Monday, 28 November 2016

Forever thankful


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



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The wisdom in these old faithful eyes  



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The fun and frolic in such a gentle giant  



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The adventure and learning that never stops  



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




Friday, 25 November 2016

Pastel skies and lovely surprises

An enchanting guest at the front door on a chilly winters eve

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There is room at our B&B for a little one - please make yourself at home

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Blue skies and shades of pink amongst the bare trees 

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What a lovely surprise to find our visitor pop back for second helpings 

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




Thursday, 24 November 2016

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 start of the year, and it seems I am still not entirely sure where I am headed or how to get there.

But, frazzled heart.... like you, I do have caring hands around me to scoop me up, dust me off, and help me put myself back together again. And I am so, so grateful for that.

My loving family and dear friends are an encouraging reminder that, even if my own heart is a little muddled and mismatched around the edges, it's still good enough. Just as it is.

So even though we're both a little frazzled, we'll get back to our place of belonging and be strong enough to weather any storm again very soon.

With love xxx



Ps. For anyone who also feels like they've got a frazzled heart
 ~ everything will find a way to be okay ~  You'll see . . . 

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Monday, 21 November 2016

~ My country girls winter survival guide ~


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Keep Warm Country Girls . . .

Ponies need a little winter help in staying warm too


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 


Even if it's freezing cold - when you're wrapped up - nothing can stop you having fun







Saturday, 19 November 2016

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 summer of growing and harvesting.

Then, there are the frosty mornings. . .

Sun sparkles cast a light upon the bare trees and the golden leaves, which have now fallen upon the muddy hoof print filled ground.
The frosted grass glitters  . .  and as nature tucks itself away, it feels like it's saying just this . . .

  'Don't worry. I am still here and I'll be back again soon. 
But until spring returns, enjoy this beautiful sight.'  

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The meadow covered in a beautiful sparkling autumnal frost

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Monday, 14 November 2016

A little self kindness goes a long way ~

' life isn't always easy to understand. But there are many things which help us to make sense of the journey along the way ' 

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 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 of allowing negativity to bring you down.  Examine where the negativity is coming from. Is it a person,  an unresolved issue, fear or low confidence causing you to believe the negative dialogue in your mind? 
Writing it all down makes everything look more manageable once it's out in the open.  Acknowledge everything you feel so you are able to manage the tougher emotions with clarity and break down the walls of self shame, self blame or guilt.

' Positivity may sound unattainable or far fetched. But there is SO much power in it '

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With love 


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

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

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 called home. The Cottage she loved and that inspired her to complete some of the wonderful classics we still adore and talk about. This house was her last home before her untimely death - her sister's emotional letter of those final moments of her passing, hangs upon the hallway walls for all to read. 

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It made me think, as I soaked in the ambiance of all things Georgian and Austen related, that time really is precious, and life spent making time for what really matters to you can never be taken for granted, nor wasted. If you're quiet enough and just take a moment to feel and absorb what is around you, time does indeed have a way of standing still just when you need a little reflection. It's evident how much you can sense this when looking into the lives of those who lived so many, many years before us. Their mark on the world, no matter how tiny, was there. Their place in the world is still very much present, for all to see. They were real. They were here. They mattered. No matter if it was the servant's kettle which sits upon the wood burning stove, the china that carried their tea in the morning, or the beautifully stitched lace shawl that hung prettily upon Miss Austen's shoulders. It was real and it was true. A life touched all these things.

We sit today, typing away on our keyboards, pouring our own creations into the online world, hoping in some small way that what we're doing is right. Is it enough? Are we enough? Is our writing good enough?

 Miss Austen sat at her desk, quill in hand, crafting sentence after sentence and bringing to life the most glorious heroes and heroines known to romantic literature. Doesn't it show what can happen, when you make time to do the very thing you love, with a little self belief ?


I hope you find a way to keep doing what matters to you and makes you happy, even if you feel like giving up on those special things. Your heartfelt efforts will never go unnoticed. Time will find a way to preserve everything - your finger prints upon your own little space will last forever.


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With love
X

Monday, 7 November 2016

Daydream through the seasons


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 . . . 
 
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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



Thursday, 3 November 2016

Autumn moments


 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 . . .