The Littlest Elf

Maybe this will seem like a rash and strange decision for traveling folk like us here at Elvesabout. But rest assured this was 18 months of long hard thinking, planning and viewing of pups and dogs before we made this commitment. Which is just as it should be. Getting a dog is not acquiring a possession but welcoming a new member into your family.

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So, we are introducing him to you!
This is Mowgli the littlest elf.

You can follow Mowgli on Instagram @mowglioflondon for more photos and cheekiness.

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Country Elf

We’re off on a countryside adventure this weekend. The Broadlands Country Show. This is a proper country show, there are dog breed competitions, gun dog trials, demonstrations in the main arena. Food and local produce, rides and stalls.

The show is set in the attractive grounds of an Estate called Broadlands, which is well worth a visit another time. Lovely old house, beautiful gardens and lovely walks. Back to the show, if you buy your tickets online in advance you will get a cheaper ticket, it’s a little expensive at £15 but everyone under 16 is free which is nice. We toddle on through and stop at the gun dog trials. I have never seen this before it’s very cool. We stop toIMAG2677 watch the “long retrieve” there a red ball like thing is short into the air and down the end of the enclosure accompanied by a loud simulated gun shot. Now, all being well the dog sprints off down the field and returns with the red ball like thing…this is not always the case and lots of the dogs had a good romp around and sniff before returning (or not) with the ball.IMAG2685_BURST012_COVER

Next we head to the main arena, where we are blown away by the craziness that is “The Devils Horsemen”. Not for the faint of heart, that is sure. These guys are mad, they hang off the sides of the horses and do handstands on the back of galloping horses. Then to top it off they stand astride two horses for a race. It’s thrilling, and I will not lie…it leaves me desperate to go horse riding. Perhaps a new career path?

We munch our way round and enjoy pasties, hot coffee (to ward of the cold as it starts to rain), popcorn and candy floss. We pick up some apple strudel and cakes to take home and on the way out I can’t help it… I get some fudge as well. (Licorice flavour…oh my, so, so good)

I’m already busy looking up the next Country show I can get to.  If you fancy heading along to a show, I found this website with lots of information about upcoming shows.

A bit more poetry Elf

In advance of a related post coming up this week, I want to share something beautiful from a wonderful writer and woman who I find to be very inspiring and too often forgotten.

 

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.”

Virginia Woolf

Quiet Elves

Its not like us to have been quiet!  We’ve been puppy siting and it has been glorious.

His name is Billy and he is the much loved dog of our friends.  Our lovely friends have been busy with wedding preparations and the big day its self so Billy has been staying casa de Elf!

Billy’s gentle companionship and company has been great fun and we enjoyed being able to help out good people in a difficult time.  Yes…it’s one of those posts.

Lets help each other.  Really do it, its great!  I know it seems a silly thing to point out and we shouldn’t do things just to make ourselves feel good,  but it does feel good to do favors and to offer support and help.  Little kindnesses (or big ones) make big differences to people and their lives.

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We have also had a small hiatus to the adventuring due to Mr Elf braking his ankle.  Poor boy is hopping around on crutches and has all the annoyances that go with a moon boot.  Fingers crossed that he will be mended up soon and we can get back to the adventures.

 

Ask questions

 

Something profound from one of the most inspirational women ever.  I love this passage, I try to embrace this ethos in everyday.  Let us become a community across the world, let us not judge or pass judgment. Instead, let’s ask questions and listen.

 

“If you don’t understand, ask questions. If you’re uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It’s easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here’s to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Americanah

Elf YES!

About this time last year, I decided that I needed a pick me up.  I needed more adventure and joy in my life so started this blog with that idea in mind.

12 months on Mr Elf and I are saying yes to more and more adventures, we are planning a great big Elfventure as well.  Travel, food, cooking, craft, exercise and trying new things have become part of our everyday lives. It’s been an amazing journey and I am excited by the new opportunities and adventures that this blog has given us and have brought to our lives.  By saying yes to trying new things I have learnt so much, by saying yes to new places, new skills and new experiences, we have been more present and more content in life.

I hope that so far you have enjoyed reading our adventures.

Here’s to another year and many more!!