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All is calm ~

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. . . There is the quiet promise of new things to come . . . 
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The final days of 2016 . . .
Full of sparkly frost, radiant blue skies and shining sunlight wherever your eyes fall . . .
All is calm, all is bright - Hopefully this may be a good sign that 2017 will follow on from these beautiful final days of this year  . . .



All the Christmas Emotions ~

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~ My five  Mental Well Being hopes  for Christmas and the New Year ~
Hope 1
Getting well and strong - sadly my emotional well being has seeped through to my physical self these last few weeks. Migraines and poorlyness are not ideal during the festive season I think you'd agree?!  Time to work on self care and accept help when it's kindly offered . . .
Hope 2
Devoting more time to writing and creating - because it makes me happy and keeps me peacefully in the moment!
Hope 3
Enjoying my time with loved ones, and enjoying what I love, without feeling guilty that I should be 'working' and 'figuring out my future at every moment!
Hope 4
Accepting and letting go of unhealthy mindsets which trap me into being a slave to excessive worry!
Hope 5
Less pressure on myself in all areas of my life - even with my ponies! If I want to just potter about and enjoy their company, without a ride, that's what I'll do. We all get something out of it in those lovely 'just us&…

Golden lights and all things bright ~

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~ Four little steps forward to Christmas ~
* Sunday simplicity with cosiness and a few sparkles!  The welly boots were hung up for the afternoon, and the slippers were put on for a snug and festive tree decorating hour.

* Hoof prints in the frost, warm breathing pouring into the cold evening air - Christmas with horses is extra special. Riding in the chilly mornings and seeing the fairy lights around the village as we trot by.


* The sound of singing jingle bells coming from my nephews sweet little voice, echoing merrily around the house.
* Feeling hopeful and bright



With love
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The magic is arriving ~

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A soft frost is covering every inch of the meadow each morning just now. A family of Robin's have taken up residence in our faithful field maple. They return every year around this time. The holly wreath has been perched up high out of reach from curious pony teeth. A quiet magic is present in the meadow . . . Christmas is coming . . .

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Welcome December ~  May the festivities begin . . .

Forever thankful

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* Seeing the countryside from behind two fluffy ears that belong to my little pony 


* The wisdom in these old faithful eyes  


* The fun and frolic in such a gentle giant  


* The adventure and learning that never stops  


I am  ~  forever thankful ~   to share my life with these equine treasures of mine . . . 



Pastel skies and lovely surprises

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It's the little moments that bring the most joy . . . 



Frazzled hearts ~

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Dear Frazzled Heart,

I found you scrunched up in between the twigs, dew drops and muddy puddles in the meadow this morning. The ponies had pulled at your ribbon and sticks, leaving you a little jumbled. The wind had tossed you about from where you usually hang so sweetly from the stable roof. So prettily you sway in the gentle breeze, for all to see, providing your homey touch of rustic charm amongst the cobwebs and weathered wood of the meadow barns. Yet today, the weather was too much for you, and instead of spotting you dancing in the wind from your perch, I found you a little bit hopeless and lost on the ground.

It made me sad. Because I know what that feels like. You see, my own heart has been just a little frazzled recently. A little bit broken and scruffy around the edges. A little bit lost and trodden on by unsuspecting bigger things.

I've been a little like the ribbon, unable to hold my heart up to where it should be. 

I took my new path to get well and strong at the …

~ My country girls winter survival guide ~

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Keep Warm Country Girls . . .


1. Tights underneath jeans/leggings/trousers!  Essential for chilly days and perfect as an extra layer. 
2. Double up! Short sleeve t - shirts over long sleeve tops. Tucked in vests too - don't let the cold get in!
3. Cosy, extra thick socks! 
4.  Welly warmers!  A fleece lining for boots. Very snug.
5. Fleece hat, gloves, scarf!  Keep the warm in with fleecy material.
6. Pocket warmers!  Mini hot water bottles for keeping hands in pockets toasty!
7.  Waterproof trousers!  Ideal for the bitter cold days.
8. A flask of something warming to drink. Keep it topped up!
9. Jumpers, and jumpers on top of jumpers underneath a slightly bigger coat.  Roomy for layering up.
10. Keep moving. Keep positive.  Be efficient.

Handy Hint . . . Keep a little chocolate to hand to nibble on for  encouragement when out doors in the wintry elements!
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With love 








Country sunlit sparkles

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As I climbed the gate this morning and entered the meadow for my ponies breakfast giving, the sun shone so radiantly across the frosted grass that it felt as though Christmas had arrived early. Twinkling sparkles covered every inch of our field. Even glitter drops hung upon my ponies manes and soft muzzles.
Autumn and winter can be unwelcome to so many. But in the countryside there is such beauty to be found, even when it's pouring down with rain.

 Winter is an important part of the year for horsy life. It is one of the only times when my ponies can enjoy access to unlimited grass. It is when days have a slower pace. The ponies are rested more than ridden. 4 0'clock feeding begins before darkness sets in. Hay is in countless supply, stocked up in it's shelter ready to distribute. Fallen trees and branches are tidied up and taken away for kindling and bonfires. And the land itself gets a little bit rougher around the edges as it's left to hibernate after a busy summ…

A little self kindness goes a long way ~

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' life isn't always easy to understand. But there are many things which help us to make sense of the journey along the way ' 
*  TLC for your life  - tender love and care in five steps - 
1. Trust your instincts. They never lie.
2. Make time for self care. A happy, healthy mind/body is a priority. You need YOU to function at your best! 
3. Have empathy for others and their struggles.  Offer kindness at every turn. But save a large portion for yourself too. 
4. Remember you always have a choice. You have the power to change what isn't right. Even when something is wearing you down, breaking your spirits or causing you to lose hope. Dig as deep as you can and look at your choices for change. That may be your mind set about a particular issue, a lifestyle choice, career, asking for help, or even simply saying no.  
5. Practise easing negative feelings about yourself by writing everything down and trusting that you're doing the best you can. Build yourself up instead …

Reflection...with a little help from Miss Jane Austen

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As a Hampshire country girl, I am very lucky indeed to live within driving distance of the beautiful village of Chawton. Home to none other than many an aspiring writers literary idol - Miss Jane Austen herself. 


