Goodbye to the one who loved me

There’s something special about the relationship with a dog who chooses you as his own. From the moment Pluto strolled into our house as a rescue dog, he had decided that I was his. And that’s how it has always been, for nine happy years. I couldn’t change your beginning It’s hard to say what Pluto went through in the early years, but he wasn’t a happy dog. When our local rescue found him, he had been beaten and starved. There was wood embedded into his chest, requiring an operation to remove it. And it was many months after we…

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9 things you need to know about a family visit to Witley Court

We only discovered Witley Court a few weeks ago despite living nearby. It’s an English Heritage property with woodland walks, formal gardens and a fascinated stately home that is completely in ruins. Not only is it the perfect destination for a family day out, but it’s dog friendly too. Here are 9 things you need to know about it. 1. Entry fees and English Heritage Witley Court is an English Heritage property, so don’t forget to bring your card with you if you’re a member. Entry to Witley Court costs £22.40 for a family, whereas family membership to English Heritage…

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Thursday photo #204 – Cold and colds

For once, the Easter holidays seem to be going quite slowly here. And I’m pleased to say, that’s because we’re making the most of it. The break started with us piling everything into the camper van and driving to Devil’s Bridge near Aberystwyth. Of course, we set off a few hours late but I’ve never known a time when we didn’t. A short break in the April snow Is it just me that has been totally taken by surprise with this weather? It was particularly shocking when I got up to take Libby to the toilet at about 3am on…

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Vale of Rheidol Railway dog friendly family day out

It’s amazing to see that so many places offer dog friendly accommodation these days. But sadly, finding somewhere to stay is often the tip of the iceberg. So, I thought I’d share the a dog friendly family day out we had over the Easter break at the Vale of Rheidol Railway. Not only is the railway itself dog friendly, but there are some lovely pubs, beaches and campsites in the area that welcome canine family members. The Vale of Rheidol Railway Running from Aberystwyth to Devil’s Bridge, the Vale of Rheidol narrow gauge steam railway climbs 700ft in just under…

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5 Tips for watching Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment

When Mickey and Minnie came onto the ice to introduce Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment, the excitement was palpable. The introduction had told the audience to sing, dance and enjoy it. And that’s exactly what we did. Here are our five top tips for a brilliant evening at Disney on Ice Worlds of Enchantment. 1. Beware of the traffic This was our first mistake. Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment very kindly invited us to a meet and greet with Mickey Mouse before the show. So, we set off straight from school in plenty of time. But the…

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Thursday photo #203

What an incredibly busy week. But all worthwhile because we have finally bought a camper van. Let the adventures commence. Introducing William Shakespeare Back in 2011, my husband and I hired a camper van in New Zealand. We had it for a month and became quite attached to it. So much so that when we came home, we decided to buy one. The only problem was, it was rubbish. Within 12 months, Libby had come along and we needed an extra seat in the camper van. Unfortunately, it wasn’t worth spending the money on it, so it ended up being…

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The strange but true story of the sausage giraffe

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the amazing unicorn toy that was created from Lia’s drawing. Of course, Libby wanted some of the action too, so she designed her own dream pet. Libby is a loud, gregarious character with a vivid imagination and a wicked sense of humour. Her dream pet was never going to be something as normal and reasonable as a unicorn. Instead, she designed something to reflect her character and personality. Introducing the sausage giraffe After a few attempts at drawing her dream pet, Libby eventually came up with the sausage giraffe. She decided that if…

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