Sometimes life gets in the way. The little things can be all encompassing and cast a shadow over the good things in our lives. When I feel that I am starting to focus on the niggly bits of life I like to get a grip of myself and turn things around. I have a gratitude diary and I try to write three things into that each day.  So with that in mind I thought that it might be nice to do a pictorial version of that on my blog. So, here are my reasons to be cheerful – part one. Feel free to join in.

My lovely African Grey Parrot Coco and all his chattering makes me giggle to myself 
Max is always finding things to entertain himself on our walks and as a result he always brings a smile to my face 
well, how could this not make you  cheerful when you come across it on a beach?