Monday, 11 December 2017

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Doesn't time fly?

Has it really been over a month since we last blogged?
We blame the Madwoman as she has been so busy
gluing and felting for the Kim's Home auction
that on some days she hasn't even turned the computer on.
It has also been really cold so inbetween supervising the Madwoman's
sticky crafting efforts we have been doing a bit of this:
 and a bit of this:
 and a bit more of this:
quite a lot of this: 
and after an expedition  to COAM this morning
we now need to catch up on a bit of this: 

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Traditional celebrations

It was Angel's 12th birthday on Wednesday!
.
After the traditional birthday lie in there
was the traditional present opening.
As usual the unwrapping was better than the present
Then we went to Chiltern Open Air Museum for the
traditional Muffin Hunt.
We tracked it all through the woods ...
 
... and finally stalked it to its lair.
Having cornered it in the caff, the Madwoman
handed over the traditional quid to secure its release
into our custody
and we carried it home in triumph ...
 
Where we stuck a traditional candle into it,
made a traditional wish
and then helped by the Madwoman, consumed it.
Next week we get to do it all over again as it will be
Archie's birthday.
That's the good thing about traditions - you have to do them lots of times.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Meet the Ancestors

We found a pic of one of Angel's ancestors online
the other day. This is Rystone Blue Magpie, who was the daddy of
a very famous blue whippet called Martinsell Wild and Lonely.
Magpie was Angel's great, great granddad,
and belonged to Anne Vickerstaff who wrote the first whippet book that
the Madwoman bought. (And thank you to our new Aunty Anne for
letting us use the pic here)
Handsome chap, isn't he?

 
Easy to see where Angel gets her amazing good looks from :-)
 
But we won't let  famous ancestors go to our heads.
As celebrities in or own right, we are quite used to
the whole media circus ...

Monday, 2 October 2017

A bit artistic

The Japanese may be masters of Origami,
but they have nothing on Angel when it comes to
the as yet little-known art of pillow-folding.
While awaiting recognition from the Tate,
here she is with one she made earlier.


Eat your heart out Tracey Emin!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

How to train your Madwoman

On the whole the Madwoman is fairly well trained and
most of the time does as we tell her.
But sometimes we have to be a bit firm.
For example, sometimes she ignores us when we tell her it is time for bed.
But we know how to deal with that. 
We do the thing with the eyes.
Works everytime.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Jammy Bank Holiday

We had a lazy Bank Holiday.
Mainly catching some zzzs in the sunshine. 
Well we had to do something while the Madwoman
cursed and stirred huge industrial size cauldrons of
blackcurrants in the kitchen.


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Vroom vroom

Wheeee!
We have a new (well, secondhand, but
newer than the old one)
Wippittmobile.
(That's like the Batmobile only more wippitty,
which makes it much better.
You'd look worried too if you had the Madwoman
for your personal chauffeur.
Because this wippitmobile is bigger than the old one, it means
Angel can have a bigger travelling crate.
It also means the Madwoman has had to fork out for a second crate for Archie as
she can't find a dog guard that actually fits.

All this expense means that the Madwoman is going to have to make a lot of
Star Hounds.
Have you ordered yours yet? 
                                      
Not just for Christmas!
The perfect gift all year round!
 

Saturday, 12 August 2017

The Art of Napping

1. Find patch of sunshine

2. Going ...

3. Going ...

4. zzzzzzzzzzz ....

Pffft! Men! Such a fuss.
Just find comfy bit of duvet on sofa,
suitable cushion to rest head on,
jump about on it a bit to get it just right and then
zzzzzzzzzz ...
Simples!



Sunday, 16 July 2017

New skills!

You are never too old to learn new skills!
(Well unless you are the Madwoman who continues
to demonstrate her ineptness at almost everything)
It has taken just over a year, but Archie has finally mastered
getting into the Cosy Cave bed without assistance ...