A Pastoral Ending to our Winter Home

Spring in full swing at the farm

We were sad to have to say goodbye to the farm in West Sussex that has been our home for the last 6 months and to our wonderful and friendly hosts, Keith and Tracey, but we are excited about our Easter break and the marvellous things we’ll see en route.

After our shenanigans with the heating system of my last post, I am very happy to report that we haven’t had any further mishaps and, although a few hundred pounds poorer, we are delighted with the Reliance Caravan and Motorhome Services care and dedication and we won’t hesitate to call on them again should the need arise, but perhaps I should start playing the Lottery just in case…

After a couple of very cold weeks, the sun and the warm weather paid us a visit again and it was a sight for sore eyes to witness all the spring flowers popping out from the ground and the gorgeous hawthorn in full bloom all along the path I follow with Beano every morning and afternoon.

The beautiful sight of hawthorn in bloom on my dog walk

It was even hot enough to put our tables and chairs outside and have lunch al fresco for the first time this year!

First lunch outdoors this year!

This was a sign that summer isn’t far away and that the end of the spring term was coming to an end, as it did 2 days ago. In order to end the term on a high note, the school has held for many years a sponsored walk from the school itself in Slindon to Bignor Hill, all through the idyllic South Downs National Park, a distance of 3 miles each way which can easily be done in a couple of hours before lunch. I have always loved this event and, although I do not work at the school any more, Adonis does and, this being a family event when everyone and their dog is welcome, I didn’t hesitate to join in. It was an opportunity to say hello to my old colleagues, friends and students and to see how everyone is doing. And so the walk began at 10 a.m. on Friday morning. Adonis and colleague Jo were in charge of the Seniors, so we were the last group to leave the school.

Beano walking with his doggy family, with Adonis and friend and colleague Jo, through Slindon Woods

I had to run to the front to catch up with Marmite, Beano’s Mum

Catching up with the troops!
Though the gate…

And on the Downs we go! The destination is that mast in the horizon!
I’d better stop taking pictures or I’ll never make it…

Oh dear! More friends to catch up with. Nearly there, though!

But soon enough we arrived at our destination and a chance to have a rest, a bite to eat and a refreshing drink.

The end of the line. Adonis with an old friend and colleague, staff, students and families

But some preferred a bit of quiet and a sit down.

Taking a breather before the walk back to school. Who needs chairs when you have logs? They are well camouflaged too!

And I just couldn’t resist a couple more photos on the way back for a different view.

A sight to die for! The stunning South Downs


Back at the farm, it looks like the warm weather of the last few days has helped with the lambing process and the field by the motorhome was covered in the most delightful sight!

I can’t think of anything more beautiful at the moment: a pure joy to watch
The view from my window!

And because I am so nice, I would like to share this happiest of lambs leaping about all over the place with this short video: enjoy! (only a few seconds long). It’d better work now!

And with that happy sight, we left yesterday morning for our Easter break. We are now in northern France heading for Orléans and further south, but more on that next time.


21 thoughts on “A Pastoral Ending to our Winter Home

  1. Lovely blog as usual but your photo of hawthorn in blossom is actually blackthorn. Hawthorn is a couple of weeks away yet. The clue is: blackthorn blooms first and the flowers are out before the leaves. Hawthorn put out leaves first and flowers late April. You might like to know that Spring hawthorn leaves are called Poor Man’s Bread & Cheese, and are edible, if a bit tasteless!

    Best wishes and see you soon after your hols,

    Julia

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    1. Thank you, Julia. That is a very interesting, educational and helpful comment as I didn’t know the difference. I don’t think I will be eating it, though; I’ll stick with my baguettes! !! 😂
      Looking forward to seeing you soon. 💖

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  2. the settings change worked. great job!👍
    awesome photos here. 📷
    my family and i went traveling in an RV in CA about 2 yrs ago
    all was fun until we broke the side mirror in San Francisco.🌅
    the fields here look like y’all were in Switzerland! 🌼

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    1. Yes, unfortunately, this kind of travel comes with its own risks, but it is all part and parcel of the adventure. We have broken down a few times and it can be quite annoying. You just have to relax and accept that things will go wrong every now and then.
      I am glad you like the photos. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world. Thank you once again for your help with my avatar and for your kind comment.

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