My Top 3 Country Boots: 2017 Edition


Anyone who spends time outdoors, whether it be with horses, walking dogs or farming, will know that good boots are essential. Over the last few years, I have tried countless pairs of boots, always having a favourite pair. Some of the best boots I have had have come from the Muck Boot Co., Ariat, Harry Hall and for a long while a pair of Joules wellies were my tried and trusted favourites but I have recently honed my collection down to three pairs which I could not live without. So without further ado, here are my top 3 pairs of boots of 2017…

Firstly are the Mastergrip 6“ Waterproof work boots from Ariat which I got at the start of this year. They have quickly become my favourite pair of work boots. They are comfortable and secure, they give a lot of ankle support which is really nice in the field where the ground is perhaps more uneven and rough. The boots are obviously waterproof so can deal with any mud or puddles you might face. The composite toe means you don’t have to worry so much around the horses as you have some protection, it also means that when the goats decide to stand on my toes I don’t even notice! They are a substantial boot that is very practical and has a classic style. I highly recommend them and as they are from Ariat you know they are made to a high quality and will hopefully last well.
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Next, up in my boot shortlist are the Dublin River Boots. I have had my Dublins since Christmas 2015 and they are still going strong. They are a really comfortable pair of yard boots and they can be put to the test mucking out and doing various jobs or dressed up a bit and worn out. I always get compliments on my Dublin boots and they are definitely a must have. There are so many brands out there selling country boots but I am a big fan of these ones and they have certainly lasted me well so far! They clean up well and are very low-maintenance boots. When I first got them I was distraught at them getting a bit scuffed up but it works into the leather and just adds to the character. I regularly reach for these boots when headed for a long day of walking at a game fair, county show etc. because I know I can walk all day long in them with no problems.
They are available here:

Lastly but definitely not least are the Le Chameau Vierzonord wellies. I got my chams last May and I can honestly say they are the highest quality wellies I have ever had. The natural rubber and neoprene lining moulds to your feet and makes them extremely comfortable. The boots are completely waterproof and warm which is great for winter. Everyone deserves a pair of luxury wellies in their life! You can feel the difference in quality between them and other neoprene lined wellies on the market at lower prices. For the assured quality I think they are worth it so definitely pop them on your birthday/Christmas list!
You can shop the Le Chameau range here:

* disclaimer, some of the products mentioned have been kindly sent to me by the aforementioned brands, but my opinions are all unbiased and true.


Countryfile Live 2017


On Sunday, we headed down to Blenheim Palace to go to the Countryfile Live event that was on all weekend.

Last year, we went to the Game Fair at Ragley as it was really close to home but with it being a bit further afield this year, we decided to go to Countryfile Live as Blenheim isn’t too far away and the event looked fabulous last year.

We got there at around 11 and were greeted by the giant gates and an impressive row of grey Fergies.

There was lots to see and do, it was different from some of the other country days out that we have been to in the past as there were less shopping stands and more attractions & shows to see.

We spent some time in the livestock area, it was great to see so many British breeds celebrated! There was even a Highland calf which was so sweet…

Lots of the exhibitors were really interesting, one had a sample of lots trays on the table filled with peas, oats, barley, linseed etc. to identify and feel. It was a really interactive display and definitely drew people in.
Once we had sampled the great food that was on offer and browsed all of the exhibits we could manage, we found a hay bale by the centre ring and watched some of the acts.

We saw the lamb national, the dog & duck show, the BMX stunt show, a gun dog display and a falconry display. There really was something for everyone!

We had a great day out at Countryfile Live and I would definitely recommend it as a day out. There are lots of great things to see and do there, and it would be a great day out for children too.

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