Introducing Chase!

It was quiet.. too quiet …

I knew I had to have another furry friend, I have had pets for most of my life.

I researched all sorts of dog breeds and decided to look for a mixed breed dog, a cockapoo, hopefully a miniature size – not too small and definitely not too big.

And…. Although it would be difficult with me working, I wanted a puppy and not a ‘puppy farmed’ puppy like I had before. I spent too many years trying to change a badly socialized dog and right up to the end it didn’t work. I loved the little whippet but I couldn’t take him anywhere without him causing trouble.

So .. after a lot of searching I decided on a little black and white puppy. The first time I saw him he was just a few days old but he was the only one in a litter of 5 black pups that had some white fur to distinguish him from his siblings. He was the boy for me!!

I visited every week until the pups were 9 weeks old and then ~I brought him home…

Introducing Chase – my lovely Cockapoo born on January 4th 2016. My Grandson named him Chase after a police dog in one of his favourite TV programmes.



Sad days and beautiful memories…

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!!!

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!!