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.


Continue reading “Learning Without Trying”

Sunday Sevens – 13th August

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.

Last Sunday we had a run out to Boscastle. The Ryeland sheep who have been letting me use their wool moved there earlier in the year.  So we went to pick up their fleeces from their new home. Continue reading “Sunday Sevens – 13th August”

What needs to give and what you’d prefer


There’s so much going on around here, there’s just no way I can fit in everything I want to do at the moment. So, I’ve had a wee think about what’s will have to a back seat. Although I’m sad to do so, as it’s barely started running, I’m putting my Vlog/podcast on hold.


Meantime, I’m mulling over how to improve it and I hope you would give me some help -if you have a minute – by answering some of the following questions in the comments below:

  1. Do you regularly watch YouTube? If so…
  2. What sort of videos do you watch? and…
  3. What length are they usually?

If you watch knitting/fibre related Vlogs/Podcasts?

  1. What length do you think is ideal?
  2. How often do you watch them?
  3. Who do you watch regularly?
  4. Who do you enjoy most and why?

Sorry that’s a lot of questions and maybe I should have asked them before I started vlogging/podcasting, but if you’ve got time to answer even some of them, That would be fab.

Thank you!


How knitters and crocheters can help the Grenfell Tower fire survivors —

Here’s a post about practical ways knitters (and crocheters) can help the Grenfell Tower survivors…

The Grenfell Tower fire in west London last week has been dominating a lot of people’s thoughts and we know that knitters have been asking if there is anything they can do to help the Grenfell survivors. We have checked with some of the charities involved in collecting and distributing the initial donations to the […]

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