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Archive for December, 2013

Dog Blog: Holby Casualty ER Emergency Ward 10 House Vet…

Posted by indigodream on 30 December, 2013

Christmas Special

In an idyllic village nestled in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, Step-mummy Sarah is enjoying cuddles with her hounds Miffy, Big Sid, Henry, Archie, Herbie, Eddie and Bertie AND step-hounds Ty and Ollie AND foster hound Smoothie (aka Snoops). The Christmas goodies are safely locked away in the specially constructed hound-proof vault and peace reigns 0ver the unsuspecting morning….

So Ty, you've got away with it again!

So Ty, are you sorry that you took the tablets or are you just sorry that the vet took them from you??

“Step-mummy Sarah?”

“Yes, Step-daddy Andy?”

“Look what I’ve just found in Ty’s bed….”

“Hmmm, that looks like an empty tablet pot…..ha, the things these hounds use as toys……….hang on a minute, this pot has Ollie’s name on it – it’s empty – it WAS full, who’s had Ollie’s tablets?”

“It was in Ty’s bed….”

“But that’s circumstantial evidence – Ty might not have eaten them, it could have been Herbie or Henry – they’re terrible thieves. But then again, Ty has previous – he loves stealing Ollie’s tablets – hmmm, better ring mummy Sue…”

………………………………………………………………………………….

“Ah, er, Mummy Sue, how many Rimadyl tablets were there in Ollie’s tablet pot….”

“About 20….”

“Ah right, how interesting, I’ll just be off then…”

“Hang on a minute – there’s only one reason you’d asking – Ty has stolen Ollie’s tablets – AGAIN! Am I right?”

“Ah, er, yes, we think so, though it could be Herbie or Henry”

“Oh Step-mummy Sarah, don’t be silly, of course it’s Ty, get him to the vet ASAP…”

………………………………………………………………………………….

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la la la laaaaah…..”

“Why are you singing, Mr Stand-in vet?”

“Well, Nurse, you know the legend of Mummy Sue, the best client a vet could ever have?”

“But surely that’s all it is, Mr Stand-in vet, just a legend….”

“Aha, Nurse, Mummy Sue is REAL. I have here a ream of Ty’s medical notes faxed through from Mr Hero Vet, Ty is HERE, in Suffolk, he’s our client now – we’ll all be eating goose this Christmas”

“Mr Hero Vet? You mean he’s real too?”

“Stop swooning Nurse. Yes, Mr Hero Vet is real but Ty is on his way here – accidental overdose with anti-inflammatory tablets; this could be our lucky day nurse, our chance to be heroes too”

Later that hour….

“Ok, get the emetics, activated charcoal, IV fluids, blood creatinine, overnight kennel and the BIG BILL….”

“Uh, Mr Stand-in Vet, Step-mummy Sarah CAN hear you….”

“Oh, sorry, got carried away there. What’s this? We’ve got the tablets out before there’s been any significant absorption? Ty can go back home? His blood tests show that he’s got away with it, AGAIN!”

Ah Ty, are you sorry that you stole the tablets or are you sorry that the vet didn't let you keep them??/

Lucky Ty – you got away with it again! Let this be the last time eh?

“That’s brilliant news Mr Stand-in Vet”

“But nurse, this was supposed to be my chance to be a hero, for Mummy Sue to use me as her vet of choice, for me to buy a Bentley, for me to….”

“Uh, Mr Stand-in vet, Step-mummy Sarah IS still here you know….”

Meanwhile, at another vet in another county….

“Mr Hero Vet, do we have Ty’s blood results? Is he in the clear? Was Mummy Sue being totally paranoid?”

“Ah, Nurse Cool Aloof, the results are too high to be normal, but too low to be a definitive tumour marker – we may have a micro-tumour at work – too small to be scanned but big enough to be changing Ty’s blood chemistry. Oh I do love a mystery….”

