Thursday, 15 March 2012

Reasons to be Cheerful

It's mostly been a good week!  After a great weekend with all my family I felt more motivated and happier than I have done in a long time!  So that set me up in a good mood.

Local to where I live is a farm, Fordhall Organic Farm, and it is pretty famous!  It was threatened by having its land brought by Muller to expand its factory, but it fought back in a David and Goliath manner.  Charlotte and Ben Hollins worked tirelessly to find 8000 investors who all became honorary landlords, raising the cash to secure the farm's future.  It made national news and Charlotte and Ben have appeared on TV and have had some celebrity support.  Since being saved, they have built a gorgeous eco-friendly tea-room, shop and function room.  I took Freddy to their Saplings and Seedlings Toddler Group on Tuesday and then we went for a walk to see the pigs, lambs and chickens.

Fordhall Farm
Then, on Wednesday Ian was off work and we decided to try out the Tea Room.  They do a vegetarian 'The Full Shropshire' breakfast which we have been keen to sample.  We were not disappointed. 

The Full Shropshire
The food was excellent!  Freddy happily played with the toy kitchen in the tea room which keeps toddlers entertained.  Afterwards we went for a walk around the farm and saw the newborn piglets and the baby lambs.  It is a lovely place and somewhere that we will continue to make the most of while we can.

For Sale
Our house is now officially on the market and we have our first viewing on Saturday.  We are throwing our future into the hands of the Gods!  I am keeping a completely open mind as far as what happens next, but it feels good to empower ourselves in this way, whatever the end result.

Kezia had a lovely day when children's book illustrator Lynne Chapman visited her school.  She was delighted to get her autograph and a sketch of Stinky the Warthog!  The visit has rekindled her interest in art and drawing and Kizzy has been busy creating her own characters! 

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart


  1. glad to hear you are feeling better Wendy - i had the same sort of feeling last summer and it made me re-think where we were living. In short, we have been in Aylesbury for 5 years in May, but we only rent as we invested overseas. I realised how alone i was trying to run my business, be a mum whilst hubby worked away alot and it was really hard. My OH parents are in Poole retired, and i thought why are we here? I have always wanted to live near the beach and from July we will be (well 10 mins drive away). It is a new beginning and I do think things happen for a reason so I wish you well on your new journey x

  2. That's great news! Life is too short to be unhappy where you are living. Living near the beach will be lovely for you :) It feels good to take control! xxx

  3. Good luck with the house sale!!! Hope it all goes smoothly.

  4. Good luck with the house sale Wendy. Mich x

  5. Beach house is one of my dream. I read your post. Thanks for sharing your feeling with us. All the best for sale home.

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  6. house for sale, exciting yet scary times ahead, but I'm sure you will find somewhere that makes you all so much happier. Good Luck with it all x

  7. Theramblingpages16 March 2012 at 13:20

    The Farm sounds fab, and great that it was saved. Exciting times with the move, I hope your sale goes through smoothly and quickly x

  8. I love farm shops and cafes! I'm a new follower via R2BC. Happy Mother's Day.

  9. Thank you for your lovely comments from everyone at Fordhall Farm, although sorry you are moving away just as you found us. Hope you will make it this Tuesday too :-)

  10. Fordhall Farm sounds a brilliant place to visit and I have to say that breakfast looks so appetising.



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