Friday, 2 December 2011

The Route

The route we walk

Is often dictated

Not by me,

But my wee dog.


She leads the way

Of smells and sights

She can detect

Often, from afar.


Like minded souls

Out walking their dogs

Are governed by their

Faithful companion

In where they go

And to whom

They meet.


Preobrazhenskii © 2011

Sunday, 20 November 2011


I am reluctant

To leave

The comfort

Of my day bed.

Kirra (2) (2)

Whilst the need

For the outdoors

Is appealing

So too

The need

For sleep.


Preobrazhenskii © 2011

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Irish Princess

I am the Princess

In my father’s place

Regal in status

My throne

A comfy chair.


All who enter

Must bid me greetings

For I shall not move

From this chair.


Born of Ireland

My status is evident

For all to see

Ruby in colour

Cavalier King Charles

Now, I shall expect

A bow.


Preobrazhenskii © 2011

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

I Sit

I sit and ponder

Often on these steps

Gaze out into a world

Of hectic pace and speed.


My life is tranquil and caring

As I follow the many

Park of green and leaves

Friends often come and play

Dogs day out

If only some owners

New the meaning of life.


And yet

I often prefer

These steps of cold

As I sit and ponder

If only for a wee while

Philosophy of mind

I often, do best.


Kirra © 2011

Sunday, 6 November 2011


Continental of vision

So to that of aroma

As wafting in the

Cold morning air

One can be forgiven

For thinking, you are now

In France, enjoying that

Continental theme.



Alas, all to soon

The realisation

As traffic in haste

Shouts and horns

All eager to find a space

In a make-shift car park

They always leave their trace.


Continental of vision

And so to, that of aroma

I remember you well

Thoughts flood back

Of enjoyment and taste

As the hurried life

Often passed me by.


Preobrazhenskii © 2011

Saturday, 5 November 2011

The Way Home

The way home

Varied and full

Of sights and smells

Am eager to come again.


The park of many

We, so often see

Enjoying the scene

Just like me.


Leaves in abundance

Carpet the scene

With multitudes of colour.


Squirrels, frequently

Catch my eye

If only they would stay

Alas, they are gone

In the blink of an eye.


Exhausted am I

And my owner too.

Adventures in the park

Come and visit too.


Preobrazhenskii © 2011

Thursday, 3 November 2011


Demise of hot days

Summer sunshine

Butterflies and bees

T shirts and ice cold coke.

kirra and paige

** Kirra and friend **


Ice cream and strawberries

Salads, including cucumber

All now replaced by

Hot drinks and stew.


Sandals stored away

I now wear boots

Fleece coat and warm mittens

All essential as the cold wind

I often feel, shall,  bring snow.


Short days

And long nights

Walks are less frequent

Replaced instead

Hot radiators and tv.


Gone are the days

Of summer sun

Short and brief

It may have been

If only its demise

Had been delayed

How wonderful

It would have been.


Preobrazenskii © 2011

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

A Delightful Gift


My dad and me received a wonderful gift from

As yet Dad has not got around to capturing on camera, me in my fabulous snood and I cannot wait to display my beautiful present.


We cannot Thank for her kind thoughts and good wishes and especially for the wonderful gifts.  Please do visit this excellent informative and welcoming blog.


I dream of a distant past

Of a land where I was born.


Rugged hills

And windswept street

Atlantic ocean, often

At my feet.


This land of my birth

Perhaps I shall see once more.


As I gaze upon this

Forest of green

And smell the salt air.


It reminds me of my

Emerald Isle

The place where I

Was born.


Preobrazhenskii © 2011

Thursday, 27 October 2011

First Arrived

This is Kirra when she first arrived at my home.  The weather was terrible, heavy rain, gale force winds and she had just come over from the mainland to the island I was living on.

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She has now greatly improved with a lovely canvas travel carrier, which she loves. as her quiet moments.  She is still my Irish Princess (having been born in Ireland).

Sunday, 9 October 2011


The abbey grounds and park are great locations for dog walkers and for anyone who wishes to enjoy the quiet of the day.



Perhaps even more so, when the bells chime on a Sunday morning.

Sunday, 2 October 2011



Kirra had her photo taken in the park the other Sunday.  As it was a pet parade organised by our local newspaper.

Upon checking their website, I found my loving companion, but under the name of ‘Amelia’.

I will have to call into their office on Monday and have this corrected, before the photos of all the dogs are published in the local newspaper this coming Friday.

After all my Kirra needs to be recognised under her own name.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Heart Attack

This is the hospital I was admitted, after having had a heart attack.

My GP was excellent throughout, she walked with me from the surgery to the Emergency Unit.  Professional and Caring, and although very young, she has the right qualities for her role as a GP.




I am forever in her debt.  I commend her actions.

Sunday, 18 September 2011



We all need to explore.




However, sometimes, restraint, is a good thing.

Great North Run

To all those who are running in the GREAT NORTH RUN, and raising much needed funds for both local and national Charities.