“Or it could be that Ty is just ‘special’, you know, like being abnormal is just normal for him?”

“We can’t risk it Nurse Cool Aloof, if Mummy Sue thinks Ty is not right we’ll carry on until he IS”

“Hmm, that heroic pose, Mr Hero Vet, your upraised hand is very near to the safe – with a gazillion more blood tests to come, does that mean we can have our Christmas Bonus…?”

“Yes it does, Nurse Cool Aloof, Ty is our client now and forever……”

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To the followers of our silly veterinary soap opera, our thanks; we wish you a happy and prosperous New Year – we’ll be back in 2014, because no matter how serious it looks, we can usually find a lighter side….

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Dog Blog: Holby Casualty ER Emergency Ward 10 House Vet…

Posted by indigodream on 28 December, 2013

Series 2, Episode 2

“Ahem, Mr Hero Vet…”

“Yes, Nurse Cool Aloof”

“El Disho Vetto has been spinning on his chair again – for goodness sake, you’re our senior man, when are you going to get us some proper work!”

“Aha, Nurse Cool Aloof, I have a “cunning plan”…”

Uh Mr Hero Vet, did you really have to shave off so much of Ty's fur when Mummy Sue was worried that he was going bald? Could't you just have given him a comb-over?

Uh Mr Hero Vet, did you really have to shave off so much of Ty’s fur when Mummy Sue was worried that he was going bald? Couldn’t you just have given him a comb-over?

“hmmph”

“No really, Mummy Sue has transferred Ty’s care from the other town vet to us – El Disho Vetto is actually spinning with joy”

“I see, so that sobbing I can hear in the distance….?”

“Yes, that the sound of Ty’s old vet handing in the keys to his Ferrari….”

“But Mr Hero Vet, Ty’s only 8 years old, he might not have anything wrong”

“Ha ha, you’re so funny, Nurse Cool Aloof, Ty belongs to Mummy Sue! Look at his records so far – he’s accident-prone AND a food thief; not that I wish him ill of course, but you know Mummy Sue…”

“Don’t you think she’s just a paranoid mummy – look Ty’s booked in forΒ  just “not being right”, huh it’s her that’s not right in my opinion”

“Wash you mouth out with soap Nurse Cool Aloof, Mummy Sue says she suspects thyroid trouble, it’ll be a quick blood test, there will be nothing big wrong, we’ll treat with a tonic and a conditioning shampoo and I’ll be a hero…”

“Sounds like a plan, Mr Hero Vet, let’s prove to Mummy Sue once an for all that she just worries too much”……

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

“Snap my surgical gloves, Ty HAS got low thyroid levels – but why? Oh it’s bound to be a simple thing, treat with thyroxine and I’m still a hero”….

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“Snap my surgical gloves, it’s NOT simple, Ty’s blood results are a worrying mystery, better do a scan”….

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

"Oh dear Mr Hero Vet, it's not looking too good"...."Don't worry Nurse Cool Aloof, that just Ty being a proper greyhound!"

“Oh dear Mr Hero Vet, it’s not looking too good”….”Don’t worry Nurse Cool Aloof, that just Ty being a proper greyhound!”

“Nurse Cool Aloof, can I snap your surgical gloves, my wrist is getting sore”

“Absolutely not, Mr Hero Vet, what’s wrong now?”

“Ty’s scan and blood results mean that he’s either got an extremely rare condition or a vanishingly rare condition…”

“No, seriously, you mean, no, it can’t be, Mummy Sue wasn’t…..oh no….right to investigate Ty’s micro-symptoms?”

“I’m afraid she was, Nurse Cool Aloof, now we have to call in the reinforcements – let’s send Ty for a CT scan – let’s send him to that posh private facility with the charming irish radiographer – Mummy Sue will appreciate that…”

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

“Nurse Cool Aloof, we have good news”…

“Yes?”

“It doesn’t look as if Ty has an extremely rare kidney tumour, though he may have a vanishingly rare blood condition”

“How will you know?”

