Girls outfits provided by Fieldlife
It’s been an amazing Summer up here. We always knew it would be worth the Winter wait. We’ve loved having our huge garden to run around, the pheasant woods, the old barns, sheep out the front of the house, Muntjacs down our lane. We hadn’t seen many pheasants but they are back this week – thousands of chicks in the pen in the pheasant woods, so the cats are being kept in. Thank goodness it’s cooled down so much.
The girls have been out climbing the apple tree – they’ve made saddles out of sheepskins and spent whole afternoons sitting out there. We’ve spent scorching afternoons running through our orchard, up through fields upon fields of giant clover with the cats running as fast as they can, racing each other through the golden fields and up the apple tree as fast as they can go. Rufus is still the fastest even though he is getting on.
Oscar has spent hours and hours chasing mice bringing us many mouse-offerings each day. My job has been to scoop them up in the shovel and chuck them into the hedge – there must be quite a collection there by now, alongside the dead pigeon he brought in one day. Luckily we saved one Vole and we took another one back to its nest to die in peace once we’d googled mouse with long nose and realised it wasn’t a mouse with a long nose but an endangered species.
Rufus, after getting quite perilously lost early on, has spent his days very much around the house missing Oscar, but not brave enough to follow, to venture too far again. Rufus loves coming with us on our Oscar search parties which extend, most evenings, to a 30 minute walk up the field, through the woods, down the lane, down to the big farm house and around the front. He’ll tag along and miaow if we go too fast. Trotting along behind us to catch us up while we stop and wait for him.
My favourite thing this Summer has been cycling with the girls up and down our lane, down the hill to see the horses. And back up again. Collecting leaves and flowers. Saying hello to the sheep. Taking carrots for all our new horse friends. Oscar came out for a ride in my basket one evening, leaping out when I went too fast – he wouldn’t stay in after that so I walked my bike home, cat tucked under one arm.
The girls’ lastest craze is catching as many of the hundreds of caterpillars that are gracing our garden as they possibly can, and putting them in IKEA lunch boxes. Hours and hours of fun each day. With nature like this around us we haven’t been wanting for any extra entertainment.
For us right now, it’s now time to pack. We move a week today.
We shall take many fond memories of this beautiful beautiful place. It would have been lovely to stay. The place of my English roots from five generations back. This place where we feel so at home and so in love with the land. But more important things await. Something wonderful indeed.
The girls have test-driven their new British made clothes by Fieldlife, and our summer really has been a Fieldlife Summer. British. Adventurous. Outdoors. A lovely summer of newfound countryside freedom for the girls. We will certainly cherish the precious memories that have been created this year.