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I am Bella,

Seaside adventurer , Runner, Military wife and now Blogger…

An introduction to me

 

So… new to blogging, please be kind! I guess the polite thing to do is introduce myself?

 

I’m Bella, I’m in my mid-twenties and currently live in Dorset. I’m a runner so this will probably feature highly in this blog; I love running and like most runners I talk about it a little too much! I’m a newly married military wife, recently graduated university, moved home and entered ‘grown up life’. I’m a seaside lover and relish in the opportunity to take photos of it which is great because I live on the coast. I love the zoo, food (which will feature massively as I like to eat), shopping, sleeping (which probably won’t feature as you can’t talk much about sleeping!), fitness and going on little adventures. Currently I’m pestering my husband for a puppy so hopefully that will show up on here down the line (fingers crossed).  I’m dyslexic so I hate to say it but you may see a spelling issue or grammatical mistake that you will have to deal with if you continue to read! Although I do promise to try to keep them to a minimum.

 

I can’t say how often I’ll post as I’m new to this but it should be fun so watch this space

 

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100 days of happiness day 90: moving the furniture around.

What made me happy today?? Moving furniture around.

So my house is tiny and it’s hard to move furniture. But I just love having a reshuffle and changing the look of our home. I just love it.

Our new rug arrives tomorrow which is what prompted the shift around. Duke didn’t make it easy! The crazy dog kept siting on the furniture I was moving and getting under my feet. Mad mutt. 

We live in SFA (service family accommodation) and as we where unsure of how long the posting would be we haven’t painted. So any ” character ” the rooms have had to come from the furniture. Which is why I’m constantly working on it. I just can’t get our living room right. But now the dog isn’t climbing into the window sill I have been able to shuffle it around and give us some more floor space. 

I love a little reshuffle. 

Duke approves

Week 20 and 21: freedom!

Poor Duke had the “Cone of shame”, aka an Elizabethan collar, on for some time and was getting well and truly fed up with it! So was I. He kept jabbing me in the throat with it. It was killing me. 


Last Monday Duke had a check up to look at how his stitches where healing. The vet was much happier this time; she said he didn’t have much longer till it was all healed. Cue a sigh of relief from me, my husband and our bank balances. Karl and I bundled him back into the car happy that, although he was stuck with the cone, we would be able to exercise him a lot more throughout the day. Exercise keeps Duke a lot happier and a lot more relaxed. He’s less likely to jump around if he’s had a few good walks and a throw around with the ball. However walks with the cone can be difficult especially when Duke puts his cone over a hole in the ground; because he isn’t prepared for what pops out ! A little mouse popped out last time and he hid behind me. “Lion dog” my bottom. 

Hard to get comfy

Karl went away two days after the vets visit. So it was just me and Duke for a few days. Dukie is always brilliant when I am on my own. He takes brilliant care of me and is always good as gold. I finally managed to teach duke to let me take the cone on and off without him going crazy. He would allow us, begrudgingly, too slip it off and on again to enable him to walk around unrestricted. The trick was to give him lots of treats after it went back on.

He finally had his cone off Monday! The first thing we did was have a long walk down the cove. I was a little bit worried he would go crazy. Especially after being restricted for so long. However, proving me wrong, was really well behaved. He was pretty chilled and enjoyed rolling in the see, trying to catch the seaweed and catching his ball. I thought he would chase every dog he could clap eyes on but after 10 minuets or so he just focused on us. This is a win. We even went to the pub and had a pint without him crying the whole time or begging for attention…. Much better than previous trips. We were sat not far from another dog too. He is most definitely making progress. Perseverance and consistency seem to be the key.

Happy to be back in the sea

The next day we headed over to see Murph and Laura. The weather was too hot to take a walk yet so we sat in Laura’s garden; wet towel on the floor for the two dogs to lay on and lots of shade! Laura has the most beautiful 8 week old baby to whom Duke decided to go and say hi; he did this by giving her a nice big sloppy wet kiss on the face. During our visit Duke also learnt to jump fences! His teacher? His partner in crime Murphy. Duke looked very proud with himself when he realised he had a new trick up his paw. He proceeded to demonstrate this trick about 20 times. The git. 

