August 2nd – What do you see?

Today’s picture is from a little stroll with the 4 legged children, and as you’ll see they are running back to me (a rare event – lol).

When you look at the old stump, what do you see? The furry ones told me they saw a old fellow, holding a sword into the ground like King Arthur. I think they might have a point….. It is strange what you can see with different shades and textures.

Anyway, it was a great walk in the beautiful British countryside, and the hounds had a good run. Stay safe x

July 30th – More guests not paying rent….

Today’s picture is of a very common bird, but few people get to see them as youngsters. We have a pair of wood pigeon chicks (squabs) in the hedge. I’m sure their parents think they are lovely, but I have seen prettier chicks.

Apparently, the main reason why squabs are rarely seen is because of how long they stay in the nest—for about a month to six weeks, “until they are effectively an adult size”

July 27th – Double rainbow

The weather was a little unpredictable when we played golf this afternoon, and got caught by a shower or 2 but it could have been worse and we did get to experience a double rainbow.

Many believe, from a spiritual perspective, that a double rainbow is all about new beginnings and transformations. Apparently, when a double rainbow appears in your life it is presenting you with an opportunity for growth, self- discovery, and evolution. Thus It brings a magical energy into your world, the energies of peace & prosperity, abundance, sacredness and success. (Not sure that was quite true relative to the golf)

Again, many believe that there is something extraordinary about having a double rainbow appear in your life, and this is due to the symbolism inherent. Spiritually, the first rainbow represents the material world, physical reality or manifestation of some sort on the earth plane. On the other hand, the second rainbow is symbolic of spirit, another dimension of consciousness and a more subtle way of being.

What ever you believe, it was nice to witness. May peace and good fortune be with you all. x

July 26th – Who ate the eggs??

Having 4 legged children has many benefits, but today’s post focuses on another aspect.

One of these 3, knocked the eggscalator off of the counter complete with 18 eggs. There was very little evidence, as they cleared up (including the shells that they love).

We are pretty sure Callie (centre) was the ring leader, as she has been caught red pawed a few times in the past, and there was remnants of egg in her ear fluff.

July 25th – First post-lockdown dinner

My fab step-son Andy and his lovely partner Stella took us out for a meal last night in Bristol.

Prior to the evening, I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about it, as we had been isolating due to Denise’s asthma, but it was great to eat out again.

The staff at the restaurant were great and were buzzing around constantly cleaning. A track and trace QR code was also in place, as well as a one way system for entering and leaving the premises.

Eating out with friends is one of our favourite pastimes, and it feels good to have that initial one under our belts. As mentioned before, we have ran a hospitality business, and feel for the owners of small outlets. It’s nice to support these guys as they try to rebuild their businesses.

A lovely evening, in a lovely restaurant, with great food and company. Thanks Andy and Stella x

July 24th – Solitude or loneliness?

Today’s picture is from the archives, but I thought of this image after doing a tough shift for SHOUT.

Some people may look at the picture and see a lonely dog, down on it’s luck in the middle of nowhere. Other’s may see a dog enjoying the peace and quiet, looking enviously at this serene creature, and some might just see a dog, or countryside. Some maybe inspired to visit this place (Pen-Y-Fan), and others would hate every second.

So the same image can be seen really depends what your state of mind is, and the emotions within us at the particular moment in time. We are all different, and we are constantly changing. There are no right or wrongs here.

July 23rd – Ancient monuments

Today’s picture is from a nice stroll around Avebury. The neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles, around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, in southwest England. One of the best known prehistoric sites in Britain, it contains the largest megalithic stone circle in the world.

The Neolithic, the final division of the Stone Age, began about 12,000 years ago when the first developments of farming appeared in the Epipalaeolithic Near East, and later in other parts of the world.

There are loads of websites giving details about Avebury, but here is a link to one which is a little different…. enjoy x

July 22nd – Birthdays

11 years ago today, I gave my wife a piece of paper, upon which was written:

“Hello, my name is Echo, and for you birthday you can have one of my pups” followed by a picture of the lovely Echo.

She had a litter of 13 flatcoat pups, on July 22nd and after a couple of visits Denise chose one. She had owned a flatcoat many years before, and had already decided to name the pup Velvet, prior to choosing the pup, so imagine the surprise when we discovered that our pup’s pedigree name was already registered as ‘Willowswind Velvet Maple’. It was meant to be…..

The only downside is, there is no way in which I could possibly surpass this gift, but these days we value presence, over presents. Being around loved ones and creating happy memories together is worth more than any material gift.

So, my lovely wife, and our ‘special’ girl Velvet shared their birthday again today, in the sunshine with friends over for lunch. Time to sit and chill this evening and reflect on how lucky we are.

July 21st – First spin in 6 months

Before our European trip I took 4/5 spin classes a week, but obviously that stopped whilst traveling and then we got home all gyms were closed

As mentioned in previous posts, gyms have been hit hard financial, and so it’s great to see them being able to reopen and rebuild their businesses.

It did come as a bit of a shock to the system to jump back on the bike, but it felt good to be back. ( I’m not sure I will feel the same tomorrow 🤣).

Many thanks to Emily for a great session in blazing sunshine today.