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Autumn

Autumn is my favourite season. It’s warm during the day and cool in the mornings and evenings. The trees look amazing. Walks are enjoyed much more and I arrive home still feeling fresh and full of energy, rather than drained and looking like I’ve spent an hour in a sauna, lol. And I go to Cornwall – this year we’re staying on the edge of Bodmin Moor, near Golitha Falls which is one of my favourite inland places.

I’ve packed some crochet supplies, I want some little gift bags for Christmas so I have red, green and white yarn to play with. I want some reading time too, I’m halfway though a book at the moment and I’d like to finish it while we’re away.

My fantasy of sitting outside little cafes next to the sea never quite works out, Scampi takes offence if people come too close, so while I hope we’ll be able to do this at least once, it probably won’t happen. We’ll take flasks to a quiet spot on the beach instead.

Look at that sweet face, surely he wouldn’t bark at people for no apparent reason, would he? 😀

Scampi kong

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Friday, 28th September 2018 at 8:28 am 2 comments

Scampi

Scampi is still nervous sometimes. He will glance at a certain dog one day and ignore it, want to meet it another day, will greet it shyly for a few days then on our next walk will throw a tantrum if on the lead and will run away to the bushes if he’s off the lead. There are a few dogs he refuses to meet at all, I have to turn and go back the way we came to make sure there’s no barky tantrum. I’m pretty good at reading him so we manage to avoid most stressy situations. I haven’t heard any local gossip but I’m quite sure we have a reputation! But it makes my day when someone on a pushbike sails past, grins and says “oh look at him, he’s so much better!”. This has happened a few times lately, sometimes I don’t remember ever seeing the person before – I’m probably too busy concentrating on calming doggy nerves to take time to look at the person’s face, lol.

But he does have some doggy friends (he does, I promise!), and he loves seeing them. George next door, who he chats to through the front gate as we walk past. Betty on the other side of us, who he chats to through the fence. Arthur up the road, who he likes to walk with if we bump into them while we’re out. Stripe, who he plays ball with – no humans allowed, they throw the ball to each other. Ted and Mabel, who he runs around the house with (our house or theirs, they don’t mind as long as they’re indoors). He likes to hang out in the kitchen with Shep. Penny lives round the corner, they end up playing in her front garden if she’s out there when we walk past. Molly, who he’ll only approach and play with if they’re both off the lead. If either of them have a lead clipped to their collar, he won’t go near her and is quite vocal about it. Paddy, who he’s wary of but will still say hello to if they’re both off-lead. Pearl and Ruby, who he doesn’t see very often because they live in Cornwall but he loves seeing them when we visit.

His best friend is Milo. Although he has specific things he likes to do with his other friends, with Milo he will do all them. They’ve had one argument – over a squeaky ball. Milo loves squeaky toys, Scampi hates them. So us humans make sure there are no squeaks when they’re together. They wrestle, run, play, sit and lie together, steal each other’s food and come over to demand a treat together – without being told, they sit at exactly the same time.

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There are a few other dogs locally that he was terrified of, but his reactions have gone from complete panic to a quiet growl then silence while watching them from a distance.

Cats. Just no. I am never going to get him to accept that cats live on this planet. He hates them with a passion and his behaviour when he spots one is appalling – imagine a cross between the spinning cartoon tasmanian devil and a velociraptor and you get the idea. Most of the time I spot a cat before he does (my eyes are constantly scanning the area for them) and I have to turn him around and walk the other way.

Practising not barking at passers-by at the window, current success rate – 50%

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Mooching about at the park

Scampi park 2

Relaxing after a hard day of play

Scampi patio

Wednesday, 12th September 2018 at 8:07 am 4 comments

August

August flew by so quickly. I had lots of plans but time just seemed to disappear and my to-do list is still very long. I tried to write a pattern for those sunflowers – I imagined a long post with clear instructions and lots of photos – but it’s just not working out that way! The more I tried the less sense it made, at one point I ended up with a cross between a pattern and a tutorial that made no sense at all 😀 I’m so annoyed, especially as these are so easy to make. I also took lots of photos but they didn’t come out very well at all. I’ve a written it out as best I can, I’ll keep working on it (and those photos!). I’m going to give it it’s own Pattern category, work on it some more and hopefully I’ll end up with a beautifully constructed, makes-complete-sense post.

So here it is –

I used Stylecraft Special DK, Sunshine for the petals, Walnut for the middle and Bottle for the back. I used a size 4 hook. The flower measures 4.5 inches across.

The flower centres are made by working between the stitches, rather than into the top of them. Make two of these, one Walnut and one Bottle

Round 1 – ch2, 7tr into a magic ring (8 stitches)

Round 2 – ch2, tr in same space, 2tr in spaces all round (16 stitches)

Round 3 – ch2, tr in same space, tr in next space, then 2tr, tr all round (24 stitches)

With Sunshine yarn, work into the front loops only of the Walnut circle –
Into 1st stitch – dc, tr, ch2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook
Into 2nd stitch – tr, dc
Repeat all round (12 petals)

Using Sunshine yarn, dc through the back loops of the Walnut circle and both loops of the Bottle circle to join them together (dc, dc, 2dc – repeat all round – 32 stitches). Before it’s completely closed, push a little stuffing in.

Through both loops using Sunshine yarn, make another round of petals –
Into 1st stitch – dc, tr, ch2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook
Into 2nd stitch – tr, dc
Repeat all round (16 petals)

sunflowers

We’ve had plenty of food from the garden. I’ve been chopping/slicing/spiralising/freezing/pickling and eating tomatoes, chives, courgettes, cucumbers, runner beans, potatoes, salad leaves, aubergines, carrots, shallots, onions, radishes, garlic, sugar snap peas and beetroot.

radishes

tomatoes

tomatoes and garic

sugar snap peas

chopped tomatoes

aubergine, garlic and marrow

 

 

Friday, 7th September 2018 at 8:59 am 2 comments


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