Instead there was this chap. Isn't he cute - if I didn't have a morbid fear of anything bovine, I would have hugged him.
OK, so we were on yet another mini-break. I know, I know... I've only just posted the photos of our mini-break to the Peak District but the fact is, my husband had a week's holiday left and we decided to split it into three mini-breaks and this is number two.
We thought long and hard about where to go: it had to be near enough to give us enough time once we were there, be Bonnie friendly, have walks on the doorstep and amazing views. Oh, and it had to be somewhere we didn't know.
Having dismissed the idea of staying at home (which has all these things except the last), we decided on the pretty town of Porlock in North West Somerset. "Good," I said. "Now we can add ponies to the list."
When we got there, we found that our cottage, which was a converted stable block next to the main house, had this view from the bedroom window...
and a paddock behind the house for Bonnie, along with dog-friendly pubs nearby.
This was the start of our coastal walk...
...from the gorgeous little Porlock Weir.
It took us to Culbone Church. This is the smallest complete church in Britain and measures just 13ft by 11ft. It was in the middle of nowhere and has a leper window (so lepers could watch the service while staying outside.)
The following day we had a lovely walk along the river from Tarr Steps, which took us through Exmoor. Can you believe we didn't see a single pony? We had to drive home the next day through the New Forest just to get a glimpse of one!
All these amazing sights - and another wonderful sight was seeing my story, 'Only Skin Deep' published in the This Week's People's Friend. It is the second story they've published where one of the main characters is blind... maybe it's because I am aware of how much we should all appreciate the wonderful things around us.
And to help with my appreciation, I must get on and plan the next mini-break!