Thank You Mr Hicks. It’s Been an Amazing Adventure

I’m so sad to tell you that on Thursday morning Mr Hicks had a stroke and we had to say goodbye. I’m absolutely heartbroken. I hadn’t been able to bring myself to write about it here, but a month ago we were told the tumour on his leg had started growing quickly and he only had approximately two months left.


But in the end, the cancer – which didn’t hurt and was isolated in his leg – played no part, apart from helping us prepare for what has happened now and for making us appreciate and enjoy him more over the last month.


Mr Hicks was an amazing dog who really knew how to have a party. I remember one dog groomer saying he had the ten times the personality of the other dogs who came in.


Unfortunately, Hicks also had ten times the health problems too, but he always dealt bravely with his troubles and rarely stopped smiling.

Hicks enriched my life in so many ways and brought me so many friends I would have otherwise never met. He also taught me many things. I thought I’d share some of them with you.

Mr Hicks’ Rules for Life…

Just because you have a bad start in life, doesn’t mean it can’t get better…

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home – Old Windsor August 2004

Never be afraid of a little mud…


You can always have a party, no matter where you are or what the weather.

However bad it gets, there’ll be better times in the future.


Treat everyone as a friend.


Tell your mum you love her a million times a day.


Spend plenty of time with your friends.

NEVER turn down a biscuit.


Always get your beauty sleep.

Break the rules.


Thank You Mr Hicks. It’s Been an Amazing Adventure!

Mr Hicks 12th May 2004 – 14 September 2017


Learning Without Trying

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my first spinning lesson and how my teacher has a theory that dancers find it easier to learn because they’re use to making complicated movements with their feet at the same time as with their hands. Being a complete klutz at dancing, I hadn’t expected to be a very quick learner, but in the event I turned out not to be too bad.


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Sunday Sevens – 9th September

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

Most of the time there are sheep in the field surrounding the site of our Norman fort in our village, but they’ve moved out this week, so Hicks and I went for meander around it..


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WIP Update

Although it’s been a month since I last posted my work in progress, I’m afraid there hasn’t been a lot of progress – partly due to being busy and party due to three weeks of me falling asleep on the settee most evenings, because Mr Hicks was unwell and getting me up in the middle of the night. Although I’m pleased to say he’s now been sleeping through since last Saturday 🙂 Continue reading “WIP Update”

Channelling Anita Rani – aka learning to spin

I ‘blame’ Shelia who blogs at Sewchet. Not long ago, we fell into conversation about learning to spin. Since we live in neighbouring counties – we speculated about taking a weekend workshop together somewhere in the middle. However, I knew of an amazingly knowledgeable and talented teacher called Jane Deane, who lives locally to me, so meet in the middle turned into sleep over.

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Sunday Sevens – 3rd September

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

After a very soggy few weeks, last weekend finally gave us a glimpse of summer and we had our first BBQ in ages…


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