Monday, 20 October 2014


Very sad to say that we lost our Big Boy, Paddy to osteosarcoma today.
He was diagnosed with heart problems a year ago and was given medication on the understanding that it would give him a further 6- 12 months.
On Wednesday, he was diagnosed with bone cancer.
Today Mike drove to a special place to spend some time with Paddy,
just the two of them together.
He says,
'It seemed a special moment in time that we were both caught up in....'
Later, he says that feeling continued, so that when the time came....
'.. it was as though Paddy was calm and as easy as a sleeping baby
and drifted away with only a sense of being at ease.'
I am only sorry that I am in England and unable to share that time with them.  

February 2003- 20th October 2014

There's no two ways about it
Paddy was special.
He was often anxious, and sometimes fretted.
We could never stay long at a friends house,
knowing that Paddy would be wondering where we were.
The other thing he fretted about
Food Time.
I don't know why
because his meals were at regular times every day.
But he loved his food,
right up to the end.
He's the only greyhound I know of that had to go on a diet.
One of his favourite things to do
was to lick all the dishes clean.
Our other greyhounds would stop eating their food part way through and swop bowls.
Not Paddy,
no one swopped with him
because there was nothing left to swop!
He was a most handsome fellow.
He couldn't understand it if we passed people on the footpath and they didn't stop to stroke him.
When people did stop to say hello,
it was Paddy they were drawn to,
and Paddy who would push his way through to be closest to them.
He was a charmer and loved to be stroked.
There will be a big gap in our lives without Paddy.

Left to right: Jewel, Paddy, Rufus, all lost to osteosarcoma,
but together again now.
If you click on 'Paddy'
at the bottom of this post,
you can see more photos or stories about him.

Monday, 28 July 2014

A Long Way from Home

Such a lovely day today,
I'm so out of practice writing posts,
it takes me ages.
I went for a bike ride.
It was a bit hot to be riding a bicycle.
But I only rode as far as Bernkastel, (7 km.).
I didn't stop to take a photo
until I arrived in Bernkastel,
where I noticed where this cruise ship originally was from,
(or registered?).
It's a long way from home.
River Harmony was registered in Valletta, Malta.
I like seeing the cruise ships on the river.
They are a touch of luxury against the working barges.
It was obvious that lots of people had the same idea of getting out on their bicycles, despite the heat.
Mike met me in Bernkastle. He had left after me, but had come on his motorbike.
We enjoyed an ice cream together under the shade of a tree before going our separate ways.
I continued taking photos.
This is a café half way up the hill to the castle.
There are lovely views across the river from there.
Leaving Bernkastel,
I stopped to take capture this lovely chapel snuggled
in the vineyards.
It's lovely cycling next to the river.
I had more photos to show,
but for some reason,
Blogger prevented me.
We are very fortunate to have such lovely cycle routes.
And such lovely ice cream to enjoy
before embarking on the return journey.
I was so busy enjoying the ice cream,
I forgot to take a photo.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Wild Life Park continued

continuing with our trip to the Eifel Wild Life Park...
It looks as though Reuben is playing hide and seek with the deer.

Maybe he was.

It was quite a distance to walk all the way round,
and the path eventually led up a hill.
The quickest and most direct way down was by this:-

I thought I had persuaded Reuben to have a go on it with me.
But he changed his mind.
The playground suited him far better.
There was climbing,

more climbing,
or riding,

some ferrying back and to.

He gave the giant mushroom a miss.

But he sang all the way round on the horse.

There was also trampolines and dodgem cars
that he had multiple goes on,
and more animals,
before we made our way back to the car.

It was an enjoyable day out,
one we would do again,
maybe next year!

The next day we took a bicycle each and had a ride along the river,
first one way to Bernkastel where we had a drink and an ice cream.
Then we crossed over the river and cycled back on the other side,
taking shelter under a bridge half way back when it started to rain.
After a stop off at home for a breather and lunch,
we got on our bicycles again and cycled the other way.

No wonder we were tired after all that walking and cycling.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

A Spot of Gardening

I've been doing some gardening today, and haven't got round to continuing with part two of my tale from yesterday. So I'm keeping it simple with only one photo in today's post.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Two Lazy Days

The title of this post is somewhat misleading, as the photos here show anything but a lazy day, or two! The two lazy days that I am referring to are those that follow the very active day walking round a wild life park followed by a days cycling and I'm forgetting, before that, we had an unplanned walk up a hill to a castle.

