Looking Back One Year

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Fruit and peas were about two weeks earlier this year
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Allotment Video Update 12th July 2014

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Introducing Ruby

2014-07-05 11.00.39I’m pleased to be able to introduce Ruby (for those of you new here, she’s the one on the left). Since we lost Sparky some months ago, our pack had been feeling a little too small, but the time didn’t feel right to introduce a new dog. In the last few weeks however, we started to look tentatively. Not sure whether we wanted another puppy or to go for a rescue dog. Ultimately we went for a puppy, not for any particular reason, just one of those right place, right time situations.

Ruby (that’s the name we settled on after running through about a hundred different names), is half springer spaniel (her mum) and half border collie (her dad). I can see more of the spaniel in her at the moment, but it will be interesting to see how she changes over the coming weeks and months.

Wilson is doing a grand job. We were a little concerned with how he might behave when we introduced a new member to the household pack, but he’s been teaching her and playing with her and overall they seem to be getting on really well. She’s got him wrapped around her little paws I think, but I’m really pleased that they are getting along so well.

It’ll be a few more weeks before she can go out in to the wide world, we’ll have to wait for her to have her second set of inoculations. In the meantime, there’s plenty to be getting on with. Back into the training programme! First step, house training.

I suspect that there will be more “pupdates” over the next few weeks and months.

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Simple Things – Portchester Castle

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The older I get, the more I seen to enjoy simple things. A walk with the dog, time spent on the allotment.

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Allotment Video Update 7th June 2014

With some fairly unsettled weather forecast for today, I thought I’d snag a quick video at the allotment. You can find my previous update here.

And about 40 minutes after recording the video above, this happened!

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Ball Jump (Full Speed & Slo Mo)

For whatever reason instagram wouldn’t let me upload the slo mo version of this video, so posting here.

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Book Review – The House of Dolls by David Hewson

It’s not often t2014-04-10 16.02.28hat I can stay up late reading a book, my body / mind can’t cope and I fall asleep, however over the last week I’ve been staying up, turning the pages of David Hewson‘s new book. The House of Dolls is set in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, where it’s main character Pieter Vos lives on a houseboat. Vos is a former police detective, who left the job following the kidnapping of his daughter Anneliese. He’s dragged back to his former life by another kidnapping that has similarities to the kidnapping of his daughter.

Why has this book kept me away from slumber? Well the simple answer is that I had to know what was going to happen next. The book is one of short chapters, and this keeps the story moving between characters and actions at a tireless pace, breaking the story up just enough to keep the suspense tight and the reader wanting to know what’s happening.

The characters are varied, many with their own flaws and weaknesses, but some you will like and others come to detest. There’s “old-school” gangsters mixed with new generation cops, politicians and journalists in the mould of the ladder-climbing kind and backgrounds of tourists and café owners.

The story is very believable, it sits in the present and although as far as I could tell doesn’t actually draw on a current or recent situation, it could quite easily. You could imagine that any of the crimes or motivations of the characters are being drawn from real-life and that marks the success of this author. His characters, locations and situations are all true to life. They could easily be where, when and how; today, this week or next, and you’d not be able to tell fact from fiction.

If you’ve read any of David’s books before, particularly if you’re familiar with his Nic Costa series, then you’re really going to enjoy The House of Dolls.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars – I Loved It.

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