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Walking the corridors and rooms of where this world renowned writer once crafted some of the most wonderfully acclaimed romance novels, which are still so highly acknowledged today, I experienced such feelings of awe and inspiration that I am not sure I could fully describe it. But the admiration runs deep.

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The house is warm. Loved. And filled with a sense of family. Her writing desk sits ostensibly beside the big bay window overlooking the pretty village, with its ramshackle English character and thatched roofs.



 This Cottage was the home to a woman who lived, felt, dreamed and created - and we are still talking about those charming, heartfelt, witty and eye opening creations to this day.

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Her life and inked finger prints can be imagined throughout the house she calle…

Daydream through the seasons

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For memories of summer time . . . 

For days when you need a little faith that everything will work out okay  . . .  For days when you're seeking adventure . . .  *
Self doubt can sit on our shoulders sometimes, and when it does, it's hard to shake it off and believe in the positive rather than the negative that it chatters to us. To tune out of the criticism and into the confidence, try to find a few quiet moments to let your thoughts daydream towards where you want to be. Hold on to those pictures in your mind as they glow and grow stronger, and reach forwards to the light they cast upon the shade.
Daydreaming, even just for a few moments, can be a powerful way to guide you back to yourself again. Save a small dose of time each day to gather your thoughts, and refuel your self belief. It's just a small way to offer a helping of self care when spirits begin to feel a little low. 
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With love xXx


Autumn moments

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Crisp mornings and blue sun lit skies - ice cobwebs and golden scrunched leaves. Autumn is slowly saying goodbye and winter is taking it's rightful place.
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My Autumn moments this year were just like this . . .
Pumpkin smiles. Tea and birthday cake. Hopeful hearts. Bright eyes. Tiny, warm hands. Welly boots in mud patches. Wrapping paper. Childhood giggles. Laughter and silliness. Chatter and countryside adventures. Happy Halloween. Trick or treat. Family and friendship. Time and love. Pony rides. Soft sugar cube kisses. Nuzzling noses. Horsing around. Family life.
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I wonder what winter has in store . . . 




Bloggers Recognition Award!!!

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I was so touched to find that Jemima from Another Ranting Reader
had so kindly popped my blog down as a nominee. Thank you so much!



Little things like this are very exciting I think you'd agree because as a new blogger, navigating through the ins and outs of this wonderful hobby, lifestyle, passion and community, it's even more encouraging when you get a lovely surprise such as this small pat on the head. I don't have a huge audience, this is just a very small scale space, but it is still more than I expected starting out.

It seems there are a few rules to abide by with this award -
 in which I hope I get correct and do justice to.

Firstly ...

Say thank you and acknowledge the blogger who nominated you :

Dear Jemima, please see above! Huge thanks to you for choosing my blog and me. It means so much. I would highly recommend anyone who stops by, to take a look at www.anotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk
Please do. It's a lovely place.

Secondly ... 

Offer a small story abo…

Autumn photo diary of a country girl

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I am an advocate of saving time for the little moments that restore calm and happiness.
The countryside has a way of encouraging this I always find.

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I think Autumn may be my favourite season . . .




Do what makes your soul happy

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Sharing my life with horses was always a childhood dream of mine. I think that is why the quote  ' A pony is a childhood dream - A horse is an adult treasure '  is so special to me....because it's very much true! 


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 ' My three reasons for why horses and horse riding are good for the soul . . . '
1) Horses and ponies are highly sensitive creatures, capable of reading and registering our emotions, often more effectively than we do ourselves. This is a wonderful lesson in how to be more mindful and empathetic about how we're feeling. It's a certainty you will feel calmer having spent even just five minutes in the company of a horse. They see everything, but never judge. 
2) Being out in the countryside with fresh air circulating through your lungs, the breeze in your hair and natural beauty all around you is always sure to lift your spirits. Breathing all this in on board a horse is even more uplifting, as riding requires you to be in the moment, totally c…

A Mental Health Message

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World Mental Health Day I'm sure has a small meaning to some, and a bigger, deeper meaning to others. Mental health struggles surround us all, sadly, just as Cancer does. 
Both of these illnesses I have been acquainted with - which means my family and friends have too. So you see, we're all connected somehow. These painful battles have touched all of our lives. How comforting it is to see people group together and say a simple 'me too'.
There is such power and strength in that.
 Mental Health does need to be addressed and spoken about with compassion and non-judgment, because like any illness, it is terrifying. Whether you are going through it yourself, or watching a loved one experience it, there is no escaping how upsetting and out of control it leaves you feeling. To know that other people understand, can instantly reduce that fear, even if it's short lived. It can centre a fragile mind and lessen the fear that you're going through it alone -  which in t…

Sunday magic

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I am not sure my words, no matter how descriptive I tried to make them, could ever be complimentary enough to the meadow on a sun kissed, Sunday morning. 

All is well here as I sit amongst my horses happily munching their hay breakfasts, the warm sunlight soaking their fluffy coats.  *  It's a little piece of perfection for a country dweller like me. So magical in fact, I just had to share it. 

Happy Sunday . . .