“There’s one more test result to come in, Nurse Cool Aloof then we’re in the clear….”

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

“There’s a call for you Mr Hero Vet, it’s your accountant, Mr Scrooged…..”

“Aah, Mr Scrooged here, this month’s takings appear to be from just one client, can this be correct? Did you not LISTEN to my lecture on the subtle art of money laundering last month?”

“MR SCROOGED, how could you suggest such a thing, those takings are from Mummy Sue – a gazillion blood tests, scans and another gazillion blood tests adds up you know…”

“My apologies, Mr Hero Vet, you should have SAID it was Mummy Sue – I wouldn’t have troubled you with this call if I’d known….”

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So, will Ty’s results leave him in the clear? Will Mr Hero Vet’s staff get a Christmas bonus? Find out more in the exciting seasonal special….

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Odds Blog: Adventures in cider-making

Posted by indigodream on 27 December, 2013

The fermentation has been underway for about 3 days here...

The fermentation has been underway for about 3 days here…

I have three prolific apple trees in the garden – a bramley cooking apple, a golden crab apple and a “Katy” cider apple. For many years now we’ve been picking the fruit and I’ve just been making them into jam for charity. However, as they all ripen at roughly the same time, there’s always been a degree of “apple congestion” as I either struggle to get the lot made into jam or processed and put into the freezer for winter jam-making.

The crop was huge this year – after looking at a whole heaped wheelbarrowful of Bramleys then the whole heaped wheelbarrowful of cider apples, we took the novel decision to actually make cider! But we want to make good cider, so our first step was to buy some books about cider making:

Both books appealed and both gave some information about the “french method” of cider making as I do love French ciders! We had some basic brewing equipment from our adventures in homebrew many years ago, but we needed to replace a few perishables (seals and bungs). Although we could have bought things online, we wanted to see/feel the equipment we might need.Β  Homebrew shops are in short supply – we found one in Lingfield and another in Sutton – we happened to be passing Lingfield so we popped in. We had been wondering whether to hire an apple press, but we decided instead to buy ourselves a decent press along with an apple chopper straight out of “Friday 13th” or similar slasher movie! We only realised later that Wilkinsons’ do a good range of brewing equipment.

The first fermentation is almost finished - as soon as the yeast is at the bottom it'll be ready for the first racking...

The first fermentation is almost finished – as soon as the yeast is at the bottom it’ll be ready for the first racking…

By the time we had a free weekend (in October) for brewing, the apples had been softening nicely in their wheelbarrow and were perfect for pressing. We set up a production line – I was inspecting, washing and doing the rough chopping, then Richard was doing the man-work (power tool and muscular) on the fine chopping and pressing.I should explain that the chopper is a sharp blade that attaches to an electric drill with a protective plastic bucket lid- you insert the blade into a bucket full of apples and turn the drill on. The lid isn’t to protect you from the blade but from ballistic bits of apple πŸ™‚

It took us a few hours to process the fruit, but at the end of it we had 5 gallons of super-sweet and delicious apple juice. A bit too sweet in fact – the hydrometer almost popped right out of the flask when I put it in the juice. We started the production line again – this time to generate some more acidic juice from the cooking apples.

We split the juice into 3 batches:

1 gallon of “Katy” cider apple juice fermented with english cider yeast (elegant demi-john in the photos)

1 gallon of mixed “Katy” and “Bramley” juice fermented with english cider yeast (traditional demi-john in the photos)

5 gallons of mixed “Katy” and “Bramley” juice fermented with wine yeast (french method)(not featured as in opaque plastic fermentation cask)

We haven’t done any homebrewing for about 20 years, but I don’t remember it being anything as technical as cider making!

