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We spent a family day on Durgan beach. Of course, Budleigh came too.
Toby has a new paddle board and everyone wants a go.

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The water's lovely. Come on in, Budleigh.

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Don't just bark at the waves.

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Do you feel safe enough to dip a paw?
Apparently not.

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Look, Budleigh! Other dogs are enjoying the sea. This little Jack Russell went right in and dragged a huge stone back up the beach.

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This is more like it. Tegen or Ysella may accidentally drop something delicious.

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Better luck here, perhaps? If Budleigh stares hard enough Jess may give in.

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What about his good pal Toby? Yes, at last, a morsel of flapjack to keep a body from starving entirely.

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Nothing on earth (or in the sea) would persuade him to jump from the rocks.

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This is the best place: sitting on a rock in the sun in perfect safety with his favourite person.
Happy holidays!

Christine

Playing with my Olympus M Zuiko 60 mm lens.
Dead bumblebee wing.

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There are several members of the Budleigh Admiration Society. Here's why we admire him:

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For his unfailing loyalty and companionship

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For his sense of adventure

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For his obedience, especially when asked to 'stay'

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For his curiosity about everything that moves

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For his ability to sleep anywhere, anyhow

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For his powers of intense concentration

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For his determination to guard the house

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For his agility and speed

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For his good behaviour on train journeys

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For his beautiful brown eyes

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For his little hairy knees.

Christine

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After a number of years 'interviewing' Hugh and collecting his memories of life on the farm in the Brecon Beacons where he grew up, I published 'Days at Cnewr with Flash and Cocoa'. It pleased me very much at the time to see my words and photographs in print but I was less satisfied with the book's design. Now I have re-written the text and, working hard with Hugh to overcome numerous problems which arose from using Blurb, our book has a new look.

It is available in hardback from Blurb or Amazon and can also be purchased in a more affordable way for Kindles and other digital forms.

Hugh had a wonderful wild childhood. He might have stayed in Wales and continued as a shepherd but, fortunately for his family, he became a potter and has had his own studio since the age of 21.

Here's a preview of our book:
http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/7713034-days-at-cnewr

Christine

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Have you been a good boy this year, Budleigh?
I think the answer is YES.
You've learned a lot and made us proud.

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Near the top of his list, Budleigh loves romping in the woods.
He comes back at once when called (unless a squirrel blots his copy book for him).

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He loves to chew, especially on a piece of antler. Add to the list please.

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Give him a ball and he's happy. Tennis balls are good.
See that look? Don't try to play until he has removed all the furry coating.

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Running off the lead in big open spaces is one of Budleigh's best things.

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The sea, the sea!
Budleigh gets braver every time he goes to the beach. One day he may even dip a toe. I mean, a paw.

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What comes after a run on the beach? Ice cream, of course. His reward for good behaviour: the end of a cone. Bliss.

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Here's a special treat: lunch in a proper restaurant with a friend. He didn't beg once while we ate. So well brought up!

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Budleigh's favourite biscuits, sort of cheesy, oaty, bone-shaped things. Home made.

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Last on his gift list but the very best of all: a snooze with his favourite person close by.
Happy Christmas, little dog!

Photos and words: Christine

Each year the galleries ask for new ideas. I am not very good at this so, well before the new year starts, I have come up with a volcanic glaze and a new technique for me. It is so much fun!!
A new lasagne bowl is coming through, smaller than the old one, decorated this time.
A new transparent glaze that will react with a new blue glaze.
This is the result of numerous tests, each firing since last September.
Happy Christmas to all who read my blog!

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Christmas is over for me in the workshop. Now I must look forward to planning my Easter shows. New pots, new glazes.
At the moment I have enough time to try to get it all to work!

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Don't yet know how to glaze these!

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Budleigh has spent a good part of the morning demolishing a stone retaining wall.
He's convinced that he's seen a mouse.
That's quite a big hole you've dug, Budleigh.

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There could be a whole mouse family under there.

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First his head...

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a bit further...

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further still.
Anything in there?

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Not this time.
All he has to show for his labour are dirty paws and a very dirty nose.
Better luck next time, O Great Brown Hunter.

Photos: Hugh
Words: Christine