Enjoy the day :)

Mode of Transport

One could be forgiven, upon viewing this photo





My poor dog, has to decide upon her mode of transport.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Greek Restaurant

Greek restaurant





By night, during the day – English.

I would luv to visit and try out some of the dishes, but dad says it’s past my bed time.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Are we in France yet?

As the photo portrays my dog outside a French Restaurant and a French vehicle alongside.




One could be forgiven, in thinking, we were in France.



Kirra can captivate all she meets, with such grace and status.


Monday, 12 September 2011

Sunday, 11 September 2011


Cold is the night

On this a moon lit night.


Condensation on windows

No sleep this night

As aching bones

And bronchial disease

The need instead

Survive the night.


Damp are the clothes

Soiled of days

Discarded the many

Once neatly packed

Change of clothing, plus one towel

My cleanliness, is brief

As a mud soaked floor

And a shower of 50pence

Deprives me of all status

As Homeless, here you can find.


Days of cold and rain

Frequent of these British Isles

No place to dry

As the nights become longer

The urgency is apparent

Need to survive.



Viewed with suspicion

No friends in sight

Stench of damp clothing

This is my plight.


Black are the clouds

Of another rain filled sky

Black is the depression

That now soaks my eyes.


Gaze upon a moon lit night

From the comfort of your home

Think not of the homeless

Brothers and sisters

Cold is the night

They must endure the plight.

Stale bread and water

My diet of the night

Is this life?

You have status

Remember, so too

Once, had ‘I’.


Preobrazhenskii ©2011



My dog appreciates art.



And of course, so do I.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

My dog leaving Jail


Here you can clearly see my dog leaving the old gaol.  One might say she had a Saturday night on the tiles and ended up here.



although she has a good alibi, she kept me awake most of the night, with her snoring (curled up in her basket).

Saturday, 3 September 2011


Time out, after an exhausting walk with my Dad.



Now the need to curl up behind the curtains, is essential for one’s snooze.

I do have lots of other places, however, behind the curtains has become a favourite of mine.

Do you like to hide out somewhere – for a snooze?

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Crossing the railway line


The rail line is not used as much today, as in the past.  However, the speed of the commuter train does mean the importance of being alert when crossing with one’s dog.

I could see the train some distance away, at the station (stationery I am pleased to say).


It is still an obstacle course to negotiate with steps (which my dog does not like to go up) or the gate, which one has to quite literally lift up to open and close.  I am exhausted at each end of the line.  All to enable us to enjoy a run in the park and watch the golfers at the club.



Sometimes all one needs,  is to curl up on a favourite chair with one’s comfort blanket.


Wednesday, 31 August 2011

When you have a Cavalier

When you have a cavalier, you just know that you will be going on an adventure.
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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Where Has?

Where has the beach gone?

Since our recent move, the beach is no longer down the hill, instead it is some 30 miles away.  Still my sweet Cavalier has the river to explore, the ducks and lots of friendly dogs to meet.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Where do you blog?

Where in the home do you blog?
For me it is in the study and the view overlooks a colourful garden and the sights and sounds of birds enjoying each day.
Underneath my desk, is my Cavalier, who loves to be as close as she can to her master.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Spring Walks

Walks in Spring time are always a wonderful experience.  The joys of colours in abundance, warmer weather and longer days does mean great times can be had by all dogs and their owners too.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

How Creative

How creative are we, in our own homes?

I love to view Google images (as this image shows), as one can often be given some wonderful ideas for colour schemes etc throughout one’s own home.


Of course, being a dog owner and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, at that, does require Royal approval.


Toys have a fascination for all our pets, and the joy in sharing in the fun can be rewarding.



However, the exclusion of the sofa, can be problematic, especially if company is expected.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011



I am not the best traveller, especially when it comes to a bus.


And when outdoors recently the North Wind blew so much, it brought a tree down, just missing the summer house.


Sometimes, it seems, staying indoors can be far more appealing.


What do you think?

Tuesday, 31 May 2011


When you have a Cavalier, you know, everyone will ignore you, in favour of your beautiful Cavalier.



And with such appealing eyes, personality and exemplary manners - we humans can never compete

Sunday, 29 May 2011

What a Day

I am just sooooo dog tired, and snoring will be inevitable tonight.

My lovely friend Paige, is staying with her grandparents and so we must have lots of play time together.

Alas, as is always, the hours of fun must come to an end and the pillow must be at the ready, not just for me, but my antique owner.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Should I Stay?


Should I stay on Wordpress?


Should I move to Blogger?

The decisions of blogging and, where best I would be happy for all to see my delightful Cavalier King Charles as well as to read some of daily existence of philosophy of life.


Anyone willing to decide for me?

Sunday, 22 May 2011

The Edge

Kirra has always been reluctant to go near the water, unless of course, it is in her favourite drinking bowl.



However, she can be quite ‘heart stopping’ as she approaches the edge, hence my keeping a tight reign on her lead. 

Obviously, smells attracted her to the edge, and quite possibly, she saw a bird or two. 

Saturday, 7 May 2011

How Fast They Grow

Here is a photo of my little girl, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, when she was 5 months old.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011