Monday, June 10, 2013

Pug Puppy - Blue the Pug cross French Bulldog (Frenchie Pug or Frug)

So the other day Brian and I got to baby sit Blue, his daughters Frenchie Pug / Frug puppy. He is one quarter French Bulldog and three quarters Pug. I say he’s a puppy, he’s actually just over a year old now but he’ll always be a puppy to me. I love this boy so much it is unbelievable. And, I am a cat person so it surprises me how much I love him!

This is the beautiful boy:


Anyway, seeing as Blue has an immense amount of energy and is completely relentless ALL THE TIME we decided we would have a crack at knackering him out so he would sleep all night.

So we took him for a walk at 12.30pm. We went to a place called Hamble, Southampton and walked him up and down the beach:


We then went to a beautiful place in Hamble called HambleCommon. We walked around the woods and along the waterfront to Hamble Marina where we had an ice cream and Blue watched the other dogs playing in the water. We walked back through the common and all along the river where blue watched some Spaniels having a whale of a time. Blue is not really into water so much but as it was hot, he did have a bit of a paddle which we thought was pretty brave for him. Then he had a little accident and ended up falling in some very deep water. It was so funny! He went right under the water and disappeared but luckily he was on the lead so Brian managed to drag him back up! He was not impressed and looked so surprised when he popped back up! We were laughing so hard we ended up in tears. Needless to say blue did not find it so amusing. We carried on walking and went back to the beach and walked some more so he could dry off a bit.



In this photo below, he was standing 6 inches from where the water got very deep. He couldn’t see the edge though like we could.



After Hamble, we went to Manor Farm Country Park for some more walking. This country park is lovely and is mostly woodlands with a couple of open fields and play areas for children. It was heaving that day as it was so hot and sunny. We had to keep Blue on the lead unfortunately as he has a little problem with picnics. He has a habit of launching himself into, yes… INTO peoples picnics and coming out with their food. Needless to say, we thought it best to keep him tethered during the walk at manor Farm. The country park also has a section that runs along the Hamble River so it is a really lovely place.

After our walking, we got home and had some dinner. We then decided seeing as it was still sunny that we would take a walk down to the park and then onto the White Swan Pub for a beer. We like that pub as it sits right on the River Itchen and it's only a 35 minute walk away from us, through the beautiful Riverside Park. The walk there and back home again is 5km in total. So we thought it’d be good for tiring out Blue. We took a tennis ball and all the way through the park we were making Blue run and chase the ball. And I mean pretty much non-stop. This dog does not seem to have any pug or French bulldog traits (apart from looks and cuteness) as pugs and Frenchies do not run too much. They pant and fuss and then just sit down for arest after about 5 minutes of exercise. Not Blue! He just will not stop! When we got to the pub he was starting to look a little sleepy so we had a nice pint outside and made the journey home.


Along the way we made him chase the tennis ball again as much as he could manage and he enjoyed chasing all the crows too. Then by the time we got home it turns out we were the knackered ones and ended up in bed at about 10pm! So poor old Blue had been out walking and running and chasing balls and birds, swimming and exercising from 12.30pm until 9.30pm. He was bushed and ended up sleeping like a baby until 6am. When of course Brian got up to take him for a walk whilst I stayed in bed!

When his Mum and Dad came to get him that day, he looked so tired. They went to the pub for lunch and said that for the first time in his life, he slept through their entire pub meal rather than trying to get fed every five minutes. They had never seen him so tired! Blue is not normally that way ever.

This is him conked out waiting for Mum and Dad:


We had a great day and night with Blue. It reminds me how lovely it is to have a pet dog or cat but also reminds us why we do not have any companions at the moment. It is hard work and a lot of commitment. We couldn’t just go out at the drop of a hat like we do now. We couldn’t just up and go in our camper van. We couldn’t holiday as much as we do and we certainly would be able to think about leaving the country in a few years. Not without careful planning and consideration for someone other than ourselves that is. I think we are content to have the kid’s puppies as and when we feel like it and they need us to. Even though I find puppies so damned cute!!

I hope you liked my post today. If you did, I’d be grateful if you would ‘+1’ this or ‘like’ it to share it. You know what to do! Don’t forget to check out my Flickr page where I store the majority of my photos. I will be back again soon with some new posts for you to enjoy including a post about a recent ‘pug meet up’ that Blue was a part of.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Isle of Wight Beauty

Today I want to show you a few photos from a visit to the Isle of Wight. The Isle of Wight is a little island across the water from Southampton, UK. We love going to the Island as we always have a lovely time there. It is genuinely beautiful and we love just driving around looking at all the beautiful scenery and coastline.

