Home for Christmas.





Love Alison x



The sheer bliss of a furry friend.


Having blogged a little about my life and family,  I thought that over the next couple of weeks I would introduce the furry and feathery friends that make life in my ‘city cottage’ so much more fun.  This week I would like you to meet Jess my Spaniel Patterdale X, and maybe you would even like to come for a walk!

I follow a lovely  ‘blogger’  on the Word Press site and am inspired by both her fashion tips and her thoughts.  During our conversation this morning she suggested that a long walk might help reignite the inspiration that I felt was lost.  It wasn’t long before I had my wellies and duffel coat on, and was having the usual wriggly contest as I tried to put the lead on a very enthusiastic and bouncy Jess, who still hasn’t worked out that if she would just sit still,  we would be on our way with greater speed!  I have to say  ‘Dominique’  that you were right,  and the exercise and fresh air worked wonders.  Do visit her blog if you get the chance.

I guess I already knew the benefits of a good walk but sometimes we just need a little push which is one of the reasons being a dog owner is so beneficial to our health.


Having a dog gives you that extra incentive.  Going for a walk alone can seem a little unnerving at times, but with a furry friend by your side, or in Jesse’s case eagerly pulling you along as she has squirrels to chase, the whole experience is much more fun and its a good way of meeting and talking to people, as well as increasing your step count for the day.


I have to say that it is very hard to refuse this little face every morning.  Out of all the dogs we have had as part of our family she really is quite a character and full of boundless energy and unconditional love, so long as there is a hot dog sausage on offer and actually even when there isn’t.  That is the great thing about owning a dog, they are always there, happy to listen and offer a comforting paw, and always very willing to snuggle up and be your friend when you feel a little alone.  Even when they are not supposed to get on the furniture… “JESS”!

Sometimes I’m left wondering if my children come home to see me or Jess,  but I guess it all amounts to the same thing.  We all love going home for the comfort and safety it brings and I’m pretty sure that Jess is part and parcel of that feeling.

There are so many health benefits of having a dog that I could mention,  but from personal experience, I just think they add a lot of Joy and laughter to life.  We so often find ourselves laughing at Jess, her antics and the fact that at times she seems almost human, and although some members of the family might not fully appreciate the smelly furry black bundle due to allergies and maybe a few unwanted aromas.. we love her and I can honestly say that she loves us right back.


Love Alison x




Ps. I do worry occasionally!!!




Christmas Gratitude.


It never ceases to amaze me how much time, thought and planning goes into Christmas each and every year,  then in the blink of an eye it is done and we all begin to return to some sense of normality.  As we travel once again towards a New Year we can mull over the Christmas memories made,  and take pleasure in those special moments which make the whole pre-Christmas journey worthwhile.  I can still hear the groans of Joy as I ask my four special people to gather around their mum for that yearly Christmas photo,  but hey.. it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

In a previous post I mentioned my love of Christmas and shared a memory of  ‘The year Santas’ elves filled my stocking’ .  It was a special moment that I thought was a  ‘one off’      but I underestimated the love and joy of giving that those elves hold in their hearts.


Having enjoyed listening to this Charlotte elf opening her 26th Christmas stocking!  I was given an instruction that went a little like this. ” Mum can you go and get my phone charger…its by the fireplace”.   Looking around and being unable to find it I called up and was told again and again to  “look for it near the fireplace” !!.   Still I couldn’t find it, then as my eyes caught sight of this the penny dropped!


Santas’ Elf had been busy and Mum had been treated once again.  My lack of expectation and the fact that an empty stocking always hung in its place, was the reason behind my cluelessness.   Overwhelmed with a mixture of childish excitement,  and a grown up sense of gratitude,  I went upstairs clutching my stocking and took pleasure in every little gift,  carefully chosen by those I love.  Nothing beats finding a stocking hanging by the fireplace on Christmas morning, but its the kindness, time and thought that went into putting it together that means as much to me as the presents inside.

Christmas is a time that brings families together and I am so thankful for the family I have been blessed with,  and for the fun, love and laughter that we have shared over the last few days.  For just a short while the cold outside is forgotten and the warmth inside envelops us all.


I hope if you are taking time to read this that you had a Cosy Happy Christmas and are looking forward to 2018.


Love Alison x