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Happy Fursday!

by Helen on June 12, 2014

We are very pleased to report that although Mum’s super-busy right now, she still finds time to take us to the beach!

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At last the sunshine has returned, and though I don’t think you could call it hot, certainly there’s a pleasant warmth in the air and so I’ve been able to take my work out to the summer house today.  I’ve been finishing off another project for the July issue of the magazine – another trophy head – a Hare in a Hat!

Inspired by the lovely brown hares I see running and gambolling across the fields when I take Ben and Daisy to their favourite kennels.  And of course the furry pair were outside with me this afternoon, “helping” in their own special way.  Here’s a view of the summer house with my hare on the wall ready to have her picture taken ….

And it’s easy to spot Ben, snoozing gently on the warm slate paving.  But where, I wondered, as I took this photo, is Daisy?  Not far away was the answer – all tucked up in my favourite clematis and far too sleepy on this warm and drowsy afternoon to open her eyes, even just a little bit …

Naughty girl - she knows she’s not supposed to be in the flower beds!  Perhaps she thought if she didn’t open her eyes I wouldn’t be able to see her?

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Thought for the day

by Helen on April 27, 2014

Thank you so much to everyone who left birthday wishes for Master Benjamin earlier this week.  I had a lot of fun looking at all my pictures of Ben through the years which reminded me what a gentle, loving and faithful dog he is.  He adores his little sister Daisy, though she teases him unmercifully, and so I added a quote I found online to this photo of one of their early trips to the beach together ….

Hope you approve!

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Today is a very special day

by Helen on April 23, 2014

450 years ago today, in 1564,  William Shakespeare was born …..

April 23rd is also St George’s Day, the patron saint of England ….

 And, seven years ago today, a little black wriggly creature arrived in the world, who quickly grew a fluffy coat and turned into ……

Ben! Seen here at 10 weeks old.  But he wasn’t little for very long.  Anxiously watched over by my first Newfie, Amy, he grew and grew and grew …..

Seen here at a year old – he still loved his teddy bears ….

And seen here aged 2, he adored Amy, his “mum” – he wasn’t at all embarrassed to kiss her in public!

He’s always had star quality!

A real surf dude!

Sadly he lost his “mum” (that’s Amy above)  in 2010, and was an only dog for a while…

Until in January 2013 ….

He became a big brother when Daisy arrived!

Supervising your naughty little sister can be very tiring ….

Though he loves her very much and is a most excellent big brother!  

Happy seventh birthday Ben!!

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