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Since Shoe Been Gone, All That's Left Is A Band Of Gold.

I Love You, A Bushel And A Check (Up)

Thank you for all the lovely comments and emails about Peri. Everyone is so kind and I am glad to say that she is feeling so much better today. It is so lovely that friends are concerned about Peri and about me.

Peri went to see Doctor Tm at the Vet this morning. Her first check up went very well. He was surprised, again, at how healthy she is for a Labrador who is almost twelve. There was no fluid collecting inside her wounds and she is well on the way to recovery. So well, that she is now allowed to go for a walk on a lead!!

Yesterday she disappeared while I was having my cup of tea at breakfast and I found her at the top of the stairs in the sun. She played with a plastic cup and ate her food with gusto. She even hopped up on her favourite table and bathed in the sun.

Happy Peri and Gilly kisses
Gilly checked up on her and gave her kisses and cleaned her eyes.

Labrador kisses
Doctor Tim started to ask if she was eating, and then realised he was talking about a Labrador and of course she was.

Gilly was at home howling and sulking so much that she didn't even eat her juicy meaty bone. It was still untouched when I came inside. She was beside herself with joy when I grabbed her collar and lead and she raced to the back gate.

Peri walks on a lead
Peri had a lovely walk and Gilly ran back and forth between Peri and me and everything she could sniff!!

Gilly is so happy
I haven't been sleeping soundly, as every time a Labrador shifts on the end of the bed I wake up to check Peri isn't licking her stitches. I'm drinking double strength peppermint tea because I'm feeling a little woozy in the stomach, which is only to be expected!!

I felt the need for enchiladas today and so I used this recipe and made guacamole too, from scratch. I also baked a batch of scones and topped them with Ashgrove cream and my mum's raspberry jam.

I may have bought a new Amy Herzog cardigan pattern. It is called Dalriada and is 5ply and couldn't be more perfect. Here is the photo from The Ravelry. Click through to see all the details.

The second pattern is Prescott, and I have already bought four skeins of Cascade sock wool in Christmas Green from Purlwise. It arrived really quickly and the first skein wound up like a dream. I also have spot on tension!!! I took the photo with my iPad and uplaoded it to The Ravelry so it isn't the greatest detail. I love the colour and ordered enough to make long sleeves.

Prescott tension square
In the last few weeks four bloggers I read have decided to stop blogging, for now at least: two knitting and two sewing blogs. It makes me sad as I shan't keep up with them on The Facebook or Twitter. It makes me wonder about why I am still happily blogging after almost nine years. Wow, that's a long time. I think I have lots of things to post about: Labradors, friends, outings, knitting, sewing, embroidery, cooking, the weather just to name a few topics. When I left work I really missed contact with other people, especially my children at school. It was revelation to find other people on the internet who were interested in the same things I was, but perhaps their blogs were dedicated to just one thing, like sewing or knitting?

I think that even if no-one ever left a comment, I would still post to my blog, it is a record of my life for three-quarters of the time I have been ill and not at work. I can look back at the good times and bad. I can find that recipe I want to bake or the photo of Harki, or Vundy or Tori. I can search the books I've read and the things I've knitted and sewn. There are times when I don't blog very much and other times when I have so many things to write about I can't type fast enough.

Speaking of the weather, which I frequently am, we are expecting 17*C on Sunday, a veritable heatwave!! I may need to wear a dress.

Here are The Labradors, Rafa and two new dogs we met last week. Peri has her happy hackles up. Gilly and Rafa are in the middle of a chasing game.

Five dogs
More peppermint tea I think, and then to bed.



please don't stop blogging...I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets great enjoyment from it and the doggie pictures are always a highlight :)
the cheesecake looks wonderful - totally quaffable !!
so glad Peri is on the mend so quickly xo


I'm so pleased Peri is doing so well. A walk on a leash! How wonderful.

The knitting patterns are gorgeous. I can really see my Miss Annie in the 2nd one.

I'm sad Bells is no longer blogging. I love her work. At least she is still on ravelry

The cooking looks divine.


Raspberry jam and cream on scones. Sounds wonderful.

Those shaved patches on Peri look very cold!


good to see your girl is on the mend and out and about :)

Amy Herzog patterns are *wonderful*. Looking forward to seeing yours knit up.

