The Bridestowe Lavender Estate becomes a purple beauty every January. A pet owner says she goes to the place to “capture cute, colorful, and insanely gorgeous images of dogs and other fur babies in the rich purple lavender.”

In her story for Bored Panda, Deb Sumzberger says the best part of coming down to the estate is bonding with her models.

“Maybe it’s the calming effect of lavender or just the unique bond I build with animals, but one thing is for sure that when the sun sets on each session, we all head home knowing a tiny bit magic just happened,” shared Sumzberger.

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Well, the last 3 months have been a ride and a half that’s for sure but finally there is light at the end of the tunnel. As you know I have recently had two lots of heart surgery, the first back on the 23rd March and the last one around just over 3 weeks ago. Now you would think life would have thought that was enough to throw at me, right? I thought I was on the home straight, I thought I would be back at work soon and back to my photography, I kept telling myself I was ready, feeling like this was normal after surgery, wasn’t it. Boy was I wrong! During the past few weeks, day by day, I was getting sicker and sicker, everyone could see it, chest pain was increasing, I was sick, I didn’t want to see it, but I was. It wasn’t until last Saturday that I truly knew I wasn’t okay and in trouble. I took a phone call from my GP early Saturday morning telling me to get to the hospital as soon as I could, not to panic but I was running out of blood. Yes, I have been bleeding internally to the point my red blood count dropped dangerously low. Low enough for them to give me two bags of blood to replace what I had lost. I was looking pale and very yellow, I had none of the good red stuff and obviously without that it’s hard to function, but it also affects very much how my heart performs and it wasn’t during great. Today it was another stint in hospital to try to find the cause of the bleeding with some gastric scoping. I really have lost track of how many cannulas, needles, anaesthetics etc I have had, it’s all a blur. The good news is no trace of the bleeding, they were limited to how far they could look due to my blood thinners but so far so good. Medication may have just fixed my problem and with a few minor tests through my GP next week I finally feel that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for real this time and am quietly pinching myself. Thanks for all the lovely inboxes in the past few weeks, I just wanted to keep you all up to date and let you know, I will be back soon, fit and healthy and ready to take on the world. Today was a good news day.

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Thankyou… Many of people following my page have been messaging me asking how I am so I thought it was time for a little update… The past week for me has been challenging to say the least For now, I am now sporting 2 brand new heart stents and typically for me, I like to do things the hard way and played up a little in surgery meaning the other two will have to wait a few months.. Most people who going through this process usually bounce back and feel better immediately but again typical me has to make life a little more interesting and difficult than it needs to be. I found myself back in hospital a few days later because as it turns out, my body went into WTF mode and wanted/wants to reject my newfound inner body armour. I spend my birthday being x-rayed, needled, battling a medication reaction which caused the staff a little bit of a panic, not me as I was high as a kite and with the current Covid 19 situation, I spent it alone as I forbid anyone to come with me to the hospital.. After much indecision as what to do with me the doctors decided to let me come home, to give it a few weeks, the stents hadn’t moved according to scans and x-rays so with medication to help with the rejection, home was thought to be a safer place to be, which pleased me to no end so here I am.. I am looking forward to the next few weeks taking it easy and healing in the comfort of my pj’s and slippers. Thanks everyone for caring ..sending out much love to all and please everyone, be safe and look after yourselves. Huge shout out to the staff at the LGH, amazing people given what they are dealing with at this time. Look both ways and take care <3

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The very serious Ned

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"Some things will just fill your heart without trying"

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