Summer snaps (part one)

At last summer has arrived …. and I’ve been feeling a bit snap-happy with my phone.  My contract recently ended and so I was able to upgrade to an iPhone at last – I’ve been wanting one for ages, and  am amazed at how much it can do.  I even have an app that measures how far Ben and I walk on our expeditions – and tells me how many calories I’ve used (depressingly few – am sure it’s not registering all the hills there are to climb around here!). 

The camera quality seems to be very good – at least for online viewing.  I took my new phone to Blackdown Rings …. 

Blackdown Rings

And also on a walk up the hill and through the fields that surround our village …. 

Cornfield, Chillington

..the wheat is ripening beautifully after all that rain swelled the grain … 

Sheep, Chillington

.. and this year’s lambs are growing strong and fat – as big as their mothers now.

Then, when I returned home, I had a silly idea.  I’m forever spotting youngsters holding their phones in the air and posing for their own pictures.  “Come here, Ben,” I said, “let’s try for ourselves.”  So we sat on the top step of the old stone stairs leading up to the garden.  The first difficulty was that when we’re sitting Ben’s head is about 6″ higher than mine.  So I had to sort of grab onto him and pull his head towards mine. (Please ignore the expression on my face – trying to position 160 lb dog and hold phone up in the air is enough to concentrate on without remembering to smile as well!) 

Newf Photo 2!

The second difficulty was that he was not feeling very co-operative …. Newf Photo! (2)

And this is how it ended as I disappeared beneath his furry weight. The moral … never try to pose close up with a newf!!


Brenda J. Moore

Helen, Congrats on the book, as usual it looks like the same wonderful quality and fun or your other goodies. I hope you crack a million on it!
The pics of your walk are lovely and that dog is still just gorgeous….he is just a beaut. I’m kinda’ hoping for your sake the side of his face beside you isn’t quite a slobber-happy as the one our side of the view. hahhaa.
Cheers from TOO HOT & HUMID – Oshawa Ontario. Eagerly awaiting Autumn…. Brenda


Fun photos with Ben, and I love the scenic ones! I’m enjoying the latest magazine (I hope you have calmed down now after the hiccup) and I bought the book this morning – it’s fabulous!!

Michelle Klingaman

Thanks for sharing your pics. I love the area that you are in. It looks quite beautiful!

Ben was sure being a camera hog!! 🙂

Have a blessed day!


I’m still using a pay and go mobile that I bought back in the dark ages, that does nothing except make phone calls. But I have been wondering about an iPhone, especially since I have a Mac laptop, an iPad and an iPod, so it was interesting to read your thoughts on it. Ben is a real camera hog isn’t he.


This post is wonderful – the pics of you and Ben are sweet and funny and very endearing!! I always enjoy your blog…


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