- Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Dogs Trust promotes its slogan” A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas” in the lead up to Christmas.
Nowadays many re-homing centres are inundated with unwanted dogs in the months after Christmas and beyond.
Puppies are often left outside Dogs Trust centres because they are not house trained, not good with children, or just plain unwanted as they are considered to be too much work.
- Friday, 29 November 2013
I think that many mothers with young children know they will almost certainly embarrass you in front of a large audience in such places as the Supermarket or playground and definitely on a visit to see elderly relatives.
However, I think that our pets contribute to the cringe-making situations we experience. We will blush (which in my experience develops through three different colours) You may just go pink or slightly red or the full blown beetroot.
- Tuesday, 26 November 2013
I have just finished buying my Christmas presents.
I buy them throughout the year which spreads the cost and doesn’t land me with an overdraft in January.
If you think that makes me a sad person at least I am not like some people who wait for the January sales and then buy all their pressies for the next Christmas.
I think we all know how stressful the festive season is. A good time for a row if ever there was one. The men are pretty useless; do they purchase and write the cards, or wrap the presents? Do they write down who got what so the thank you letters are sent out?
- Monday, 18 November 2013
Christmas is coming, and that, of course, means shopping!
In our millennium age, it seems we take buying a wide range of quality goods- from three piece suite to sit on, to a three piece suit to wear – for granted. But of course, it wasn’t always like that…
In the 1980's, as a teenager, I ventured north to live. Newcastle upon Tyne was a new place for me, but it didn't take long to familiarise myself with the city centre.
The big city department store there simply dazzled me: Bainbriges, Binns, Fenwicks, BHS, C & A, Littlewoods … one on practically every street! They were all so softly carpeted and the amazing array of escalators smoothly swept the customer to each different tempting department.
- Thursday, 14 November 2013
When one of our friends or family dies it is normal to have a church service, watch the coffin being lowered into the ground and then all of the mourners go to a wake.
Some people feel terrible grief which can last for months or years.
Each individual mourns differently and in their grief is understandable. Some often visit counsellors to help them through their pain.
When I was a child if our dogs and cats died a new kitten or puppy would soon cheer us up.
- Wednesday, 06 November 2013
You know Christmas is just around the corner when:
1. You find yourself drawing the curtains against the windows to shut out the cold, rain and dark, ridiculously early at 4.15pm
2. Brussel sprouts come into season
3. Stew and dumplings, Yorkshire puddings, home-made soups and hot chocolate suddenly seem very appealing
4. TV guides publish a 'sneak preview' of Christmas programmes
5. The fashion pages of women's magazines are filled with ideas of what to wear for the Christmas/New Year party (I'm not a party person, and I never go anywhere to get dressed up, so it's wasted on me!)
6. The new 'Downton Abbey' book is out (Hooray!)
7. Silly, strange adverts I cannot understand appear on the TV for posh perfume
8. Stores place their free gift guides beside their exits (I usually pick one up, take it home, have quick flick through,then pop it in the paper recycling bag).
9. Your local post office displays information about last posting dates
10. Normal kitchen rolls appear in the supermarket with jolly Christmassy designs on them
11. Talking of which, it gets harder and harder to book an Internet grocery slot.
Phew! I'm off now to wrap presents, decorate the tree and write cards... but it's only November!
- Friday, 25 October 2013
I have suffered from a bad back all my adult life. I am told it is because I am so tall, but I am only 5ft 10 and half an inches, hardly a giant.
I saw many Physiotherapists but none of them could really help me. The last one I saw suggested that I should take more exercise and recommended going to a gym.
I didn’t fancy going on my own so I asked my best friend Pamela to come with me. She certainly needed a lot of persuasion but finally she agreed to try it.
- Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Now we are reaching November, it's a good time to think about keeping your pets safe for bonfire night.
If you are having a bonfire party or a fireworks display, please inform your neighbours first, especially if they have pets.
We can then all be prepared and know what to expect.
- Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Most of us are glued to this programme about dancing and really enjoying it, even those who can’t or won’t dance except at a wedding after a few glasses of champagne.
Dancing definitely featured in my life thanks to my mother. She obviously thought that I would become as famous as Margot Fonteyn, so I was duly sent to ballet school.
Oh I did love the tutus and the leotards and the little pink shoes.
Sadly in one class the teacher grabbed me by my plaits and told me that I would never be a ballerina because at the rate I was growing I would be far too tall.