Telling your storiesfrom the stables to the fields

11 May,2020

May with Little Alf and Hannah Russell

It’s May and lockdown continues, me and Alf have been making to most of the sunshine over the last week or so…

We are grateful to live in the Yorkshire Dales and be able to enjoy the sunshine in our back garden with hidden paths across the fields so we can get in our daily exercise. It must be so difficult for those who live in enclosed areas, flats and homes where they aren’t able to get out into the garden or go for their daily exercise. 

I have close friends working in the NHS and they are doing an amazing job across the country. It has been great to see how everyone has stayed inside to help them and stick by the rules. Step by step we are beating this horrendous virus and one day we will all be together soon.

As usual Little Alf has been causing mischief with Pepper his best friend in the field. They are both still losing their winter coats, which isn’t ideal for myself as I’m actually allergic to horse hair! This year it seems a bit better, I started using some natural oils at the start of 2020 and they seem to be helping (fingers crossed!)

During lockdown, we’ve been keeping spirits high on social media and focusing on the positives where we can. I have been volunteering as an NHS responder and Alf has been posting on social media his daily antics as well as getting involved in a charity campaign. 

It’s a crucial time for charities as they cannot host events, work in their offices or go out and fundraise. It has all had to focus on media to help which is great we have modern day resources to spread the word about the amazing work they do.

During this downtime, I have been focusing on writing and getting the next book finished. It hasn’t been an easy task, I find time quite hard to come by now I have six business and fifteen pets to look after. But it has been nice to settle down at my desk a few times with a mug of tea. 

The next book will be the ninth Little Alf story, which is pretty scary and exciting to see how far we have come over the past few years. I remember selling my first ten books in 2014. I was absolutely chuffed and now we are up into the thousands and even the hundreds of thousands which is crazy to think about how many of you have read Little Alf’s stories. 

This May I am hoping to give all the horses a bath if the sunshine keeps up. Alf loves a bath to keep him smelling nice and get rid of his final winter coat! 

Until next time…

Hannah and Little Alf

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