A short 5 min drive away from our new home is Magpie Bridge...Wild ponies roam free in the forest and down by the river. Its a lovely walk which includes deep fenced off caves , old abandoned stone cottages, hill top paths into the woodlands. Its one of our favorite walks. Mr B used to come here when he was a boy with his dog so its lovely to explore his child hood walks. Being an Essex girl (Though ive lived down here in Devon 11 years) I still am learning my new surroundings. Its lovely to explore with someone who knows the area around Dartmoor well.
Life is like the pebbles on the shoreline...some are easy to reach , some are harder to pick up, some weigh you down and others are a joy to have and keepers...and the rest you toss to the side and move on.
Its been a real hard emotional journey of late..I think a lot of it has been the mega early starts in very cold conditions...and feeling very tired. But when you least expect it , FANTASTIC NEWS happens...out of the blue!!!!...My daughter gets her School placement. And Today she started her first day at her New School.
Feeling nervous, anxious with excitement all wrapped into one she started her new school term at a wonderful school in the heart of our village. I cannot tell you the pure joy when I picked her up from school today~ her face was beaming happy and new friendships had been made.
When you are a Mother your bond is tight and you take on all their anxieties and worries...but you also take on all the excitement and smiles when things turn out Ok in the end.
I feel like my whole body has taken a big sigh of relief...No more madness of bus rides at silly hour O'clock!!
Some highlights from School half term.
Home, sweet home.
We still are in the process of making this cottage a home...
A lovely half term walk through a Devon nature reserve.
Its been quite a wet, stormy month. We have had hale storms, big bolts of lightening, snow showers and lots of rain!!!!...in between such hair raising events we have also been busy with jobs around our new home. Lots of painting/decorating, buying lovely pieces of furniture and sorting through home and garden. Making a studio space for my partner (Mr B) and the long, lengthy process of waiting on a school placement in my new home town. Bus trips at 7am are taking all my energy out of my already very frazzled body~ luckily i still have a very happy traveler who despite having to get up an hour earlier than where we lived before does not mind the trips at all~ all very exciting in her little head. At least the bus trips go across the moors and theres always so much beauty in the ever changing landscape. Seeeing the tors covered in snow a few weeks back was a real treat for the eyes. On a weekend when my daughter was with her father Myself and Mr B decided to leave the cottage and go and explore in the car and enjoy some well needed fresh air and a good hearty walk. We ended up in Charlestown on the Cornish coast. Poldark is filmed there.
Ive been enjoying spending time in the garden in between showers. Getting to know the my little plot on the raised hill part of the garden where i will grow meadow flowers, vegetables and have an edible garden.
Ive put my old table and wooden chairs out there in the patio part of the garden as we have inherited some rather lovely ones from Mr B's parents for the cottage. It really does feel like home now...I still pinch myself a few times a day to make sure im not dreaming.