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Spider tent
Nursery web spider, Pisaura mirabilis

We've just returned from three glorious weeks with family and friends in California. Whenever we visit I get the usual question regarding where is home now for me. After being in the UK for 16 years the answer is a tough one. I adore my family and extended family so much that it's great being back in their protective, nurturing environment. But I love our life in the UK too, it's been good to me and our UK family and friends have too. 

Baby spids
Spiderlings inside their protective web, mother stands guard outside

Just before we left on our trip we found out our landlord is selling the home we rent so soon we'll be moving yet again. The children are so happy in the village where we live that they were desperately unhappy to come home to a "For Sale" sign on the house. I wish I could spin a silky web around them to gaurd them from unpleasantness and predators like this nursery spider does for her young. But this is another little bump in the road that we will get over and life will roll on and I'm sure benefits will come from it.
Right now we're basking in the afterglow of the fun we had in California, giving our doggie lots of cuddles and catching up on sleep. Luckily there was finally a bit of rain while we were away so things are a little greener than when we left and there's a bumper crop of blackberries waiting to be picked in the back garden.
Hope your summer has been fabulous!

Belated wishes

Tris - Gracie 10001

Tris - Gracie 20001

Tris & Gracie 3

Tris - Max

Happy 15th birthday Tristan (for July 30th!)

A belated post due to travels but no less heartfelt for my boy. I thought I would share a few images that show your most endearing quality - you've always been so sweetly affectionate. I recently went through old boxes of pictures and nearly every image of you and your sis shows you hugging her; this last image of you and your second cousin Max from just last weekend shows that the teenage years haven't changed that sweet quality. Don't ever change, we love you.

Happy birthday Tris,

Mama xoxo