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Waterfall adventure

Bertie by a waterfall

Bertie and Croc had had a long rest after running, well being carried on, a half marathon. Bertie’s legs ached from jumping up and down inside the pocket. Croc’s legs ached from clinging onto the material of the pocket for dear life praying he didn’t fall out.

The weather was beginning to warm up in the UK now. Croc hadn’t experienced the UK when it was warmer and he had found a safe and happy spot on the window sill where he could follow the sunshine all day. As the sun moved across the windowsill, so did Croc, shuffling when no one was watching.

Bertie was itching for another adventure and spent his time pacing backwards and forwards from the sunny windowsill to the camera case. This was how Croc got left behind!!!

You see on glancing into the camera case, and seeing Bertie, and being so use to Croc hiding. Nobody noticed that Croc was missing and so Bertie was whisked away on an adventure without his best friend. This was the first adventure he had been on by himself in a while and Bertie’s stomach began to churn and he felt quite upset! He hoped Croc wouldn’t be annoyed….

Bertie was whisked out into the light and heard mumbling noises, followed by a frantic fumble around in the bottom of the bag. Bertie knew he now wasn’t the only one who realised Croc was missing. “It’s OK, Croc will be at home” Bertie heard a voice say. “We will just have to take even more photographs of Bertie so he can show Croc where he has been!!!” Bertie suddenly felt a sense of purpose and responsibility.

He posed with his best smile, trying not to show how nervous he was, trying to be brave for the photographs for Croc, as he was placed on the cold, damp rocks in front of a loud and gushing waterfall. Bertie knew Croc liked water but he wasn’t sure what his best friend would make of water which was this enthusiastic…..what do you think Croc would think of the waterfall?

 

Bertie and Croc on Tor

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Bertie and Croc woke up to find themselves in the familiar camera bag. They could feel the motion of a car and looked at each other excitedly….they were going somewhere. It was then our observant friend Croc realised Bertie still wasn’t wearing the red ribbon they had searched high and low for. Croc looked at Bertie’s face, he had a huge grin on it and excited eyes. Being the wise Croc he was he decided now wasn’t the time to point out missing ribbons. Instead he engaged Bertie in a conversation about where they could be going?

When the car finally stopped, the intrepid friends had a little longer to wait until they could peek at where they were. There were voices outside the camera bag, which turned to huffing and puffing and Bertie decided he was glad they were where they were, because outside of the bag sounded like hard work!!!

When they finally stopped, and had played paper, scissors, rock to see who would open the bags’ zip first (which was an interesting game considering neither one of them could make a flat palm for paper), Bertie won and opened the zip slowly to reveal…..

Bright sunshine, but a cold, crisp day. They peeped out together and saw lots of people and a HUGE stone tower. Mesmerised by the tower in front of him, Bertie realised Croc was tapping him and he looked round to see the most spectacular view! Croc had a big grin on his face and sat happily on top of the camera bag admiring the panoramic scenery.

Bertie had heard of this place, it had been mentioned a few times. They were at Glastonbury Tor! Bertie knew this to be a very historical site, where artefacts from the Iron Age and Romans have been found. Bertie explained to Croc that the Tor has lots of myths and legends surrounding it, especially in relation to King Arthur. It is considered a very spiritual place by some people even now. Croc wasn’t sure about spiritual, as he glanced at a funny looking chap dressed in rainbow colours playing the guitar sat at the entrance to the Tor. He was sure that the view was pretty awesome! It wasn’t the same as the Dreamtime stories Croc was use to but he was beginning to like some of these historical sites in England.

Can you spot Bertie and Croc in the photo?

An update

It’s been super hard recently to find the time to come and talk to you fabulous people on here. I’ve moved countries, again! And we are trying to set ourselves up in the UK. 
The main focus has been on finding somewhere to live! When you travel and move around a lot you really start to understand what the basic necessities and human needs are. Shelter and somewhere to feel safe is an important one. I woukdnt say we are homeless, more drifters at the moment. Hopefully, we will have something sorted in the next two weeks. So if I go quiet again it’s probably because, for the first time in 3 years, I will be gathering my worldly possessions and positioning them in one place (thank god!) 

