Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Frozen, New Years Eve walk

frozen crops

red berries
frozen grass
friendly resident red robin (at the bottom of my road)
frozen pond (feeding the ducks)
I woke this morning to very frosty weather but no snow (yet). I woke earlier than normal. I've had the flu over Christmas so the extra sleep my body needed has helped get me back on the right track. I started my swimming again on Monday this week with use of the steam room and sauna, which is great for clearing nasty bugs. It was good to have a long cold winter walk this morning, looking at the wildlife where we live and feeding the local ducks and red robin and reflecting on 2014. A local resident feeds the robin by hand every day so it was no surprise that he followed me over to the bird table near the pond at the end of our road. We are so very lucky to have access to open fields to walk Moss and we see so many different birds. Living close to a bird reserve we get to see many birds and my husband is always pointing them out, today it was fieldfares.They are like colourful thrushes, and they gather together in colder months keeping each company sometimes in the hundreds. Our local ducks and Coots woke to a frozen pond, we always keep some bread for them although its not the tastiest food when its that cold it helps. Today I've been take down the Christmas cards and tree and giving the house a clean - I like to start a New Year without the worry of clearing away all of that stuff. I'm currently knitting another blackberry beanie, funny I started the year knitting one back in January and now I'll end the year knitting one, totally un-planned. I've been wearing the first one a lot recently, after swimming it keeps my head warm and looks nice too. It's an easy pattern to follow and blackberry stitch isn't very difficult once you get the hang of it and it makes for a very cosy hat. I'd like to wish all of you a Happy New Year and thank you for popping by to read my ramblings, see you next year!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

hand knitted Christmas gifts

I've just finished another moss stitch snood for one of the girls at my hairdressers, I think she will like it. She requested burgundy to go with her winter coat. I still have yet to finish my grey scarf, but that can be completed whilst I'm on a weeks rest from work!

Another project is this one started just over 4 months ago. Last night and previous nights I was knitting until way past midnight, and I only have one row to knit tonight, sew in ends and wrap it up - yeah! I took the photos very late last night so the lighting wasn't too good! I decided to pick up and knit the longest edge adding a new border of 5 coloured rows, it works very well I think. I just hope the recipient likes it!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

its looking a lot like Christmas!

White Hyacinth (Morrisons £2.50) in my Orla Kiely herb pot, looks great

white carnations and sea holly sprayed with glitter (Sainsbury's)

Christmas presents slowly being wrapped

M&S Christmas cake, yummy

hand-made gingerbread man from my niece Yasmin, red heart made by me!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Moss loves Move Easy dog food

We’ve been a little worried about our dog Moss recently. If he’s been on a long walk he comes home with a slight limp and I've affectionately nick named him Mr Limpy!  Springer Spaniels are thought to be a handful to own and need a lot of exercise so I worried when this started. True they can be quite springy when they are young but with the correct training, obedience and maturity they make the most affectionate clever companions and we were so lucky to have the opportunity to rescue him back in 2010. I guess he’s more than a pet to us and we treat him like another member of the family taking him on family holidays and spoiling him sometimes. But then any Spaniel owner will tell you they take over your life and your heart.

The ships dog on the Norfolk Broads with captain Derek Hurrell, October 2014

So off in search of some advice and help with this we decided to revisit a product that we’d introduced into his diet when we first rescued him. He was 11 months old then, dirty, smelly, full of ear mites, a parasite living in his stomach and generally run down. We started to add Bionic Biotic to his diet and I’m not sure why we actually stopped. We ordered a tub straight away to supplement his current food.

Moss loves Move Easy, November 2014

I contacted Pooch and Mutt to tell them all about Moss and our worries. Sam Southwell came back to me immediately and offered a free trial of Move Easy grain free, natural complete food. The bag arrived within a couple of days and we began to add this to his evening meals. We were amazed at how quickly the product worked, honestly within days his limping was going and we gave him lots of rest too. Moss loved it so much he removed some of his other food to search out the yummy salmon pieces! (see picture above) He finished the bag last week much to his frustration but I found that we could add it to our weekly shop at Ocado, which is so handy. You only have to show Moss the bag and he sits down and grins at you, he loves it and it has helped so much with his front leg and the Bionic Biotic has made his coat so shiny. It’s a routine now to add these to his evening meal but I have to admit he also has this as a treat too, which isn't a bad thing.

Move Easy grain free is a single-animal protein source, complete food for dogs who have mobility issues or who are highly active. It contains 45% salmon (one of nature’s richest sources of the omega 3 EFAs that are essential for joint well-being). Why grain free? Many dogs struggle to digest foods that are high in grains (including corn and wheat). Intolerance  to grain can manifest in many ways, such as digestive discomfort, itchy skin and sub-optimal health. Spaniels are known to have tummy problems but not with this food.

But don’t just take my word for it (of Moss) you can order a sample to try out on your dog and I’m sure you’ll see the difference just as we did, It’s the best decision we made.