The fermentation has since been observed, bubbles timed through the airlocks, SG measured, cider racked off, observed for malo-lactic fermentation, racked off again, sulphited and then left in a cool place to develop its flavour. We suspect from our SG readings that our brews are quite alcoholic – something in the 8 – 9% alcohol range! When I put the hydrometer in for the final reading, instead of popping out of the flask, it sank almost to the bottom – ah the wonders of science πŸ™‚

Here it is soon after the first racking - although we were really careful with the siphon we took far more yeast over than we expected...

Here it is soon after the first racking – although we were really careful with the siphon we took far more yeast over than we expected…

The result is almost ready to drink and it looks so appetising – clear, golden and quite unlike the scrumpy I was expecting from our first attempt. The “French” cider is exceptionally dry so now we need to read the chapters on blending and adjusting the flavour (though I like a dry cider myself). The “English” ciders are slightly sweeter. We’ve made still ciders this year but in the future we may have a go at a sparkling cider (taking the appropriate precautions against explosions).

We’ve had many, many offers of help with the tasting, and, to be honest, we were thinking that we’d drink it from the demi-johns rather than bottling it, which means drinking at least two gallons in one go! Hmmm, too many guests and we’ll end up with a thimbleful each; too few and we’ll end up in A & E. Of course, we could keep some for the January cruise – mulled cider would be the perfect warmer – maybe after we’ve arrived at the Royal Docks though πŸ™‚

Settling after the 1st racking and almost ready for the second - yum yum - it tasted ok even at this stage!

Settling after the 1st racking and almost ready for the second – yum yum – it tasted ok even at this stage!

How it looks on December 11th - it's had a second racking, been sulphited to stop fermentation, and allowed to settle. Now it just needs time to mature - should be ready in a few weeks' time - it's hard not try it though - it looks delicious - even though I say so myself!

How it looks on December 11th – it’s had a second racking, been sulphited to stop fermentation, and allowed to settle. Now it just needs time to mature – should be ready in a few weeks’ time – it’s hard not try it though – it looks delicious – even though I say so myself!

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Dog Blog: Henry Beanz’ holidaze..

Posted by indigodream on 26 December, 2013

Deer me pals

Iz bin tellin’ step-mumi Sue to get on wif me posticardies coz Iz got lottsa cute pics for me fans but, but, I duzn’t no how to tell you, she’s lookin’ afta a pekingese an’, an’, an’ a CAT! Tis shokin’ – Iz made mumi Sarah check wefer Step-mumi Sue woz mad but mumi Sarah sez Step-mumi Sue is still a greyhound mumi thru an’ thru an will neva eva be a cat woman. Phew – I woz wurried – wot if we cudn’t have any more hols coz step-mumi Sue had gone to the dark side and got a CAT??!! But iz ok – step-mum Sue sent me a text wot sed I woz big favrit an’ I cuds cum an have lots more hadventures in the New Year πŸ™‚

Posticardies from me holidaze:

Tuday’s posticardies is abouts fud on holidaze, wot is very himportant….

Wen you iz choosin' your holidaze resort iz vital to chek wefer the fud is good - we'z ok here coz it'z a 24-hour mega-buffit wif snacks in-between....

Wen you iz choosin’ your holidaze resort iz vital to chek wefer the fud is good – we’z ok here coz it’z a 24-hour mega-buffit wif snacks in-between….

An' our bowls iz elevated like wot they shud be - fis is a proper houndie hestablishment...

An’ our bowls iz elevated like wot they shud be – fis is a proper houndie hestablishment…

Duh Herbie....only youz bowl is ment to be helevated....

Duh Herbie….only youz bowl is ment to be helevated….

I dunno, iz always hard to gets a gud cup of tee on holidaze...

I dunno, iz always hard to gets a gud cup of tee on holidaze…

You get gud i-screams on holidaze but fis iz not fair coz Ty an' Ollie gets i-screams wefer they is on holidaze or not! Mumi, mumi, can I hafs i-screams ev'ry day???

You get gud i-screams on holidaze but fis iz not fair coz Ty an’ Ollie gets i-screams wefer they is on holidaze or not! Mumi, mumi, can I hafs i-screams ev’ry day???

