Friday, 7 December 2018

My day off!

Morning all, thank you for comments and welcome to new followers.  

Betty had her grooming session yesterday and is all soft and smelling lovely now....until she goes out for her walk this morning in the rain and mud!  Ah well, that's life lol.

We used to take her to the large national chain pet store in town for grooming, they're very good with her and she likes it there....but it costs £28.  We discovered just a few weeks ago (how did we not know this before?!) that the agricultural college just down the road from us have dog grooming classes, the public can take their dogs there as the students need dogs to practise on, under the watchful guidance of  the instructor.  We took Betty there last month for a 'meet and greet' on the advice of the instructor - Betty was fine (she would be anyway, seeing as she loves meeting new people) and I was very happy with the lovely lady instructor and the facilities - the instructor even clipped Betty's claws whilst we were there and refused payment!  For a full grooming service - thorough brush to get rid of all loose hair, bath and blow dry, ear cleaning, nail clipping, walk on lead for a wee in a fully fenced area, they charge just £10.  Betty loved it, they loved her, so that's where we're taking her in future.  She really doesn't like us bathing her, she gets stressed and we and the bathroom get absolutely soaked, so £10 is a small price to pay (a damn sight smaller than £28!) for her and our peace of mind.

I have a list of jobs to do today - but they're things I WANT to do, not things I HAVE to do, so I'm looking forward to doing them.  It includes putting the decorations I only decorate the hall window though, it won't take long!  I have the ends to sew in on my new crochet blanket....I'm doing the sensible thing this time and sewing in ends after each half a dozen rows, rather than leaving it all to the end and being faced with masses and masses of them.  I'm really enjoying doing this new blanket - I bought Lucy of Attic24's new Sweetpea CAL pack, using some saved birthday money - the CAL (crochet-a-long) isn't due to start until January, but I wanted to start now, doing my own usual small cluster stitch but following the colour stripe scheme she showed on her blog post.  The colours are beautiful, just my sort of thing, and will go perfectly in our bedroom.  I also want to have a go at making pikelets (sort of flat crumpets, yeasted breakfast or Sunday tea type things, for my readers across the pond) - think I made them once years and years ago, possibly at school but never since.  Other than that, I'll just be watching a couple of things we've recorded but not yet got round to viewing.

Have a good day all.


  1. I always manage to crochet the ends in as I start the new colours, it saves loads of time later. Enjoy your day.

  2. Oh Sooze, I saw that blanket and want so much to make it in a double size. I will have to wait till my wip pile is empty before I even consider buying the yarn.

  3. Certainly a lot cheaper for you at the school. My Dad was a sweet pea grower and judge so I have just brought the Sweet Pea wool and am not sure what pattern I am going to do. This is the 4 blanket I am going to do. Since I have had the stroke it's only crocheting I can do. I cannot read, patchwork or sewing so I am lucky I can do that.
    Enjoy your lazy day.
    Hazel c uk

  4. I've not seen that yarn but sweet peas are my favourite flowers so I should think the yarn is beautiful. I must look it up!
    Have a wonderful day.
    (I've replied to the email . . .)

  5. Sounds like a nice relaxing day and the afghan sounds like it will be beautiful. Looking forward to a picture. What a bargain for the grooming. The students probably take such good care because they want to get it right and get a good mark!!


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