~ Moving to the beet ~ Reiki

~ Everything I need to heal is within me ~

This thought came to mind last night and I realised it can be taken two ways. I like that.

I’ve put myself into a healing/wellness ‘bubble’ and, as part of that, I’ve started juicing again in recent weeks. I was never a fan of beetroot growing up (hated it!), but thinking back, I suspect it was because we had the pickled stuff at home. I have been incorporating beetroot into my juice, along with apple for sweetness and ginger and some other stuff and they taste so good. I also discovered that my dogs enjoy a little bit of raw beetroot too.

I have eaten plenty of healthy food in my life, but for me drinking a fresh juice you’ve just made (or someone has just made for you) is something that feels unique, as though I am ‘drinking health’.

(Juice and book colour-coordinated, which I didn’t realise until I put the photo here)

I’m also immersing myself in my Reiki practice as much as possible, along with reading about Reiki, watching Reiki videos and listening to talks about Reiki for animals online. If you haven’t read The Japanese Art of Reiki, as pictured above, it’s a wonderful read.

I have been experiencing some distance healing too. I also very much appreciate the support of my crystals, including the beautiful golden healer pebble you can see in the photo, which is with me pretty much all of the time.

I’m being very careful about what I expose myself to too, in terms of social media, the media etc. I have been avoiding the news as much as possible – not because I don’t care, quite the opposite really, but I am taking this time to nurture myself and my beloved dogs. I’m only watching TV programmes/films that make me feel good/make me laugh. Gilmore Girls is an eternal favourite, along with programmes about beautiful homes, gardens and places, and comedies such as The Big Bang Theory, Would I Lie to You? and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown are wonderful for laughter.

What practices do you immerse yourself in to nurture yourself and your loved ones?



~ My beautiful bead ~

I mentioned in previous posts that I had fallen for the lovely glass beads from Memories In Glass and that my lovely friend Jo had very kindly treated me to a voucher for one for my recent birthday:-)

I sent some of my precious Sno’s fur to be included in mine, which is a turquoise, opaque bead. My bead arrived nicely in time for my birthday and I absolutely love it. Isn’t it beautiful? This is how it looked upon arrival:

and I have since personalised it a little, by adding a knot in the vegan cord, either side of the bead, to hold it exactly where I can see it on my wrist. I have also now moved it to a slightly longer piece of vegan cord, keeping the knots, and following this fab video tutorial to add sliding knots so I can have the bracelet fitted exactly to my wrist size.

I love it so much. If you decide to treat yourself to one, do let me know :-). You can choose from various lovely colours and items such as the bracelet, necklace, ring, bookmark etc.

Oh, and if you like the lovely background to the second photo, it’s the top of my hand-painted Booja-Booja vegan truffle box, which was given to me as a beautiful gift from lovely friends a few years ago. I’d desired one of these boxes for years and they are the best truffles!

Angela xxx

~ The Original Stripey Sofa Hound ~

~ Today marks one of the most important and happiest days of my life. Today is the anniversary of adopting my first rescue dog, many years ago. Cassie, the original Stripey Sofa Hound. This is what I wrote a year ago, with the addition of another of my favourite photos of Cassie, doing her ‘Woo-woo-woo‘.

Cassie passed away some years ago now, crushing my heart and leaving me wondering how I was going to carry on breathing, but today, I want to remember her with joy. It’s warm and the sun is shining – the only acceptable weather to Cassie – and I think of all the happy times she spent sunbathing.

I remember the moment I saw Cassie for the first time and fell in love. We were walking around the rescue centre and had noted down a few possibilities for our new member of the family, when I realised there was a path down between two rows of kennels. There she was, in all her brindle glory, soaking up the sunshine. We walked her, asked to adopt her, were told she was reserved. I cried. The rescue lady ran to check and came back and told us the reserve had been taken off and she was available. I stopped crying. We reserved her. Back then, the rescue held records on index cards and stapled pieces of paper with reserve details to those cards. I was worried they were going to lose my details and give her to someone else, so I wrote a letter and posted it with a dog treat, just to confirm our commitment to her.

Cassie came home after our home visit. She seemed to settle in immediately, as though we had always been meant to be together. I can remember her trying to steal our dinner that first night. She soon found her place on the sofa, on the bed, in front of the fire. She LOVED to be warm and comfortable. She didn’t like cold or wet. She would do a great pretend wee when the grass was cold and wet at bedtime. That was after I’d managed to get her off the sofa, where she was happily pretending she was asleep and couldn’t hear me.

Cassie was fantastic with dogs, lived so happily with every rescue dog we adopted after her, and she adored people. She loved children, she flirted with the postman (he was rather handsome) and she convinced people who were quite wary of dogs when they arrived that they rather liked being snuggled up to her on the sofa.

My beautiful Cassie soaked up Reiki like a sponge. I’d started on my animal healing journey the year before adopting Cass and we shared Reiki so many times during our years together.

My darling one-eyed girl, my brindle rock, I love and miss you so. You were the best first rescue dog, daughter, sister, best friend I could have asked for. You changed my life. You led the way for all the other rescue dogs who have come into my life since then and will do in the future. After you had left for the Bridge, I wanted to give something back to the rescue who cared for you and let us adopt you, so I went back to volunteering there again, photographing dogs seeking forever homes, something I hope to start again one day. There are always so many Stripey Sofa Hounds in rescue. I wish more people would realise what wonderful snuggly, loving beings they are and welcome them into their hearts and homes.

Cassie, thank you for bringing such love and joy and snoozing into our lives. Thank you for sending me my little brindle pebble. Thank you for everything. We’re going to sit in the sunshine for a while today, in your honour. I love you, always.



My heart still aches.

~ Two years on ~

It’s two years today since my beloved Sno had to leave his beautiful doggie body. I wrote about him here. It’s been an emotional day, because much as his spirit lives on and I am so grateful for all the years we shared and all the wonderful memories, I can no longer reach out and stroke him, kiss the spot on the top of his head, snuggle into his gorgeous fur, or comb him (something he LOVED) and I miss that so very much. I’m sure sadly my animal-loving friends can relate.

Yesterday, my lovely friend Jo (thank you!) sent me an early birthday present in the form of a voucher so I can have my very own ‘Sno bead’, containing some of his fur. I wrote about the beads in my last post. Thankfully I managed to find the fur I had placed in a special box and I am so looking forward to wearing my beautiful bead.






~ Beautiful Memories In Glass ~

~ I first discovered Memories In Glass last year and thought what a beautiful way to help keep memories of our beloved ones with us.

This gorgeous turquoise bead is one of a number of lovely colours available – and the beads come in different sizes/fittings too. You can choose to have a bead as a necklace or bracelet, on a chain or as a bookmark, or you could buy a beautiful ring.

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You can order your own beautiful bead(s) from Memories In Glass and can choose to have the fur/hair of a loved one (animal or human) included, and/or ash, or just have the beautiful bead in memory if you prefer. I love that there are vegan cord options for the bracelet and necklace.

This lovely turquoise colour is my choice, because I think it’s a beautiful colour and because my boy’s collar and harness etc. were in a variety of blue shades.

If you do buy anything, let me know. I’d love to hear what you decide upon!



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