Friday, 4 January 2013


Barnaby the Border collie pub entered my life to console me when the pain of Pythius's death became so deep and so raw that I found it difficult to face it alone.  There is nothing like a fluffy little puppy darting round the house to pull you together, help you face the world again and provide a jolly good reason why you should get out of bed in the morning.

Born September 29 on a farm in the Cotswolds, Barnaby is a purebred Border collie with merle eyes and a remarkable intelligence.

At the moment the walks we share are short and close to our home in the Oxfordshire village of Eynsham. As time progresses and his little bones get stronger and stronger, our walks will become longer and we will begin walking the Cotswolds, just as I did with Pythius.


  1. Hi!
    Your dog is so cute! So is your blog.
    I love dogs and actually have a fox terrier.
    I am glad to meet you.
    Annalisa from Italy

    1. Thank you annalizard - this little creature is growing up so quickly, now twice the size he was when this photo was taken, but what fun he is. Do hope that you have fun with your fox terrier

  2. Hi Helen, Really good to see you smiling and obviously in love with Barnaby in the April edition of 'Oxfordshire Limited' Nice to get some background to understanding what makes you tick and although I already new many things about you I always guessed the bits I didn't know would be so interesting, I am not disappointed. Hope you will be at the Wychwood Forest Fair again and will look forward to saying hello and buying your latest book.
    Best Wishes, Barry Hudson.

  3. Hi Helen,
    I look forward for more photos of the puppy and your beautiful country!
    Annalisa from Italy

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