around and about

I have land envy

I thought I found a grave this morning out on my hike.  Weirdly randomly placed 'gravestone' half way up the hill in a very windswept gorgeous moorland. Peering at the lichen covered writing I could just about read Lord someone dated 18 something ... 

 When I got home Google wasn't helping, and insisted there were no gravestones on this path.  Round and round I went on google, until finally... I found it.

Not a gravestone, but one of a collection of early 1800's boundary stones.  You can read it here.

 Its grade II listed!
And you can see Earl of Ashbourne mentioned here. And note his family at one point, had almost 8000 acres of Wales. {But lived in Sussex.... ? this is just greedy...} This is the most beautiful area, with the boundary stone overlooking stunning views,  and I am deeply envious of his 8000 acres.

 

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Apparently there are not many pictures of it online, so there you go, Consider yourself lucky to view it ;) 


the good, the bad and the coffee.

Lets start with the bad.  Whilst out in the little woods we own I was busy pulling down lots of dead branches making sure nothing would fall on the goats, who move in there tomorrow. You'd be amazed how many dead branches just hang on trees, not quite on, not falling down either. can't have a large branch falling on a fluffy goat right? Three quarters of the way into the woods a branch not only fell down when I pulled, but smacked me right in the eyeball too. Tree karma I think. Luckily I can now see, and luckily the girls and a really unhelpful dog were there to lead me, and my one good eye, back home! 

The good has been plentiful today, eye incident aside.  The newly fenced goat area is almost done, and the newly fenced back garden is done. Tis means the goats - and the chickens- have  safe areas to roam this winter. Might think its a bit odd to get excited about fencing butI suppose its more the coming together of plans really that makes my day. All this lovely safe space for my herd. 

It was a good day for getting things done too, the computer work literally halved today as I worked through a bundle of jobs. And the ginger pony and I rode much further than before and explored a new route in glorious and unseasonably warm blue sky weather. 
The girls and I watched both the Addams family movies tonight;  good to chuckle and all have the same sense of humour... 

Tiny bit more bad; Wasted a while online trying to order fun slogan t-shirts from an American company who promised me free shipping to the uk.  Ages choosing for a gift and looking through the whole site to find out it takes 20-30 days to arrive. What?? This why Amazon Prime and I are friends. 24 hours and its here. I think its quicker to design my own....

And the coffee? Well a new bean to cup monster machine arrived in our house this week. House smells good and the coffee is lovely. win win... 

We have the maddest, busiest week ahead, but thankfully its half term to, so at least school runs are out  and the girls can help with everything ;) woohoo!

Life's good here at the barn. :) 


under the waterfall...

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We are lucky enough to be surrounded by countryside smattered with  beautiful waterfalls, including this one which you can walk behind. If you so wish! Some of my herd did, and got exceptionally wet in the process!  Love waterfalls, from the mighty roaring types to the trickling down the hillside types. Impossible to walk by without taking a picture! 


welsh ponies

Wild welsh ponies are very different from the 'wild' {not remotely wild, owned and cared for} new forest ponies back in Hampshire. For a start these are often actually wild... unhandled, utterly wary of people and not remotely likely to pinch your picnic like the New forest pony.
 Rather beautiful, short, and with the trademark dished faces and big, big eyes, they are one of the oldest British breeds. I come across these ponies occasionally when out hiking across the uplands and moors. They really do hide, and appear randomly, only to be gone again moments later. 

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These three hung around and watched me go by, not at all impressed by my offers to come and live with me cheery hellos and friendly comments, they eyed me suspiciously all the way. I turned back to check just as I got out of their sight, and yep; they were still watching me go. 

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