In my bag . . .
PUBLISHED: 06:52 14 April 2014
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Colleen Walters and husband Trevor took over the running of Snettisham Park at the start of this year having both worked there for some time and as it is still a working farm as well as tourist attratction, she spends a lot of time outdoors.
“It is a very exciting time for us and there is a lot going on, we are just preparing for the start of our lambing season so we are incredibly busy.”
Colleen, who has two daughters at university and a seven-year-old son and is also a British Horse Society riding instructor, says that while she loves stylish handbags, they also need to be incredibly practical.
“The one I use at the moment is a beautiful Italian leather bag which my mum bought me. It is very special but it has to be a real workhorse. It gets chucked in the stable yard, taken on the school run and I carry it everywhere with work, but because it is such good quality, it is a fantastic bag.”
Leather purse, from Tenerife, £25.
I bought this leather patchwork purse on holiday in Tenerife last October because it not only looks fantastic but is excellent quality and very sturdy, which is a must for me.
Leather gloves, black, Debenhams, £10
I am constantly in and out, so my hands get very dry. I always wear gloves and I love leather as they are elegant but practical, whether I am walking the dog or dealing with the animals at the farm.
Earl Grey lip balm, Bath House, £4.95
I love Earl Grey tea and always have a lip balm in my bag as my lips get so dry, so my friend thought this was the perfect gift. I prefer little pots of lip balm made from natural ingredients, which tend to be more effective.
Diary, week to a page, Owl design, Ryman, from £2.99.
I always have a paper diary just to stay on top of everything at home, such as my son’s school things and various appointments. I like to see the whole week across the page so I can see what is ahead of me.
Hoof pick, from any equestrian shop, £3.
A metal hoof pick is an essential item if you look after horses and we have two Shetland ponies. I use it for all sorts, it could be to remove a stone lodged in the hoof, for general grooming or even to untie a tight knot in a rope.
School identity card
I am a governor at Ingoldisthorpe Primary School and need my identity pass if am popping in. This is my second year and the responsibilies have grown phenomonally in that time, but it is vital that as a governor you are there to help and support staff in running the school. It is incredibly rewarding.
Snettisham Park, Bircham Road, Snettisham, PE31 7NG; 01485 542425; www.snettishampark.co.uk