Saturday, 31 March 2012

Self indulgence

This is a little pressie to me.
It's entitled 'Tangled'.
It arrived today in the post.
And I love it!

It is a mixed media collage by the wonderful artist Caroline Rose 
who I found via Lucy's delightful blog.

Take a look ... I know you'll love her work too :0)

School Trip

What super weather we have had recently ...
Spring has most definitely sprung.

Thursday saw us (Red Class) at Gaston Farm, Slindon. 
Set in the South Downs, it is a beautiful spot
where you have the chance to witness traditional lambing,
get up close to the lambs and sheep themselves,
hold baby chicks and ducklings and enjoy a free tractor/trailer ride.
It costs £4, with under 2's going free
and with the help of a strong base of volunteers,
all proceeds from the café and shop,
and all donations from the free tractor and trailer ride
go towards charities that Gaston Farm have supported for many years...a Nepal Orphanage and an African Soup Kitchen.

I've been back at work for a week now
and this trip was just what the doctor ordered. 
Fresh air, beautiful countryside and the miracle of new life. 

We were lucky enough to see triplets being born.
They were 10 days premature which in a 5 week gestation period
is a lot but with a very hands on approach by the shepherd
and his wife, all 3 were OK. 
I was totally caught up in the moment ...
thank goodness for sunglasses as they hid the tears in my eyes
from the children as I reassured them that all was going to be OK!

We got to hold baby chicks (the ducklings are arriving next week),
stroke a lamb which we named 'Digger'
and shrieked with excitment on the bumpy tractor ride ...
What fun!!

If you are in the area I would absolutely recommend you visit ... you can't fail to enjoy yourself.

p.s. I spotted Ashley from Country Rose 
enjoying the day with her husband and gorgeous daughter Rose
and rashly introduced myself ...
honestly I'm not a mad stalker Ashley :0) 
I hope you enjoyed your day as much as we did.