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“I am longing to be with you, and by the sea, where we can talk together freely and build our castles in the air.”
― Bram Stoker

My Valentines Card said, ‘Let’s go on a beach date!’ so we did…. Maisy was up for getting sandy toes so we took her as well and she seemed to love every minute. The weather performed (for once!) and so we grabbed our cameras and headed to Lepe, a beach on the edge of the New Forest which is directly opposite the Isle of Wight and almost within touching distance! But guess what… I can’t share any photos since I’ve used up all my WordPress space and their ‘plans’ have changed and are ridiculously priced.. £85 for a year of blogging?  I think not!

However all is not lost, and after some Facebook uploading and copying of links, it appears that I’ve found a temporary solution. If you can’t see the photos below though, let me know!

Lepe is a place of sea, sand, sunsets and beautiful scenery. It’s ever-changing. I love that the beach washes up something new everyday, and definitely every time that we get there. There are different shells to be collected, different rocks to traverse and nearly always a new flooded path or roadway. The winding roads through the New Forest to get too and from the beach are just as beautiful and ever-changing. One day there may be six donkeys in your path, the next, six ponies. Today, three cyclists! Everything is blown away with even a few minutes by the sea and the world is put to rights if only for an hour or two. Sometimes that’s all you need to prepare you for the week ahead.

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“Peace of mind comes after you’ve resigned yourself from being general manager of the universe…”

I’ve learned a few things this week. The most mind-blowing is the effect that beetroot can have on your insides. Why doesn’t that stuff come with a warning on the packet? I honestly thought I was dying. Anyway a few minutes of googling and I realised that actually, I wasn’t about to die a horrific death. But still…! On a more serious note, the next few weeks bring with them changes! Mostly positive. My sister is moving into her own flat on Friday, with her boyfriend. That’s the biggest change for all of us, she’s been here all her life! And although we have grand designs for her room (a gym!) – it will still be really really strange to have the dynamics of this household change when they’ve been the same ever since I can remember.


Next Tuesday sees the end of my second to last year at University. My final exam will be happening and I’m nervous to say the least. Hayfever is really dragging me down at the moment and whilst the weather is absolutely gorgeous, I can’t help suffering – and I’m worried about how this will pan out in a three hour exam. We shall see! I have never yearned so much, for an academic year to be over. I simply cannot wait until the day when it’s all done and dusted and there will no longer be that niggle at the back of my mind that I should be writing an essay, or revising.

6I’m also taking and editing photos, when perhaps I should be picking at my uni books to do something that resembles revision. But alas, who would photograph the pretty flowers then?!


Our beloved Starsy, the oldest of the two crazy dogs in the household, is on her final rather shaky legs. Whilst Buddy is probably the most photographed dog we’ve owned, Star was my muse, first and foremost. And it’s her photographs that often catch people’s eyes and spark a request for their own pet photography. Star and I have been through a lot, not least she has been the one and only best friend who hasn’t judged, who hasn’t moaned and who has stuck by me – us as a family- no matter what happens. She’s ‘just’ a dog, as so many will assume – but there’s so much more to it than that. Plus she’s almost sixteen years old – anyone that’s been around that long is family without a doubt! Whether a goodbye will happen this week, or next, it is on the agenda. But she does surprise us from time to time, and slips back into her younger years behaviour.


On a more positive note, the sunset meant that the dust spiralling in the skylight windows looked quite photogenic and therefore I was inspired to create this video. It’s just dust, literally, but I thought it looked good and combined it with some relaxing music! The video won’t work on mobile devices as the music is copyright, but for those intrigued by my crazy mind, here’s a dust still!


And just to prove I know how to be super busy, but also relax, here’s my ‘chillout’ set up. Candles, sunset, nice breeze…perfect! Oh and owls!


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