Hair update

Short style won over longer locks !!    I had my hair cut a week ago ..

Voilá …


I’m happy :)   It’s quick and easy to blow-dry too!   … and I’m flattered with all the positive compliments from friends and family in person and on Facebook :)   Thank you all so much xxx

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I need a change ..

… I need a haircut!

Two years ago I decided I needed a change and started growing my hair.  My hairdresser suggested it, as I’ve had the same style, or similar, forever and a day, or so it seems!  I persevered … growing out the short bits, cutting the longer bits and finally ended up with short bob.

During this time … these past two years … my ‘crowning glory’ has been going a grey, little by little !   I don’t colour my hair .. never have … and I don’t want to start now.  To much a hassle and too expensive!!!!   For a couple of  years the blonde/light brown bits on top starting turning grey before the rest, giving me natural highlights.

I quite liked it !!

The other day, Jeanette took photos of our little James and, holy moly, I noticed how grey the rest has turned !!!  Yikes !!!

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As I said, I’m not one for colouring, so the next best thing is a shorter cut thus layering from top to bottom .. and thus making the grey bits shorter and not as noticeable.

One of the reasons why we .. hairdresser and I .. decided a different look, a longer look, was to hide the thinning bits on top!  Have no idea what causes thinning bits in women but a few men folk in my family had, and have thinning bits on top.

But .. I feel this style .. the one I have now … which is a short bob grown out, as I’ve neglected a regular cut for reasons which I have no idea except fitting in an appointment with a very busy hairdresser .. regular sessions with a biokineticist (which are now finished) .. and more visits than I would have liked to a specialist dentist for root canal treatment .. as well as my yoga/gym sessions – which I cannot miss otherwise I’m not fun to live with! … and fetching grandsons from school every lunchtime or watching their sports activities in the afternoon.

I am busy!!

I have a hair appointment on Wednesday next week .. do I make a change from longish, greyish, drab and draining  … to a short, layered, pixie ‘showing-up-the-wrinkles-more-and-double-chin’  cut as I’ve had ‘forever and a day’ ?

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Signs of Spring ..

.. in my garden

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Our pool gets a face-lift

In desperate need of renovation ….   our 34 year old swimming pool !

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Nearly empty ..

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Fresh new marbelite and mosaics …

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Let there be light !!!!!!    The original light hadn’t worked for probably 20 years!  Now we have a new one🙂

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Nice, hey?

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Cuddles with Connor

Here are some cuddles with Connor to celebrate James’ ‘two-week-anniversary’ in our home …. and our hearts

Licky-kisses ..

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Kisses and cuddles ..

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Winter garden

While taking photos of our little bundle of mischief, James, I cannot resist capturing flowers in my winter garden as well.   We haven’t had much frost yet but there is cold front on it’s way and temps are predicted to drop

End of season blooms of Icebergs and Sharifa …

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Really, really, really end of blooms ..

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Lavender flowers regardless of the season …

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Succulents and aloes flowering now ..

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I thought it was about time I planted poppies – haven’t done so for a couple of years ..

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Azalea ..

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Primula ..

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Virginia stocks ..

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Australian violet ..

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Common garden violet ..

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This is James


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A 9 week old Jack Russell puppy .. our new addition to the family.  (born 12.05.2016)  We were devastated when our little Maxie-poo died suddenly of a liver shunt at the tender age of 9 months and since then have been waiting for suitable litters to arrive, either Jack Russells or Beagles.   What a difficult decision to make when finally litters were available.

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After much umming and ahhing, hubby and I went back to the same Jack Russell breeder from who we got Max, Marianne of Cradle Kennels.  I sat on the lawn in a large pen surrounded by the cutest little puppies .. bouncing, playing, biting, rolling, gorgeous bundles of mischief of different ages

Pink paws and puppy noses …

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How difficult was that decision to make!!  Which one do we choose ? !!!!!   A bouncy little girl with happy face and markings on her back like angel wings (my first choice) … a small boy who wanted to cuddle on my lap the whole time .. a cute faced girl .. one all white except for a brown face and ears .. … … and then I saw James🙂

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That was Tuesday .. five days ago.  Poor little baby was very nervous coming out into the big wide world of strangers, new smells and new surroundings, all alone .. with no brothers and sisters

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Meeting new playmates on his first day …

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How quickly he has settled!!!  We’re doing what we did with Max .. ie crate training.  At night he is put into his crate with the door closed.  Sounds pretty cruel, but it works.  Eventually the door comes off once he is used to this routine.   It becomes his safe place.   Hubby takes him out in the middle of the night to wee, pops him back in, then early morning takes him out to wee again.  He is already getting used to the routine and comes running down the passage to me for a cuddle in bed.  (Photo below:  exhausting first day – found his safe place on his own)

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Following photos are just a few from the many I have, taken from Wednesday ’til today.  He’s gained confidence and is full of energy!! He growls while playing with some toys and barks at the odd noise.  Makings of a good watchdog !!  He knows his name already and loves company.  He looks for either of us when he discovers he’s alone and gets so excited when he finds us🙂

” One day I’ll climb these steps ”

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Walking with dad ..

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Exploring …

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I couldn’t decide which ‘running fast’ photo I preferred .. so there are two🙂

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Isn’t he gorgeous ? !!

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