I have also been working on Bertie’s book. The proof arrived and I noticed a couple of errors. It’s what proofs are for and I can highly recommend getting one before you go “live” with anything. It really is a good idea. I’m having to practice patience as I just want to put Bertie’s book out there NOW, but it is much better to take the time to get it right first!

While we have been waiting for the second proof to arrive. I’ve been working on Bertie’s audio book. It is very rare you see me in any of the photos on here, as I am usually behind the camera taking them, but I am super proud of my little audio set up and couldn’t resist taking a selfie of it! It’s a typical photo of me, no make up, hair a mess buy super excited because I am doing something I love.

More Bertie and house moving news as I get it. Hopefully, I will be writing my next blog from my very own little space. 

Thanks for your patience. Hope you all have an amazing week!

Green fields, bird song and a tractor

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Bertie and Croc were pretty exhausted after a very long flight. Bertie explained to his new travelling companion that the worst thing about travelling to somewhere new and exciting was sometimes the long journey to reach your destination….Bertie knew from experience that these journeys could be an adventure in themselves.

After taking some recovery time, which is why there has been a delay in writing a blog post, Bertie and Croc ventured out for a short stroll. Bertie was reminded of how green his home in the UK was. He was so use to red dirt and wide expanses of spaces that everything here now seemed so close together. Even the lanes on the motorways seemed narrow. He introduced Croc to the sounds and smells of his own country, including the different bird calls from the hedgerows that lined the winding country roads.

This was a new place to visit for Bertie. They had stopped off in Somerset. An area of the UK well known for its farming, cider and cream teas with scones.

As Croc took in the difference in the light in this strange new place, Bertie posed on a tractor to mark the start of a whole new adventure for him to share with his friend.

Team work

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As an avid studier of human interactions I enjoy watching how people interact in a group. I find it amazing that within a few minutes of meeting someone people are labelled and classified. Despite what anyone states as human beings I think we like order rather than chaos. We like things to be neat as it makes us feel safer. Categorising people helps us to achieve this.

I try to look at groups of people in a different way. I believe that everyone has something to offer a group you just have to take the time to get to know what. You might have someone who is really quiet but excels at producing detailed analytical reports. The person who shouts the loudest (we all have one of those people in our offices) is not necessarily the one who is the most confident in themselves.

I have found myself in some interesting work environments throughout the world. Ones where people come up to you and shout their point at you and before you have chance to reply have walked off. It is the equivalent of walking up to you and dumping loads of paper work on your desk and announcing “It’s your problem now, you deal with it”

I have noticed that the best teams are those who are effective communicators and have positive social interaction skills. They take the time to LISTEN and respond accordingly to each others point of view.

While ever you are shouting in someone’s face you really are not going to get the best out of that person. It’s not a two way conversation and that person does not feel valued or appreciated.

A good team is one where everyone feels respected, where people feel they can express their individual view points and ideas without ridicule or back lash. It is an open space where people contribute actively towards the same goal.

This applies to all teams…sports teams, relationships and friendships. They are all built on a mutual respect and a desire to achieve the same goals.

Team work is a finely honed machine. If all the cogs and pieces work together doing their own little funky thing then the machine works perfectly. It only takes one piece to snap and the machine does not function at its optimum level.

Next time you are in a group situation, rather than labelling people in the group take a step back and look at what they bring to the team!

Why a photograph of a Bee to accompany this post? Well aren’t they one of natures ultimate team players!

A simple way to feel happy in 20 minutes

When I’m feeling fed up I like to bake! Today I baked chocolate chip cookies. I pour love into the baking mixture and then share the cookies with family and friends.

Following the recipe reminds me that to achieve something first you need all the ingredients and tools. Then you need to combine them in the bowl in the correct order ensuring that you maintain the balance of the recipe. The third step is to add some patience as you have to allow the correct time for your cookies to cook. Too long & they are burnt, not long enough and they are soggy.

Finally, the best bit! It is a wonderful feeling to share your success and love with family and friends.

So next time your feeling fed up, pull out the recipe book, find something nice to bake and focus on following the steps.

Have a super weekend I will, I am sharing my cookies!

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