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This is Brae and Bo .. my dog and cat … they are (for most of the time) best friends and snuggle buddies.    Bo is the dominant one, she bosses poor Brae around, jumps on her, lies on her and tries to steal her treats!

Yesterday I had some friends round for a wee picnic in the garden.  Bo did not appear all day, she was too busy sleeping in my cool bedroom and was obviously far to superior to come to say hello to my friends!    Brae on the other hand was there with us, sunbathing in the garden and enjoying the odd chicken goujon flung her way.

When everyone had left I realised I had forgotten that I had bought a bag of sausage rolls so decided to fling them outside for Brae to eat (she wouldn’t come inside!) … she ate a few of them and gathered the others up into a little pile that she was guarding from Bo (who by this time had decided to get up and try to steal Brae’s treats!) .. Bo didn’t get a look in this time .. Brae chased her everytime Bo went within 6 feet of her wee pile of sausage rolls.

This morning I let Brae out and she went running over to her precious pile to find that Bo had obviously managed to get there during the night and had taken advantage of Brae’s absence.   All (bar one) of the sausages had been eaten… Brae ate the remaining pastry and picked up the one complete sausage roll and kept it in her mouth for the next 30 minutes until we left for work .. she brought it to the car and has left it in the boot … she obviously isnt hungry but is determined that Bo won’t get it!    It is honestly like having a couple of kids!


The reason I have been quiet!

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Ive been busy ..   in the garden … new decking, planting up .. now it’s done .. I’m exhausted but pleased!

In my day job (recruitment) I do not get to see the end result .. I have found that this project has given me a huge sense of satisfaction ..  as well as backache.

I hope you enjoy the photos

Sorry ..


 You may (or may not!) have noticed the lack of blogs lately.

It has been quite a strange time for me, my beautiful dog, Brae,  that I adore  has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time.  I have once again had the lump from her leg removed but my heart and head have not been where they should be when it comes to writing anything on here.

I have also had to face up to some quite hard realisations with my personal life and had to let a wonderful woman go.  I was simply unable to feel what I should feel and realised that perhaps the best thing for me at the moment is to spend my time as a single woman and concentrate on my wee dog and my garden!

I have been speaking to women of my own age (50 and above!) and they all seem to understand my need for my own space at the moment, it is a very strange thing … and not like me at all, but something very important to me and something that I simply need to do.

In all honesty it is like I am on a voyage.. it feels as if I am rediscovering me all over again. I seem a very different person to the emotionally led, heart on sleeve type of person I was a decade ago.

The decades that have gone past have left a path that I can look back on with many a smile and the occassional wee tear but they have formed me into who I am now.   I am actually very comfortable with me, I do not feel the pressure of having anything to prove to anyone, apart from me, and that’s a very important thing.

It took me a long, long time to realise that the only person who can make me happy is me.   I have loved and I have lost, I have held on too long to something I truly wanted to work only to realise that the reason it wouldn’t was because I wasn’t loved back and I had to walk away.  You need two people to make things work otherwise one of you is just “hanging on”.

Sometimes you have to take these things on the chin and face reality, and I know I have become real ..

 I have posted this before, but it now seems more appropriate than ever 

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

(quote from The Velveteen Rabbit)

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