This post was inspired after visiting another blog I follow:

I did check with the author and he was quite happy for me to ‘pinch’ his idea! Wayne is an Irish blogger who lives in Sydney. Do check out his blog.

2021 has been quite a year for everybody – understatement! Generally, my blog is my ‘happy place’ so I won’t dwell on the negative aspects of the past twelve months. I know I’m very fortunate compared to many people.

When I looked back through my photos, there was a possibility that every month would feature Zeph as I appear to take more photos of him than anything or anyone else!

Last January we experienced snow; something new for Zeph. In the first photo, you can see he is still on his training lead.

It’s hard to remember but in the second photo Zeph was only nine months. He looks quite innocent but the evidence of a shredded toilet roll is clearly between his paws!

We were still restricted in March but were able to meet people outside. To be honest, all the lockdowns, rules and so forth have merged into an indistinct blob in my mind. Maybe that’s just as well in some ways. We’re very fortunate to live in the Surrey Hills and have lots of interesting and varied places to walk. One of my favourite is Denbies vineyard. I blogged about it here: As you can see, in the photo, we were blessed with beautiful blue skies.

April is bluebell season and another fabulous time for walking.

Zeph was one year old in May and it was time for him to be neutered -one way to celebrate, I guess! He looks very sorry for himself, in photo number 5. Unfortunately, only one of his testicles had descended so the operation was a necessity for health reasons.

June was an incredibly special month for us. We went away! A mini break in the very beautiful Penzance, with Zeph, was wonderful:

July found me back enjoying the Surrey Hills but another opportunity to travel came my way in August, a trip to Belfast. Having never visited Northern Ireland before, nor the capital, I was very excited to be able to spend some time in this wonderful city. There was so much to see and do in Belfast that I was inspired to write three blog posts about my visit.

After almost two years, we were finally able to return to our home in France and we took Zeph. He looked very at home in the garden!

In November we retuned to the UK and Zeph’s Collie friend, Echo, came to stay for a few days.


One of the things I love most about travelling is meeting different people and making new friends. To break the long drive back from Castelnaudary, we stayed in an Airbnb, just outside of Tours. Our hosts were a delightful couple and we hope we will be able to stay there again. They sent us this beautiful card which Anne had made.


I hope you have enjoyed my quick look back at my 2021. If you are a long term reader, thank you so much for sticking with me and if you are a new visitor – welcome! Wherever you are, I hope you have a Healthy and Happy New Year.