Sunday, 20 September 2015

Jon's Birthday

Celebrating 24 years with some gorgeous cupcakes baked by Becci.  Going out for a meal next week to Jon's favourite Italian restaurant.

First outing for new Outfit!

Lovely weekend away in new car and caravan.  Weather was gorgeous and the new van lived up to expectations.  Lots of room, comfy beds and lots of features and gadgets to enjoy and keep Paul occupied.

The Westie lads are seasoned caravanners but it was first time out for Scooby.  He loved it and settled down comfortably as soon as we got there.

New car breezed up the hills, Paul says it tows well and is nice to drive.  Off again next weekend, we haven't been over summer as busy settling Scooby into our family so making up for lost time between now and November.

Sunday, 6 September 2015


The lads enjoying the new caravan :-)

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Hello Berlingo!

Yesterday we exchanged our elderly Picasso for a Berlingo.  We've had two good long rides in it and we like it.  It's comfy, great for towing and our dogs have plenty of room to travel in style.

Goodbye Picasso!

10 years - 127000 miles - no repairs.  Done us proud.  Hope the next one does as well.

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.