country life

A Rather Eventful Day

15:44

I had quite an eventful day yesterday... It was my Aunty’s Birthday so we went to see her and as it was a Tuesday, we decided to follow the Croome & West Warwickshire Hunt which is always a great morning with brilliant hospitality.

However the day began less smoothly as while we were about to leave our house to drive up to Worcestershire, my hand got slammed in the car door. We have a Land Rover Discovery so that means heavy doors and lots of force needed to shut them. This combined with my fingers being in the car frame led to a lot of pain (but no broken bones!) on my behalf and a slightly bent out of shape door... Oops! Nevertheless I am assured that I got off lightly compared to what could have happened had I been in a Defender...

When we eventually made it to my Aunty’s House we gave her her gifts and then left to go to the place the hunt was meeting. It was a nice farm (very muddy!) and there were plenty of glasses of whisky and sausage rolls to go around. We followed for a while and then went to the pub for a nice meal.



To top it all off, when I got home I smashed a glass and cut my foot! Despite all the accidents I had a great day and loved seeing the hounds and all the people out at the meet. 




equestrian

What I got for Christmas 2015

11:27

I hope you had a great Christmas and ate lots of good food... I certainly did! I thought I would share a couple of my presents with you because I thought they were very thoughtful and generous... I am mostly just sharing the more country themed presents with you as those will be most relevent but thank you to everyone who got me something, I love all my presents!

From my parents I got a pair of Dublin River Boots in Chocolate. These are something I have wanted for a while now and since I spend a lot of time outdoors I needed some nice tall boots. These boots are available in lots of places but mine were from Derby House. The company was very good as I initially ordered the wrong size but they were quick to resolve this problem for me. They come up fairly true to size, some people said they came up a bit small but I found my normal size was fine. I went for the wide calf and this gives a bit more room. Overall they are lovely boots and I would reccomend them so far. I will do an updated review after I have had them a bit longer. They got me a couple other things too and one is a Joules jumper which will be great for layering. Its really cute and spotty.



I got a very cool present from my Aunty this year, she got me a stool made from an old tractor seat. This was very thoughtful as she thought I could sit on it when doing revision for my GCSEs this year and also just because she knows I like these sorts of things. Its lovely quality and surprisingly comfortable to sit on! I’m not sure where she got it from but I’m sure if you search for one you will find something similar.
My sister and her boyfriend got me a very cute goat egg cup which will be great for boiled egg and toast soldiers! They also got me a subscription to a goat and sheep magazine! Its very exciting and I will write a post about it when my first copy arrives.
My other sister and my brother-in-law got me a lazy jacks jumper and its so soft and warm! It will not be seeing the yard as I have learnt that fluffy jumpers and hay don’t mix. Well they do mix but they hay never unmixes from the jumper... They also got me some handwarmers which will be great for when my hands are too cold do undo a headcollar.
My friends and me decided to do a secret santa where we each spend £25 and buy for one person. From this exchange I got the Ladies Garton Fleece Gilet with Pheasant Motif from Rydale. I love it! It’s so warm and such good value at £25. I wore it for doing some fencing the other day and it kept me very warm. I already have a schoffel gilet but I wanted something that I wasn’t afraid to wear to get mucky at the yard.
I love all of my presents and I hope you enjoyed reading what I got for Christmas this year!



**All Opinions are my own

reviews

Baby Claas Sit n Ride Tractor Review

20:48

Being a Young Farmer and lover of the outdoors, I thought it was my responsibility to buy the perfect outdoorsy gift for my one year old niece Sophie for Christmas. And what could be better than a tractor? Clearly a real tractor is a little out of my usual budget and also she is a bit young so I had to get creative.

I’m sure you’ve seen those ride on tractors you can get from toy shops for kids but for reference I’ll put a photo in. But thats what I ended up getting her, and guess what - she loves it! I went for a Claas model, one of my personal favourite makes and its gorgeous! It took an hour or so to put together as it was quite tricky and you needed to make the holes for the screws yourself... But nevertheless it turned out quite well. Sophie opened it on Christmas day and hopped on straight away. Its just the right size for her to sit on but will definitely last her a year or so and seems like the sort of thing that could be passed down.


Overall its a lovely gift, it wasn’t too expensive compared to some, but it doesn’t have the pedals like some of the larger models. This is perfect for a little tot like her and I think it will become a firm favourite. She very much enjoys hitching and unhitching the little trailer that comes with it.  

I’ll inlcude a link to the one I got here: http://www.smythstoys.com/uk/en-gb/outdoor/c-674/tractors/p-2749/baby-claas-sit-n-ride-tractor-and-trailer/

country life

About Me...

16:22

Hi! My name is Katie and I am 16 years old. I live in the city but love spending time in the countryside with my goats and horses. Here are 10 facts about me to get to know me!


1.    I have two Pygmy Goats called Will and Harry.
2.    I ride a a 17hh Thoroughbred gelding called Blaze Lane (Joshua) and a 16.1hh Gelderlander called Oliver.
3.    I am a Member of the National Federation of Young Farmers and belong to a club in Worcestershire.
4.    With Young Farmers I have come 2nd in Junior Cookery at the Royal Three Counties Show 2015.
5.    I would like to study Veterinary Science at University.
6.    My Barbour Coat isolder than me. It used to belong to my Dad.
7.    I have a cat called Oreo.
8.    I learned to play polo at the Cirencester Park Polo Academy for my 16th Birthday.
9.    I got my first pony at age 7, he was a 12.2hh Dartmoor Pony called Torfield Pargon.
10. I am half Canadian.

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