I took the menagerie out for a late afternoon trot yesterday in the sunshine. At the end of our road is a ford, and I have never seen P Bad do anything other than cross the bridge over it. This time she decided to be brave, but got stuck in the middle.

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Eventually she hopped like a frog from rock to rock and make it out alive, and desperately pleased with herself. We continued on up the track.

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It’s a lovely time of year: the hedgerows are all colour, and the apples are starting to ripen. This is the crab apple outside the house:


I christened my new TOMS on the dusty track,


and tried not to think that this would be one of the last times I would walk down the tiny country road which has been our dogwalking place since 1986.

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Not to think about it too much is probably the best you can do. Thinking about how attached I am to my childhood home (which my grandparents built), I can only imagine how hard it is for you to leave it behind. Hope the garage sale goes well and you and your mum are excited about wherever she moves to next! xx


It’s always sad to say good bye to things and places that mean so much to you, where you have so many happy memories attached. But you will make new memories somewhere else and fondly think back to this beautiful place where you grew up. I keep telling myself this whenever I move somewhere new (like you, I’ve done my share of moving the last 20 years) and it makes it easier to get through. I have wonderful memories of all the places I’ve lived and they have all shaped me in one way or another. OK, enough seriousness. I love your Toms – I just bought myself the same colour in the sales! Last summer, I wore my green Toms to shreds, wearing them every single day for three weeks travelling through Italia. They are the most comfy shoes there is (are?)!

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