Puppy Fun

What a great weekend we had with a fantastic family full of fun, adults and children alike. The weather was pretty good and enabled the children to play with Widget and our new puppy 'Tipsy' in the garden. It was great as the puppy just played or slept! As I type she's trying to help!
The children also had lots of fun in the Jacuzzi Hot Tub occasionally letting their parents in.
Have a look at some of the smiling faces with Widget and Tipsy on the main blog page.
Farming news: We have fields full of ewes and 'getting larger everyday' lambs. The rain which was so desperately needed arrived and has given everything a boost so the grass is now growing well. 
Talking to neighbouring farmers when we were herding their two cows, which had escaped onto our top field, the general feeling was that the spring crops will definitely have been affected by the lack of rain at the crucial time of planting but that's farming for you so the ever changing challenges keep coming.
Read on in the main blog to here more - 

Wyndham  has played his first game of cricket this season after his hip replacement last November. He could hardly move afterwards but it did him so much good really and he's booked to wicket keep again next Saturday so he couldn't have played too badly.

Coral, my ginger horse (aka Baked Bean) is back in decent work and starting to loose her holiday tummy. We spent a lovely evening on Saturday riding up towards the Brown Clee Hill and back through the Jack Myton Way bridleway. We met some very excited cows with a bull in a field we had to cross through but although the cows had lots to say for themselves luckly the bull was very uninpressed by us and didn't move at all. Quietly and steady is the way to pass through cattle, especially at this time of year when they've probably only just been turned out from their winter sheds onto grass.

So that's it for now and look out for the next blog to here what's happening here in the depths of the South Shropshire countryside.

Bronwen

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For those of you who don't know the area of outstanding beauty in which we live you might be interested to read an article written by Julian Glover published in The Spectator last month. It sums up perfectly how I feel when riding on and around The Brown Clee Hill. You can read the whole article by clicking on the photo in the 'General' section of our photos but here's a snipit which mentions us too! 'I found the land of lost content last week, west of the Clee Hills in the Shropshire Housman wrote about, but hardly knew. It is deep England, thick with trees, stone-built farms that look like forts and tracks in gullies cut by ancient feet. The villages here have rhythmic names: Bouldon, Peaton and Cockshutford — or simple Heath, where there is now no village at all, only the pure Norman chapel standing in grass with its long old iron key on a hook outside. It was built for a settlement lost at the Black Death. Few sounds here are unnatural: you hear birdsong more than cars or planes. I was riding my horse James, with two friends on Cassie and Rubin, along paths bursting with nettles. We scrambled over streams and slippery red mud on to the Brown Clee Hill by Nordy Bank, where our horses nibbled at turf on Neolithic ramparts. There is no better way to get the feel of the place you are in, above the ground but travelling slowly enough to sense changes you miss in a car. The parkland of the Burwarton Estate gave way to the fringes of the Midlands, where we rode through wheat fields and eyed up hunt jumps before we climbed into the marches, heading for friends who live outside Craven Arms, the only town to be built by a railway junction named after a pub. At friendly Tugford Farm we stabled our horses and ourselves'

14th August 2017

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