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🐾 Pawing Away The COVID-19 Lockdown Blues With “Bruce THE Boxer” Day 6 – Short Sprints


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Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Today is my fave…Short sprints! 

The benefits of sprinting are endless. It is an excellent cardiovascular exercise, it increases your stamina, burns lot of calories in a short time and moreover, it gives a boost to your metabolism so even when your workout is over, it keeps on burning calories…Mmmm so make sure your owner keeps the treats coming! 🐾 

Sprinting releases surges of happy endorphins called dopamine, meaning we too can experience a ‘human runner’s high’. 

If we are under stimulated and under exercised, we can be prone to destructive behaviours such as chewing, digging and rubbish rummaging. We can become hyper, overly excitable and restless at night. It can be the cause of attention-seeking behaviour, like whining, jumping up and barking. Do not let this happen…Drag your lazy owner outside and get them moving! 🐾

🤔 “A lean dog shames its master.” Japanese Proverb! 

 🎶 Remember our happy singalong…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.” 

🐾 Pawing Away The COVID-19 Lockdown Blues With “Bruce THE Boxer” Day 5 – “Wet Dog Shake”

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Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…Your fave Boxercise instructor! 

Attention!! Now that you’ve had your day of rest…Let’s get straight back into beating these lockdown blues. 🐾

There is no better way to shake off the lockdown blues than a full “Wet Dog Shake”. This is one you can do at home and it will guarantee that your other family members will stay at least 2 metres away whilst maintaining the social distancing laws! 😀 

🎶 Now for a happy singalong…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.” 

I may be more than a little biased as Boxer dogs are my fave, but sharing a fun daily photo of “Bruce THE Boxer” will not only put a smile on my face(and help keep his memory alive) for me & Sarah…But also put a smile on your face(or even make you LOL) and this may help a little to help paw away some of the COVID-19 lockdown blues! 😀 

🐾 Pawing Away The COVID-19 Lockdown Blues With “Bruce THE Boxer” Day 4 – Day Of Rest

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Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…Your fave Boxercise instructor! 😀 

Now let’s talk about rest and sleep. It’s vitally important to take a day of rest to give your body a chance to heal, it helps to de-stress, and also helps our minds focus…On FOOD, lol! 😀 

🎶 Remember our happy singalong…”Every snack you make, every meal you bake. Every bite you take, I’ll be watching you.” 

I may be more than a little biased as Boxer dogs are my fave, but sharing a fun daily photo of “Bruce THE Boxer” will not only put a smile on my face(and help keep his memory alive) for me & Sarah…But also put a smile on your face(or even make you LOL) and this may help a little to help paw away some of the COVID-19 lockdown blues! 😀 

🐾 Pawing Away The COVID-19 Lockdown Blues With “Bruce THE Boxer” Day 3 – Tug O’ War

Bruce pulling on his plastic sausages from the left and Sarah's hand pulling from the right

Welcome back to your daily lockdown drill brought to you by Bruce…Your fave Boxercise instructor! 😀 

One of Bruces fave games was playing Tug O’ War with his string of sausages(or anything he could get in his mouth) and it was a test to see who could keep going the longest! Can’t remember who won this game…Sarah or Bruce?!  

I may be more than a little biased as Boxer dogs are my fave, but sharing a fun daily photo of “Bruce THE Boxer” will not only put a smile on my face(and help keep his memory alive) for me & Sarah…But also put a smile on your face(or even make you LOL) and this may help a little to help paw away some of the COVID-19 lockdown blues! 😀 

🐾 Pawing away the COVID-19 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” Day 2 – Getting Air

Bruce jumping off the ground

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Don’t forget your daily exercise…it can be fun, lol! 

After a quick burst of the shutter on my camera i managed to capture Bruce “getting air” from the sandy beach of Old Hunstanton, Norfolk, UK. 😀  

I may be more than a little biased as Boxer dogs are my fave, but sharing a fun daily photo of “Bruce THE Boxer” will not only put a smile on my face(and help keep his memory alive) for me and Sarah…But also put a smile on your face(or even make you LOL) and this may help a little to help paw away some of the COVID-19 lockdown blues! 😀 

Please be patient with me as i’m not sure which will happen first…The lockdown ends or i run out of Bruce photos, lol.  😀 

🐾 Pawing away the COVID-19 lockdown blues with “Bruce THE Boxer” Day 1 – Eeyore

Bruce with his fluffy toy Eeyore

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I may be more than a little biased as Boxer dogs are my fave, but sharing a fun daily photo of “Bruce THE Boxer” will not only put a smile on my face(and help keep his memory alive) for me…But also put a smile on your face(or even LOL) and this may help a little to help paw away some of the COVID-19 lockdown blues! 😀 

Please be patient with me as i’m not sure which will happen first…The lockdown ends or i run out of Bruce photos, lol.  😀 

❤️Love At First Sight…Village – 15 Years On!!!

