Sunday, 13 December 2009
Finally started Christmas shopping, I wanted to get most of it done this weekend but haven't done much at all!! I do now have a list though, which is helpful... (I like lists!!)
I haven't done much of the photography course, I've just been too busy doing 'stuff'. However I have got until 12th night to submit my pictures, so there's still plenty of time!
Got tonnes to do before Christmas, things to buy, things to make, house to clean!! I have got visitors for most of the week before Christmas, so I want to get everything done by the end of next weekend, before they arrive. It's gonna be a busy week.... I think I need another list!!!
Pippa's been ill this weekend, I suspect that it's due to the increased dose of her anti-inflamatory which the Vet said I could do, but which Pippa seems to not agree with. Sadly she's been lame now for 2 weeks but if she can't tolerate a higher dose of Previcox then there's not much I can do about it except hope the weather gets a bit better. She's always bad when it's damp outside. We'll see.... at the moment she's not on any meds until I'm sure she's not going to be sick again so she will be very lame for a while longer. At least her stomach is on the mend, she's been much brighter this afternoon and is eating again. She's still making some very very bad smells though....
Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
This week/weekend has been filled with some quite mundane stuff that I'm not going to blog about, however on Friday I took one of my guide dogs up to London. I often take them on the tube from Richmond to Victoria to assess their reaction to the tube, however this was the first time I have worked a dog in Central London. My dog was a total star, she worked really well and coped with everything brilliantly although she was tired by the end (so was I!!). I love visiting London, we walked from Victoria Station past Buckingham Palace, all the way up to Oxford Street. I then stopped for lunch and walked all the way back to Victoria again!
Since I don't have any new photo's to post, here are some of the ones I consider to be my best. I have just signed up for an online photography course and on the application form it asked for a link to my blog.... so Cheryl, if you're looking this is the best I can do!!
Saturday, 14 November 2009
I've got a full shelf in the cupboard now, containing two types of apple chutney, red onion chutney and red tomato chutney. Some if it is for Christmas presents and the rest is all for me!!
Today was the second Winter League match. I've got a nasty cold and wasn't feeling at all well (that's my excuse for not doing very well!) but Cranbourne did OK overall, coming 2nd out of the 5 clubs which puts us second over all. Not bad... there's still plenty of time to regain the lead!
Sunday, 1 November 2009
(p.s. the cat didn't mind.... he's gone off that bed!)
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Of course, having visitors to stay required a huge amount of housework over the weekend... but it's so nice to have the 'junk room' almost clear of junk and usable as a guest room again!!
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Armed with my old army sleeping bag, a roll mat, a flask of hot chocolate, a hot water bottle and a good book, I went out Swinley Forrest and by 8.30am I was officially 'missing'. Luckily the dogs are good at their job and I was found by Border Collie 'Molly' at 10am. Molly was far more interested in her tennis ball than in me and 'found' me several times so that she could have her ball again and again. I went out again a bit later and this time I had a much more enthusiastic greeting from Flat Coated Retriever 'Milly', who bounced on me, rolled on me and shook her wet fur over me.
Dogs... you just gotta love 'em!
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
I had about a third of a bottle of vodka in the cupboard which has been untouched since before I moved into this house...nearly six years! I don't really like vodka, it was bought when a friend came round one New Year's Eve and we made cocktails! That was definately in my previous house.
Anyway, whilst looking for sloe gin recipes a few weeks ago I came across blackberry vodka so finally got round to having a go. I didn't bother with quantities since I wasn't sure how much vodka was actually in the bottle so I just added 'some' blackberries and sugar.... well it will either work or it won't!!
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Tarka was entered in grade 1-5 jumping, 1-7 jumping, and 1-5 agility. We got a clear round in 1-7 jumping but the less said about the others the better!
Overall though, Cranbourne ended the first match in the lead!! We had some very good runs from club members, and just need to keep it up for the next 3 matches.
Go Go Cranbourne!!
Saturday, 3 October 2009
A few days ago I met this little guy whilst out on a walk. He (she?) turned out to be the caterpillar of the Pale Tussock moth. The colours were amazing, so bright! He posed happily for a photo and then carried on his merry way...
Today I made another bag. I wanted something to take my lunch to work in, as I am fed up of carrier bags and paper bags that always tear at the most awkward moment. So here it is, my lunch bag! It's about the size of one of those paper lunch bags you get from the sandwich shops, perfect for my lunch box and a drink. I can just grab it and go when I take the dogs out at lunch time.
