Riding During Pregnancy

It feels really strange to revisit the topic of riding whilst pregnant now that my children are three and six. All those years ago when I first found out I was pregnant it was a burning question for me. I was one of those horsey girls whose sun rose and set at the yard, whose…

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Tinsmiths

Plenty of rural towns have epic shops. They are like well kept secrets, slightly off the beaten track, but once you have found a gem you always go back and even better if they have an online store so you can stay in touch and order online if you spot something you love. One of…

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Go Eventing

If you are looking for a day out with family, friends or both then eventing has a lot to offer.  I’ve often heard it coined as the ultimate equestrian test and can’t disagree.  Horses and riders compete at dressage, cross country jumping and show jumping much like a horsey triathlon.  These are three very different…

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Riverford

I’ve been ordering veg from Riverford for so many years I can’t remember. It must be more than 10. Firstly I love the amazing fruit and veg, but secondly I love the way the company never stops innovating and creating new products, new apps, new recipes, new videos. I confess I’m a horrible mix of…

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Bedroom for a Boy

When we first moved to our rambling old farmhouse, there was one bedroom that hadn’t been inhabited for decades.  The plaster was crumbling off the walls and the ceiling was sagging, but it’s proportions were stunning with beautiful wooden floorboards, a fireplace and shuttered window looking out onto the garden. It was known as the…

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Barn Doors

The kids are always wanting to paint and although I’m pretty relaxed most of the time, the paint wielding bravado of a three year old, does leave me nervous and sweaty inside the house. After I found a little pink and orange hand print on my linen curtains I banished paint to the barn outside.…

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Collecting Seeds

Many of the flowers in our garden have seed heads right now. There are all shapes and sizes with the kids firm favourite being pinching off a poppy head and using it as a shaker. Generally you can tell if the poppy head is ready because it will be brownish rather than green and the…

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Sustainable Lifestyle

I don’t know at what point I suddenly took my blinkers off. One day I was in a department store. Probably slightly lost, I rarely go shopping and I was wandering through a great expanse of stuff. I think I had drifted into the mens section and was staring at long lines of mens costume…

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Glamping

It’s Summer and my husband has some time off. For our kids this is a rare chance to spend some time with daddy. Without being too corporate about it our eldest has white boarded her wish list of great stuff to do. We have a white board and a pin board in the utility room…

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Giffords Circus

Last week we all went to the circus.  But this was no ordinary circus, this was the Gifford Circus and we stepped into a magical world where every detailing from the pattern on the big top, to the stage backdrops, the costumes and even the enamel mugs for the coffee during the interval was perfect. …

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