Monday 29 December 2014

Review of the Year - Part Three

July was the month a certain little madam arrived in a whirlwind of puppy energy.  She brought out the softer side of Rosy, the motherly side of Suky and the 'oh bl**dy hell not another dog' side of Ginger.

She was a lovely surprise gift to me from Lovely Hubby .... although if I'm totally honest that's not what I say when she empties the kindling basket all over the living room rug and has a good chewing session  ;-) 

August saw us planting fruit bushes, admiring the fruit growing on our already planted fruit trees and generally putting up fences and lining pathways with lots of lovely free wood chippings delivered to us by the guys cutting down trees around power lines in the area.

It saw lots of changes around the place including the polytunnel frames going up  and we discovered just how self sufficient we could be in the future with fruit and with nuts growing around the place when we discovered Cob Nuts growing in the hedgerows in a few places on our land.

September started with a really big shock.  On the first Monday morning of September a phone call came to say that Mavis hand been handed in to a vets in Peterborough.  I grabbed my bag and keys and hit the road to bring her home.  To read the full story click on the word September under the photo of her and you will be taken to the post in question.

To have her back with us has been hard work and chaotic at times.  Nursing a badly treated and delicate dog back to health at the same time as having a lively puppy in the house has been possibly one of the hardest things I have had to cope with this year ... but we have survived and I would not have it any other way.  Our family is once again complete.

(All the photos have links to the blog posts they are taken from.)

The final review will be tomorrow and then I will have to start thinking about the New Year and it's promises still to come.

Sue xx


  1. Sue, thanks for the review. So glad the dogs are all better. Having a puppy in the house is near and dear to my heart with my little Polly. What a handful!

  2. How is Mavis now Sue? Health and escapology-wise?

    1. She's a lot more nervous than she used to be and likes to keep me in sight at all times. She frets if she is left alone, but thank goodness she usually has the other dogs for company if not us. But she is never let off her lead when out and about so I couldn't say if she would still escape. I think she would run off or wander off purely because she has the memory capacity of a goldfish and simply won't remember that it was wandering off that cause all her misery before. I will never put it to the test.

      Health-wise she is reasonably fit and healthy. But she feels the cold dreadfully and cannot seem to put weight on, she has a limited appetite, but saying that she is now a dreadful food thief. Over Christmas she has eaten a full box of chocolate covered mints, including most of the box and all the individual wrappers the mints were in (no dreadful repercussions thank goodness and Charley ate some of the sweets once Mavis had ripped apart the box), two full boxes of M&S sugar free sweets (gave her the most dreadful milk like runs) and a Quality Street toffee stick, wrapper and all.

      If she sits next to you while you are eating she will leave your plate alone, BUT only if you tell her to as you start eating. If you forget to say LEAVE IT she will have a sly lick at your plate if you look away!!

  3. Poor baby- she must have gone hungry often when she was a pup, and when she was missing. She may always be your 'problem child' ;-) but I do think time is a great healer - once a dog is in a loving home. I'm so glad she ended up on your doorstep :-)

  4. I am glad your family is complete once again. Your dogs are cutie pies. I don't know what a cobnut is! We grow a nice vegetable garden,potatoes, lemon tree, blueberry bushes, guavas, etc. Eating what you grow is so satisfying.


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