Friday, 2 October 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Anyway, it's finished and I'm pleased with how it turned out. I've got two more 'on order', one for my cousin's little girl who I gave one to for her birthday but who needs another one. Apparantly she won't let it out of her sight and it needs a good wash...
The other one will be for my sister to give to a friend's baby that is due after Christmas, so I have got a little more time for that one.
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Jenni is quadraplegic following a car accident in 2002. She is amazing in the way she handles her life now and how much she gets on and does.
Greg is also quadraplegic following an accident in 1999. He retains a dry sense of humour and has a very philosophical outlook at times.
Karly has Rett syndrome. She has many physical limitations and cannot speak, but is able to communicate through the written word after many years of non-communication due to health professionals not believing it was possible for her. Karly may have physical difficulties but she spends her time finding ways to enrich her life, and the lives of those around her.
Have a read, I find these three people very humbling, I really don't think I could cope with their situations in the way that they do.
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
This batch should be ready around Christmas unless I decide to let it mature for longer....
.... I think this could be a very happy Christmas!!!
Monday, 21 September 2009
I think it's really important to give blood and I got over a very deep rooted fear in order to do it. I figured that if I had an accident and needed blood to save my life, I was never going to refuse because I was too scared of needles!!
In my mind, if I was prepared to accept blood, I had to be prepared to give it.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Saturday evening I groomed and bathed Tarka, then groomed Pippa. Sunday morning I bathed Pippa. This was all for a charity photoshoot in aid of Many Tears rescue. I haven't seen the pictures yet but hopefully we'll have got some nice ones. And since I won't be able to post the professional pictures on the net, I took a few of my own to mark the bathing occasion!
Sunday afternoon I made sloe gin with the sloes I picked last week. I've made a whole bottle of gin's worth, at the moment the sugar is not yet disolved so it will be interesting to see how it develops over the coming weeks. I don't even know if I'm going to like it yet! It looks like a lot of sugar, but I am assured the quantities are correct!
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Just need to get some kilner jars and some gin now...
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Saturday I was at the Cranbourne Agility Show all day. It was a nice day, the weather was kind and although I made plenty of mistakes in my courses it was just such a lovely atmosphere you couldn't help but enjoy yourself.
Saturday was also the Yateley and District Garden Society show. I couldn't attend as I was at the agility comp, but Sis-in-Law took my entries for me. I entered bread rolls, chutney, lemon drizzle cake, a card and a photograph. I won second prize for my bread rolls and onion chutney, which I was very pleased with! Sis-in-Law did well too winning prizes for her flower arrangements and I'm sure she got something else too, and my brother got a second for his fruit cake. Neice #2 got a second for her lemon cake (although I'm sure mine was better really.... only joking!! :-) )
Sunday, I spent most of the late afternoon/evening making apple chutney. I finally managed to find some apples since my crop went bad on the tree, and I now have plenty of chutney maturing in the cupboard which should be just perfect for Christmas! I want to make some more of the tomato and the red onion chutney, and I want to have a go at sloe gin too. I have found some sloes, just need to pick them and make them into sloe gin!!
Monday, 14 September 2009
For more info, read this link or just google 'aspartame'
I'm not getting into a debate here about whether aspartame is safe or not, I don't know enough about it to state publicly either way. I can however say with complete honesty that I feel 100% better since I cut it out of my diet and I haven't had a migraine for 3 months.
That's all I need to know!
Saturday, 5 September 2009
This was the highest point in Tarka's agility career to date. Winning out of grade 2 into grade 3 at Vyne show, April 2009. She won grade 2 agility. To say I was speechless was an understatement, since I had no idea we'd even been placed, let alone won the class! Let's just say I was very proud of my girl!!
I never was any good at keeping a diary when I was young, just kept forgetting, and blogging is no different. However it's my blog, and if it's sporadic then I guess that is just a reflection of myself.
I am currently full of great asperations to do loads of stuff, sewing and quilting, jewellery and chainmaille, sorting out my house (yeah right... that's gonna happen??) etc etc. So far, I'm still in the planning stage.... I'm good at planning!!
Thursday, 5 February 2009
(Still no home computer, so snow photo's to follow!)
Sunday, 1 February 2009
I went to Tescos this afternoon which itself is not really a blog-worthy event, but I got a fab new cat scratching post. I've wanted to get a new one for the cats for ages but the ones I like have all been around £60-80. This one was £20. The cats seem to like it, Woody is asleep on it right now as I type!
Pictures of both the above events will follow, but right now my computer is with my Brother-in-Law being 'sorted out' after I tried to install some software that went wrong.... I am currently using my work laptop and can't download photo's from my camera onto it. Still, at least I can access the internet while my own computer is away.