Picnics and harvests

Today we decided to walk to a local village along the Public Footpaths.  It’s about a 40 minute walk and the sleepy village has the River Skerne running through it.  It’s actually the river that runs along the bottom of our field.  There’s a lovely green area next to the river and the railway line, so we took a picnic for lunch and enjoyed some family time relaxing by the river and eating some treats for lunch.  We thoroughly enjoyed it as did the dogs.  We could only take the 2 younger ones as Buddy can’t go far these days.  It does make me laugh when I wonder what people will make of us, turning up in jodhpurs, gardening clothes and mucky faces from the morning’s jobs.  They will soon find out if they speak to us they won’t find a more down to earth family, but I do think our “work clothes” would stop a lot of people doing that 🙂
 
My beautiful daughter and a tired Rodney
 
You can see that smile too, right?
Jack was mightily impressed that he found a sticker which he was sure would lead to treasure!

Rodney enjoying the walk

 When we got back it was time to get on with some more jobs.  Grace had rode both ponies on the morning and had put the jump back down to jump the dogs over them to have some fun whilst she was waiting for me.  There’s a large tree and part of it had come down whilst we were out walking.  It was super windy, but I’m glad it didn’t come down whilst she was riding!

 
I harvested lots of yummy food from the veg plot to have for Sunday lunch.

I couldn’t resist taking this, such a pretty sight or am I cracking up?

Dwarf beans, lovely!

Purple podded peas and late picked broad beans

 Whilst tea was cooking, it was time to make sure Buddy got a walk out too.  He doesn’t go on a lead now, ever.  It was part of what I wanted when we moved away from a main road.  He doesn’t go far and isn’t the fast dog that he used to be.  The lane in the background is literally outside our gates.  We’re so lucky to be able to open the gates and let him have a wander.  Grace makes sure he’s safe and I’m sure he keeps an eye on her too 😉  Both under my watch of course.

 
I always like to look for the silver lining and today’s wind brought lots of windfall apples!  SO you can guess what recipes I am looking for tomorrow.  1 full bucket and 1 1/3 full.  I think they are all cookers.

 

Today’s eggs haul

This is my first attempt at plaiting onions  Maybe they needed longer to dry out but I couldn’t wait.
 
Last of the year’s rhubarb

Oooh and 4 sleeps left until my last day, 5 until I’m waking up off work! 

Thank you and puppy ways….

I would like to say a huge thank you to Dawn from Doing it for ourselves in Wales as not only have her posts been amazingly useful, but she has brought me a lot of lovely readers.  Thank you for being so kind and posting my blog’s link on your blog.  It is really appreciated x

In other news, I am trying to remain sane whilst waiting for Friday to come round, so I thought I would post something completely unrelated.  Our dogs.  They are gorgeous, we have an older labrador who has had health ups and downs in the last 6 months or so, but at the moment he is doing well, helped by medication.  He loves his walks and more so, loves knocking the bin over on purpose to see if there are any offerings inside that we should have offered to him instead of the bin ;).

Our puppy, Rodney, is the cutest thing going.  He is scruffy cute.  He has the most elegant movements I have ever seen in a dog.  When he isn’t running head first in to his brother, Buster, that is.  They are 6 months old now, almost to the day and are developing new hilarious habits and determining boundaries with the help of DH and I.  They tell us what the boundary is and we agree.  Or that’s where will we head if we’re not careful!

Anyway, the latest habit is Rodney won’t go anywhere near his breakfast until Buster is finished his, or until I tell him to hurry up as we will be late!  Knowing what we do about dogs (which is limited to owning them all of our lives, opposed to anything certified or such), I am guessing this is pack mentality and he is waiting for his turn.  Occasionally he will take a bite and run away to eat it, but more often than not, he will wait his turn, making breakfast time last anything up to 45 mins!  He doesn’t always finish it either.  Buster however would eat anything put in front of him until he popped.

However, on a night when Rodney is hungry (presumably), he can’t get through it quick enough, although to be fair, he still doesn’t match Buster’s speed and effort. 

They are up to date with the vaccinations, wormers and everything.  I’m not worried about them, just wanted to share this little part of our day.



Buddy on top, Rodney on the left, Buster on the right.  This was when we first got the pups.  I need to transfer the new pics over.  Cuteness overload….

Welcome to our new adventure….

We are about to embark on an adventure that we’ve dreamt about for a long time.  There’s never a perfect time to do anything, something can always hold you back if you let it, so we’re taking the bit between the teeth and letting nothing stop us.

‘We’ is myself, Tracy, husband Steven and children Grace and Jack.  It doesn’t stop there as we have Buddy, our black Labrador and Rodney and Buster.  They are 2 Jack Russell’s who joined our family on Friday just gone.  There are 4 horses and an extended family & friends in that mix too.

Our ‘adventure’ is moving to a new home, a smallholding.  We have had an offer accepted on our current house and our offer on the smallholding, or farm as the kids call it, has also been accepted.  Formalities have started and the wheels are in motion.  We hope to be in this side of Christmas and can’t wait. 

So why don’t you join us as we sell our lovely family home on a main road in North East England and move to a small hamlet, still in North East England, where broadband is the latest thing.  All 2mb max link of it…..