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“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
― Milan Kundera

Today we’ve said goodbye to an old friend. More than a friend really, a member of the close family. Star, known in more recent years as ‘Girl Dog’ (since Buddy became Boy Dog!) is now finally at peace after a few weeks of poor health. She won herself a two year extension on life anyway after kidney failure and we’ve been incredibly lucky to  have had her for thirteen years of her fifteen year old life.

Star - Danebury Ring

It’s strange to look back now and remember who she was when she first arrived. A dog that would bolt out the front door at the earliest opportunity causing the next door neighbour to spend ages chasing her around the village. She went from the escapee, to the loyal. In the last decade she would amble outside onto the front lawn and sit patiently for hours in the sunshine – not even attempting a run.


Star was the first meadow dog too, the meadow first became her home and she loved to launch herself into the lake there and paddle around for hours. In recent months she hasn’t been able to go, but it will forever be hers and Buddy’s.

SONY DSC DSC01492 SONY DSCShe was a best friend and a pet all rolled into one. Dogs don’t judge, they don’t get mad when you don’t feel like talking, the don’t pester (unless it’s for treats!) and they don’t get angry when you’re rushing and run out of time for a cuddle. Star was, and always will be, my best friend and so precious to the family as she’s been there through some incredibly tough times. She was my photographic inspiration, and many more pets got photographed because of her beautiful face!



She’s left behind shoes that need to be filled by the fast learning and fast growing Buddy. He’s had a couple of years of her wisdom, the latter part of which he has spent looking after her, finding her when she gets lost because her sight was going, and generally protecting her. Luckily he’s mature, wise, knowledgeable and very sensible…… we’ll be okay.

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“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.”
― Robert Lynd

The quote is very true, in order to get a semi-decent shot of a wild bird you have to be almost completely silent. So a few quick moments of quiet yesterday meant that I was able to grab these shots from inside the house and with the use of the trusty tele-photo lens. No tripod though – apologies for the slight blur. Spotted Woodpeckers are rare in the gardens around here, especially ones that linger for a time being so it was particularly nice to get these shots!



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