Best buds


It was a very exciting trip for him as he also met some little baby Shih Tzus. They are beautiful; but very tiny compared to my massive 6 stone beastie. He was so gentle with them surprising me yet again. Duke gave them a little nudge and a sniff but was as soft and careful. He kept jumping the fence to go and see them, which I wasn’t so impressed with,  and playing with their mum and dad. I’ve been considering letting him off the lead in more public places for a while, the last few days he’s definitely put my worries about it to ease. He’s been much calmer approaching other dogs (apart from Murphy. He loves him too much) and seems much more controled. 

Sneaky face lick

We had guests Wednesday, my brother and his fiancé. Normally when we have visitors duke can pester them and can get realy anxious. No signs of anxiety this time!! Win. He was chilled and relaxed with them being in the house. Although he made sure he got attention.  We had visitors Friday too! One of our friends is scared of dogs. Realy scared. Particularly when they jump up (Duke’s favourite trick). Duke was unbelievably good! I kept him behind the stair gate to start and by the end of the night he was playing fetch with her! Duke winner of hearts. 


I caught a tummy bug this weekend and the dog did not leave me side. He is such a sweet heart. I’d slept downstairs so as not to keep waking Karl getting up to be sick. Duke snuggled up to me, head on my tummy, every time I stirred he gave me a little lick then waited from me to get comfortable again before going back to snoozing. He stayed snuggled up from 1 am till 12 (normally he would be pestering for a walk). 11 hours of patiently  cuddling up to me. 

He is a good boy.

100 days of happiness day 89: Rain! 

What made me happy today?? Before the days even started; the rain! 

I’m so happy to see he rain. To feel the chill it the air rather than sweltering heat. The sound of rain in the early hours literally brought me joy! (Sad I know but “sorry not sorry”).

I’m really not great with getting on with life in the heat. The rain however? I can run, walk the dog and go about my usual business without feeling like I’m going to die. The dog struggles badly in the heat so I hope the rain has brought him muddy puddles to roll in.

I know what everyone is going to say: you will be moaning it’s too cold when the winter comes. Maybe I will! But right now rain is sweet relief. The air feels better. 

I must admit I much prefer autumn or spring. Where u get more of a mix of weather and the breakthrough of sunshine is a joy. Constant heat breaks me when I’m at work. Sorry for being so British and so obsessed with the weather!

Yay rain!

100 days of happiness day 89: Rain! 

What made me happy today?? Before the days even started; the rain! 

I’m so happy to see the rain. To feel the chill it the air rather than sweltering heat. The sound of rain in the early hours literally brought me joy! (Sad I know but “sorry not sorry”).

I’m really not great with getting on with life in the heat. The rain however? I can run, walk the dog and go about my usual business without feeling like I’m going to die. 
I know what everyone is going to say: you will be moaning it’s too cold when the winter comes. Maybe I will! But right now rain is sweet relief. The air feels better. 

The dog realy struggles in hot weather so I just feel constantly worried for him! So I’m glad the rain will mean muddy muddles for him to cool off in.

I must admit I much prefer autumn or spring. Where ther is more of a mix of weather and the breakthrough of sunshine is a joy. Constant heat breaks me when I’m at work. Sorry for being so British and so obsessed with the weather!

Yay rain!

100 days of happiness day 88: having my mum visit.

What made me happy today?? 
We had my mum over and our friends. Visitors again!! Aren’t we lucky!

I enjoy the company as I don’t see nearly as much of my family as I’d like to. I live just far enough away for it to not be round the corner. We moved when we got married and most likely have other moves in our future so I am getting use to being away from most family and friend! At least at the moment I’m only 45 minutes away.

A catch up with my mum is lovely; hear the news, tell my own, walk the dog together, show her the change I’ve made to the house and chat about life.

We didn’t have just the one visitor. We not only had my mum but our friends to: wine, funny videos on sky and relaxIng. A winning combination. 

I’m not the most social person; I quite like to spend the day just me, Karl and Duke. I don’t surround myself with people 24/7. But I think that that makes it extra special when we choose to have guests. We only invite our favourite people! And we want to have them there. We aren’t doing it for the sake of it. 

