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 “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
― A.A.Milne

We’ve said goodbye to our dogs before, and have left them safely with the vet after we’ve done our farewells. But there was something about Star, and her dedication to the meadow, that meant something different had to be done this time. Whilst we’re not overly spiritual people, we decided to have her ashes back after her cremation, and take her back to the place where she was at her happiest.


So we made an afternoon of it and picked the remaining stock of blackberries, some conkers and some meadow mint. We ventured around the whole meadow, exploring all the bits that haven’t been seen for a while. Then we set Star’s spirit free so to speak, and scattered her ashes across her most favourite meadow parts.


It was a nice afternoon, and it was good to say goodbye in this way and feel that we were still retaining a part of the doggy that we love so much. She’s back where she belongs now too, and whilst many may find this blog entry slightly morbid – it’s another chapter in the ongoing book of life. And of course, what would a blog entry be without Buddy…


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“The Piano collects dust as lovingly as it does memories…”

-Kathryn Dawson

Those of you whom have been following the blog since the first month of the 365 blogging back in 2012, will remember this post at the end of January when I said goodbye to the Piano that had been in my life (and my bedroom) for over sixteen years. Having survived over a year without being able to go and play whatever I liked in times of stress or just times when I needed relaxation, I decided that it had been long enough!


Without really thinking too much about it (other than the cost!), William and I drove to Basingstoke (in his car to be certain the Piano would fit!) to test out the electric Piano’s at Dawsons Music. Yes Dawsons, one of my favourite music shops coincidentally! Sharing a surname with the shop did not, unfortunately, get me any discount. Anyway, it took some umming and aahing about what to pick, even though I knew really – and eventually we were off with the new purchase.


Queue some building of the stand (By William) and watching (by me) and then it was ready – and wow did I miss it. You don’t realise how much you miss something that was part of your life practically everyday, until you go back to it after not having it for a while. Bit like Chocolate I suppose! I went to purchase Einaudi’s latest sheet music online, expecting to get a book through the post – only to find sheet music is now available for the Kindle. So I popped it onto the ipad – et voila, no more pesky page turning!


So the weekend has been pretty good – and a good weekend is not completely amazing unless some shots of Buddy doing stupid things are included, so of course naturally…here they are…



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