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Cordelia: A Short Story

May 12, 2017 25 comments

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

August 1, 2016 4 comments

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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Categories: General

My Telegraph will soon be no more!

May 24, 2016 91 comments

I received this email this morning:

Dear MyTelegraph User,

As part of our continued investment in your digital experience, we have now completed migrating our website to a new platform, which we hope you’ve had a chance to explore.

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.

Categories: General

The blasted heath

February 17, 2016 10 comments

Nice sunny day recently, despite the fact that the temperature was hovering around 4 degrees C, Abby decided to go for a dip.





This is our usual walk and about 5 minutes from the house. This winter it’s been windy and endless rain but we have had the occasional sunny, calm day.

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I have been a bit busy of late

January 10, 2016 42 comments

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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Categories: General

Almost Family – A Short Story

July 23, 2015 54 comments

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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Categories: Creativity, General

Results of May 2015 Photography Competition

May 22, 2015 Leave a comment

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!

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A bit of colour

May 19, 2015 19 comments

A bit of colour in an otherwise rather rubbish back garden. I have no idea what some of them are so any ideas would be welcome!

I’ve been rather busy organising the house and after the trauma of moving and a new grandson, the garden really has not been high on my list of priorities.

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Categories: General

May 2015 Photography Competition

April 20, 2015 17 comments

I think we have covered just about every theme over the last few years so this month’s challenge is sites, or sights: holidays, day trips or local, ancient or modern!

This is a very old castle site – architect William the Conqueror:

Entries by 21st May please!

Categories: Competition, Photography

A Bad Place!

March 18, 2015 21 comments

A muddled jumble gath’ring dust
And cobweb littered spaces.
A storage place of scattered things,
And half remembered faces.

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