Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Learn something new Every day catch up.

Day 3

Today I learnt that we haven't had great success in sponsoring guide dogs. They have to be so well trained and pass so many rigid tests to make the grade. Rudolph originally had to be withdrawn due to poorly hips, Snowy was doing so well - but lacked concentration when she had to be in charge guiding. She wasn't happy to make decisions. So she may go to be a buddy dog or a medical dog or a sniffer dog.

So our latest recruit is Truffle- 6 weeks old in this photo. It would be lovely for Truffle to make the grade!!!!!!

Day 4
Today I learned that kittens are very cute- but it isn't as easy to get them rescued as you might imagine. The RSPCA aren't interested in rescuing them because they aren't in any danger where they are. This is the kitten I'd choose if we were going to keep one! Amy has phoned a few more rescue places. We've bought a big carton of cat pouches- so we're set for a few more days yet!

I also learnt that no matter how short a trip we've planned it takes forever to get everything organised!

Day 5

Today I learned - although I already knew, that I married my best friend. We're celebrating 23 years of marriage and a few days away together is a real treat. We like visiting the same sorts of places, we're both used to doing things on a budget and are happy to accept cheaper options still allow you to have a great time.

Day 6
 There is beauty everywhere- and we can see ideas for our garden every time we visit a property. Unfortunately the area we actually need to concentrate on is tiny and ideas will need to be adapted!!!!!!
 We also saw this perching frog in the gift shop and it made me realise that I want something perching on the end of the decking. We almost bought this frog- but left him for another day!

Our 23rd wedding anniversary was spent in a beautiful spot- Bakewell . It was a lovely sunny day.

Day 7
I learned that our new water colour looks lovely in the dining room. We were looking for something totally different - a black and white print. We walked around a craft fayre in Bakewell and on the second walk round Guy said that he would have bought me one of these pictures if he'd had enough cash on him. Mum and Dad gave us some money for our anniversary and we had planned to get the frog for the garden. We both looked as these pictures and picked the same two out. They were originals - and the artist put the date we bought it on the back and signed it for us. I think he has them priced way too low- but that worked in our favour today!!!! He said he can't sell online- because as soon as he puts them online they sell out!

So the lesson is that if you keep looking for the perfect picture for the perfect spot- you will find something, even if it isn't what you'd imagined would look perfect there!

We now have a lovely picture and also chatted to the artist- so we have the history of all his work- it means more!


  1. Wonderful pictures, Kim!
    When I saw your post on the reading list - I could not believe my eyes!
    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary!

  2. wow youve been busy while i wasnt watching :) well done on the catch up... i think im overthinking this challenge once again! So nice to read that you both had a lovely time away.. you deserve it! Love the frog (but then im frog mad) but have to agree with you both that the picture is probably more durable and will give you many years of joy.
    I am disgusted at the rspca... those kittens and mum may not be in danger at the moment.. but you are in serious danger of being overrun by stray cats, especially as i suspect that mum is pregnant again. Let me put my feelers out tomorrow or friday,i may know of a place that might help.

  3. Do hope Truffle makes the grade, it is a lovely thing to do to follow a guide dog through training, we have sponsored a few now and love getting updates. Personally have had some dealings with the RSPCA through work and actually was not impressed at all at our local animal shelter.