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I am playing with the small scale of these images, printing them to 10 cms x 5 cms.

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There's a lovely shady path near home which borders a shallow stream.
The perfect place to take Budleigh to cool off.
He has been quite knocked out by the heat this week.

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In he went, rather nervously at first.

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This is unexpectedly nice.

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Look, Budleigh, a stone. Let's play.

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This has to be the best game, fetching stones from deep water.
We'll come paddling again soon.

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Suddenly, we have a heatwave!
This is all new to Budleigh: days spent panting and squinting against the sunlight.

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Even under the twisted willow he lies drowsy and exhausted. No energy, even for his favourite games.

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Everyone's in shorts and bare feet. Budleigh likes to use friendly feet as a pillow. Thank you, Hugh.

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There's nothing to be done. He'll just have to sleep it off until the heatwave is over.

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Happy Birthday, Budleigh.
You are two years old today!

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Look how tiny you were when we first met you, the smallest of four brothers.
We're so glad that you were the last one of the litter left with your mother.
Have a happy day - you always do!

Budleigh photo: Joe Kent

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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