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Enjoying England

by Clare Mansell
Enjoying England

We are home!

Dogs and humans arrived back in the UK safely from Cyprus last Sunday night. We collected Macy & Bella from Gatwick the following morning and although the first 20 minutes – with Bella clearly very frightened – was a little traumatic for us, everything that has followed has made their few hours of air travel worthwhile.

This week, they have experienced many miles of running off the lead in the English countryside, through farms (Jim’s family’s) and across beaches (West Wittering) topped off with a warmth and friendliness from strangers that they have never really experienced. Sitting outside shops or on park benches, old ladies and children have approached them to chat and stroke their heads – a world away from the attitude of locals in Cyprus.

They also got to meet the other two family dogs who are both Border Terriers and by some miracle we actually managed to restrain them all for a photograph together with my niece and nephew.

Tomorrow they start another voyage – this time by car. Over two and a half days they will travel 12 hours up to the Scottish Highlands. This time I have no concerns about their welfare for the journey, both dogs love the car and Macy has actually been climbing into the boot this week for an afternoon doze, so I am confident they’ll get along fine. I’ll fly up and join everyone in the new house next Friday and the blog will be getting a mini overhaul and a new name….

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delia hornbook April 30, 2011 - 4:45 pm

So lovely to read your post and see that everyone is happy and well. Good luck on your next journey, dee x

~Kim at Golden Pines~ April 30, 2011 - 7:59 pm

Hi Clare! I’m so glad that your journey so far has been a safe one for all!! I look forward to reading about your next chapter as you arrive in your new home! Take care!!

Lixy April 30, 2011 - 8:46 pm

Such a lovely photo! Really pleased you are all here safe and well, and I hope the journey is un-traumatic for you all.

Elena May 4, 2011 - 6:23 am

Dear Clare. I’ve been following your blog for a while from Sweden. As a Cypriot-Swede I’ve many times been surprised over local Cypriots, otherwise passionate attitude towards people, “coldness” towards dogs and cats. Luckily I can see a shift in this attitude, and there are of course exceptions like my uncle in Limassol who always been like a father to all his neighbour cats.

This weekend me and my family actually moved to Cyprus. It’s been and will be an adventure for sure. Now we’re looking for a house. Opposite many Cypriots, it appears, we want to furnish our new home with second hand details. That we want to mix with modern and local Cypriot things. Do you possibly know of any second hand stores, perhaps around the Brittish base/s? I would be really happy to have names/contact info.

Good luck with your new adventures, looking forward to following them!



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