Hello Summer

Oriental Poppies in my garden. (June 2015)
Romantic Red Roses

It’s so lovely to  find a few minutes  to spend on my blog. Overwhelmed with house renovations and requests for book reviews. I haven’t had time to share my thoughts on anything else with you.

As Summer has finally made an appearance this week in Pleasley, I thought  I would share some recent photos.

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Oriental Poppy

 After much planning and deliberation we have started our renovations, hopefully  they will all be completed before my little grandchild arrives in October.

 Living in a new house meant nothing,  thankfully needed doing before. Now I spend more time painting than writing, which is a shame but  it’s worth it. 🙂

Buttercups on the trail

Jazz my lovely dog celebrated his birthday last Sunday, he is now 11 and still full of fun.

Jazz is now 11
Jazz is now 11

 As I finish writing this  it has started raining …. so much for Summer then. 😉



Winter Wonderland


The first real snow of winter fell on Boxing Day afternoon. There was lots of it and it certainly made for an enchanted walk with Jazz and Oby this morning.


The trail where we walked was completely covered in deep snow, which Jazz loved.

Oby soon realised playing in the snow was great fun.


Unfortunately many of the lovely trees were bowed down with the weight of the snow,which made it more of an obstacle course than a morning stroll.


One of the lakes was frozen.


The swans still swam and fed in the other one.


It was a lovely walk.


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The Dragon Legacy Series
The Dragon Legacy Series





We’ve Had Oby A Year – In Pictures. – Honorary 7th Birthday :-)

Oby’s 7th Birthday 27 August 2014

We adopted Oby our lovely German Shepherd/Border Collie a year ago today and as you can see he is a beautiful dog.

If you want to read about how we got Oby, check out my daughter’s post on Seek My Scribbles.

Oby was six when we got him but we didn’t know the exact date of his birthday  so we decided on 27 August, which was the day he came into our lives.

Here’s Oby’s first year with us in pictures :

Oby August 27 2013 - His first day with us.
Oby August 27 2013 – His first day with us.
Early Morning Walk Spring Bank Holiday May 2014
One of Oby's favourite places
One of Oby’s favourite places
Oby's Favourite Toy
Oby’s Favourite Toy


Oby  on Jazz's Birthday June 21 2014
Oby on Jazz’s Birthday
June 21 2014
Oby on the beach Northumberland July 2014
Oby on the beach Northumberland July 2014
Oby on the Beadnell Beach Northumberland 2014
Oby on the Beadnell Beach Northumberland 2014
Race you...
Race you…

Oby’s birthday was a great excuse for some new toys which Jazz was more than happy to share 🙂

Jazz shares Oby’s Birthday Toys
Oby seems to like birthdays?
Happy 7th Birthday Oby 27 August 2014

Jazz and Oby On Holiday


It’s no secret that I  love my dogs. Jazz and Oby are my constant companions when writing. Vince and I both love the countryside  and walking,so it makes perfect sense to take the dogs on holiday with us. Oby has been part of the family for just over ten months and  this is his first holiday with us.

Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle

 Yesterday it was raining in the morning so we all chilled. I secretly think Jazz and Oby were glad of the extra rest since they have been having lots of exercise. The sun made a dazzling appearance in the late afternoon so we took the dogs, now bouncy and raring to go to Beadnell beach. We passed Bamburgh castle on the way and I couldn’t resist taking a few more photographs from  the roadside.


Bamburgh Castle
Bamburgh Castle

Beadnell has a lovely beach  surrounding Beadnell bay which is very popular with surfers. Notably it has the only west facing harbour on the east coast of England.

Beadnell Beach

 It is bordered with sand dunes where lots of pretty flowers manage to grow despite the harsh conditions.

Flowers on Beadnell Bay
Flowers on Beadnell Bay

I like this beach because at this time of the year it isn’t overcrowded and there is plenty of space for the dogs to run and play.

Sand Dunes on Beadnell Bay
Sand Dunes on Beadnell Bay

As you can see from the pictures Jazz and Oby seem to be having a great time. 🙂

Jazz on the beach
Jazz on the beach
Jazz and Oby paddling in the sea
Jazz and Oby paddling in the sea
Oby playing ball
Oby playing ball


Jazz in pursuit
Jazz in pursuit
Come and play Oby
Come and play Oby
Dogs having fun
Dogs having fun


Jazz in action
Jazz in action


Race you...
Race you…

Jazz is 10 Today

 Jazz is ten years old and to celebrate I thought I would share his day so far with you.

 The day started early… A 7am walk in the sunshine.

DSCN0483No time to pose for photos there’s too much exploring to do.

DSCN0495 Oby says he doesn’t mind posing for the camera 🙂

 DSCN0505  DSCN0496 DSCN0516 DSCN0518  DSCN0513  On our walk…

I saw lots of lovely wild flowers.

Some new foals too.


DSCN0526Oby needed a sleep when we got home.


DSCN0527Jazz was too excited to sleep.

When is it present time?

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 At last time for my present 🙂

Oby got one too!

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 Happy Birthday Jazz


Spring Bank Holiday Morning Walk with Jazz and Oby



After a typical UK Bank Holiday weekend – wet. Today dawned dry and sunny so we decided to take the dogs Jazz and Oby on an early morning walk. They had such fun I thought I would share a few photos with you. 🙂

DSCN0213 They are impatient to start their walk…


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There were lots of pretty wildflowers to see on the walk but Jazz and Oby didn’t want to hang around.


Come on Jane stop taking photos and less run :-)
Come on Jane stop taking photos and let’s run and play 🙂

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These sticks taste good Oby.
These sticks taste good Oby.
Quick Vince is going without us. Run!

And finally its a rest in the sun back at home


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 Great walk 🙂

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