I luffs the 24-hour buffit - these chews woz just lyin' in a big plastic box with stuff piled on top - o' course we woz ment to eats it all at wunce.  Wot's that step-mumi Sue, it woz for layters? nom nom nom - it Is layters :-)

I luffs the 24-hour buffit – these chews woz just lyin’ in a big plastic box with a clicky lid an’ stuff piled on top – is obvius we woz ment to eats it all at wunce.
Wot’s that step-mumi Sue, it woz for layters? Nom nom nom – it IS layters πŸ™‚

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Dog Blog: Henry Beanz’ Holidaze…

Posted by indigodream on 25 December, 2013

Deer me Pals

Sum peeple sez us houndies iz not cute coz we is bony, an’ not fluffy an’ has pointy faces…….so, wen I woz on holidaze Iz took lots of pics of us lookin’ cute – coz we iz poor sad houndies wot is misunderstood – sigh….

Youz own corispondent....

Youz own corispondent….

Ranger Dawg, wot haz gone ova the rainbow bridge - he woz cute!

Ranger Dawg, wot haz gone ova the rainbow bridge – he woz cute!

Herbie woz found starvin' on the street - how cuds anywun let that pafetic face go??

Herbie woz found starvin’ on the street – how cuds anywun let that pafetic face go??

Is pafetic the same as cute? Herbie needs to kno coz he iz becumin a specialist in pafetic...

Is pafetic the same as cute? Herbie needs to kno coz he iz becumin a specialist in pafetic…

Archie practisin' his hypno-stare wot he uses on laydeez wot luffs cats an' spaniels an' stuff wot isn't him...

Archie practisin’ his hypno-stare wot he uses on laydeez wot luffs cats an’ spaniels an’ stuff wot isn’t him…

Big Sid, wot I finks mite be SM Sue's favrit - wot is a wurry coz I shud be her favrit....

Big Sid, wot I finks mite be SM Sue’s favrit – wot is a wurry coz I shud be her favrit….

Sum say that greyhounds izn't cute coz we is two big, but Big Sid is hooge an' #SM Sue sez he's very cute...

Sum say that greyhounds izn’t cute coz we is two big, but Big Sid is hooge an’ SM Sue sez he’s very cute…

Uh Miffs, the evil eye isn't so cute you kno. Wot's that, "you vant to be alone", oh ok...."

Uh Miffs, the evil eye isn’t so cute you kno. Wot’s that, “you vant to be alone”, oh ok….”

Sinkronised cutieness...wif me an Herbie....

Sinkronised cutieness…wif me an Herbie….

Hadvanced sinkronised cutiness - fis is Ollie, Archie & Ty! Wot's that SM Sue, "the three stooges" - rood!

Hadvanced sinkronised cutiness – fis is Ollie, Archie & Ty. Wot’s that SM Sue, “the three stooges” – so rood!

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Dog Blog: Henry Beanz’ Holidaze

Posted by indigodream on 25 December, 2013

Deer me pals

Iz sori you’z had to wait ages for me posticardies – step-mumi Sue is gud wif the treets but a bit slo wif me ritin’s. Anyhoo, tuday’s holidaze snaps is about snoozies…

Sum peeple woz very rude an’ sed we didn’t do anyfink but sleepin’ on holidaze – cheek! We dun eatin’s and we dun lookin’ cute – huh, woz hardly a hilodaze at all now I finks of it. Wot’s that step-mumi Sue, youz got proofs that we only dun snoozin’ – neva!

