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Photo: Muddy wellies

Photo: Muddy wellies

Working in the vegetable patch is muddy. There is also a long grassless path straight down the lawn – this is where the Min Pin gang pounds up and down. It’s the most direct route to the mouse hole village in the pond garden. They peer into the small round front doors and sometimes try to dig out the mice. This gets them filthy in minutes.

We do have a large Turtle Mat beside the back door for mud encrusted Min Pin paws. And this is where we take off our wellies.

I wear rubber sailing boots for gardening. They are easier to get on and off and are much more comfortable than full length Wellingtons. But when they are wet and muddy they are still a palaver. And however well I plan my stints in the garden I seem to endlessly have to return to the cottage for scissors or string or the loo.

Sometimes I’m a bit naughty and creep through the cottage in my muddy boots – this always seems to leave a mark however daintily I tread. I pretend to Danny that it’s Min Pin footprints but he’s not fooled. Looking online for a Christmas present for Danny to give me I was thrilled to find something that would alleviate the muddy boot/pale carpet problem for good. 
Do you want a sneak preview of what Danny is giving me for Christmas?  They will change my life!

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  1. Karen - An Artist's Garden

    This post made me smile so much – I am very guilty of tip-toeing through the house in muddy boots … somehow I always think that if I am on my toes I wont leave any marks – forgetting that great dollops of mud fall off the heels

  2. Hello Fiona

    Yes it is good to be back at work, although it’s too much work and not enough remuneration just now. The balance will improve shortly though. I was thinking that really, if you have little feet you could just buy cheap men’s slippers which would fit over small lady’s wellies and bought on the market would cost much less. In fact if Danny wears slippers of an appropriate size you could do a sort of try before you buy thing.

  3. Fiona Nevile

    Hello Magic Cochin

    I’m very excited about these overshoes. They will save me hassle and time. Now I’m off work I’m often in the garden and drifting in and out of the cottage for cups of tea etc.

    Hi Pamela

    I’m delighted that you are working full time! That’s great news.

    I’m sure that you could make these as you are so dextrous!

    Hi Mandi

    That’s a brilliant idea. Thank you.

    Hi Leigh

    Some hope 🙁 I’m happy with the slippers though 🙂

    Hi Paula

    Your wellies sound great – that metal bit is so handy. Mine always split at the ankle after a year or so. Yes I spend most of mt free time in the garden 🙂

    I could make the overshoes but I don’t want to. I want them to be my present. I’ve enough romantic presents to last me a lifetime.

    It was the slippers or a Sneerbor fork
    Garden tool porn! A bit more than the budget this year.

    Hi Michelle

    Loved that comment!!

    Hi Michelle NZ

    That Flanders and Swan song always makes me smile. Thank you 🙂

  4. Michelle in NZ

    All together now:

    Mud, Mud, glorious mud,
    Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.
    So follow me, follow,
    down to the hollow,
    And there let us wallow in
    Glor……….rious Mud!

    Not very helpful to you, but is lots of fun to sing. Yep, grew up listening to “My Music” from the BBC. Played late every Saturday morning on public radio here. I would make a batch of scones or muffins for to enjoy while listening with my dear Folks.

    Now have a great sun hat. Wellies (to you) known as Gumboots here will follow in late Autumn.

    Loving the book, restraining self to reading just a little each day.

    Sending love and care to you, Danny and the lovely Min Pins,

    Michelle and Zebbycat

  5. Michelle Sheets

    I love those! Do you suppose they make them for dog feet too?

  6. Um, couldn’t you just make the overshoes? They look pretty simple. I’ve been known to wear my mud boots indoors too, for a quick nip in, but I know I don’t leave prints because I check them first- the last thing I want to drag in the house is dog poo!

    I also have a pair of Birkenstock garden clogs, which I LOVE, because they are easily popped into and out of, but you can’t really use them in the muck because you WILL step out of them at the wrong time. My mud boots were made in China (isn’t everything, these days?) and they have hard little tabs hanging above the heel for leveraging off the boot- they are not so hard to get out of. And they are the garden footwear of choice when it’s wet out. But really, see if you can figure out how to make those overshoes, maybe of quilted material. Then Danny can get you something nice (this coming from a woman who gave herself a manure fork for her birthday).

  7. .. and there I was thinking he was getting you a pair of hover wellies. Floating above the kitchen floor on your way to the sting cupboard!

  8. Old carrier bags work well too and stick to the mud on your boots, peel off and throw away, or if your that green wash them off and leave in green house ready for the next mad dash for the loo.

  9. What is it about tiptoeing in muddy footwear that makes us think we will leave no evidence behind? What a great idea though! Before I could stop myself I was thinking I could make these, they are just extra extra large slippers … Now what fabric have I got in that would do the job? Stop me now! I’m working full time again now (and then some!), I have no time for creative projects.

  10. magic cochin

    Mud, slub, clag … no wonder East Anglians have more than one word for it!

    “I’m a bit naughty and creep through the cottage in my muddy boots” shhhh! don’t tell, but I sometimes do this too! And always regret it because I leave blobs of mud in my wake! Maybe I’ll have to put these on my Christmas list too.

    Thank you for giving readers a very honest picture of country life 😉

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