August is Dental Month for dogs and cats. There are free check ups at our Vet and so Peri and Gilly went along. All the way there in the car, in the waiting room, in the surgery and all the way home, Peri and Gilly made noises of excitement. When I tied Gilly's lead to the table so Peri could be examined first, she pulled it half way across the room. Let's just say the excitement level was 11. Here's Peri being alert and ready to go in, and then Gilly mid gum check.
Both Labradors scored a tick in the top box, and there were special treats and lots of pats. Then, the pièce de résistance : a new food bowl. And Gilly has now graduated from the slow-me-down dish with bumps to a Big Girl Bowl. Yay for Gilly. She's feeling very proud.
I've knitted a hat for Mr Reno. I usually knit him a hat for his birthday or Christmas. It's This Helm's Deep (Helm by Stephen West) It has great short row garter ear flaps and cables and bits and bobs. It's not centred. I knew this and vacillated between 'fixing' the pattern to centre it, or following the pattern as written. I chose the latter. I only mis-cabled three or four times, because I was knitting and watching Deep Space 9. I am up to Season 3 now. Luckily I can fix a cable: I drop the stitches of the cable until I come to the wrong cross, pick them up and make the correct cable. Then I pick up the stitches and Bob's your uncle!!!
And here's the hat. It needs a wash and then blocking to make the cables 'pop'. I had a test run wearing it in the house and it does keep your ears warm. If I knitted it again I would change the type of Wrap & Turn. The ordinary one in the pattern leaves a hole. I would prefer it to be whole, not hole.
I had lunch and then some shopping with Auntie Dutch. She gave me the cutest Bilby brooch. I love the gifts The Dutches give me. I would never choose them myself, but somehow they are always perfect for me. I love the sticky tape too. I wore my brooch all day.
I'm also the owner of a TARDIS knitting needle measure-er. I bought it from Spun Out, but they're out of stock now. The new Doctor Who has been announced and it is Peter Capaldi. I know him from Local hero the film, Chandler and Co, Torchwood and Doctor Who and many other shows. He is a good actor and will make a good Doctor. I think I am more than ready for a Doctor who does not have his female Companion falling in love with him. He's my eleventh Doctor, so I am quite used to the regenerations now.
Speaking of Christmas, look what I spotted in Spotlight yesterday. I'm not making any kind of positive or negative comment, it's just a photo statement.
We've had quite a lot of rain, 22ml or almost an inch, the other night. We've been like Camelot, where the rain may never fall till after sundown. The dam has been slightly overflowing, not much, but enough to make a very loud noise and impress me with its power.
My mum and aunt are coming to visit for three days, so there may not be a Friday Food on Friday. We'll have to see, as we have lots of plans for delicious food, the Harvest market and shopping. I am going to be very tired by the end. Yesterday I was tired and went for a nap at 4pm. I woke up at 6-38 and had no idea whether it was still night-time, or I'd slept all the way through to the morning. I did think that The Labradors would have woken me up to feed them, so it wasn't the morning. I have been telling Peri and Gilly that Nanny is coming. I think they are getting ready for even more excitement!!!