It all began on Tuesday evening when my daughter, Siobhan, arrived with her son, Reuben. After picking them up at the airport, Reuben quickly reacquainted himself with the hounds. He became firm friends with Arthur who you can see here with Indie. Ignore the plant on the left, Danny has taken to eating the leaves off it.

The next day we had to stay close to home as Mike was away, and I had to get back for the hounds. What started off as a walk round Bernkastel, (which we've done lots of times before), we carried on up the main street, (which we haven't done before), crossed over the road and followed a very nice woodland path along the stream, up the hill, leading eventually to the castle at the top. We have been to the castle before, but not taking this route. It was very pleasant and picturesque. There was a lovely waterfall part way up that we took a short detour to. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me, so no photos.

 The next day was earmarked to visit a wild life park. We have been to two similar parks before. But this one was new to us. The car park was a little distance from the entrance, and once inside the park, Siobhan said that she thought we wouldn't be able to go out for the picnic that we had brought with us. It was in a cool bag, so not the easiest of things to carry round with us. Though we did notice some lockers! Never mind, we set off to discover what the park had in store for us. There were various attractions for Reuben to have a go on.

I do like the photo above. It may not be in focus, but it exudes happiness.

I even joined in when we got to the boat lake. I notice from this photo that my hair needs cutting. 

Eventually, we got to see some animals.

The wolves,
and the animals that Siobhan and Reuben especially wanted to see,
the bears.

It was quite a distance to walk round, but Reuben had energy for climbing.

The weather was lovely, warm and sunny, but not too hot. These are only half the photos that I've picked out to share. I'll be back tomorrow with the rest, now I have some gardening to do. I think I can manage that after doing very little over the last two days.

Thursday, 17 April 2014


At last.
Problem sorted.
I'm able to upload photos to my blog again.
Thanks Siobhan.
It's taken a visit by my daughter to help sort me out.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Postcard Stitchery & Mousing Pursuits

As I haven't fixed the photo problem
and I don't like to post without a photo,
I found this one
sitting in a draft post.
Not sure when it's from
but I think I must have made it for a postcard swop.
It probably dates back at least a couple of years.

We've had a mouse in the house.
It's evaded capture until today,
or last night to be more precise.
We've tried to capture it humanely,
but the traps were proving useless.
This morning however,
I found a mouse,
on one of the dog's beds.
We think Danny caught it.
He's always looking for mice in the long grass when we're out for walks.
One day he was walking alongside me,
on the lead,
when his attention was caught by something,
and in one swift movement
his head turned down into the grass
and when he turned back round,
he had a mouse in his mouth.
He didn't even break step.
His nickname is
Well one of his nicknames.
Let's hope
last night's mouse
was the only one.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to my lovely Grandson who is nine today!

Still no photos, what a shame. I must try to get that fixed.

A birthday treat for me today as well. 'Love Patchwork and Quilting' arrived direct to my door. A birthday present from my daughter, son, grandson and relative partners. What a lovely thoughtful gift. It's brought a smile to my face, and will do so every month I'm sure.

Now I'm off to try and 'fix' the photo issue. Or shall I read the new issue of 'Love Patchwork & Quilting, hmmmm?

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

A Birthday Walk

I never post without including photos. But having spent considerable time earlier this evening choosing and organising photos to post, I've given up. I just can't get them onto this post. Which is a shame as some of them actually show blue skies.

I had a birthday just after Christmas. If the weather was nice we thought we would go for a longer walk than usual. The weather was wet and grey. So no walk.

Again, we planned a longer walk on New Year's Day. But the weather was grey and damp. So once again, just the usual walk with the dogs.

Today is Mike's birthday, and at last there was sunshine. So we took ourselves off with the dogs for a walk through the woods. It stayed dry until the last bit of the walk when it had dulled over and started to spit with rain. But before that we had enjoyed some lovely views overlooking the River Mosel. Just a shame I can't show the walk in pictures.

Still, Mike says he enjoyed his birthday.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Frohes Neues Jahr
A New Year,
a new start with my blog.
 We took a longer walk today.
The other side of the river.
 Part way we sat on a bench
for a picnic of Christmas cake and cheese.
Paddy and Jess
were very interested.

We had views of the river,
rather grey,
but with some nice reflections. 

And a different viewpoint of the bridge that is being built.
Further on, we saw some bee honeycomb on the floor.
No idea how it got there.

Jess and Danny want to know what it is.

And a nice group of fungi.

A nice beginning to the New Year.
Let's hope it's a good one.