Why cross breed dogs make better pets 

In my 45 years I’ve had dogs around me for at least 30. Teddy Buster (pedigree cocker spaniel) Suzie Sam Max Tara Bruno Stella (Staffordshire bull terrier)   Stella being my current four legged companion and only the second pure breed. In Why dogs over cats  I gave you a breakdown of Busters nature, and as I …

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Fridaywoods laid bare, our local woods

Winter is coming The first trip through Fridaywoods for a while sees major changes. All but the Evergreen Pines are all but leafless. A carpet of leaves lays inches thick. Some of the leaves have begun their decomposition. A squirrel scurries up a bare trunk to escape Stellas attention. The summer’s coppicing or whatever it was …

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Christmas is coming 

Moving on from yesterdays post it comes at Dawn  but hey Christmas has been coming, since August in some of the shops. I clearly remember seeing baubles in a shop in August When is it you realise it’s nearly Christmas Is it when Band aid gets played The decorations start going up Cliff is on the …

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It comes at Dawn 

Come winter, spring, summer or autumn and sunshine, rain or snow Stellas routine doesn’t change.  As soon as i wake up I get my coffee and her breakfast and sometimes my partners toast, but within half an hour Stella is whining. Take now for instance, it’s 5.45 on a Saturday morning in December and we’re …

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It’s too cold to snow 

It’s to cold to snow Richard, I’ve said before my dad’s words when my hopeful face would look for the first flakes. But then it got me thinking about the nicer side of snow and the hazardous.  The big kid in me loves the snow, the stillness of the world and the silence. Especially if …

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Why Dogs rather than Cats 

Ever since I was born back in March 1972 I have had a dog around me. Stella is the 8th of varying lengths of a line of dogs that were mostly crossed breed. The day I was born Teddy all I really recall was he was brown and poss a Labrador terrier cross. Then came …

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Resources from other planets 

I listened with intrigue to Prof Brian Cox on Chris Evans breakfast show this morning who was talking about getting resources from other planets and also the idea of stopping our demise as a race by getting humans on other planets. Harvesting Other Planets This is all well and good but I’m looking at this …

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Life’s simple pleasures 

After a very long day at work, walking stella is one of life’s simple pleasures for me. A chance to clear the stresses and strains if the day in order to put the day to bed, before I hit the hay myself. This, blogging, is also a simple pleasure, getting my thoughts flowing and in …

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Dog friendly Colchester  

Stella wandering loose Ok I want to turn things a little more up beat with my latest post and think about the more dog friendly venues around Colchester. Gosbecks Roman burial ground. A huge ex archaeological dig up near the famous Colchester zoo. Dog walkers and runners and horseriders alike are welcome on this area. …

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Temperatures are dropping. 

It’s the last weekend in November and the morning temperatures are plummeting.  With a good ground frost covering the cars and grass areas where there’s no footfall. The sky is not cloudless but it’s pretty clear as Stella and I step out for our morning walk. A nights heavy wind and rain has put pay …

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