Hello people, once again it has been a while since I updated the blog. Doh! I keep putting it off as we have been so busy – all this outside country living just eats up the time. Since my last update lots has been happening. We finally got the bikes out and went for an afternoon tootle around the local area.
We covered 27 miles but Tim and I disagreed with how far a ‘tootle’ is, or should be. Tim’s idea of an easy bike ride is approx 20 minutes on the bike followed by a leisurely couple of hours at a village pub but my interpretation is somewhat different. Three hours of gentle riding is more like it for me. We did a nice circular route taking in Market Bosworth, Barton in the Beans, Shackerstone and Congerstone. We cycled past the area where Richard III, the last Plantagenet king, met his demise at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. We found an interesting sign in Market Bosworth advertising the local fish and chip shop as the ‘batter of Bosworth fish and chips!’
Barton in the Beans is an unusual name which we believe originates from Leicestershire being a big producer of Broad Beans in days gone by.
“Shake a Leicestershire man by the collar and you may hear the beans rattle in his belly”
Tim has cleared the side of the barn and laid a path so that Dave can put a gate in at the top and it gives access up to the agility field. It was a big job clearing loads of stuff and sorting it and finding somewhere else for it to go. It was all levelled then and some slabs laid. Tim was obviously very proud of his work as he has made up a sign and named it The Bonvanageblog Walkway 2016!
Nobody else will understand it but at least we do. I expect once we’ve left the sign will go in the woodburner!
We had a new arrival at the dog hotel who deserves a special mention. Normally I wouldn’t update who has arrived but Teddy is a Lakeland Terrier so is obviously my favourite!
He’s a lovely sweet boy who didn’t have a very good start in life but has a good home now. Now he is a dog I could take home!
Jan took us out to Bradgate Park on Wednesday afternoon for a walk with Bluebell and Hattie. Bradgate Park was the birthplace, and childhood home, to Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for nine days in 1553.
The park extends to more than 800 acres and is home to a herd of deer (I had to look up what the collective name for deer are)! The house is one of the earliest brick built manor houses in the country although only ruins remain today. We walked to the highest point in the park which gives views out over the whole of Leicestershire and probably into Lincolnshire on a good day.
Hattie and Bluebell enjoyed a swim in the river and we rounded off the walk with a ‘Mr Whippy’!
On Thursday morning Tim let me take a turn with feeding the sheep and letting the hens and ducks out whilst he exercised the dogs in the field. The hens can’t wait to get out in the morning and are all pecking at the window.
Then it’s a feeding frenzy as they all go wild for the food.
So that’s it, the time is just whizzing by as we are nearing the end of our stay here. It’s hard to believe it’s been two weeks since we left Trow Vegas!