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Miniature Pony Centre

A good mane day, Mom!
A good mane day, Mom!

Locat­ed inside Dart­moor Nation­al Park, near More­ton­hamp­stead in Devon, the Cen­tre hous­es minia­ture and Shet­land ponies along with hors­es, minia­ture Mediter­ranean don­keys, and an array of oth­er farm ani­mals (includ­ing a hefty Kunekune pig). Start­ed by the Den­nis fam­i­ly in 1986, the farm now trades under the own­er­ship of the Hutch­ings fam­i­ly, includ­ing four daugh­ters — no sur­prise they want to car­ry on the fam­i­ly tra­di­tion.

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England’s Exmoor National Park

What are you doing with those scissors, Missy?
What are you doing with those scis­sors, Mis­sy?

Nation­al Parks are pro­tect­ed lands through­out the UK just as they are in the US. Numer­ous loca­tions are free of charge and many have love­ly tea rooms (think lus­cious Devon clot­ted cream, home­made scones & jam, along with a mul­ti­tude of oth­er fresh­ly baked good­ies rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the region). The Eng­lish Nation­al Trust (as well as the Scot­tish Nation­al Trust) rep­re­sent great val­ue. With a rea­son­ably-priced annu­al mem­ber­ship, you can vis­it a wide range of amaz­ing land­scapes, mines, coun­try homes, cas­tles, and his­toric sites wor­thy of roy­al­ty, for­eign­ers, and local folk alike. The coun­try­side draws you in, with roads so nar­row at times both sides of your car touch dense shrub­bery at once. And the ani­mals, wild and tame, actu­al­ly talk to you. Yes, it’s true. Friend­ly and polite, these crea­tures wel­come you and your con­ver­sa­tion at a momen­t’s notice.

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