Sunday, 21 October 2007
On the trail ...
Oh dear it's been almost a week since my last post, I think I was a bit premature when I said that I was on the mend. This thing has really lingered. I'm feeling much better than I did, but still very tired with a cold and cough that my oldest daughter seems to be sharing. Thank you all so much for your get well messages. A 'get well' to all of you who are suffering too at the moment, it's definitely lurgy time. A few more early nights are definitely needed and I seem to be craving oranges at the moment so I MUST remember to take those vitamin pills. Think I need a good old-fashioned tincture, like the one in the photo. well not exactly since this is full of bubble bath and originally contained quinine, which I'm sure I don't need at the moment.
Anyway, enough of me - meet the latest addition to the family. My daughter desperately wants a dog and if I'm honest I would love to have one. But with two highly strung cats who run away everytime anyone so much as knocks at the door, I think we'd be asking for trouble. So a bright red felt dog that sits neatly on a shelf, requires no walking and never woofs fits the bill perfectly. There are many things I love about Blogland, one of them being the way you can just sit at your computer following trails and suddenly stumble across the thing you've been looking for, quite unexpectedly it's there in front of you, waiting for you. Lovely Samantha had posted a couple of weeks back a photo of her little dog that she'd made for a birthday present for her son's friend. Gorgeous I thought, but I could never copy that without a pattern, and lo and behold, there followed one of those wonderful blogland trails that ended with the original post by Jenny and a pattern to use too. Thank you!!
Quite by chance last week I received an email from Cath Kidston (no not her personally, as if!!) with details of their Christmas stock with a link to a competition and pattern to make your very own Stanley dog. If my daughter could have any real life dog this would be the one she would choose. Knowing how clever you all are I'm sure one of you talented bloggers could come up with the winning Stanley - so here is my only little trail for you. Good luck and have fun! Let me know if you get to make any, it would be great to see a photo.
The two dogs in the black and white Cath Kidston postcard are adorable aren't they? The little dog tin is one of an ever expanding collection of old tins I seem to be gathering, I am turning into such a hoarder! The spaniel puppies are very cute but they do remind me of my headmistress' dog at secondary school. She would bring the dog into school every day and girls in the first year would have to walk the dog every lunchtime, it was either that or litter duty! Strange the associations Spaniels have for me ...
Anyway I'm off for another early night. Will be back soon with tales of big sister's birthday party, walks on the Downs and Tudor shenanigans!