved.
I'm now home alone for the next 10 days looking after a million creatures so please feel free to call round with pizza and cider!!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #5

I might have to make this a wonderful Thursday post! Another one a bit late!

I had such a busy week last week and was out every night catching up with various friends and family.

So this week's awesomeness...

I caught up with loads of people last week which was fab. Brunch with a friend at the weekend, Indian with my best friend's parents (she's abroad with work at the moment), pizza and pub quiz with another bestie and a baby shower with a crowd of lovely ladies for my friend E's imminent twins!

Baby Shower
It wasn't as cheesy or American as a baby shower - it was a pre- babies gathering for my friend E who is having twins soon and wanted an afternoon with a load of her friends. 
A local country house had a garden open afternoon so we went along with picnic blankets and prosecco and sat in the sun putting the world to rights. They are such a good bunch of girls and as S is abroad with work, we managed to Skype her from the sunny garden so she could say hello to everyone! It was great to be able to include her!

I am not a runner but I need to get out more as I have entered the ballot for the London Marathon next year.... WHAT!! I have no idea what came over me but a few of us from our training group have entered and they talked me into it. 
I can barely run a bath, let alone a flippin' marathon! 
Now I have got THE FEAR, I have also entered Plymouth's 10k in October which does seem more achievable.
I need to get my injury ridden legs to work a bit better. I went for a little 2.5 mile run round beautiful Saltram at the weekend but was hobbling by the end. Very frustrating but something to work on!

I found a walk really near home that drops down into a small woodland area which is just a sea of bluebells. It was spectacular! Unfortunately the weather was rubbish so I only had my phone camera but I hope to go back before they go over and will take my DSLR.
In a couple of weeks, the bluebells at Holwell lawn should be out so I will be planning a trip with the gorgeous Michelle and the hounds.

Adrenalin Ninjas
Our training camp had a celebration on Tuesday with an evening out at Adranalin in Plymouth. It is run by Corbin Mackin who has competed successfully at the Ninja Warrior UK games.
I didn't think I could manage the Ninja Warrior course so spent my time air guitaring on the trampolines, battling friends on the balance beam and jumping off the platforms onto a giant air bag. 
It was amazing and we all forgot how old we were and had an amazing time - highly recommended!!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #4

Ooops - a day late!
Wedding season is just kicking off and work is getting busy but I'm going to stick at it!
This week's wonderful bits were:

Parke National Trust at Bovey Tracey. I took the dogs up here at the weekend and although it was busy, we enjoyed a nice walk and the dogs had a lovely time tearing about and playing in the river. I will definitely go back to explore different routes and sample the cafe!

Working out
I go to Devon Fit Camp at least 3 times a week which is so much fun and I love it.
Last week was my birthday so I got to pick the workout and the playlist. I chose some classic 90s cheesy tunes like Barbie Girl, S Club 7, Spice Girls etc. The workout was quite a tough one but really fun and I think everyone enjoyed it!

I spoke to my best friend on Skype as she is currently deployed with her work. She said she's hoping to be home sooner than expected which is amazing!
Another friend I haven't seen for a while got in touch to ask about coming to ride the horses so of course I said yes - I've missed having company when I ride and she gets on so well with my horses, I know I can trust her and they love her too.

Comedy Show
On Tuesday I went to watch Ricky Gervais perform in Plymouth. I last saw him live about 10 years ago when we were still at Uni. I've never got into any of his TV shows like The Office but his standup is very funny.
I could only get a single ticket so went on my own and sat on the front row right in the centre - thankfully he's not one to pick on the audience!!
His humour is not for everyone but I thought he was hilarious and really enjoyed myself.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Wonderful Wednesday #3

NHow was your Easter? I hope you ate loads of chocolate!

This week has been a busy and very eggciting (sorry) one!!

New Car
I saw a car on eBay last week which looked like it could be good so made a few enquiries, went down to the wrong end of Cornwall on Friday, drove it, loved it, bought it, winced at it being the most expensive thing I've ever bought and then caught the train down on Monday to pick it up!
I then spent a couple of hours sitting in holiday traffic (silly me for going down on Bank Holiday!) but enjoyed the drive home in my new car.

This week we explored Lanhydrock National Trust property. On our way back from viewing the car in Cornwall, we stopped at Lanhydrock to walk the dogs and have an early lunch. Needless to say it was packed and there were millions of kids but we had an enjoyable walk in the grounds away from the masses and it made a nice break to the day. I would definitely go back to explore further as we barely scratched the surface.

Food Market
Totnes is one of my favourite towns nearby. It's very alternative and very peaceful. The shops are great and the food is brilliant. At the weekend they had a food market so we popped over to sample some goodies and came away with some amazing slices of pie and a gorgeous sourdough loaf of bread. We were very restrained around the enormous selection of cakes though!!

More Exploring
While we were in Totnes, we explored some of the little side streets and then stopped for a cold beverage on the riverside before setting off for a walk towards Sharpham. The dogs had a lovely time and Tiggs met another whippet and had some crazy zoomies until they were both exhausted!

Bluebells and Whitebells
Whilst out riding over the weekend, I saw some white Bluebells in amongst some normal Bluebells. I've never seen white ones before, only the pinky ones. I got a picture but as it was from horseback, it's not the best.
Have you ever seen white Bluebells before?!