December 5th – Christmas & cards

So we have made it to December!! We don’t normally put up the Xmas decorations until a week before Christmas but 2020 has been a bit different with Covid, and so we bit the bullet to brighten up the place.

Recently there has been much debate regarding trees, CO2 and our planet and rightly so in my humble opinion. It is for that reason we are not sending cards this year, instead we will make a charity donation.

Our 4 legged children are already excited, but alas I don’t think that they’ll get their normal outing to the village pub on Christmas day this year, which is a shame as they look splendid in the Christmas outfits.

Please accept this picture as our card to you. We hope you all stay safe and well, care for others, and have as much fun as possible in this weird period of our life journey. Let’s all hope that 2021 will be a great year x

November 26th – Fog

I took today’s picture on the woofer walk this morning. There was a definite nip in the air, but it was dry and still, so pleasant.

The fog was still sitting in the valley, obscuring the normal landscape, but it will lift.

When you’re having a foggy day, can’t see the horizon in your life, just wait a while, be calm, talk to those that are special in your life and eventually your fog will lift. x

November 15th – Winter walk

We ventured out for a woofer walk this afternoon, and were lucky to avoid the heavy storms that have been hitting the UK over this weekend. The ground was a tad soggy, but the dogs didn’t seem to mind, and it was good to be out in the fresh air.

It has been mentioned many times before, but as we hit the winter months it is worth repeating the positive impact that exercise (even a walk), and fresh air can have on our mental health.

November 9th – “Dad – Callie’s sitting on me again”

Hopefully a little picture to make you smile this evening. Our youngest flatcoat has a very annoying habit of sitting on others. Earlier in the evening it was my turn, but obviously I wasn’t quite squidgy enough so it was Alfie’s turn.

I just love our dogs, they are such characters, and Alfie’s expression is priceless. For a big dog he is such a gentle slop.

November 7th – Colour

Today’s picture comes from our back garden. The colours in the acer and Euonymus Europaeus Spindle Tree are fabulous at the moment and it certainly brightens our day. Hopefully it will brighten your day also.

Nature is a great reminder that our world hasn’t completely changed. We may be going through a stormy period at the moment, but things will get better in time. Stay safe x

November 2nd – Rhododendron

We came across a rhododendron in flower in November whilst walking the woofers! It was in Cornwall but they are usually in bloom in March.

There are over 1,000 species of this plant and it enjoys cool climates with well-drained, slightly acidic soil. They are widely cultivated for their beautiful fragrant flowers and ornamental leaves. These leaves are arranged in a spiral shape along the stems. Some species are evergreen whereas others are deciduous.

November 1st – Jellyfish?

Today’s picture is of a Portuguese man o’war.

The Portuguese man o’ war, (Physalia physalis) is often called a jellyfish, but is actually a species of siphonophore, a group of animals that are closely related to jellyfish, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together.

While the man o’ war’s sting is rarely deadly to people, it packs a painful punch and causes welts on exposed skin, and can be very dangerous to animals

October 30th – Another first

Don’t ask why, because I really don’t know the answer, but I thought I would like to try a bit of painting…..

I really like the couple of Steven Brown prints we have recently acquired, and so it made sense to have an initial go with a colouring book.

My friends at Amazon brought me some water colour pens, and it kept me quiet for a week or so, but I am quite pleased with the end result.

It’s not perfect, but I will continue with more and try to improve.