Saturday, July 26, 2014

A sunny Saturday

Our Saturday has been a joyful mixture of sunshine, laughter, happy children, and beautiful views.  We are so blessed to live here, it's such a beautiful place and the space for the children is just wonderful - a dream.

The morning started with the usual animal chores - ducks, geese and chickens need to be released from their overnight coops, goats let out from their stable, and the guinea pigs and rabbit released from their bedrooms.  They have to be fed their appropriate food stuffs for breakfast, as well as hay for goats, and clean fresh water given to all.

Then it was breakfast for the humans, and a discussion about our plans for the day.  Yesterday I pulled a muscle (I think) in my leg - all I did was kneel down on the floor and I heard a crack.  Agony ensued, it was very painful - so much so that I felt sick and a little dizzy.  Clearly resting it as I slept through the night helped greatly because it felt a lot better when I woke - well enough to hoover the lounge, kitchen. and do the animal chores so I figured a bit of light walking wouldn't hurt.  We went to Tiverton and managed to find a new paddling pool to replace our old one - finding a paddling pool wasn't a problem, but finding the type we need here was.  Due to our free-ranging animals we can't have any of the inflatable types as they wouldn't last a day.  Instead we have to have one of the solid sided type, where the sides stand up as it fills.  Eventually after much trawling (so much for the light walking), we found what we needed, much to Taisia's delight when we returned, she played in and around it for hours...


As she played, we popped the tent up so shelter was available, particularly for the littlest...


Amara loves being outside.  She is a true nature's child, and likes nothing more than feeling the grass blades slip between her tiny toes and watch the birds fly above her head.  Everything is a curiosity and observed with great interest.  Flowers, bees, butterflies all hold her attention, as do leaves...


I can see Amara being chief egg-collector as she grows as she loves to hold and turn the shells within her small fingers.  I am grateful that I am able to give her the opportunity to explore and find her passion.

As Amara satisfied her curiosity being watched by Tiegan and Lee, I enjoyed strolling around the field, making plans of what should be put where, and admiring the views...


Nothing quite says countryside living than the hay in a freshly baled field...


After a lot of play equipment moving and pond liner repairing, Lee had earned a rest...


whilst our ever faithful hound wanted anything but...


Our evening took the shape of a lovely stroll down the lanes to our neighbours for whom we are chicken sitting and plant watering.  Taisia joined us and played on their tree swing whilst Lee and I watered a huge variety of fabulous veggies and beautiful flora.  A tad envious it has to be said, but inspiration was found in abundance as we worked.

Home to complete the evening animal chores, watch the Commonwealth Games on TV to finish what really has been a simple but joyous invoking day.

Days like these are blissful.

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