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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
― Allen Saunders

It has been a while since I posted – I’ve been taking photos but they’ve been mostly shared on Facebook (or not at all!) So here’s a bit of a roundup of the latest bits and pieces that I’ve taken… Last week we did some final planting in the garden, setting up our Clematis to grow up the fence and putting some runner beans in to see what would happen. So far we don’t have a beanstalk. I was sort of hoping for one when I came downstairs the day after soaking them in a bowl of cold water overnight, but sadly nothing happened.

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Maisy, our little bundle of loveable fluff and sunshine and all things cute and perfect decided that it would be a great idea to rip up the hallway carpet. Now, I’m mostly frustrated because she’s been so good for so long and I just don’t understand it – there’s no pattern to it at all. But it did mean that our weekend was spent looking at alternative flooring options as the hallway/kitchen is the place we leave her when she’s home alone. Queue the tilers who will be coming this week to give us a quote. No doubt the dog will surpass herself and succeed in ripping up tiles too… She was, earlier this week, dubbed ‘Hairy Potter’ by a friend on facebook when I posted her below the stairs hidey-hole…

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We’ve been exploring the park somewhat, it’s growing up fast and it’s still every so quiet. We’ve walked around it in the evenings and met barely one or two other people when we do. The site is growing but the usage is not – it’s a good thing.

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So it was the perect place for us to do some agility training. Maisy is now old enough to do some jumping as technically she’s all growed up now and at eighteen months her hips will allow her to bound about a bit more. We started off small and raided Argos for some children’s play equipment…

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We started in the garden and Maisy did manage to jump the hoop a few times and almost enjoyed running through the tunnel after tennis balls and Schmackos. But she could not get the hang of weaving the cones…

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What else has happened since I last posted? Well we’ve had BBQ’s and I’ve tested out some cake recipes without much of the naughty stuff in them – there’s banana loaf and oat cookies wafting through the kitchen right now and the BBQ has been used most evenings in the sunshine and has been very welcome.

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Yesterday we hit the Sparsholt Countryside show (which inspired the agility with Maisy) as we watched Gundogs and Sheepdogs hard at work. Of course -we- know Maisy is never going to be hard at work and instead of rounding up dogs she’d probably pluck their feathers off in one big swoop but it’ll be fun to try her brain out on some activities. Look at these proper working doggies…

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“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
― Abraham Lincoln

7th May – voting day. And aside from voting I mostly spent it working and then playing with the dogs in the garden. Buddy came to visit for a while and did some pro posing, something he never used to do for me! The flowers are all in bloom and the garden is starting to look wonderful…

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Then Buddy taught Maisy how to pose and we tried to get them to pose together – but it didn’t quite work out…

7Aside from today though, I have been taking photos and sharing them on Facebook but just haven’t had the time to blog. I’ve been experimenting with ‘healthy’ cake. Or Healthier cake anyway. Cake made with fat free yoghurt instead of butter and sweetener instead of sugar…

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And then I tried my hand at working with jelly for some ‘healthier’ type puddings. It sort of worked out once I ditched the yoghurt (pictured below) and stopped freezing it like a weirdo…

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