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Our Delightful Bundle of Joy is 10 years old today and as you can see, she's well behaved and settled down by now:

That was last summer in Scotland - for the readers of Gavin Maxwell's book 'Ring of Bright Waters' Camusfearna should be well known and apparently there are still otters there! - although the one above looks more like a sea monster!

But let me start from the beginning: In late spring we went to visit our friends Barbara and Tiny in Vienna:

And because none of us likes hot summers, we went right up to the northern coast of Scotland for the summer holidays:

We still tour with our small VW California camper and Joy has a special place there on the 'sofa':

In autumn, we went to the Engadin, Switzerland, right on the border to Italy and enjoyed a very special autumn with the trees in lovely colours:

We went on to the Dolomites, Italy, for extended walks:

And last but not least a photo of our lovely girl, taken last spring, resting in her raincoat, while we were taking photos of wild orchids - the yellow spots in the background are actually lady slippers! 

This year, we have already been to Sicily in Feb and to Sardinia over Easter, but I have to dash to work and if I do not put up that blog now, it will probably be another year... so Happy Birthday, lovely girl; a special treat is waiting for you tonight:-)).

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Comment by Catherine Carter on April 24, 2018 at 7:54am

Lovely photos !!! Happy Birthday, Joy !!! :-)

Comment by James Doran on April 24, 2018 at 10:15am

Happy Birthday & Best wishes, Joy!

Comment by Barbara on April 25, 2018 at 1:48am

Happy Birthday sweet Joy!!! Kisses and hugs from Tiny and me!!! 

Comment by Eva on April 26, 2018 at 4:37pm

Gratuliere zum Jahrzehnt-Geburi! Das Strandfoto von Schottland ist ja der Brüller- I love it- so speziell und so ein Aufsteller, wünsche euch noch viele solche tolle Momente!!

Comment by Anna Kazimierowicz on April 29, 2018 at 3:42am

Happy Birthday lovely Joy! 10 years already!  Many more  in good health to you!

Comment by silvia on May 11, 2018 at 2:01am
Happy birthday beautiful Joy !!! Sorry I missed this wonderful blog : ) such a lucky lady with all these travels : ))) enjoy life!!
Comment by Cornelia on May 14, 2018 at 12:56am

Hi all,

Thank you so much for the very nice comments and wishes! We do hope, she stays like that: Happy and lively :-))) - although lively has also sometimes a negative side and so it happened that she broke her tail three weeks before her 10th B'day on the island of Sardinia, the day before the night ferry back! I wrapped the tail in for several weeks and it is fine now again, slightly bent to one side but not hanging... Such is life with our Joyful Bundle! Kisses from Joy with a wagging tail again :-))):

Comment by Finding_Beau on August 11, 2018 at 5:03am

Dear Joy, I am very sorry Misty and I missed your 10th Birthday but your Mother knows I've been going through a very tough time since even before the passing of my precious orange belton English Setter boy, Hobson. It is good to see you are lively. Never stop being young. It is not possible for me to visit ES often and to be honest I have become disgusted with human beings. Misty and I love you. Susan xxxx

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