Thursday, 20 August 2015

Debbie Shore Books

I have come to like Debbie Shore's approach to sewing. She's a great teacher, generous with her excellent You Tube tutorials and isn't fussy about you selling anything you make from her designs. I've just received these books from Amazon and preordered her next two for later this year and early 2016.

My fabric stock is undergoing a reorganisation as the house renovations are nearing an end so I'm looking forward to lots of quick makes and getting my sewing machine ticking over again.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015


Had Tim home this week and him and Jon went on the ferry for a day in Amsterdam.  He's gone home now ready to start his new job soon.


Sent from my iPad

Thursday, 23 July 2015


Aww how sweet is this.  A gift from a young man at the end of the school year.  It came with a lovely card and message and a big, big bag of dog treats which will last Scooby and the Westie lads all summer.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

We Passed!

Scooby and I qualified as a tam on Wednesday 17th June 2015.  What a whirlwind of a month this has been.

It was announced on Guide Dogs FacebooK:-

Congratulations to Lynne Dean and Scooby who qualified on Wednesday and are our second partnership to qualify this week. Well deserved and may they both carry on as have done during training where they have showed a good standard.
[Photograph from behind working in their own area and a couple of photographs of them sitting in their back yard]

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Second Day Training

How dogs learn.  How Guide Dogs are trained from birth to training with their future owner.

Walk round town practicing right turns.  Using different tones of voice to maintain the dog's interest.  Bringing dog's attention back when distracted.

Very windy day today, but Scooby did great!

Gave him a body check before tea and an all over groomed whcih he really enjoyed.  He prefers to lay down rather than stand though which makes it difficult.  How to stand up and stay up needs to be on my question list for tomorrow.

Monday, 1 June 2015

First Day of Training

Richard is our trainer.  We talked about how I would give Scooby a daily health check and how to groom him each day.  We had a walk around town practicing left turns and then back at home I did a health check and a groom.  Finished up with some obedience training for Scooby and footwork practice for me - knowing one's left from one's right is essential for this and is always a challenge for me.  Must practice before tomorrow.

Homework - Sit and Wait, Down and Stay, Sit, Wait and Come.  Lots of footwork practice!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Scooby Moves In

Scooby arrived this afternoon and I have the weekend to get to know him, and he me, before our training starts on Monday.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Meeting Scooby

This morning was my matching visit with Scooby - to see if I liked him and if we got on together.  We went for a walk round town and it went well.  I definitely like Schooby!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Surprise Phone Call

Got a surprise phone call today from Guide Dogs.  I was assessed and went on the waiting list for a dog in December 2013.with the prospect of waiting around 2 years for a dog to become available.

They have got a dog which matches my needs and I can meet him tomorrow morning to see if I like him.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Applique Quilt Blocks

Numbers 2 and 3.  A pleasure to stitch!