I am Bella,

Dog owner, Seaside adventurer , Runner, Military wife and now Blogger…

100 days of happiness day 100: Harry Potter movies. 

What made me happy today?? 
Today was all about cleaning the house and sorting out the large amount of ironing that had been sitting in the corner and taunting me all week. I also had to clear up from lasts nights antics, walk the dog, clean the bathroom, scrub the kitchen and get sorted for the week ahead. My companion for all this? Duke my doggy and (apart from the dog walk) Hogwarts, Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron. 

I’m a big Harry Potter fan. I reread the books at least every year. I adore them. They are a comfort for me. Like a warm fire on a cold day. On a poorly day or a day like today I like nothing more than to stick the films on and loose myself in the wonderful wizarding world of Hogwarts. 

The whole context and back drop for the Harry Potter story is so beautifuly constructed you can’t help but loose yourself. The films are wonderfuly made; I still catch little bits in the background that I had missed in previous viewings. 

No matter how old I get I don’t think I’ll ever loose my love for it! 

After all this time? Always 

100 days of happiness day 99: a very glittery Mess Do.

*had to write today due to coming home at 1am*

What made me happy today?? 

We had our Summer Ball! A Mess Do is always fun. And I love a fancy dress Mess Do. Cue face and body glitter and a set of fairy wings. 

Glitter that is currently in every corner of my house, in my shoes, in my hair, all over my husband, in my garden, in the bed and there is probably a trail of glitter from the Mess to my House. Despite its tendencies to fall off and everywhere I wish it was socially acceptable to wear glitter every minute of the day. 

The outfit was a bit of a throw together after what I ordered turned out to be more of a mini tent than a fairy costume. I loved the look! Can I be a fairy every day please??

Of course my husband decided that he was going to be Harley Quinn. Why? Because he likes to be noticed! Well his real reason was he thought it would keep him cool in the summer sunshine unlike his normal head to toe fancy dress ensemble. 

It of course rained the majority of the weekend and was very chilly! Nevertheless we had a fantastic time. There was even inflatable laser quest ! Which I got far to excited about. 

We stumbled home at 1:30am. It was lovely to spend time with each other and our friends, let our hair down, chill out, dance and laugh. The recipe for a happy night. 

100 days of happiness day 98: sea life centre. 

What made me happy today?? Sea creatures great and small.

We still have family visiting and typically the weather has turned! Rain and wind galore. So the desperate hunt for an indoor activity lead is to the Sea life centre in Weymouth. 
I like the one in Weymouth because it is really child friendly but still interesting for adults: and we had 4 adults and 3 kids! The exhibits aren’t in one large building but instead are dotted around the site; this means gaps of fresh air in between each area. I love this! Sometimes aquariums give me a bit of a headache but the gaps seem to prevent that (and you don’t feel so crowded when it’s busy). Plus if you have kids it’s great to expend energy outside! There is lots of information on display and some pretty amazing creatures.

They have an interactive rock pool which is very cool. It gives you the chance to touch the pool life. The crabs are pretty awesomem… and abit intimating. I found out that starfish have two stomachs and if something the eat makes them sick they can get rid of the whole stomach! Who doesn’t love a slightly yucky fact?  

My favourite is always the turtles. The little ones are so sweet, but the big sea turtles? They are just beautiful. I can’t help but stare. 

The “weedy sea dragon” might just be my new favourite sea creature. It looks like something from the Harry Potter series. Maybe Newt Scamander has accidentally dropped them into the tank on a fly by visit. Their movement is strangely ethereal, swaying in their little tank. They are so strange. And so very cool. 

Over all, a pretty lovely day. 

100 days of happiness day 97: sea shell hunting.

What made me happy today?? We went to the beach (again) and soaked in the goodness. 

The weather was much cooler, it was windy and clouded, which is much better for me. So I was pretty content. My husband’s family are visiting and the children wanted to looks for seashells. So we went hunting on Shell Bay. 
Shell bay is a gorgeous stretch of sand dotted with shells. I dipped my toes in the sea and helped the children hunt for interesting stones and shells. Is there a better way to spend your afternoon? 

We hopped on the chain ferry across to sandbanks to hunt for yet more. I, of course, was in my element. Shell hunting just happens to be a particular skill of mine. Due to my lack of pockets my husband found his weighed down by shells of different shapes and sizes.

This particular activity played a big part of my childhood, so even now, What ever beach we go to there is always time for shells. 

100 days of happiness day 96: Monkey World 

What made me happy today?? We went to monkey world! And I adore anything rescue centre/zoo in nature. 
Monkey worlds lovely (we have been a few time). The enclosures are fantastic, spacious and have great viewing points. 

The place feels less money magnet and more organic. No flashy signs but good old fashioned laminated A4 sheets with information about each animal, it’s background and group. However you do go home with a lot of wood chip in your sandals! There are loads of volunteers and staff walking around if you have a question or query. The site itself is pretty big, filled not only with mokeys and apes but also deer, chickens and other widelife (which are running free). There is a lemur walk through if you walk to get up close and personal with the monkeys.

The centre has a wide range of monkeys and apes to see. I adore the orang-utans; they are so expressive and playful. The babies just make my heart melt and the older ones look so soulful and deep in contemplation.

The site aims to raise awareness of the pet trade, mistreatment and use for experimentation of these amazing animals. Many of the monkeys have been rescued from harrowing situations and, thanks to monkey world, have gone on to lead much more pleasant and happy lives. So by supporting the centre, when you visit and spend your money, your also doing a little bit of good by enabling the centre to keep doing it’s good work. 