Snoozy Hound Album: https://www.facebook.com/sue.cook.507/media_set?set=a.10202893145036572.1073741845.1440854080&type=3

An’ a snoozy video (if the link works) – https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202821163117069&set=vb.1440854080&type=3&theater

Cumfee beds iz very himportant - Big Sid, wot is like 40kg, finks that step-mumi Sue's lap is the bestest!  Step-mumi Sue sez "uuuuuurhgaaaaah"... Sorry me pic is blurred - I woz larfin so much me paws woz shakin' the camera :-)

Cumfee beds iz very himportant – Big Sid, wot is like 40kg, finks that step-mumi Sue’s lap is the bestest!
Step-mumi Sue sez “uuuuuurhgaaaaah”…
Sorry me pic is blurred – I woz larfin so much me paws woz shakin’ the camera πŸ™‚

Huh! Sumtimes hu-mans just duzn't get the hint - Big Sid NEEDS that sofa...

Huh! Sumtimes hu-mans just duzn’t get the hint – Big SId NEEDS that sofa…

Ty an' Big Sid knos wot they wants from a bed - duvit, blankies an' a big bag o' recyclin'...

Ty an’ Big Sid knos wot they wants from a bed – duvit, blankies an’ a big bag o’ recyclin’…

On holidaze, you haz to demand the bestest beds - even wen you is just snoozin' in the sun...

On holidaze, you haz to demand the bestest beds – even wen you is just snoozin’ in the sun…

I luffs this bed.....

I luffs this bed…..

Herbie luffs his raydiator...

Herbie luffs his raydiator…

A houndie needs a place to rest hiz hed - even if it is a mountain of shoes wot Big Sid piled up....

A houndie needs a place to rest hiz hed – even if it is a mountain of shoes wot Big Sid piled up….

But a propa hed cushin is best - like wot Big Sid's got...

But a propa hed cushin is best – like wot Big Sid’s got…

Youz can snooze anywere - like in the boot of the car after a hexhaustin' session of swimmin' wif wimmin' like wot Ranger dun here. Ranger woz shiverin' so Big Sid jumped in to give him a cuddel - oh, an to use him as comfy cushin....

Youz can snooze anywere – like in the boot of the car after a hexhaustin’ session of swimmin’ wif wimmin’ like wot Ranger dun here. Ranger woz shiverin’ so Big Sid jumped in to give him a cuddel – oh, an to use him as comfy cushin….

Big Sid is a helpin' hound - fis time he's cuddlin' Ty coz Ty woz scared, or woz they queuing for fud wot cums from the washin' machine room...

Big Sid is a helpin’ hound – fis time he’s cuddlin’ Ty coz Ty woz scared, or woz they queuing for fud wot cums from the washin’ machine room…

Is these beds a bit small step-mumi Sue?

Is these beds a bit small step-mumi Sue?

Luk, even MIFFY duzn't fit in that bed an' she's weeny - step-mumi Sue, we needs new beds...

Luk, even MIFFY duzn’t fit in that bed an’ she’s weeny – step-mumi Sue, we needs new beds…

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Dog Blog: Henry Beanz Holidaze (Septimber)

Posted by indigodream on 17 December, 2013

You can neva have enuff hounds - see, plenty of room...

You can neva have enuff hounds – see, plenty of room…

Iz woz dragged home from me hols in Orgust – I didn’t wots to go home – I luffs Step-mumi Sue an’ I luffs the 24-hour buffit wot is always ‘vailable on hols. But I gots dragged home an’ woz lurnin’ to choke on kibbel (agen) wen we woz bundled in the car an’ we woz on holidaze agen! Fis time we didn’ts go on the boat – we dids stay at Step-mummy Sue’s hows, wot has a big field (boring), lots of beds (luvverly) an a hextra hooge 24-hour buffit (wunnerful).

I comed on hols wif Archie an Herbie an Big Sid and Ranger Dawg (wot has gone ova the rainbow bridge now – run free bruv) an Miffy. It woz Big Sid an’ Ranger Dawg’s furst holidaze -Step-mumi Sue woz wurried they wouldn’t enjoy it.Huh?!Β  Is a 24-hour buffit! But step-mumi Sue hads to giv them hextra cuddels – not fair – I needs hextra cuddels too, an Herbie anΒ  Ty an Ollie (but not Miffy, Miffy duzn’t do cuddels)….

