Memories

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Do you find if you hear a song or go to a certain place it brings back a certain memory? I have certain songs that bring back wonderful memories for me and some sad ones too. If I drive past or visit or hear someone mention a place that was special to me then all these memories and emotions come flooding back. I have memories of friends from my past that I have lost touch with and I remember places we went to and the music that we used to listen to and the fun things we did, the laughter and the tears and everything in between . The places that we will never go again and the things we will never do again with that person that we may never see again. Thank goodness then that we do have these memories that even the silliest of things will have us remember. A smell can bring back memories of my childhood I can still smell the baking my Grandmother did, I have her mixing bowls and special hand written recipes.  I can still smell the perfume of my late Mother in Law which sadly passes away at the age or 52 . I can smell my babies when I close my eyes and remember holding them for the first time and I can also rememer lost little angels that were not meant to be when I hear a song called In the arms of the Angels. I will be never ever forget….

We have happy memories that makes us smile  (and sometimes blush) or even laugh out loud, memories of things we had to go through and would rather forget and things we will never ever forget . Where ever you go you memories go with you. X Dawn 

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August…wouldn’t think so! 

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Good old British Summer time, rain,wind and clouds! It is pretty dismal here in the UK and our weekend plans are going to have to change.  You can’t plan anything with this awful weather and I feel for the parents who are trying to keep their kids occupied indoors during the Summer school holidays. My tumble drier has been working overtime and I have cabin fever,apart from the odd walk when it hasn’t rained we haven’t been out on a nice day out with a nice dog walk (and carry as he only has little legs) yet. Today is very overcast and doesn’t look at all promising. How depressing! It looks and feels like an Autumn Day.

It’s raining now 

I got Archie a kids play tunnel for the garden in tne Morrisons sale it was only £4 I have it on the living room as it has been so bad I haven’t put it in the garden yet, he likes it and I throw his toys in and he grabs them and runs out the other side. Keeping him busy will keep him out of mischief as he is going through the chewing stage and have to watch him as he is so small he gets everywhere . 

He lives lying on me,he looks quite big in this picture but he isn’t,saying that he has grown since we had him . He is a bundle of energy and so much fun and when he tires himself out he likes to lie on me . He is on my right now as I am writing,I am in my pj’s,here he is . Right under my chin ! 

Hope through weather is being kinder to you . Good for the garden I suppose.  

X Dawn  

First bath

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Archie was rolling around the garden and looked like he had been dragged through a hedge so I gave him his first bath.  We had got a new washing up bowl to use as his bath as it was the perfect size.  I put an absorbant mat on the worktop and sat the bath on it . He was scared at first and I didn’t give him a long bath just long enough to clean him off and rinse.  He looked so cute and loves being dried wrapped in his towel he thought it was a game and tried to eat the towel. Here are some pics.  

Isn’t he the cutest ? 

X Dawn

TGI Friday 

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End of an era for my beautiful Grandaughter Emily who is eleven. She is leaving primary school and moving to secondary school in September after the summer holiday’s. Wednesday the school organised a year six leavers prom,  She looked amazing and had a fab time . All the children looked so grown up.  

Isn’t she beautiful ?…a group of friends hired a hummer limo it was massive. They enjoyed a really nice evening . So grown up.  Today she will be crying I know she will as she is so upset to be leaving her friends and teachers. She is however looking forward to having her shirt signed by everyone and her signing her friends …a school tradition apparently. It sometimes  doesn’t seem that long since I left primary  (it was quite a few Years ago) and looking forward to going to big school, I had some lovely friends and felt so grown up but scared to walk through those gates. I liked school and was sad to leave , I wish I could turn back time and go back knowing what I know now if course.  My life would be so different I am sure of it . What an adventure Emily and her friends are about to embark upon. 

I have had a fringe since the year dot well at least thirty years but my hair seems thinner now and I am contemplating changing styles but I am so used to a fringe I don’t know what to do.  I might grow it out and see how I get on as I can always grow it back . Hope the pic doesn’t scare the be -Jesus’s out of you I hate selfies.

