How do you start your day?
Every morning I take our dog Dexter out for a walk at 6.30am into the Dorset countryside. Knighton is surrounded by fields of cows and sheep as well as acres of agricultural crops in every direction. There are a number of favourite walks depending on the mood and whether the sun is shining. No need to get in the car, the fields are right on our doorstep.
As well as taking in the beautiful surroundings, I use the 45-minute walk to listen to the radio mainly to catch up on what’s happening in the world. Those of you in the rural prep school world will know only too well how ‘bubble like’ our existence is so it’s important for me to get a daily dose of the wider world. Somehow Brexit updates and Trump headlines seem a long way from here.
There’s time to think as well. Time to think about the day ahead, what needs doing and who I need to make sure I catch up with. The list is endless, especially at this time of the term with end of term festivities looming and reports to write, but somehow the walk puts things into some kind of perspective, order and priority.
This morning on our walk I met the early morning riding group who had set off from school at 6.45am for a pre-breakfast hack. I wonder how many other girls in schools around the country start their day with an early morning ride in glorious sunshine. They are incredibly lucky. There was even a loose lamb on the track which we managed to usher back into the field where it was reunited with the rest of the lambs.
Same again tomorrow.