But Step-mumi Sue hinsited becoz she woz gonna be Big Sid an’ Ranger Dawg’s Step-mumi too, wot is a promotion from Arnty – she woz very hexcited!

O’ course, we hads sum vet visits wot is perfickly normal even tho Step-mumi Sue broked her world record coz Bid Sid wents to the vet only an hour or so afta mumi left! But it woz gud becoz Big Sid hads a saw eye wot wuds have blindid him – eeek! Is all betta now coz Sid saw a supa speshul vet an had sum drops wot is the most hexpensive in the hole wurld (accordin’ to mumi, wot paid the bill….)

Step-mumi Sue dids sumfink new on hols – she took Ranger Dawg to do swimmin wif wimmin! Young wimmin in wetsuits wot puts him in a hydoferapy pool and fen gived him a nice shower an’ towelled him down. Ranger sed he wozn’t sure abouts swimmin, but he woz prancin’ round like a puppy afta. Step-mumi Sue wonted to do lots of hydroferapy but the gurls sed he cudn’t come any more coz RD woz so old he might poop the pool – huh – tis discriminayshun!

Step-mumi Sue sed havin’ 8 houndies stayin for a hole 3 weeks woz the best fing eva an she didn’ts wont us to go home. Wot woz gud, coz me and Herbs an Miffy didn’t wonts to go home eifer so we ran away and hids in our beds but Mumi is crool and dragged us out.

Bye Bye Step-mumi Sue, luffs you…..

An' you can always skweeze in a few more...

An’ you can always skweeze in a few more…

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Dog Blog: Henry Beanz’ Holidaze (Orgust)

Posted by indigodream on 15 December, 2013

Deer Mumi

Iz had lots of holidaze fis year, but Step-mummy Sue is SOOOO SLOOOOW to send you me posticardies. She’s been too bizzy doin’ ritin for Archie “fancypants” Beanz – him, a secrit agent – huh, in his dreems….

Fis is me posticardies from me furst holidaze – I dun a hole week in Orgust wif Archie Beanz an’ Ollie, then I dun a hole week wif Herbie – Bertie cummed too but he runned away so he duzn’t count!

The trubble wif holidaze is that you neva gets decent beds - like fis one is way too small yeah....

The trubble wif holidaze is that you neva gets decent beds – like fis one is way too small, yeah….

An' these beds is a bit narra....

An’ these beds is a bit narra….

I oosed to be shy at the pub but Iz got ova it now - fere is sostidjes an sumtimes Iz had a lik of sum beer wot woz spilled

I oosed to be shy at the pub but Iz got ova it now – fere is sostidjes an sumtimes Iz had a lik of sum beer wot woz spilled…

Now fis is your original solo lookin' right....

Now fis is your original solo lookin’ right….

An fis is synkronised lookin' (pairs)....

An fis is synkronised lookin’ (pairs)….

Mumi, did you kno that you cuds do lookin' on the towpaf? I cuds do lookin' on the paf, an the river and thru the window so I cuds look at Step-mumi Sue makin me dinna - oh yeah!

But Mumi, did you kno that you cuds do lookin’ on the towpaf? I cuds do lookin’ at the paf, an the river and thru the window so I cuds look at Step-mumi Sue makin me dinna – oh yeah!

I gots cuddels on holidaze, wot woz good, wots that mumi, I gets cuddels at home, oh no mumi, not like these cuddels....

I gots cuddels on holidaze, wot woz luvverly. Wots that mumi, I gets cuddels at home? Oh no mumi, not like these cuddels….

Archie Beanz, youz called me a haz-beanz but I neva had me nose painted wile I woz snoozin....

Archie Beanz, youz called me a haz-beanz but I neva had me nose painted wile I woz snoozin….