At the moment I seem to always be at work so it was lovely to have an evening of relaxing. Of course I wore my pjs because we don’t have people round unless they are prepared to put up with my pyjama loving tendencies. 

Running: too hot to run.

I’m terribly British I know but: this weather is too HOT. Too sweaty, too yucky, too uncomfortable and far too hot to get on with life! 

So my training has fallen this week. I’ve barely got the runs in if I’m honest! And I need to clock up over a 100km in the next few weeks to keep on target. 

I struggle massively in the heat and struggle even more to find anything that takes the edge off. My futile attempts so far: I wear loose clothing, run later in the day, carry a drink and wear sunscreen. Yet I’m still suffering something rotten. No matter what I try, slow or fast run, I feel sick, hot and unbelievably bothered. I have tried not being a wimp; but I am one so that isn’t working.

I just feel like a baked potato on legs. Getting hotter and hotter as I go!! Unfortunately there’s no shaded area to run that’s close by so I don’t even have the protection of trees! 
I need to get my distance up but at the moment I struggle to get anything done. And I’m definitely a lot slower. 

How do you cope with the heat???

Happy running 

100 days of happiness day 87: visit from my brother and his fiancé and learning to playing poker !

What made me happy today?? My brother came to visit! 

He and his lovely fiancé came round and stayed the night. It’s great to have the round. They brought dinner with them too; who doesn’t like a house guest who brings food??? 
We walked the dog and had a glass of wine. Then headed to the mess to play poker. He mess is the go-to place for us when we have people round; definitely not London prices. Also our house is so little haveing lots of grown ups in it isn’t always easy; drinking in the mess conveniently means no extra washing up . Karl’s weekly poker night was takeing place so we decided to have a go.

Soooo I’m sure I’ve played poker before but this maybe the first time ever I have really understood the game (yay me). I didn’t win. I started playing a bit recklessly towards the end because it was late and I needed to go to bed. But there where times where I genuinely understood the game!! Although I get confused about when I have to bet and when I can check, also the big/little blind thing confused me at points, I also suck at shuffling. However!! I enjoyed it. And now I understand the game in practice I will do much better next time.

It’s lovely to spend time with my brother as he is away being clever at university. The pair of them have their own flat a little too far away to pop by regularly. We all have manic lives so a relaxed catch-up is a nice breather (although he was haveing car trouble). 

100 days of happiness day 86: beach time!

What made me happy today?? We have a lovely trip to the cove… how beautiful is this place !?! I feel so blessed that we were posted here.  


The suns been shining all day and Duke was given the all clear to take off the “cone of shame”, to play with other dogs and to go to the beach! So of coarse we took a walk to the seaside; living 10 minutes walk from the sea is a real blessing. Keeping Duke inside for days has not been a blessing! 
We had to go later in the day because it was too hot for movement. It was hotter than hell in a particularly hot summer. I adore being at the seaside, so does Duke and Karl just puts up with it because we like it! Sea, stones, sun and a pint (glass of wine for me) on the way home… perfection.


The cove wasn’t too packed either, which is a win, so we where able to find a good spot.

I adore the cove. It’s full of happy memories and is just absolutely stunning. And the drink on the way home wasn’t half bad! 

100 days of happiness day 86: wine in the sun.

What made me happy today?? Sitting in the sun drinking wine with my husband and puppy. 

The weather has been so beautiful! If a little too warm to do anything that involves too much moving. Drinking wine doesn’t involve too much moving.

Neither of us could be bothered to cook this evening and our lack of outside furniture meant we where stuck inside. Being stuck inside on a day like today isn’t ideal. 

Karl suggested dinner in the mess so we could sit outside and enjoy the last of today’s summer weather.
By the time we got to the mess the bar was shut! Cue a quick run to the house to pick up a bottle of wine and bring it back so we could bask  in the sunshine and enjoy some dinner. No need to worry about the lack of garden furniture when we can borrow the mess’s.

It’s lovely to chill out together, chat, drink wine and enjoy each others company. It’s especially nice seeing as he has been away most of the week.

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