I am pleased to introduce to you our new Doggy Bella!
After the death of our beloved Westie Max, we were all distraught (as you can imagine) we talked about getting another Dog but felt that it was best to mourn Max first...I was having a very bad reaction to his death...Freddy literally thought I was having a breakdown...I didn't stop crying for about a week...then one Sunday afternoon...all of a sudden...my heart seemed to heal a little, then a little more and so on...as the days past and my heart was gradually healing, the house still felt so empty...we had Max cremated and when his ashes came back to us, I put him on our dresser with our Red Teddy holding his little box and it felt like he was home again and my heart felt much better.
I talk about him all the time and always give his box a little kiss when I am dusting around...He was just the sweetest little doggy you could ever imagine...
Then quite by fate, some of Rosie's friends were moving back to the area and could no longer keep their three and a half year old, Cavachon Bella and to cut a long story short, we were asked if we would like to have her!
I felt a bit guilty at first, as I didn't want Max to think that I was replacing him, even though he is now in Doggy Heaven, I know that he is watching down on us, but we said yes anyway as she is so blooming adorable and I hate having an empty home as a house without a dog just doesn't feel right to me!
She is absolutely adorable and is so funny, what with her little quirks and habits...she has helped my heart get better and I tell her about Max everyday...I even think his spirit has morphed inside her, as she gets up to the same mischief that he used too and that makes us smile.
I took her for a walk to the Bootfair a couple of Sundays ago! Hah! That was a mistake! She was constantly pulling on the lead and trying to say hello to everyone! Then if someone paid her some attention, well she would throw herself on the floor and roll over, for them to tickle her belly!...she particularly liked to roll over for men in shorts! What a flirt!
She is a very loving girl and gives everyone lots of cuddles and kisses, she is getting better fitting into our routine...we are trying to train her not to bark at night in the garden and she is gradually learning...
Max was my dog...he would follow me around, no matter how comfortable he looked, as soon as I got up he would follow me and he would obey my every word. Whereas Bella is a people pup...a little free spirit...sometimes she wants to be with me and sometimes she wants to be alone or with Rosie or Freddy...she always loves a tickle belly and if your stop for one moment because your hand is aching!....lol! She will kick you with her paws to make sure you carry on with the tickles! bless!
I am sure she has a sense of humour, if that is at all posible in a dog!
I want to thank our Friends Tina, Zoe and Courtnee for giving Bella to us, it must have been a very sad and difficult decision for you and for that I am truly gratefulxxx
15th July 1937. Flooded streets in Chadwell Heath after a sudden cloudburst over Essex and East London.
WATER WIND AND FIRE
As Pliny the Elder once said ‘Home Is Where The Heart Is.' So it’s terrifying to think that anything can take that away from you. But there are natural elements out there that have no qualms about savaging the four walls you hope will always keep you safe. Today we’re going to look at some of the ways you can help protect your home from disaster. And the actions you should put in place right now. And if you want to look at how you protect your home from burglaries, take a look right here too.
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28th February 1933: A delivery boy gives a lift in his basket to a lady in distress in a flooded street in Bath.
The Wrath Of Water
Natural disasters are becoming more common all across the world. High winds, tornadoes, storms and floods all have the potential to damage our homes, sometimes in irrevocable ways. If you are in a high-risk area, put actions in place today to help protect you against the wrath of those unpredictable elements. If you live in a zone susceptible to floods, make sure you have the correct insurance in place. If you know a flood is on it’s way move all your valuables and important items to the highest points possible in your house. And be sure to keep important documents in waterproof sealable bags. Invest in sandbags to protect your home when water does hit. But do bear in mind that sandbags take time and hard work to fill and will not keep all water out. Silicone sealant is a more viable option on entry points that sandbags can’t cover.
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January 1928: A mobile PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) clinic attends to animal flood victims in London. (The Thames flooded in January 1928). A sign says ‘Animals Treated Free. Flood Victims Collected’.
If you are in a flood zone, it is worth raising electrical sockets and wiring a foot or more above the expected flood levels. And you should also consider investing in air brick protection. If your home has flooded and significant damage has been caused you will need to call in the services of a water damage company. These professionals will be able to sop up excess water immediately with high-tech thermal equipment. This can potentially save some of your damaged goods. They will also make sure your property is sanitized, cleaned properly and mold free. Fox Photos / Getty
January 1928: Residents survey collapsed outhouses in their back yards.
If you live in an area prone to hurricanes and tornadoes, there are actions you can take to safeguard your property. Consider investing in hurricane straps to help secure your roof. And install storm shutters to prevent glass in your windows from breaking. If you know a hurricane is on its way make sure there are no loose tiles on your roof or any broken fences that could cause more damage. And ensure that all garden furniture is stored safely away. No one wants a flying trampoline landing in his or her neighbor’s garden. Also, consider investing in a vertical bracing system for your garage door to stop it from blowing out. And always have an emergency kit prepared for any natural disaster. Include food and water supplies, torches, rain mac’s, wellies and an extra mobile phone.
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31st August 1912: Families in Norwich moving household goods after floods made their homes uninhabitable.
When The Wildfire Blows
Dry climates can be susceptible to wildfires. If your home is in a wildfire zone, you need to make sure you have proper protection. Move any potted plants or shrubs that may catch on fire to another place. Once these catch fire they can quickly take hold in your house. Also remove any firewood, dry grass, decking and wooden fencing. IT may not seem worth the effort, but again if it catches, you’re in serious trouble. Also, make sure your eaves and vent openings are fully secure. If embers fly into any open holes, they can start a fire in less than 30 seconds.
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8th August 1918: An open topped bus crosses a flooded road on an outing given by Mr Weinthal for convalescent colonials from Richmond Hospital.
If you are in a wildfire zone, make sure your roof is made up of tile or steel. The roof is the most defenseless part of your house when it comes to wildfire. Also, make sure your siding is not made of wood and that your windows have outside non-combustible shutters. Remember that fire is incredibly unpredictable. And the more protection you have in place, the better chance you have of minimizing any damage. All pictures taken from THIS artical...very interesting indeedy!