Shifting Sands

September 19, 2017  |  Featured Posts

I know it’s been a while since my last post but life seems to continually throw up serious issues that take over everything.

On the first of July we had to say goodbye to our beloved poodle Brandy. He was sixteen and a half and had a good life but it was hard to see him go.

He had really lost ground in the months prior to losing him and on the day it happened we knew it was time.
He now has a little “purple patch” in our garden where we buried his ashes.

The cats have adjusted into a new normal for them as he’s always been here. Poppy has missed him but Rosa seems to have taken over as the one in charge and is enjoying her new role.

I’ve been sewing and knitting quite a bit but haven’t had time to take some up to date photos. The only one I could find was this little bear which I gifted to a colleague.
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I can’t get to any of my other finished items as we have joiners in today with a circular saw with a good cut capacity laying some wood flooring and the house is upside down. We’ve been doing quite a bit of renovating these last few weeks and have quite a bit more to do over the coming weeks.
We had a week away in July to Wales visiting our favourite haunts. These are some of the photos I took.

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Little speckled red breast appearing.

If you are ever in north Wales and get a chance then it’s worth a visit to these gardens.

Bodnant Gardens

We saw this heron whilst walking alongside the river in Betws-y-Coed.

The reason for the title of today’s post is that my husband is unwell again and we’re currently in limbo as to what might happen next. Waiting is very tough and I’m trying to be patient.

I’ll leave you with these words……………

“Life is mostly froth and bubble
Two things stand out alone
Kindness in another’s trouble
Courage in your own>”


  1. I enjoyed seeing a picture of dear Brandy once again. I do understand, as you know, how hard it is with the passing of our beloved poodles. Our two passed so closely. Thank you for being a comfort for me. The purple garden patch is lovely.
    What gorgeous pictures Ann. You are a wonderful photographer.
    I am sorry to hear about your husband’s condition worsening. I will keep you both in prayer.

  2. So sorry for the loss of Brandy. The purple patch is a nice tribute. The gardens are beautiful.

  3. So nice to read from you again, Ann. But I’m sorry that you had to let go of Brandy. But good to know that he had a good life and enjoyed being with you and your family.

    Great pictures that you took in Wales. When we were there we also visited several gardens, also Bodnant Gardens. They are just wonderful. Your pictures of flora and fauna are gorgeous, Ann.

    So sorry to read that your husband is unwell again. Wishing you courage for dealing with it.

  4. Sending a {big hug} your way Ann. Not the news I was hoping to read after your recent hospital visit….drat! (nearly wrote a naughty word there)
    They say purple is a healing colour, the perfect flowers for Brandys resting place and I’m hoping each time you look out at them your heart will be healed from the loss.
    Beautiful photographs you captured on your lovely time away in Wales, memories to lift the spirits during worrying times.
    A lovely quote, I think i’ll print that off and stick it on my noticeboard, thank you.
    much love xxxx

  5. I ‘follow’ Bodnant Gardens on Facebook – it looks to be such a lovely place to visit. Maybe someday…I am so sorry to read of your loss. Brandy was a member of your family for many years, I am sure you will miss and mourn him for sometime to come. It is interesting though how the two cats have adjusted each in their own different way. In our family, Parvati is now an ‘only’ cat and she as become extremely vocal as a result – and demanding. Your read bear is a delight. I hope you are enjoying the transition from summer to autumn. I certainly am.

  6. Hi Ann. It was lovely to see a post from you. Bodnant Gardens looks like the kind of place I would love to stroll around. So beautiful and photogenic.

    I’m so sorry to read about the passing of Brandy. It’s always hard to lose a furry family member. The purple patch in the garden is a perfect spot for his ashes.

    Sending best wishes to your husband and yourself at this uncertain time.

  7. Hello Ann! I’m sorry to hear of these “shifting sands”. Losing Brandy must’ve been so hard but it’s so nice there’s a lovely “purple patch” to remember him by. I had to laugh when you said Rosa has taken over now!

    It looks like you had a lovely week in Wales. It looks like somewhere I’d like to visit.

    I’m sorry to hear of your husband’s health. I will keep my fingers crossed and best wishes to you both.

  8. Oh, dear, it sounds like your life is very unsettled, too, Ann. I’m so sorry to read about Brandy’s passing–what a lovely little grave site you’ve created for him. We buried our dear old cat, Shadow, in our backyard by the pond when he died 10 years ago, but need to give some attention to his grave…

    I’m glad you have some nice things happening in your life–like new flooring and the beautiful trip to the gardens. I hope thoughts of them–and of all of us out here in blogland who care–will help you somehow get through these days of worrying about your husband. Sending a warm hug your way and all positive thoughts to your husband.

  9. Oh Ann, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your dog. I know how much that hurts! I love the little garden you created for him.

  10. I’m so sorry to hear your husband is ill again. This is the last thing I wanted to hear. I’m sorry also about your dog. Our fur babies are so precious — so hard when we lose them. Lots of hugs.

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