Archive for May, 2011

May 29, 2011

The fairest of them all…

This weekend we took Ralph to see my son’s new flat and meet his new girlfriend. Ralph got to play with a whole gang of other dogs in the park and we got to eat and drink and chill and laugh and relax and have a great time.

May 25, 2011

One Little Egg and the British Hen Welfare Trust

This from Sophie McCoy at One Little Egg:

I am thrilled that Yasmin Coleman has offered a bespoke pet portrait as a mini-auction prize. Her work is incredible. So whoever pledges the highest donation before Saturday will win a bespoke portrait of their pet by Yasmin. It’s an incredible gift for yourself or a loved one, & every single penny will go to the BHWT to help end battery farming. Just email your pledge to:

One Little Egg began with one little egg, which was swapped for a Marmite Toast Rack, which was swapped for  signed Star Trek script, which was swapped for a night in a Welsh B&B, which was swapped for a £125 Red Letter Day voucher…you get the picture! The hope is to end up with something valuable to auction to raise funds for the British Hen Welfare Trust.
In addition to this, to help One Little Egg raise funds for the Trust I’ve donated a portrait which is being auctioned.
May 25, 2011

Hello, Kitty

The local Hello Kitty Rescue Centre has many Kitties in need of homes. This one came home with me :o)

May 24, 2011

Scott of the Antarctic and The Ice Master

I took some pictures to Soft Options today as I have a display in their window. I thought this would be a good time to take some books back to the library and did this first so I wouldn’t have to carry a heavy bag of books about. Ha! I borrowed more, so still had a heavy bag of books. Amongst those I borrowed were these two:


I’m still finding it fascinating stuff. The Ice Master is about Stefansson’s disasterous 1913 trip to the Arctic…one extreme to the other for me.

May 23, 2011

Adopt a Vegetarian

It’s National Vegetarian Week…please eat compassionately.

I had decided to abandon Authenticity, I’m not fussed about the characters and am not enjoying the style, so I wasn’t too bothered when TB knocked over a whole mug-ful of coffee this morning and the book got bit of a soaking. Hey-ho!

May 22, 2011

Windy day…

The bird table is looking good amongst the few shrubs we have and the birds do visit now. I took this photograph yesterday which is just as well because this morning it has been blown over by the wind! The weather man says we’re going to have storms later today and tomorrow will be chilly and wet like autumn. Pffftt to that!

May 21, 2011


Today we walked in the woods.  We heard a din and when we looked up saw a woodpecker’s hole, which is something I’ve never seen before. The wood is looking lovely.

May 18, 2011

Blackpool’s Ian Holloway

Blackpool’s Ian Holloway does make me smile…where is the planet Zarf?
Also loving Miriam Margolyes on Radio Four right now.

May 17, 2011


By chance, I glanced out of the window just at the right moment and saw this lovely little sausage tottering across the road. I’m still beaming…so sweet and perfect :o)  I was once told the correct way to spell hedgehog is egog but I’m not so sure and I didn’t think to ask this one.

May 17, 2011

Middlemarch or Cloud Atlas?

Having, over the years, abandoned too many books and missed the satisfaction of turning too many final pages, I am plodding on with Authenticity. I am then undecided…Middlemarch or Cloud Atlas? I miss reading well written classics and I get the feeling both these fall under that guise, so am a little torn.

I am still reading The Worst Journey in the World, though I think I may be slowing down with it as I really don’t want it to end but then, there are other books about this expedition which I’m eager to read so I will have those to console me.

It’s a dull, though not cold, day. Just the kind of day made for making a pot of tea and getting lost in a book or getting on with some drawing. Back to work…