Thursday, 16 March 2017

On a long lead. . . . .

 Penny's been able to get out and about for a couple of weeks now.
We often head out for a small walk after dropping my Son at school.


The lead needs to be short, with prams, children, parents, scooters and bikes, not to mention the heavy traffic!


But today we took the car and drove to Beacon Fell Country Park.


Lots to see for Penny, on a lovely long lead and no pulling her in close to avoid 'stuff'


We walked through the woods and out onto the rough grass.
(which Penny loved, lots of sniffing to be done)


We called at the small pond which was covered in frog spawn.


And just by chance spotted one of the new sculptures!!


Penny enjoyed jumping up on the many tree stumps . . . . 


But shes really just a little puppy, not quite big enough yet!!




Monday, 6 March 2017

Squeezing in some sewing time.

My Life at the moment revolves around Penny!!

She takes up all my days and keeps me awake late into the night and gets me up nice and early in the morning.


So just over a week ago I gave myself the day off, it was all a bit last minute but I NEEDED A DAY OFF!!


It just happened to be the Harrogate Spring Quilt Festival. . . . . .


I didn't have a project in mind but got a little bit of fabric just in case!!


Whilst the beast Penny was asleep the other day I had a sort through my Mini Charm packs.


Luckily Penny sleeps through the noise the sewing machine makes, but when she is awake I have to lift the foot peddle onto the table otherwise she tries to chew the wire. 


I used some fabric from my stash.


Lots of cutting, sewing, ironing and trimming.
 (also I did some standing outside willing the dog to hurry up and have a wee)


Then sew it all together!


I've still got to add some backing fabric and decide how to quilt it. 
(and then what to do with it, theirs only so many blankets/quilts you need as a family)


But for now I'll just enjoy the piece whilst my little friend has a nap.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Dogs and coats . . . . .

I've got mixed feelings about dogs dressed up in clothes.
But I would like Penny to be able to wear some sort of rain coat, especially when shes older and our walks are looooong. 


When shes fully grown I'll buy her a nice rain coat but until then she needs to feel happy and comfortable wearing a jacket!!!

I had a little look on the internet at 'Dog Coat Patterns' , then had a measure of the dog.
This was fun, Penny thought it was a great game!!!


After a rummage in my fabric stash for some fabric, I settled on some fleece.
Then out came the sewing machine.
(In between using the machine the foot pedal had to go on the table, the wire was toooo tempting)


My model was a little reluctant to try on her coat.


She just needed a nap. . . . . . 


After a sleep she was happy to try the coat on but very difficult to photograph!

I am pleased with the finished coat and I might make another with some shower resistant fabric.


Sunday, 26 February 2017

Penny's Grand Day Out

Today Penny had a grand day out.


We had an 'uneventful' car journey.
 (On Penny's first journey in the car, alone in the back, she had multiple accidents)


Although the wind was biting and we all felt the cold, Penny loved the sea!!


She is very busy and had no time to pose for photos!


After dipping her paws in the sea we headed for the sand dunes


My son loves the dunes and always has a roll in the sand, filling his wellies full of sand.


I had thought I'd need to carry Penny back to the car, thinking she'd be exhausted but no!
She set a fast pace.


Back home for a mad run around outside and a quick pose for a photo!


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Meet Penelope

Just before half term, after the children set off to school, my partner & I set off for a day in Wales.
No site seeing, we went to see a puppy!!


We paid our deposit and arranged to pick her up in half term.


The journey there was full of excited chatter but on the journey home we tried to stay quiet and calm!!!


Meet Penelope!!!


Its a steep learning curve. . . . . 


At first she was a bit timid. . . . . 


But she's soon settled in.


Shes even made friends with BB8 (our Bunny)


Well that's it for today, shes had a little snooze, now she needs my full attention!!


Monday, 30 January 2017

Busy accomplishing very little!

January is nearly over and its been a long month.
I've been very busy but I haven't completed my task!!


I've spent a lot of time emailing, researching, telephoning and waiting for replies.


I have managed to do more walking but as soon as I get home I'm checking the phone hoping I haven't missed an important call!!


For several months now I have been attempting to buy a Puppy. 
Then just over a week ago I found just what we wanted and we organised to go and visit on Saturday.


So last week we bought a bed, lead & feeding bowls. 
We ordered a dog crate.
I tidied the garden, made it puppy safe (inescapable)
I even made some beds for in the dog crate!!


The excitement was growing.


Saturday came and we travelled to see the puppy.
On opening the door I was told the little girl puppy we had 'reserved' was no longer available!
Come in have a look at them and do you want a boy instead?


So as we go into February, we are still a dog-less family!!
I do however still have the cardboard dog my Daughter gave me for Christmas!!


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Breathe in the salty sea air . . . . .

 So Week 1 of the school year is complete.


The Christmas holidays seem so long ago.


I don't know who feels more shell shocked, me or the children?


First week back and we have LOTS of homework.


Another SATS workbook has appeared.


Saturday was fine and sunny, so we headed to the beach.
(Leaving the homework for another day)


Breathe in the salty sea air.


Fill your pockets with sandy shells.


And calculate how long before half term . . . . . . .