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β€œHe 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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β€œA garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor Hugo

We’ve done lots of garden improvements this weekend, making the most of the twenty degrees c and brilliant sunshine that we had yesterday. Considering we were told our garden would be flat when we bought the house, we’ve made the best of a very sloped job! Lots of drainage issues will hopefully now have been resolved after plenty of digging, shingling and planting yesterday…

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Aside from the positivity of re-designing bits in the garden, Maisy was also loving the sunshine and her first full day outside. She even helped with the digging and when she was bored of that, posed in the garden with the new flowers (Courtesy of Homebase and also my Grandmother’s beautiful plant arranging). I quite like the fact that we’re in a wind trap because it looked like she was posing with a fan machine blowing her fur…!

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(The wet bits on her face were the hosepipe – it wasn’t me!). We had a lovely meal at our neighbours last night which finished off the day pretty well and although we worked hard, I feel truly relaxed – finally!

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