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Big Bertie is gud at lookin’ but he iz even betta a runnin’ – wotz that mummy Sue, it’s not funny, I fort it woz….

Wen you is on hexcursions they always take stoopid group photos - fis is us on the Thames...

Wen you is on hexcursions they always take stoopid group photos – fis is us on the Thames…

Tarty Archie - he's so vain but Ste-mummy Sue sez Iz always got a speshul place in her heart...

Tarty Archie – he’s so vain but Step-mummy Sue sez Iz always got a speshul place in her heart…

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Dog Blog: Archie Beanz’s Secret Dossiers

Posted by indigodream on 14 December, 2013

The name’s Beanz, Archie Beanz – for Christmas, for ever, hmmm mmmm…..

Dossier #8 ‘Fluencing the laydeez

Coming your way laydeez...

Coming your way laydeez…

As you all know, now that I’m “retired” I’ve been sharing my secret dossiers, but I’ve saved the best ’til last – how to ‘fluence the laydeez. Of course, if, like me, you have devastating good looks, come-to-bed eyes and a charming personality then you don’t have to work too hard but some finesse never goes amiss.

Firstly, it’s important to met a laydee’s expectations – an international man of mystery, a dark shadow in your bedroom of a night? WEll, it’s got to be chocolates, but not just any chocolates, yes, it’s got to be…..Milk Tray!

Secondly, how you arrive is important – SMS’s Ford just won’t do; M’s people mover – purleese! R’s audi – hmm, that’ll do for now but check out my new wheels – next year, laydeez, it’s special delivery all the way – just don’t expect me to drive a white car down your sooty chimneys….

Hope that Santa Baby brings you all your dreams this Christmas – as for next year, dream of me and you never know, you might just see me cruising by…..ciao!

Just in the showroom ordering my new wheels...

Just in the showroom ordering my new wheels…

And there's my new speed boat, Silver Bullet, oh yes....

My new stealth boat, Silver Bullet, coming your way laydeez of the river….

My devastating charm in action - works every time....

My devastating charm in action – works every time….

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Boat Blog: An invitation for boating

Posted by indigodream on 11 December, 2013

January 3rd & January 6th 2014

The 2012 convoy heading for the barrier...

The 2012 convoy heading for the barrier…

Why not join us for a refreshing New Year cruise to the Royal Docks as part of a St Pancras Cruising Club convoy. It’s the best way to blow away your post-Christmas cobwebs and get your cruising year off to a flying start πŸ™‚

Boats are welcome, so if you’re in the vicinity and your boat is river-worthy, then why not join the convoy yourself. It’s a great introduction to tidal cruising – although the river is wide, there tends to be less traffic than the busy Pool of London upstream and you have the excitement of Bow Creek’s twists and turns, the cable cars whizzing overhead, the Thames Barrier, the Woolwich Ferries, the gargantuan lock into the Royal Docks and the long cruise alongside City Airport’s runway. We generally moor in Victoria Dock near the cable car terminal and spend the weekend enjoying the ambience and visiting the boat show at Excel before cruising back on Monday. There is a modest locking and mooring fee which has yet to be confirmed but budget for around Β£120.

If the weather is against us, then we have a chance to make the cruise for the last weekend of the boatshow on Friday 10th and Monday 13th January.

Otherwise, why not join us as crew – we can take up to four people each day and we can guarantee a decent standard of bacon sarnie (veggie/vegan options available), absolutely the best onboard coffee and, of course, the company of greyhounds. As if that wasn’t incentive enough, we have a heated tiller to keep your hands warm! No need to budget for this one (unless you want to put some cash in our charity collection tin!).

Go on, you know you want to!

Dancing with the Woolwich Ferry...

Dancing with the Woolwich Ferry…

A lockful? Hardly - plenty of room for another 50 narrowboats :-D

A lockful? Hardly – plenty of room for another 50 narrowboats πŸ˜€

And how often do you get to race the planes down the runway?

And how often do you get to race the planes down the runway?

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