We always take the car ferry over the water, Red Funnel, as we like to stay and camp at our favourite campsite Ninham, near Shanklin. It is a great site with two small carp lakes that we love to fish. It is within walking distance to Shanklin beach too and we often walk down for food and beer and sometimes visit Sandown too. The Isle of Wight is perfect for short breaks really. The reason we have been there recently was to do my photography days at the Isle of Wight Zoo where I got to get really close to the tigers and lions. See my post from the visit here.

Anyway, enjoy the beauty that the Isle of Wight has to offer!


This is a garden display at Ventnor, one of our favourite places:



Beach huts at Ventnor beach:


This was the view whilst walking, somewhere on the Island!


And this is a light house we found during that walk:


Down by one of the beaches:


This is the cable car up at the Needles:


This is the view out to the Needles:



I think this is looking down onto Shanklin beachfront:


And this is a pretty hotel at shanklin or Sandown:


And I thought I’d finish off with some funny looking mushrooms I spotted (photographed whilst drunk so excuse the slight blurriness!)


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tunisia New Year 2012/2013- Hammamet

This past New Year, we decided we wanted to go away with Brian’s children and their partners. We set ourselves a very low budget and began to have a look at some winter sun destinations. We wanted to go to Egypt but for that week the prices were ludicrous and more than we had paid for our 2 weeks a year ago.

We ended up booking Tunisia on the off chance it might be warm. We went to Hammamet. Well, it was certainly warmer than the UK during winter but it wasn’t great. We were up most mornings swimming in the heated outdoor pool and walking along the beaches. We ate breakfast outside everyday so the weather was pretty ok. Very sunny, just not hot. To be fair, we were in t-shirt and shorts most days so it wasn’t all that bad! The kids of course, were not impressed! They didn’t even go in the pool that was 27 degrees because they said it was freezing! It was amusing. Me and Brian made the most of the holiday anyway even if the kids weren’t that motivated.

We made sure to walk along the beach as much as we could. Our little bit of beach was beautiful, but either side was pretty horrible. It was like the buildings were empty ad no one had cleaned the beaches in years. It looked pretty awful. The streets outside were quite the same. I think since they have had their revolution (the so called Arab Spring started off in Tunisia), there has been less tourism and a lot less money being spent on tourist areas. The streets were strewn with rubbish and it just looked desolate and empty. To be fair though, the hotel was fine for what it was- a 4* all inclusive.

So here are some of the photos from that week in Tunisia over New Year 2012. As you can see- the sky is mostly blue and the water is stunning. Just one day I got a black sky in the photo.

The beach at the hotel:


Brian looking lovely at the beach:



Look at that water:


Oh, and a camel and black skies:

Sunsets at the beach:



 Hotel grounds:





This is the outdoor pool- not heated so not in use- and that is where we had breakfast in the mornings:




This was the heated pool, half indoor and half outdoor. We were in there every day for a good couple of hours until the sun went away:



This was a stunning display that the hotel had in reception. It was ALL made from food! All of it- every last bit. Needless to say someone got drunk and had a nibble… but it wasn’t me or Brian:



The hotel was home to many, many cats which I absolutely loved! The hotel staff looked after them and asked people not to feed them as they were already being fed, but obviously people carried on regardless. The girl cats were really friendly and cuddled up to you at breakfast times- we ate outside. The boy cats were not as friendly and were pretty much there for the food and to hump a female cat if he got the chance!

These two look *exactly* the same as my cats from when I was younger- Reggie and Billie. They are also mum and baby too. It was eerie to say the least! You can see posts about them much earlier on in my archive. These two were nice and cuddly:


Look at these beautiful little kittens we found! Their mother (the one at the front in the photo above) had hidden them away behind a pillar near the breakfast restaurant and by the heated pool.


The main shopping village at Yasmine Hammamet:


Neighbouring hotel and sunset:


Beautiful scenery along the beach towards the old souk/ market (you may recognise one photo from my header!):




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Beauty all Around! Warsash, Southampton, UK

I want to show you a few photographs from a place very local to me. It is called Warsash and it has a ‘beach front’. It is across the water from a massive refinery called Fawley. Sometimes, people in and from Southampton forget how lucky we are living in a city that is so close to all this beauty. I know of people who moan about the place but in reality, we are surrounded by beauty and nature- more so than a lot of other cities I can think of in the UK!

We have forests, national parks, local parks, country parks, woods, water fronts, beaches, harbours, rivers and lakes all on our doorstep. Most things are just a short walk or drive from the city and many are right inside the city. So here are some photos from Warsash. I think you will be able to see the beauty I mentioned- even when looking across the water at the refinery!







Nature reserve areas:




Beach front:


Here is an Oystercatcher that I spotted on that sign. I used my compact Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 (TZ2 in USA I believe) for this shot so had to zoom in and due to it being an underwater camera, the zoom is pretty poor!  These birds are great and you can always hear them before you see them because they make a really loud screeching sound.


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