Introducing Chase!

It was quiet.. too quiet …

I knew I had to have another furry friend, I have had pets for most of my life.

I researched all sorts of dog breeds and decided to look for a mixed breed dog, a cockapoo, hopefully a miniature size – not too small and definitely not too big.

And…. Although it would be difficult with me working, I wanted a puppy and not a ‘puppy farmed’ puppy like I had before. I spent too many years trying to change a badly socialized dog and right up to the end it didn’t work. I loved the little whippet but I couldn’t take him anywhere without him causing trouble.

So .. after a lot of searching I decided on a little black and white puppy. The first time I saw him he was just a few days old but he was the only one in a litter of 5 black pups that had some white fur to distinguish him from his siblings. He was the boy for me!!

I visited every week until the pups were 9 weeks old and then ~I brought him home…

Introducing Chase – my lovely Cockapoo born on January 4th 2016. My Grandson named him Chase after a police dog in one of his favourite TV programmes.



Rambling again!!!!

Well it has certainly been a while since I’ve rambled here….. its been a very busy time….

Firstly my friend came to convalesce at my home for a month. She had donated one of her kidneys to her daughter and needed to recuperate slowly without the housework and cooking that the rest of her family needed. Her daughter has taken on a new lease of life following the kidney donation – she is 27 with two small children so needs all the strength she can muster. My friend has done very well despite a couple of setbacks and has gone back home now but, while she was with me we devised a couple of projects to stave off the boredom as she went through the recovery process.

We both knit and there seems to be a lot of new babies around so Trish knitted tiny garments and we went to visit the new parents bearing gifts….. we also had a couple of visits to her home on my days off – just to check her husband and son weren’t wrecking the place, and while we were there we harvested the fruit and veg.


Some went in her freezer and some came over to my freezer but what to de with the rest????


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Yes, we bottled them – following the recipe from my Mum’s cookery book

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This is just a small amount of the jars we have filled – beautifully preserved fruit and vegetables – very decorative and delicious too!!

On the work front things are still great – I meet some amazing people and they are all on holiday so happy and pleasant…… here are just a couple of them…

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They had just come back from a week on a canalboat hired from the marina, and were heading back to America the very next day.

They were an absolute pleasure to get to know!!!

My job involves helping people to keep safe on the water so I fit adults and children with life jackets and buoyancy aids….. but its not just the people…

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Here is Hippie, my daughter’s greyhound showing off her new buoyancy aid – she loves the water but greyhounds do not swim well so her new jacket will keep her upright when she chases the ducks!!!!

Also I have had a visit from my son and daughter-in-law – not to mention the gorgeous Harry!!!!!

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He is adorable and such a happy little boy..

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just doesn’t stay still for the photos!!

While they were visiting they designed and manufactured a gate for my kitchen doorway – very necessary to keep the ‘would be destructive’ Alfie in the kitchen while I am at work……

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And so much better than the dog crate to block his way

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He quite likes it too!!!!

Mavis and The Slow Cooker

Firstly, my apologies to Mavis who I told that she would be able to see this weeks ago when I was staying with my friend in Essex for the weekend (more on that later) – trouble was my mobile phone stopped talking to my computer and it has taken until now for me to be able to get the photo’s off my moby and onto here.


My lovely friend Elizabeth and I visited the Pipps Hill Retail Park in Basildon where we both saw a book on Slow Cooking. I was immediately determined to buy as I like to experiment with my Slow Cooker – my friend bought one too and then the search for a slow cooker began.

We had to go to Comet anyway as she need a new lead for her television but having found that we decided to look at the slow cookers.moto_0823

While we were looking at them and trying to find the best value model (and there was quite a selection!) we became aware of a little lady at the side of us stacking the shelves. She was more than helpful but when my friend had decided which one she wanted we discovered that model was not available in the store and would have to be ordered.

We discussed this and decided to look in Argos which was only next door to see if they had this model – so we paid for the TV lead and left.

While we were in Argos, the lady from Comet suddenly appeared at our side and told us she had found the very slow cooker in the storeroom. I think we were so surprised that someone cared enough about what we wanted to follow us into another shop that we immediately left the store and went back to Comet with our new friend.

There it was, the very slow cooker and at the right price:


It was beautiful and matched my friend’s kitchen perfectly!


So this post is dedicated to Mavis who has worked for Comet for over 20 years and should be praised for the way she, not only took an interest, but also had the determination to go and look for what we wanted – that is the sort of customer service that in this day and age is usually sadly lacking.


Well done Mavis – you are wonderful! And well done Comet for employing somebody so very special!