 This week i’m celebrating 15 years since i met my lovely wife Sarah at “Sight Village, Birmingham, UK” 

This is a major Sight Village show in Birmingham which is held in July each year. Exhibitors throughout the world take part and welcome many thousands of visitors, including people who are blind or partially sighted, professionals, business people and family members.

I was there (from Derby) working for a charity called LOOK and Sarah was there (from Surrey) working for RNIB. She came to my table as she had a magazine which she had just published an article about LOOK and wanted to show me. Sarah opened the magazine and said here are the pictures and the article, i said “Wow, fantastic, it all looks great” which made Sarah quite proud of her work. I then said while laughing “you know i didn’t see any of what you’ve just shown me, as i’m blind!”. Then as always, a brief pause as Sarah checks out my eyes to see if i’m joking, then Sarah laughed and said “No way, me too!”. We both approach blindness in a similar way and love blossomed from that point. 🙂

Photos Throughout The Years….

Sarah  i 2005

 ⇧ 2005 ⇧ 

Sarah  i 2006

Me Sarah  Bruce 2006

 ⇧ 2006 ⇧ 

Sarah  I Wedding photo

 ⇧ 2007 ⇧ 

Me Sarah  Bruce 2009

⇧ 2008 ⇧ 

Sarah  i 2009

⇧ 2009 ⇧   

Valentines heart

 ⇧ 2010 ⇧ 

Steve sarah at friday street1

⇧ 2011 ⇧  

Sarah  i 2012

Me  Sarah in Church

 ⇧ 2012 ⇧  

Sarah  i holding hands 2014

 ⇧ 2013 ⇧ 

Sarah & i stood in front of the barbados sunset

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Me  Sarah

📖 Bible Verse

Ephesians 5:25 Easy-to-Read Version

Husbands, love your wives the same as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it.

🤔 My Thoughts… 

This is one of my favourite Bible verses that i try desperately  each day to live up to. As soon as i first read this verse it convicted me straight away and i knew i wanted to be a husband like that!

🙏 Prayer

Holy Spirit, thanks for being a constant guiding presence in my life. Give me the faith to take practical and radical action to keep in step with You, so that You can love my spouse through me in a way that will sustain a fun, loving & trusting relationship. Amen.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Friend

Bruce looking into Sarah's eyes!

Friend” is this weeks photo challenge…..So i thought i’d share a photo of my best friend and lovely Wife Sarah…..And our(The Late) best friend Bruce THE Boxer. I love this photo of the look of complete adoration in Bruce’s eyes for Sarah! 😊

Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Wow, another “Photo Challenge” where i could post thousands of photos! 🤣 

Here’s a few “Evanescent” moments of my(& Sarah’s) travels.

St Kitts Church

 On a severely rocky train journey through “St Kitts”, i managed somehow to take this photo of one of my fave church buildings! ~ Read about our fantastic journey here! 

In Flight

 Now a little about this bird…..🤣 Taken from my older post “In Flight” 

“This photo brings back memories of patience for me. This is the longest i’d taken getting one shot. I spent 3 days going down to the local lake and sat patiently on a bench taking about 150 shots per day until finally got this one. I learnt that when you can’t see what’s in your viewfinder, don’t take photos of birds! lol” 😀 

Sarah London Landscape

 Sarah had just a few seconds to take this photo whilst doing a 2 day course at the “Institute of Legacy Management” building. She wanted to show me a cityscape of London as she wouldn’t get this chance again! 🙂 

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And of course i can’t do many photo challenges without a photo(or photos) of “Bruce THE Boxer”. Our lovely Boxer dog which we still miss loads! But i felt this period in time(14th July 2000 – 3rd Dec 2011) felt like it only lasted a short time and would suit this challenge. 🙂 

More Weekly Photo ChallengesW

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

Sarah Tells Bruce a Joke

After receiving “Dialogue” as this week’s photo challenge, i immediately thought of this photo (even before reading the challenge). I also said dialogue to Sarah, and she instantly described this photo too! I know it’s not acurate , but thought i’d post something fun!   

