Sad days and beautiful memories…

by Kate on February 9th, 2016 | diary | No Comments » |

No excuses here for not posting – its been a dreadful few months..
Last October our beautiful Greyhound, Hippie, became ill. The vet diagnosed a brain tumour and we lost her.

She was ten years old and much loved…











Her favourite dog friendly beach..










Beautiful times…

And of course she needed the whole of the settee…











Then in November I had a car accident when another driver drove into the back of my car whilst I was stationary at an island. I am still having physiotherapy for damage to my hip and shoulder and have only just this week, been able to walk without using a stick. I seem to be taking forever to heal.


On New Years Day my lovely Whippet, Alfie, collapsed and lost the use of his back legs – he had an MRI scan and I was assured his chances of recovery were good. But on January 6th he spiked a very high temperature and became seriously ill very quickly. His little heart couldn’t take it and my little troublemaker passed away – he was just five years old….

My daughter and I remain completely devastated….











He liked his seaside days too…











And his pyjama days…

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He didn’t mind sharing the settee with Hippie or his friend Teddy…















And sometimes we got to sit on it too..










Obviously the house is dreadfully quiet at the moment and I’ve nothing left to say except – have fun at the Rainbow Bridge my pups…

I have some amazing memories of you both.

An Almost Total Eclipse!!!

by Kate on March 24th, 2015 | house and garden | No Comments » |

It was a beautiful sunny morning….

So …I dragged myself from my sickbed the other day to hang out my newly washed sheets as my daughter, bless her, had changed my bed in an attempt to make me feel better….

As I hung out the bottom sheet I saw that the sun, shining through the cotton, was at least half missing!!!

An eclipse, what a surprise… just shows how poorly I’ve been .. I hadn’t realised it was happening today… right now… in front of my eyes!!!!

I fetched my mobile phone and a pair of sunglasses but it was really too bright to take a picture.. I hesitated, then thought I would take pictures anyway… if they were no good I could delete them and if they were only half good – well they would be for my eyes only and I would know what they were…


At this point the eclipse was almost done and there was just a smile shape showing at the bottom of the sun.


On this one I don’t know if you can see but the smile shape is in my trees, upside down, and is a luminous green!


Here we have the shape again with a red glow…


.And here, projected onto the garage roof

I know, because my son has explained it to me that this is caused by ‘lens flare’ – but I think the photos are really interesting – the picture of the sun doesn’t show that it was eclipsed yet the ‘lens flare’ shows it perfectly.

Well I was impressed anyway so I thought I would share them!!

Well it’s been a while……

by Kate on October 28th, 2014 | diary | No Comments » |

But I’m still here…

Still working hard too! I passed my Marina Operatives Course and even got my Helmsman Certificate! Yes I can now officially drive a narrow boat. It’s a bit scary but with more practice I’m sure I’ll be fine.

I have also just completed my Canine Psychology Course and passed with a distinction!! Another proud moment!

And… I have a new grand-daughter – she is four weeks old and absolutely beautiful.

So – hopefully I can be forgiven for neglecting my blog?

Hopefully I’ll find more time for it from now on!!