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Spring is here at last!

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There is nothing quite like the spring sunshine after the winter and the promise of a new season ahead. Easter is well and truly on its way which is always a special time of year and reminds us of how blessed we really are.

When the dark clouds lift and you feel the warmth of the sun once again it seems that everything touched by its rays speak of new life and good things to come…. Summer!

 

This is a particularly special Spring for us as a family as we are awaiting the arrival of the latest addition to our nest. I am 39 weeks pregnant and although I appreciate what my body has been doing to grow this little person inside my belly I am pretty exhausted now and very ready for birth to come and pregnancy to finish.

My hospital bag is packed, which I was reluctant to put too much in as last time I remember not using much of it, however I have still managed to fill a bag, probably again with too much stuff!

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Shilo has been soaking up some rays through the kitchen window and I can honestly say these sunny mornings lift my spirits. We haven’t been to visit the lambs this year as it is not recommended for pregnant mothers, however we are hoping to welcome some chickens into our coop later this year, so watch this space!!

We dont often need an excuse for a good walk but now the baby is ready to arrive we thought some walking might coax my body into labour and with a sunny but cool afternoon yesterday we took a trek up to the top of the valley and Josh my other half tried out his new/second hand lense for his camera.

I love watching Ayla in the outdoors, there is so much joy and freedom, we are truly blessed to live where we do.

I hope the sun has shown its face where ever you are and with the promise of Summer on its way there is such expectation in the air, I am really excited to see what lies ahead and for some fun outside.

Looking forward to getting the garden sorted, there is lots to be done, we are hoping to build a shed, do up Ayla’s wendy house, put the poly tunnel up and plant some fresh fruit and veg.

So watch this space! … I will also be looking out for some elderflowers again this year from our tree and perhaps have a go at making some elderflower champagne for the grown ups 🙂 as well as the cordial!

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Hopefully next blog there will be four of us to photograph!

In the meantime if you get a chance to escape into the sunshine and walk somewhere you feel free, try putting your worries aside and escape for a moment! We could all learn a thing or too from children they really have a great out look on the world.

 

Mark 10:14

Jesus said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.”

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Walked till we dropped!

Decided to take Ayla to a nature reserve nestled away not too far from where we live. I had heard about it from friends but never been, and once again it seemed we had the place pretty much to ourselves.

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We started off strong and keen… even Rosie the dolly was made to walk!

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We were showered with blossom as we walked between the apple trees, like walking down an aisle of confetti.

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I tried to capture as much of the wildlife as I could but as it is often moving it’s not always easy, so I took photos of still things…

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I knew Ayla was getting tired ….

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So we sat for a while on a log and watched the water go by (Even Rosie Dolly)

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I managed to gee us up a bit with the hunt for cows, there had been signs to say they were in the meadow, luckily we found two having a rest (or Ayla would have felt hugely conned seeing as I made such a big deal about going to visit them).

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After we found the cows Ayla was not up for much more and wanted to be carried. At this point I was in two minds whether to turn back but I was sure we must be nearing the end of the trail. I walked all the way around this field until I met a couple that said the rest of the trail was steep this way and she pointed me in the direction to follower a flatter trail.

I got lost….

Ayla got tired….

I can’t believe I got lost! …

We found a bridge which was exciting

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There was  map beside the bridge so we followed it……

I still got lost!

Ayla fell asleep

So I walked the rest of the way back with her swaying about on my shoulder as I made my way out of the nature reserve entirely and followed the lanes back to the road to find the car.

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Blissfully unaware 🙂