It’s a lovely day out. 

Bucket list update: 19. Learn to go to sleep every night without the TV on. 

My husband appreciated this one! I’ve been a nightmare for sleeping with the TV, or music and lights, for a long time. My poor husband hates having the TV on and had to wait for me to fall asleep before he could switch everything off and sleep himself.

I’ve always struggled to get off to sleep at night and I often get nightmares. Which is why I like the TV to clear my head. In the last few years my nightmares have gotten less frequent and I’m a lot more relaxed. So it’s been about time I kick the habit. It’s been on my “New Years resolutions” list for too long. Finally it’s cracked! 

Cracked because we lent the Bed room TV to a friend. No TV. No excuses. Now we have it back? I’ve got no excuse as I’ve already done it! 

One more thing off the list… hurray for personal development. 

100 days of happiness day 95: first dip in the sea of summer. 

What made me happy today?? The first swim in the sea of summer (well okay I didn’t swim. I dipped my legs ! But the crazy husband swam). 

You put it off over and over again; you know the sea is going to be freezing! Beyond freezing… as summer approaches, and the weather heats up, it becomes more tempting. Till finally you take the plunge. And it’s as cold as you expected! But not for long. You get use to it.

I love the first dip of summer! It means more are to come. A dip in the sea means I have nothing pressing to do for the rest of the day. It reminds me of being a kid and being brave enough to dunk your whole body under the waves. Spending all day in the sea. Refusing to believe you are cold, running from seaweed, jumping waves. All those lovely childhood memories tied to the freezing cold sensation of the sea.

It’s great to finally dip more than my toes. But alas I’m not hardy enough to swim! The dog enjoyed it too! 
Here’s to lots of sea dipping this summer! 

Weeks 22, 23 and 24: Duke the mad dog.

The last 3 weeks have been so busy. (Hence why I’m have to squash three weeks into one post). Karl, Duke and I have only just managed to relax.  

Duke has started going off the lead in public places; with members of the public. Sometimes that greatly worried me.
Our first trip was to the local beach. He enjoyed it so much. 

On the whole he has been pretty fantastic! Now and again he makes a mad dash for a picnic blanket on the beach or runs a little too far ahead; but in general he is pretty well behaved. And he’s flattened no one yet.

My handsome chap

To be honest I have been really shocked with how good he has been. He’s less bothered by the other dogs around him and much more focused on us. So much that we can be in a meter of another dog without him bothering them. He has been off the lead at our local beach a few times now and is even braving going further into the sea. He’s still a wimp though and won’t attempt swimming. But I think swimming just isn’t his thing.

Dukes getting much faster at following commands. Okay every now and again he will still take some time to ponder whether he really wants to sit down or not. And every now and again when I call him back he gives me a “yeah right” look. However, on that note, his recall is 100% better. Such a massive improvement resulting in him coming when called much of the time. I was on the phone the other day and he just kept coming straight back to me every time I tapped my legs. Other times calling him backs been pretty successful. Playing fetch helps as I can use it to teach him to listen and pay attention to me.

Duke loves a game of fetch! He loves his ball. He would carry it everywhere if I let him. And loves it even more when it’s being used for a good game of fetch. I love it too as it wastes lots of energy. 

Duke’s favourite pass time

His fence hopping has gotten out of hand. Due to this he is now on a longline if in the garden; if he sees something interesting he’ll just jump the fence quicker than I can process what’s happening. I never leave him in the garden unattended anyway. But I can’t catch him in time even if I can see the thought forming in his mind. We are going to have to work on that one! 
We have had a walk with my husband’s niece and 2 nephews today. I was really worried he’d jump up or be too boisterous. But he proved me wrong again and was superb. Very gentle. Im so proud of him. He seems to know when someone needs him to stay calmer. How could I ever have doubted him??
Duke’s newest friends appear to be bovine in origin; cows. Duke has made friends with the local herd of cows. It was very strange really. They came up one by one and investigated him through the fence. Even licking his snout! It was very sweet. They kept following him along the fence line; too cute. Maybe he is an honorary cow?

Duke’s demand barking has become hard work. He only does it to me, it’s always when I’m busy, and I always feel guilty after. I’m not sure how to handle it in the best way at the moment. It is definitely stress inducing and because he only does it to me in knocks my confidence abit. Any advice welcome.
The hot weather has been a struggle for him. He’s desperate to go out but the heat gets him quick. Luckily you can almost always find a muddy puddle to stay cool!! We have tried a cooling mat but he’s pretty suspicious of it. I’m hoping eventually he’ll love it.

I’ve notice a big difference in him since we got his “bits done”. I don’t know if it’s definitely down to that or something else; but we have a calmer Duke all the same. He still loves my attention though. He’s easier to calm down when he does get excited and hasn’t tried to jump anything! (Or one).

Love my boy. 

100 days of happiness day 95: animals 

What made me happy today?? Today Duke met cows up close and personal ! 

Not only did he meet them he seemed to make friends with them. He normally gets excited when he sees them from a far but we have not seen, till now, how he would interact with them up close. 
My big fierce hunter? Or friend to all? The big softy. 

The cows kept trying to go up to him and give him a sniff and a lick through the fence. 

They kept following the fence line when we moved away. It was a really wonderfully strange moment. The pictures are far too sweet. Just makes me laugh we people act as though he’s agressive.

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