Ancient lands, village pubs and a laid-back Labrador for Xmas
If you are looking for a cosy wee hoosie (Scottish for little house), animals with huge hearts and personalities, local ancient paths and sights with an inviting open fire to come home to this Xmas, then look no further. We are a family that loves animals, the outdoors and adventure. I am Scottish, my late teens chidren are English and I am married to an Aussie. So you could say we are rather an international household. Even Gillie, our doting, laidback soppy Labrador hailed from Australia. I love running, walking and happiest in the mountains.
Our Home & Location
Shrivenham is a quintessentially English village with thatched roofs, walks and even a golf course. It's just over 20 miles from the city of Oxford and 5 miles from Swindon. But it's really well connected by roads, rail (Swindon) and has its own bus service between the two cities every 20 mins. It boosts its own 12th century church and pub as well as a pharmacy, post office, supermarket, newsagent, hairdressers, beauty and treatment room, yummy delicatessen, chinese takeaway, bistro restaurant, two Indian restaurants and a buzzing cafe offering homemade, mostly organic food. All within 5-10 min walk through our recreation park (latter at Gillie's sedientry pace) from the wee hoose.
The next village, Watchfield, is home to the UK Defence Academy where senior officers worldwide come to study. The villages therefore have a particularly welcoming and friendly international feel to them. So, perhaps more than anywhere else, you would be welcomed and helped....
If you love walking, exploring or visiting historical places, you will be spolit for choice. We are close to Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles, the Ridgeway (claiming to be the most ancient trial in Europe with a white horse chalk carving and hill fort dating back to the Bronze age), Roman town of Cirencester and cities of Bath and Cheltenham. Oxford itself needs no introduction but Blenhiem Palace is certainly worth a visit. Swindon hosts the Great Western Railway Museum that tells the story of the rise of the steam engine as well the MacArthur Glen outlet village for those who enjoy grabbing a designer label bargain.
Our wee hoose has 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, dining room and lounge. The latter has an open wood/ coal fire and patio doors that open out into a big, secluded and landscaped garden which may be a little in recession in December unless it's snows or there's a hard frost. Then it turns into a magical, winter wonderland. + More info
Responsibilities & Pets
Gillie and Indie crave human contact and love being stroked. Our rabbits are more shy as they were rescued. Gillie is a Pets as Therapy dog so that certifies his laid back, calm no fuss character. All are used to being left at home for periods up to 4 hours so plenty of opportunity for you to explore this great area.
Despite our mengarie, they are all low maintenance. Routine:
• Around 6 am (sorry we are early risers) let Gillie out back garden for morning comfort break. Then breakfast and medication (for arthritis). Feed Indie and rabbits dry food, top up water bowls.
• Clean rabbit shed, top up hay.
• Feed fish (needs 1l water change every two weeks).
• 8ish take Gillie for short walk (about 1.5/2km or 2000 steps if you have a fitbit). He's too old and arthritic for any further these days.
• Midday comfort break for Gillie in garden.
• Gillie's second short 'comfort'walk.
• 5pm feed Gillie and Indie. Gillie meds. The bunnies get their veg. Gillie will prompt you when it's time as I m convinced his body clock is more reliable than Big Ben!
• Bedtime. Comfort break and shut cat and rabbits flaps....
House. No garden maint needed at this time of year. Just ask you keep house tidy, clean and vacuumed. We live in a peaceful and friendly street and ask that your behavour respects and protects that reptutation. + More info
December 2018 | Jennifer