Sunday, 31 May 2015

Week 22 - My Sunday Photo

After a rubbish 2 weeks with a bad back and yes I know you're probably sick of hearing about it as much as I'm physically sick with the pain, the week ended on a high for me after finding a dog socialising group on face book, who meet out at the lakes in the desert on Friday's between 7-9am and Saturday's 5-7pm.

When we moved to South Africa, it took me nearly a year to feel like I'd settled in and then things were hit and miss for a bit longer until I established myself with voluntary work. With the kids being 11 and 15 when we moved, they were more independent and I wasn't needed at the school gate, in fact the boys requested I stayed firmly in the car, they were one of a handful of foreigners at their school and felt that they stood out enough with mum getting involved at the school and with most of the parents speaking Afrikaans to one another I wasn't really going to fit in there.

However with the move to Dubai, things have been quicker, it hasn't been any easier, it's just been quicker and that's due to me using social network more, having free wifi when out and about and of course being a safe city to go and about on my own and explore in.

I've met quite a few people online and meet regular for coffee. I also chat to people daily when out and about. Dubai is a country full of expats with only 21% of the population being Emirates. Everyone else is in the same situation as you are so more friendly and chatty.

We rescued Bob 2 years into our stay in South Africa and on our move to Dubai we discovered that it's less of a dog friendly place than South Africa was and dogs have to be kept on a lead all the time and are banned from the beach.

I've been out to the desert twice now with Bob, Friday with hubby and yesterday on my own, hubby is now in the States for 2 weeks, to meet up with other dogs and their owners, make friends and for both humans and dogs to socialise.

My photo was taken yesterday and sums up how I am feeling at the moment. Happy.


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  1. I'm glad you are settling in faster this time - it must be such an upheaval. Seems a shame for dogs that they can't get off the lead more. Hope the back gets better soon.

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    1. dont think bob needs to go for another walk for a week, he's done nothing but sleep since we got back

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  2. Lovely picture, dogs and water make for a happy combination. Or not so much for us humans if they decide to shake themselves too close by!

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    1. oh i was totally drenched but at least i didn't get knocked off my feet like a child did in the water

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  3. Awwww ... so lovely that you're feeling happy after 2 difficult weeks. Amazing how helpful social media can be in connecting people. Hope this coming week brings more happiness though your hubby is away. Enjoy your time socialising with Bob and connecting with other dog owners. Hope you feel less pain this coming week too. #aNoviceMumCommentLuv

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    1. thanks you, have daily appointments with physio and son is stopping over for a few nights next week

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  4. What a beautiful strong looking dog. Having experienced back injury and depression, together and separately, your last few posts really strike a chord. I hope that there are more happy moments.

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    1. thank you, so nice to be somewhere where he can run around as yes he is a strong dog and walking him recently has been difficult

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  5. Lovely to find you online and to read about your house moves. We moved from London to the countryside and that felt a big move, so yours note must've been huge!! Lovely photo and your dog just looks so happy and carefree. Hope your week continues on a high.
    #SundayPhoto

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    1. thank you, it has started really well, will take another visit to your blog

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  6. Glad to hear you are settling quicker this time, fingers crossed that back improves!

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    1. just returned from the physio, range of movement is improving, but the pain isn't

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  7. What a beautiful dog, so happy to hear you're feeling happy

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. thank you Darren and you're welcome

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  8. Bob looks mighty pleased with himself. ;-)

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    1. oh he sure was, but he was shattered

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  9. Happy to hear you're settling in faster this time around. Here's hoping your back improves soon x

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    1. back is getting there slowly, thank you

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  10. That's a lovely happy photo, long may it last :)

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    1. thank you, I'm going to make sure it does, so much to look forward to during june and july

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  11. Oh bless, he actually looks like he's smiling! Great photo and glad you've found a good group to get settle into :)

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    1. is so nice knowing i have something at the end of each week to look forward to and with it being a weekend its something for hubby and i to do together

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  12. Hope your back will feel better soon! Love the photo! #mysundayphoto

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    1. its getting a bit better, at least i can sit now

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  13. what a great shot. such a happy chap. hope you are feeling ok now.

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    1. thank you, for a dog he is rather photogenic

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  14. Oh bless him, he looks very happy in this picture! Hope your back pain has eased now

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    1. he's always happy and my back is getting better, slowly, thank you

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