This weekend  we are going to look round for a car not new but new to us . Our clapped out Volvo is 16 years old and in the last 4 months we have been towed back home twice …we have had a new engine and other parts which frankly was a bloody waste of money but we have had enough. Funds are tight so we won’t be getting some fancy thing even though John wants something that would cost a bomb we are being sensible as we have to save our pennies for the move when it does happen..we are away in September looking at three areas in Devon. We have had no progress on the work on out house for lots of reasons but it is now gaining a bit of momentum and we will soon be ready for valuations.  I think we will be having our last Christmas here thank goodness.  I can’t wait to move . John needs to keep his current job for now so we can work on getting a house and job in place. 

The weather is rubbish and it rained again today. I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow, the thought of walking around car lots is not exactly thrilling but doing that in the rain would be a bloody nightmare.  Archie is coming with us and we had planned a nice meal outside the pub so please don’t rain otherwise it will be fish and chips in the car ! Afterwards we are visiting my parents and then coming home to watch rubbish tv . 

What are your plans? 

X Dawn 

Pupdate 

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Archie has made himself well and truly at home his favourite place was the rug. We had 2 matching rugs either end of the living room but we had to take them up as he was pulling little tufts of the fibres out and I don’t want him to swallow them plus I don’t want bald rugs . When he is through his chewing phase we will put them back . We have a flat rug in the garage that needs cleaning so we will do that this weekend.  

Archie goes outside to wee and he is eating fine and we haven’t had any problem with his sleeping.  He goes up to bed with me at around ten and wakes between five thirty and six which is fantastic, I on the other end get around five or six hours and I am struggling with sleep. 

When I pick him up and put him on my lap he likes to climb up and lies on my chest and go to sleep and has stared following me everywhere and he is so tiny I have to be so careful. He is fast , he has a mad five minutes during the day when he just runs round like a crazy dog and he is so quick .

Here are a few pics of him with his collar and harness that I try on him for a short time evert day to get him used to them he also has his teeth brushed every day which he seems to like . 

Here are a few pics of Archie

He is a joy. He can start socialising with other dogs from tomorrow and we are meeting my Sister in Laws little Yorkshire terrier Henry. It is John’s Birthday tomorrow but he has to work so we are going out Sunday weather permitting to sit outside in the pub garden for a meal with Archie to see how he gets on. He is so confident now and has explored the house and the patio area . He is so funny, he drags his little toy donkey around and it’s bigger than him.  We are totally in live with this little man. He was eleven weeks yesterday.  I will let you know how he gets on over the weekend.  The Grandchildren adore him and he enjoyed the fuss. 

Have a good week . 

X Dawn 

Archie is home 

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We picked Archie are puppy up yesterday we were expecting a sleepless night but I was the one awake checking on him ,he was so good and he did not even whimper.  He has been outside for a wee and settled in. He has chewed his lamb and donkey and likes his food.  I am so lucky . He is adorable and very funny. He doesn’t stray too far from his bed area but it’s only been a day and he loves his belly tickled.

Isn’t he the cutest ? I can see us having lots if fun training him and watching him grow and learn.  

X Dawn 

Friday …

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John has been off work since Tuesday and we have been getting things ready for the puppy arriving as we had donated all of Alfie’s things to our local animal rescue mind you his bed and coats etc would have been way too big anyway so we have had to start again. We had a nice lunch out today nothing fancy just as the local harvester but it was nice just the two of us.  We did some shopping and then came home as I have my Grandaughter after school three days a week until her Dad finishes work. She stays one night a week which is usually a Thursday. When we came home John worked on moving the remaining pieces of our shed which we pulled down it had seen better days and we didn’t use it to store anything other than junk in and that’s all gone now. I have put Emily a Pizza in the oven  (her request) she loves the stuff I am not a fan of Pizza,Emily had her Sats results today and got expected levels and also lots of above expected which she is very proud of.  She loves science and English she isn’t a fan of Maths but her results in Maths were above expected.  

We are picking up Archie our Puppy tomorrow morning and I am so excited , he is ten weeks old now and have his two vaccinations and has been wormed and fleas treated. I am looking forward to working on his training and getting him socialised and hopefully we won’t have many sleepless nights and he settles in with us.Tonight we will just watch TV or a film on Netflix if I can stay awake . I have has some awful nights , I have a fitbit which monitors sleep and I haven’t had one night this week that I have slept more than five and a half hours. 

I will post a few pictures of little Archie over the weekend over on Instagram there is a link on my homepage 

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

X Dawn