Sunday, 31 July 2011

Dinner in Temple

On Saturday evening David, myself and Socx were invited to dinner by our good friends Dee and Mike.

Yes Socx was included in the invitation to dinner and had a grand evening with 4 other dogs, Buddy, Libby, Fern and a delightful Jack Russell bitch called Prudence, known to all as Pru.

Greetings were made on arrival with some of the pack getting so excited they had to rush out into the garden for a wee.

Dinner was taken in the kitchen in strict 'doggy' rotation with Libby being first and as visiting dog Socx was served last.  On the menu was spaghetti with non-meat burgers and sun blushed tomatoes piled on top of a dog biscuit crust.  Chef was gratified to find that all bowls were licked clean and checked by all dogs to ensure nothing remained.
Dessert was 'doggy chocolate drops' this is where Socx excelled showing off his various tricks including one that Dee has taught him of dancing on his hind legs.

Socx was enamoured of Pru and spent a considerable part of the evening bothering her to the point where Pru went to sleep on the back of the settee out of the way of Socx.

I should also say that David and I had a wonderful time with Dee and Mike, our dinner was excellent and the conversation flowed.   I only hope we did not outstay our welcome as we were rather late home!!

Pru asleep out of Socx's reach

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Summer Break

David, Socx and I have just returned from our Summer Break.  We took a 'staycation' in Dorset, my home county.  The weather was indifferent but not bad and certainly did not spoil our plans at all - we had no plans!

On the Monday when it really was raining hard we did not feel at all guilty about having an afternoon nap in the car overlooking the beach, followed by tea and cake followed by another nap, even the dog just slept.

We did go out every day and visited some wonderful places in Dorset, Lyme Regis was glorious and we had a very pleasant spot for our picnic lunch on the South West Coast Path.  This was our view as we had our lunch.

Part of the 'Jurassic Coast' - the Dorset coastline.

I just liked the picture of these clouds, proves that the weather was not too bad!

 This is The Cobb in Lyme Regis, we were lazing on the grass overlooking it.

Socx enjoying the sunshine and below with his 'sunnies' on!

I really do love Dorset, one day I will live there next to the beach.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Sandbanks Beach

Socx & Ellie
Every year Ellie and I make a date to go to the beach, taking the dog with us.  Come rain or shine we have this one day out together just to enjoy ourselves.  With our hectic diaries we have to book the date months in advance and we never know if the weather will be good or not.

This year it had rained each day right up to the Saturday but on the Sunday the day was just gloriously hot in Wiltshire and we set off for the beach.  We always go to Sandbanks beach opposite Poole Harbour, even in the summer they have a small section of beach where dogs are welcome all year round and this is where we headed for.

First dip in the sea!
We were disappointed when we arrived at about 10:30am there was a sea mist just shrouding the beach that came inland about 1/2 mile.  So a quick visit to my neice Debbie to have a cup of tea and bask in the sunshine in her garden, which is only about 2 miles from the beach.

We were very lucky that the mist did slowly lift and we had a glorious afternoon on the beach.

Lunch first with a proper picnic basket and tablecloth and napkins, glasses of juice and sand in the sandwiches!!  I love eating out of doors and this is just the perfect beach for us.

Socx has never liked going in the sea but we put him in and he ran out. 
Then he went in again and ran get the idea!!

Ellie and I just chatted and made plans for visiting, I have always wanted her to live about 20 mins away from us but she thinks 2 1/4 hours away is fine!!  It does stop me from popping in for a 'cup of tea'.

We did get some sleep in the afternoon sun, with appropriate shade for Socx

A perfect Sunday with daughter and dog!
I hope there is more sun to come.......