I'm the same as you, in regards to blogging - I really consider it journal and a method of documenting the months and years. of course, it's social and community-based, also. I love the comments and the fostered relationships blogging has brought to my life too. But if that all fell away tomorrow, I think I'd still log in and write down what I've been up to, for my own purpose.


What great news that Peri is on the mend. She had such a clever Mummy keeping her healthy and strong!
It is strange isn't it, I know a few people who are stopping blogging at the moment too and I certainly am not going great guns at mine recently either. I'm sure this will change though.

Now you have an iPad you should join instagram as well. Lots of people with blogs have instagram and it is another way to keep in contact, without the facebook or twitter hoohaa, mini blogging of a sort.


She HAS, HAS a clever Mummy!!

Catherine Roberts

Oh I have also say please dont stop writing,its such a joy to see what youve all been up to,I write myself for the sheer joy,often daydreaming on the next post,though i dont as much as Id like too,also cause my dearest friend left a long time ago and writing is my outlet to babble :)

Jennifer Rose

9 years is a long time to have a blog, congrats :D

i blog so i have a record of what i have done, and less likely to lose it then a journal :p

glad that peri is doing good :D that war wound is even bigger than i thought o.0


oh I have been reading all about the Peri Tales!! She has been through a lot and I am so happy to read she is on the mend, poor baby. Ruby has lots of lumps which started with one big one which popped out from under her shoulder blade, the vet said because of where it was it would be more painful to remove it than leave it so we left it but now a few more have popped up but she is happy so we hope she stays that way for a long time. kisses to Peri


oh have been having a very worrying time. I've just caught up on your last few posts. Hugs to everyone.


Go, Peri!
I just passed my 9th year of blogging, and though I only post a few times a month lately, I plan to continue for the same reasons you mentioned. I never had many readers to begin with, and the number is steadily dwindling, but I like being able to look back and remember what has happened over the years. I'm not on FB or the like either, and it is sad when people stop blogging and you lose touch. It seems like when people stop writing blogs, they stop reading them, too.

Judy Edmonds

Oh dear, I had missed the original news about Peri, but I am SO GLAD she is on the road to recovery, poor darling. You all look after yourselves <3


Aaaaaw.....I just love that photo of Gilly kissing & cleaning Peri's eyes. So sweet! Poor Peri with all her shaved bits. I'm pleased that she's doing well though :) Poor Gilly being left at home....& not even eating her bone!!

Love the 2 new patterns & the colour of wool. I think we have very similar taste in cardis Cindy :)

I'm so glad you are going to continue to blog Cindy. You are very inspirational to me with what you still achieve in your day to day life while living with a chronic illness. Like you my existence these days can be quite isolating & reading yours & others blogs for me is like dropping in on a friend! I'm glad I found you & your blog when I got to knit for you in the bag swap all those years ago! :)

Lynne S of Oz

Running a little late, as always... I am rather tempted to buy Prescott I think it was and knit one for me up! I'd probably look at a wool/cotton blend as I tend to find wool is too hot (I have to wear a skivvy underneath!) though I should be knitting from stash - I have enough of it!
I am so glad that you blog because how else could I have come to know you at least a little? I don't use facebook either so I can't keep up with people that way.
And thanks for the reminder that my blogiversary has passed again! Oops!


Awwww, Gilly is so sweet, looking after Peri.

I just saw that Dalriada pattern today and thought it looked quite good, I like the idea of the deep v-neck and button under the bust.

It is supposed to be 25c here today!! And has been in the low 20s all week! And still winter! (Just!). It's a bit crackers, this weather.


that beautiful photo of gilly giving peri kisses! awwwww!! arent they great? im glad you're still blogging, i love your posts, and im not going to stop anytime soon either. i think when people get too constrained with their blogs they run out of things to contribute, which is why i like the more personal ones. as kgirl said, its a form of journalling, and it creates a community. also, instagram is great if you figure it out, you just need to follow people and we can follow oyu back, my user name there is drkknits!


Hooray for Peri! I am glad you still blog as I love catching up with you. I'm back now - not giving up - lots to blog about. I love the second of those cardigans and I'm rooting around my stash to see if there is anything in my stash which might be suitable to knit it with.

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