From hence this bench …

After a lovely stay at The Victoria Inn in Holkham, we checked in at the Beech House in Clipsham.But we really came to revisit The Olive Branch – the pub/restaurant across the road that owns The Beech House.This is a very meaningful place for Mum and I.See that bench in the garden?

A moment on that bench changed our lives.A moment on that bench brought us friends we would otherwise never have met.A moment can change lives. And a single bench – at the right place, can have so much significance 🙂

May’s comment:  We’ve been to The Olive Branch in Clipsham a few times in the last few years for various reasons.  Besides it being a lovely place that serves award-winning food, it holds a special place in my life.  Back in April 2011 when I sat on this very bench with a friend having lunch, I met a Londoner who was passing by.  When she learnt I was considering a puppy, she told me I must have a cockapoo.  A what? Never heard of them before. The lady had two daughters, aged about seven and nine, and they were playing with their black cockapoo. Today those two girls are teenagers and their cockapoo must be at least nine years old. I have not met them since and often wonder if I would ever run into them again – to say thank you.

People come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  She was there for a reason and she led me to Darcy – who became my lifetime companion for as long as we both shall live.

And since Darcy’s been in my life, I have met so many lovely people – many whom I would never have met.  We lead such different lives, brought together because of our cockapoos. 


  1. Jill Keiser

    And how lucky for your followers, too! We get to read and respond to your most interesting blogs about your cockapoo Darcy (and George, too)!

  2. Kathy

    What a wonderful memory May and Darcy!

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