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Marion L Stapleton Harley

I inherited my love of animals from my Aunt Amy, who I later found out, was my birth mother.
Initially I was considering a career in journalism, but family events took over so that did not materialise. I felt drawn to rural life with animals soon after meeting my husband and began breeding and showing American Quarter Horses. After that, Cotswold sheep became my focus and once again I bred and showed them with success.
The decision in 1991 to move to Herefordshire and begin renovating an old cottage with land resulted in me selling my flock, replacing it with ducks, aka Puddles and Pals.
A near fatal car crash in 2005 has slowed me up somewhat, but my love of country life, my dogs, ducks and also my cottage garden remains strong. It is my way of life. I love it.


  • More Happenings at PUDDLES AND PALS


    The little case is beside me on the bed, as are my two Jack Russells, who cuddle close, sensing my apprehension. I lift the lid to start my search into secrets of the past. A letter written and dated July 1917, France. WW1 comes alive. An emotional journey has begun...come with me.

  • Puddles and Pals


    It all begins with a box of duck eggs... and so too does this collection of tales of everyday rural life: in a restored sixteenth century country cottage, the joys of duck rearing and ownership, the mischievous antics of the resident Jack Russells, and a cockerel literally ruling the roost.

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