Albert In Memoriam

The purest soul that ever graced this earth has gone home to heaven for new Guardian Angel Dog assignments. I am beyond privileged to have had nearly 12 years of unconditional love from my little monkey. Rest in peace, Albiepops. We will always be together in spirit. Love, Neens xx

Change

Change. Life is full of it. As you may have noticed, I have only published one blog post so far this year. There are many reasons for that – first and foremost, life’s little adventures have become somewhat lacklustre since I lost my beloved doggie Albert in November last year. I can’t face going to…

Third annual autumn appreciation day

Charge your cameras and get outdoors – it’s autumn appreciation time again!  For the third year in a row, Albert and I headed to our secret spot (Blackbury Camp in Devon, shhhh, don’t tell anyone) for our Annual Autumn Appreciation Day. It was the perfect day; not a cloud in the sky and so quiet…

Bluebells: Better Late Than Never

Blog posts are like bluebells: better late than never. Ever faithful to our tradition, Albert and I set off to Blackbury Camp in late April, for our fourth annual photo session among the bluebells (see previous excursions here). It was beautiful, but the bluebells were a little late this year and not in full bloom…

Snow days in Devon 2018

Snow days in Devon! Who’d have thunk it? We’ve had two snow falls this March, making it the winteriest winter this Norwegian has ever experienced in England (and I’ve lived here for 15 years now). Snow days!!! Albert has only really seen snow once before, back in January 2010, just before his 4th birthday. There was…

Annual autumn appreciation session

It’s autumn appreciation time! Every year in spring, Albert and I head to the Iron Age hill fort Blackbury Camp near Honiton for a bluebell photoshoot [ 2015 | 2016 | 2017 ]. Last year, it suddenly dawned on me that the place probably looks equally beautiful in autumn – and thus another annual tradition was born. [If…

Morning walk along the River Otter

Last Monday morning, the sun was out and the tide was high – it was the perfect time for a morning walk along the River Otter. It was an unusually beautiful morning. The birds were singing, the flowers were blossoming, and the monkey was making a splash in the river. (If you can’t see the video above,…

11 ways to help you chill out

Chill out! Easier said than done, isn’t it? I haven’t been getting much sleep lately. I fall asleep late and wake up early, it’s a catch-22 (which is a great book, by the way). My friend reckons Mercury retrograde is to blame. Let’s hope she’s right – in that case, it should all be over soon! Anyway,…

English bluebells: the ethereal beauty of spring

The admiration of the first English bluebells of spring is the closest British equivalent of hanami in Japan and leaf peeping in the US. There is something so fragile and fleeting about their delicate flowers! The ethereal beauty of blue forest floors is virtually impossible to capture in images, but I really enjoy trying.

Exeter Mini Break: How to have fun in your own city

Sometimes (like the times when you’ve been binge-watching the vowelicious Richard Ayoade in Travel Man on 4oD), you really, really feel like going on a mini break. Like really. However, mini breaks require dog sitters, taking time off work (a mini break is a 5-day trip, right?), confirming travel details and numerous other practicalities that…