Shetland pony

Shetland pony

As the wind whistles across my corner of West Wales and the leaves continue to fall from the trees, there is no denying a bitter chill in the air. As the sunlight wanes and the sycamore seeds fall through the air like helicopters I have been enjoying my autumnal walks and have been observing the explosion of mushrooms. That winning combination of summer warmth and autumnal damp has meant a good crop of mushrooms and toadstools appearing on all my woodland walks.

I truly embrace every season as it arrives for each season brings with it special delights. As the prickly beech nuts lie on the woodland floor and the squirrels busily fill their winter larders my mind always wanders to thoughts of roast chestnuts and cosy nights by the fire.

IMG_9130[1] (Small)All the woodlands around me are slowly turning to a kaleidoscope of colour with the glorious reddish- orange tints of hornbeam, rusty shades of oak and even the humble hawthorn bushes producing shades of pretty radiance. Another few weeks and the autumnal colours should be at their best and I will be attempting to capture some autumnal photographs.

Whilst the leaves may be departing from the trees, there are new arrivals in my field. Sadly Dewdrop my miniature Shetland didn’t get to foal last year and whilst she is now in full health and looking rather wonderful in her winter coat, I thought it was time to get her a friend. Well the intention was to get her one little friend, but then my heart melted when I heard about Liliana and Priscilla. Yes, that’s right; I have just adopted two more miniature Shetlands. When I got Dewdrop I was warned that owning miniature Shetlands is addictive and it’s true. They are only small in size; they have big personalities and are strong willed and feisty little souls at times. Having owned Dewdrop for nearly a year now, she has been transported from field furniture into a well-loved family pet that has revealed a very sweet nature and so it was an easy decision to clear out my spare stable and invite new lodgers into our life.

IMG_9128[1] (Small)This afternoon has been spent admiring the two new recruits and my two girls are understandably very excited by the concept of a pony each. Pricilla is believed to be in foal and so hopefully the spring on 2015 will see us welcome a brand new life into the world. She will be getting lots of extra attention as we prepare her for delivering her little foal next year and I’m sure she’ll have plenty of love lavished on her by the best little grooms in West Wales, Hattie and Libby.

Well I’m off to finish a few articles before enjoying some chestnuts, although sadly they will not be roasted by an open fire. So I bid you a fond farewell from West Wales, until next week.IMG_9145[1] (Small)




About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog,