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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Appreciating the Sunset

I can hardly believe that today is the anniversary of the day we left Melbourne, Australia.
Where did that time go? 
At times I feel that we never actually left the UK but there's plenty of proof all around us that it wasn't a dream. 
We have achieved so much since we arrived back in the UK last July...from attending a Castle Fairytale Wedding to mixing with TV personalities at the Chelsea Flower Show with a little renovation work and mini breaks in between! 
Phew...I'm tired just thinking about it. 
But Phase one of the house renovation work that we would like to be done has been completed and now we're ready to have a break and enjoy the summer. 
So bring it on please.
I'm so glad that today has improved weather wise, otherwise I'd have been moaning about nothing but that cold wind from the North that has been far too attached to us for my liking...whilst everywhere else in the UK has had temperatures at least 10/15 degrees warmer than here! It just wasn't fair!

This photo was taken from the back of our house at sunset last night . 
If you remember I did say that I'd take a snapshot of our view each month, but alas I started out with good intentions but life just got in the way.
Sometimes I struggle to remember what day it is never mind the date.
Mufftypup and I have had fantastic daily country walks...enjoying all that nature has put on display. We've welcomed the seasons and changes as they've appeared...and bid them goodbye eagerly waiting for the next, taking time to appreciate all the subtle differences as they've occurred. The thaw loosening like a fist unclenching, spring bursting with promise and hopefully summer will sizzle.
There's not a day goes by without me stopping and taking a grateful break to let it sink in as to just how lucky I have been. We've also celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary last month...(and they said it wouldn't last! lol)
Who knows what the next year will bring, but if it's anything like the last then I shall be thankful and enjoy every moment. I hope it will be the same for you too.
All the photographs posted here were taken from our garden as the sun set last night.
It looks like we might be on for another spectacular sunset tonight. 
There's a clear sky and the colours are changing as I type. 
We've just enjoyed our evening meal feeling the warmth of the sun on our faces. 
Salmon, asparagus, country potatoes and a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc...yummy with even an eccles cake to accompany our cuppa later. 
Life just doesn't get much better.  
Who knows what the next year will bring but I know one thing if it's anything like this last one, I'll be a happy bunny. 
I can only wish the same for you too.
Thanks for visiting my place...enjoy your day/week/summer 


  1. Pretty photos taken from your garden and I can see you are enjoying your nature walks.

    1. When the sun shines it's just perfect but I'm learning to like all aspects of the British weather once again :/
      Thanks for stopping by Terra...I hope you enjoy your day too x

  2. beautiful photos!!! what a shot!!!

    1. Hehe...yes Laurie I was really pleased with these shots. In fact they made my night even with the World Cup football blasting out!

  3. Beautiful views from your back yard. What a lovely place to enjoy a gorgeous evening. Now that's my kind of 'dining out'! Love the last few pics of the tall grasses and seed heads against the glorious sunset. Hugs from sunny and hot FL.

    1. Hi Nan,
      Yeah I think that photo might be my favourite too ;D
      The al-fresco dining is fantastic....I just have to get someone else to do the cooking now!
      Unfortunately rain this evening so we're inside.
      Have a wonderful weekend xoxo

    2. Hi Nan,
      Yeah I think that photo might be my favourite too ;D
      The al-fresco dining is fantastic....I just have to get someone else to do the cooking now! Unfortunately rain this evening so we're inside.
      Have a wonderful weekend xoxo

  4. You captured the sun rays! Awesome! :)
    It has been a year of change for you guys and Muffy, but seems like a wonderful change coming home again. The last year has been filled with change here, too. Even if you might not notice it much to look at my small life--LOL! Life has been very good. :) :)

    1. Hehe...I have to admit Rita I was thrilled with the final shots ;D
      Yeah, it's been a rather busy 12 months but hopefully life will settle down to a steady pace soon. (If you believe that you'll believe anything...I've been thinking that for years but it's still yet to happen!)
      It's good to appreciate the good and not let it slip by
      Enjoy your weekend xoxo

  5. Very beautiful scenery and the sunset is beautifully captured for us all to appreciate too, so thank you for that. How lovely to be having your house slowly turning into the home you want and a place for celebrations like your 35th Anniversary. Many congratulations on that :D
    I wish for you in return, another year of happy times :D (hugs) xx

    1. Aww thanks Mo, I feel very blessed I have to admit.
      I think I might have done a typo with the anniversary details...it surely must be 3 or 5 and not 35!
      It's touch and go some of the time, but we're working through it.
      You never know I might even keep him ;D (LOL)
      Have a wonderful weekend whatever you've planned and let's hope the sunsets continue to wow us ;D

  6. Dear Happy Bunny
    I can't believe it is only a year it feels like longer since you left town - we miss you!
    Well done - they say repatriation is the hardest move of all and you seem to have taken to it like a duck to water. Ooops silly me, too many animals coming in here :) ^..^
    What a great year you've had, I've loved keeping up with it all through your blog!
    Here's to the next 35 years of married life and blogging!!
    Wren x

    1. Aww Wren...and I miss you too :(
      Do 'they' really say that because I've found it okay. In fact as soon as I arrived I generally felt it was the right move. Obviously there's things I miss from each of our destinations and friends we've made over the years but this location feels right. I feel very comfortable and settled. (possibly until the end of this summer and then if it hasn't bucked up it's idea then we may well have to rethink...summer temps of 14 to 19C max most days just isn't on!)
      It's been hard work at times but we're reaping the rewards of all the effort put in here (I'm talking about the house now and not our marriage of course...but there again :/ ) But it's great to know you're there and visiting regularly even if it's not sitting at my kitchen table with a cuppa.
      I wish you happiness my blogging friend (can't help thinking that sounds a little rude like a swear word or something)
      Enjoy your trip to the warmth and I'll check in with you soon
      Have fun xoxo

  7. lovely photos, ah, the good life!

    1. Hehe...do you know Christine someone said that it was just like the good life here when they visited. I haven't got chooks, or any livestock for that matter and the veggie plot is just in the planning stage but maybe I might have to get some dungarees after all ;D
      Thanks for popping into my place.
      Have a great weekend


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