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“Gardening: it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.”
– Phyllis Theroux

It’s hot. Super hot. Sort of 25 degrees kind of weather. For some of you USA followers, that’s nothing. (And I’m coming to the USA for a whole month this year so I’m trying to prepare myself!) But for this country it’s pretty warm and that means that in order to achieve pretty rain covered flower photos, I need to falsify the conditions….

Out comes the trust water bottle, and of course the trusty Maisy who is convinced that it’s her only source of Water and she must have it. Once we had contended with the dog however, the results were pretty good…

This year is the Year of Weddings. We had an epic Wedding at the weekend (not ours of course) in the beautiful city of Bath and it was our most challenging Wedding to date. No, not because of the Bride and Groom (they were lovely, they’re probably reading this, but it’s true they were…) but because of the venue. We photographed the ceremony in a beautiful little Theatre, it’s actually called The Little Theatre…go check it out. It’s a fully functional cinema too so if you’re ever in the area, I do suggest that you go and catch a film or two… Then there were all the surprises…luckily we knew about them and could plan ahead, I mean you have to when there is going to be a choir re-inacting the Wedding Scene from Love Actually, and a Delorean, oh and Aaron Douglas… Much planning needed!

So in between working on those Photos, I found my passion for Photography again (fear not 2016/17 Brides and Grooms!) It didn’t exactly go missing, but it did lie dormant for a while as other things took over like work, life, house, dog, garden e.t.c. and I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I would like. This evening though, right after work, we went into town and annoyed the Bookshop by going in ten minutes before closing time, grabbed a coffee and then mucked around with the camera. Three things, aside from William, Family and Maisy, that complete my life. Books, Coffee & Photography.

I have so many blog posts stored up and ready to write…so many photos to share from the last month or so. One stumbling block in my way is my storage is maxed out on WordPress so I can’t easily upload and place photos in the blog posts. WordPress want a stupid amount of money (new rulez now) for increasing storage and I don’t want to play ball. So I’m uploading photos elsewhere and then linking them in. It’s not hard, but it’s the lazy way and I don’t like the time it takes to share a few photos! But I promise that will change… I need to do the 365 challenge again and force myself to snap away!

But for now, for today, enjoy our beautiful Allium. The bulbs were kindly gifted by my Grandma last Autumn and we buried them in October hoping for the best. We were more than surprised, they just popped up in the last few months and add a splash of colour to our front garden. What’s even more surprising (for us), is that we don’t see them often as we never use the front door to get into the house, so the bursts of colour suddenly appeared when we ventured outside.

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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…


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.


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…


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…



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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