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The Boxer’s Back

There has been a Boxer shaped hole in our lives for just over a year, when we lost the love of our lives, Dottie. There’ll never be another Dottie, but a couple of weeks ago, Tilly arrived, and we have another Boxer in our lives. And indeed in Mabel’s life, which has taken her by […]

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The Case Of The Choking Tortoise

I’ve not updated you on Tonka for a while.  Tonka, for those of you who don’t know, is the immigrant Greek Marginated tortoise who, we suspect, travelled all the way from his homeland after the devastating tortoise wars of 1965, made it over the channel by hiding in someone’s suitcase, then landed up in our […]

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Sarah’s Big Cauliflowers

Sarah has enormous cauliflowers. Simply gigantic. You can’t see her if she stands behind them.  They’re too big for the vegetable rack, and would cause chaos if we just kept them in the kitchen which is, as I am sure you know, an oasis of tidiness. Although since we embarked on building an extension which […]

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The Staggering Badger Swallows Bluebells

Add some punctuation, and you have the sense of it – this is not about a badger drunk on bluebells. Although it is about a badger who looks hammered. He comes out early every evening – 7.30ish – and makes straight for the easy pickings the chickens have left. He falls over a lot, and […]

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Two Weddings And A Funeral

I’ll start with the funeral.  A month ago we buried our beloved, beautiful and so loving boxer dog Dottie. To lose such an important member of our animal family was absolutely devastating, and the tears continue.  She is buried under a mound at Dot’s Spot – the patch of grass outside our kitchen door where […]

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