Cordelia: A Short Story

It was love at first sight. The moment I set eyes on Cordelia I wanted her with a passion my wife neither understood nor forgave for years. Cordelia was resting on the mud, her distress obvious to me, yet her lines were classically beautiful. She had aged well, but neglect has taken its toll. She looked like a proud old lady who had fallen on hard times. She was, in fact, stronger than she appeared and cradled gently, she made the journey by road to her new home on the banks of the Thames.

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The heath and forest in Summer

Poor puppy was spayed two weeks ago so was not allowed to run free as usual.
Not impressed with her babygrow vest to stop her licking her very small operation wounds. She has keyhole surgery so just two tiny incisions with internal stitches and the wounds glued. Still, she was even less impressed with the plastic cone of shame.

I'm not very happy
I’m not very happy

Recovery time is much shorter than the traditional method.

Moving on and after her post-op check she was good to go.

The entrance to the heath through a wooded thicket now resembles a jungle!
The entrance to the heath through a wooded thicket now resembles a jungle!

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My Telegraph will soon be no more!


I received this email this morning:

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We would like to inform you that from June 8 the MyTelegraph section of the website will no longer be available. If you want to preserve any of your content, please follow the instructions below on how to export your My Telegraph blogs.

Link the announcement on MyTelegraph.

I have been a bit busy of late

and this is the reason – her name is Abby.

After her first puppy groom:


I really had forgotten how time consuming puppies can be. She’s very good and learning fast, but boundless energy can be a bit exhausting. I’m not finding it easy to fit in her hectic social life – puppy parties, walks with her favourite dogs and puppies and training classes – it’s worse than having a small child. She is twenty weeks old now and I feel I have aged significantly since she arrived. But it has been fun – walks in the forest, on the beach and she adores small children. Amazingly she hasn’t savaged any visitors or grandchildren yet!

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Almost Family – A Short Story

Then he lost a leg.

By this time he’d become accustomed to this. It had ceased to embarrass him but it had caused a bit of hysteria from the crowds intent on their Christmas shopping, because he looked so human, he supposed. He’d stepped awkwardly on the edge of the kerb and it just parted company with the knee joint. He picked it up and stuffed it into his rucksack, and hailed a passing taxi home.

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Results of May 2015 Photography Competition

Not many entries but thank you to James Leck, Janus and Christopher for your varied and excellent photographs.

I liked them all, the Danish coast, converted car-ports and Belfast but I think the winner is Mr Leck for his excellent photograph of Brittany Shadows, but I admit I do love boats.

Now if James would please just judge the poetry competition he can then set the next photography challenge.

Over to you, Lecky!