So as a fun post, i’d love if you could comment below with a dialogue between Sarah & Bruce!! 😀

More of my Weekly Photo Challenges

Love At First Sight Village! (10 Years On!!!)

 Today i’m celebrating 10 years since i met my lovely wife Sarah at “Sight Village, Birmingham” 

This is a major Sight Village show in Birmingham which is held in July each year. Exhibitors from throughout the world take part and they welcome many thousands of visitors, including people who are blind or partially sighted, professionals, business people and family members.

I was there (from Derby) working for a charity called LOOK and Sarah was there (from Surrey) working for RNIB. She came to my table as she had a magazine which she had just published an article about LOOK and wanted to show me. Sarah opened the magazine and said here are the pictures and the article, i said “Wow, fantastic, it all looks great” which made Sarah quite proud of her work. I then said while laughing “you know i didn’t see any of what you’ve just shown me, as i’m blind!”. Then as always, a brief pause as Sarah checks out my eyes to see if i’m joking, then Sarah laughed and said “No way, me too!”. We both approach blindness in a similar way and love blossomed from that point. 🙂

Sarah  i 2005

 ⇧ 2005 ⇧ 

Sarah  i 2006

Me Sarah  Bruce 2006

 ⇧ 2006 ⇧ 

Sarah  I Wedding photo

 ⇧ 2007 ⇧ 

Me Sarah  Bruce 2009

⇧ 2008 ⇧ 

Sarah  i 2009

⇧ 2009 ⇧   

Valentines heart

 ⇧ 2010 ⇧ 

Steve sarah at friday street1

⇧ 2011 ⇧  

Sarah  i 2012

Me  Sarah in Church

 ⇧ 2012 ⇧  

Sarah  i holding hands 2014

 ⇧ 2013 ⇧ 

Sarah  i

 ⇧ Last Week ⇧

Ephesians 5:25 Easy-to-Read Version

Husbands, love your wives the same as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it.

My Thoughts 💭

This is one of my favourite Bible verses that i try desperately  each day to live up to. As soon as i first read this verse it convicted me straight away and i knew i wanted to be a husband like that!

🙏 Prayer

Spirit, thanks for being a constant guiding presence in my life. Give me the faith to take practical and radical action to keep in step with You, so that You can love my spouse through me in a way that will sustain a fun, loving & trusting relationship. Amen.

Happy 7th Wedding Anniversary!!

Today is me & Sarah’s 7th Wedding anniversary!!

We have spent the weekend back up in Derby (my home town), Doncaster (Sarah’s home town) & we are spending today in Matlock Bath for our anniversary. 

I‘ve been married to Sarah for 7 years now and my heart overflows with love for her. She has encouraged, inspired and loved me and is the sunshine that warms me along my journey. I really don’t have the words to fully express how blessed i am to have my best friend as my wife to cherish and share every moment of this amazing life! 😊

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Sarah i wedding photo

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

 This weeks photo challenge: “On The Move

Hedhog on the move

⇧ This lovely tiny hedgehog really was moving!! 🙂 ⇧ 

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 ⇧ My lovely wife Sarah & Bruce ⇧ 

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 ⇧ Bruce moving really fast right towards me!! ⇧ 

Tori on the move

⇧ Tori playing rounders on the beach ⇧ 

Furry Angel

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2 years ago today we said goodbye to Bruce (Furry Angel). We still miss him, his character & his ability to love at all times! We also miss his squeaky toys at Christmas too! 🙂

Genesis 9:12 (NIV)

And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 

Daily Prompt: Party Animals (?)

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PERSONALITY!

Personality from Family & Friends!!

Sarah Sunflower

 Sarahs personality shining through! 

Bruce sprinting face

 Bruce’s running face! 

Martin 1

 Martin 
Suzanne Fisheye

 Suzanne 

Martin  Suzanne PNG

 Martin & Suzanne 

Martin 3

 Martin 2 

Alfie 3

 Alfie 

Vini Portrait 6

 Vini 

Ella sticking out her tongue

 Ella

Daily Prompt: From the Gut

Today’s Daily Prompt ~ “Photographers, artists, poets: show us JOYFUL

Psalm 118:24 (NASB)
This is the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

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 Sarah’s joy overflowing on our wedding day  

Sarah Joyful

⇧ Joyful on our honeymoon too! 

