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“He who plants kindness, grows love…”

How do you start a blog entry when it’s been so long….it feels odd to just be writing words as they come out of my head. Instead of writing for an essay, an assessment at work, a Christmas card…something planned. 2016 has been a busy year with its ups and downs, trials and tribulations, times for sadness and times for celebration.

It seemed fitting to spend the first free hours that we’d had in a long time, on the meadow. So that’s where we found ourselves on Boxing Day, surveying the many trees that my Dad had spent the Autumn and Winter planting.

The meadow is a place where you can renew. Your energy, yourself, your memories. It’s a place that never changes in many ways, and yet advances and matures in many others. It’s a place that you can rely on. It is by far one of my most favourite places. This year I stored up memories and moments to recapture and recall when I felt that I may need them most.

One of those memories and moments was when we were speeding across the Gulf of Mexico in a boat with dolphins chasing us. I thought, ‘When life gets tough, remember this moment when everything was okay, and the bad bits were forgotten.’ The meadow is full of scenes prepared and stored, ready for conjuring up when most needed. Boxing Day’s time down there was no exception.

This is what happens when you ask two dogs to smile….

So the tree planting is almost complete. Only another few hundred to go…the meadow is looking full already and some of the photos show the contrast between the trees that were first planted when my parents got the meadow, to the ones that are just being put in now. A lot has changed in the years since the meadow was acquired…

The next project is nesting boxes – owls, bats, birds…all the best creatures! I can’t wait to ‘borrow’ my Dad’s extra awesome telephoto lens and sit and wait for the Kingfisher to come by again. He/She makes a regular appearance already but with some patience, fantastic shots can be caught. Just ask my Mum who snapped away with her point and shoot camera a few weeks ago and put me to shame!

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This time last year I was celebrating the change in the weather, the coolness in the air and the Orange tinge that was beginning to creep into the leaves. This time, it’s warm, muggy and the rain still attempts to interfere! But at the weekend we ventured to the meadow when the sun was high in the sky and the temperature was creeping over thirty celcius. Crazy warm.



I cannot believe how much has changed there. Admittedly, since moving I haven’t been able to get to the meadow as much as I used to which makes every trip that little bit more special and I no longer take the peacefulness for granted.



The trees are grown up. They’re huge! The little babies that were planted a few years ago, that I thought would take years to grow to any kind of height, are actually doing amazingly well. This doesn’t bode well for our little tree that we planted in the garden at home, not worrying how big it would get because it would be years….ah well!




The dogs loved it, Maisy would do anything for a drop of water and got up to some straw antics desperate for a drop even though there were two whole lakes to choose from.






Buddy has become more and more adventurous in the water and of course he loves any excuse to have someone to chase around the meadow too, which is where Maisy comes in handy. She has him sussed well though, sit on the edge and let the boys do the work…!







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