The year that was.


A relatively quiet month punctuated by time spent cuddling gorgeous shelter dogs waiting for their forever homes. Bundy celebrated his 9th birthday and unbeknown to us Australia Day was the last time we took Maxi to the beach, she loved splashing around in the surf and afterwards would sleep for hours.


A python and lots of cute puppies plus a lunch date with friends by the water. A short, sweet in stinking hot month.


Maxi’s 15th birthday is celebrated, Easter fun and games with the fur kids and a new car.


Sadly, we said goodbye to my father in-law who had been unwell for a couple of years. Even though he had been married to my mother in-law for a few years he was entrenched in our family and is greatly missed.


A much anticipated trip to Scotland. Traveling with a group of artists on a paint-along with my art teacher for two weeks was an amazing experience and provided me with lots of inspiration for my art and further travel in the UK.


Always lots of dogs waiting at the Animal Welfare League, I love my Sundays with them and it is hard not to fall in love with all of them.


Commissioned to do a portrait of Rumpole the chocolate lab in pastel, stalked by a pigeon on our morning walk and an art class focused on drawing birds. Finally winter seems to have arrived bringing with it some spectacular sunrises and the fur kids are loving their new blankets.


The weather starts getting warmer and Hubby celebrates his birthday with traditional fire making and drinks with family and friends. Walks with Maxi are getting shorter and she happily shares the rug with Bundy.


Losing Maxi broke my heart, such a vibrant and happy girl. Gone but never forgotten.


After losing our dear old girl, time with friends was especially important.


The festive season started early at work, our team heading to a winery for a long lunch to celebrate a good year with good people. There are always dogs waiting to be adopted and every Sunday I take photos of them to raise awareness on social media in the hope that it will assist in finding them a family faster. I also finished another commission, Honey the cat, sibling to Rumpole.


A quick trip to Newcastle to visit my brother and his family as well as meeting my new niece. So nice that the two families live in the same city, makes it easy to fit in quality time with all of them. Christmas was perfect, good company and good food. Now I am in need of a break, some quiet time at home after a busy and emotional year.


8 thoughts on “The year that was.

  1. fredrieka December 30, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Great memories

  2. Ishita December 31, 2016 / 3:29 am

    Losing someone is so tough. Big hug and Buon Anno to you!! May 2017 be the best of all years ❤

    • Two Black Dogs December 31, 2016 / 11:54 am

      Thank you and may 2017 be a good you for you as well 🙂

  3. restlessjo December 31, 2016 / 4:17 am

    Silly me! When you mentioned Newcastle I almost said I might have just missed you, then I realise- not Newcastle-on-TYNE! 🙂 🙂 Your paintings are beautiful, Sam. Do you do voluntary work at the Animal Rescue centre as well as the photos? Wishing you health and happiness in 2017.

    • Two Black Dogs December 31, 2016 / 11:59 am

      I wish! It feels like it is 40 degrees here and not yet midday, Newcastle on Tyne would be a welcome change 🙂 Thanks Jo, I love painting animals although I used to draw mainly horses when I was growing up. I volunteer at the shelter on Sundays, mainly cleaning, feeding and walking dogs and I generally take photos with my phone but occasionally take my DSLR. So mainly beautiful dogs 🙂 Thanks for the good wishes for 2017, I hope it is a good year for you as well. Happy New Year! 🙂

  4. Ogee December 31, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    What a wonderful way to recap the year – good times and sad times. Your artwork is beautiful – and special. Thanks for the good work you do for all the animals. And thank you for loving Maxi so well.

    • Two Black Dogs January 3, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you for your lovely comments. This sort of reflective post reminds me that there were happy moments in 2016 and it wasn’t such a bad year after all. May 2017 be a wonderful year for you, your dogs and your garden 🙂

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