Steve  Sarah Photo Booth

 Joy in our marriage as best friends 

Sarah Smiling

 Joy in the everyday 

Sarah s Gran PNG

 Sarah’s joyful Gran 

Sarah's Dad

 Sarah’s joyful Dad 

Bruce running alone on the beach

 Bruce finding joy on an empty beach 

Bruce Jumping with joy

 Bruce jumping for joy! ⇧

Joy cannot be pursued. It comes from within. It is a state of being. It does not depend on circumstances, but triumphs over circumstances. It produces a gentleness of spirit and a magnetic personality.
Billy Graham

Check out “Steve & Sarah” on the “Weddings”  page

Daily Prompt: Person Of The Year

Today’s Daily Prompt: “Person Of The Year!”

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BIG.

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Bruce Standing Tall

My Thoughts 💭 

I would nominate my lovely wife Sarah for person of the year, she is simply amazing! 🙂

When I thought of the word ‘Big’, I immediately thought of these two photos I took of Sarah & Bruce with my fisheye lens on holiday in the lighthouse at Hunstanton, Norfolk.

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Daily Prompt: Take Care

Todays Daily Prompt ~ “Photographers, artists, poets: show us HELP!”

My Thoughts 💭 

When you’re unwell, you can decide to focus on the dark clouds that start to surround you. Or you can dance in the storm! 🙂

Bruce Poorley

⇧ Bruce feeling sad after his ear operation ⇧

Bruce dancing

⇧ Bruce dancing in the storm! 😀 ⇧

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The Retreat In Acle

Acle log cabin

Me playing my baby Taylor on the porch on the log cabin

Bruce sitting on guard on the porch of the log cabin

The Retreat at night

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Sarah, Bruce and I stayed in ‘The Retreat’ log cabin in Acle, Norfolk for a week in 2008.

It was a lovely relaxing holiday. I played guitar on the porch while Sarah sat in the hot tub for most of the week Bruce enjoyed long walks and pretending to be a guard dog.

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Sleepy 2

A black and white photo of a boxer dog looking sleepy as he lyes slumped over the edge of a sofa. The image also has a frame.

Description

This photo of dearly missed Bruce was taken in January 2005 on my Samsung D600 mobile phone before I had any compact or DSLR cameras. I have just stumbled upon this image and didn’t even know I had it (thanks Time Machine backups) 🙂

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Big Brown Eyes! :D

Bruce showing his big brown eyes

Description

Just wanted to let you look into the big brown eyes of the furry angel that brought me so much love, comfort and peace when I needed it most! 

 Camera usedSONY Alpha a100

 

Adoration

Bruce looking into Sarah's eyes!

Description

I love this photo of the look of complete adoration in Bruce’s eyes for Sarah! We miss him dearly and as it is Mother’s day today here in the UK I thought I would post this photo for Sarah from Bruce! 😀

Camera usedFuji F10

 

Bruce (fisheye)

Bruce through a fisheye lens

 Description

Taken on Old Hunstanton Beach after purchasing a fisheye lens. I remember having fun trying not to get wet nose prints on the lens glass! 😀

 Camera usedNikon D2Xs

 

The Snow

Bruce stood in deep snow whith his legs completley burried

Description

Bruce used to absolutely love the snow! Sarah really misses running around and playing with him, and I miss trying to catch him on camera! 😀

 Camera usedSONY Alpha a100

 

Bruce as a Puppy!

Bruce as a puppy

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I am not sure how old Bruce is here (around 6 months old)  but he was still a cute puppy! 😀 

Sorry for the poor quality but i just had to share as i don’t have any other photos of Bruce as a puppy. I didn’t have any camera’s back than, not even on a mobile phone! This image was captured using my Dad’s camera. 

Sadness Shared

Bruce with his fluffy toy Eeyore

Description

A fun photo of Bruce and his toy looking equally sad. Although its not a very professional looking shot it’s very popular with family and friends, so i thought i’d share it with you all! 😀

 Camera used – Fuji F10

 

Sleepy

Bruce sleeping on his bed in the log cabin

 Description

A sleepy Bruce on holiday in the log cabin we stayed in for a week in Acle, Norfolk. He loved all the long walks along canal paths and across the endless fields and it made him sleep well! 😀

 Camera usedFuji F10 (only took a compact as had to travel light)

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