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 ...


Sunday, 9 July 2017

Pffft

If you looked in this week
expecting the tale of The Frog Prince,
forget it.
It is too hot and he is staying in his pond.
Unfortunately that gave the Madwoman ideas. Again.
Without even stopping to consult us, she plonked Angel in a cool bath,
just because she looked a bit on the warm side.
Now look at her fur!
Can't do a thing with it.
Winter can't come soon enough as far as we are concerned.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Peas in our lifetime

Everybody loves a bedtime story, so this week we thought
we would entertain you with that timeless classic,
"The Princess and the Pea"
Are you sitting comfortably?
Then we will begin ...
Once upon a time there was a Princess.
Someone thought they would check that she was indeed a Princess by
putting a pea in her bed.
But someone stole the pea...
... and then concealed the crime by eating
the evidence.
Which was a  good thing, because whether you are a Princess
or not, it is never a good idea to
have a pee in the bed.

Next week we shall be retelling The Frog Prince.
Bet you can't wait! 


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Walking on the wildside

We spotted this froggy in our pond,
enjoying the gentle sploshing of water from the solar powered lilypad.
And then the pigeons moved in,
sunbathing on the patio.
They didn't hang around long when Archie woke up ...
 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Prioritising

Our Madwoman says that recently we have become
Lazy Bloggers.
At least we think that's what she said.
We would like to point out that after a long cold winter
we have got a lot of sunbathing to catch up on.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Salve! (again)

The Madwoman decreed that it was cool enough for us to venture outside for a walk today, so venture we did, up at the Open Air Museum.
Not only did we do venturing, we did mingling too, as the Romans had moved in for the weekend and were busy rising and shining (unlike the sun).
While the Madwoman checked out some egg tempera artwork
we admired a neighbouring tent with some hand loom-woven bags
that would have been perfect for storing wippitt snacks in,
then checked out some toy wooden mice (we prefer ours made of fleece and squeaky)
at the wood-butcher (that's what it said on the sign),
and THEN we found the wippitt snacks in the shape of
bunnies and piggy lugs (still attached to the pig).
As they made us feel a bit peckish and the Roman in charge
didn't offer to share them with us 
we dragged the Madwoman off home to give us some elevenses.
In many ways (mainly foody) the 21st century is an improvement on the 1st ...     
 
 
 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Christmas shopping spree

We are helping our Madwoman to tidy up today after
a marathon stint of helping* her make little papier mache and
needlefelt houndies which are now up for sale to raise funds
It's a great cause - do nip over and look at some of the great items -
its a great opportunity to bag a bargain.
And get your Xmas shopping done early ...

Here's the link to the auction:

* in case you were wondering, we help her
by keeping well out of her way ...

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Something in the air

Angel has been on pillow-warming duties.
 Our Madwoman says that she would much rather find a wippitt
on her pillow than a chocolate.
So maybe we shouldn't tell her about the farting ...

Monday, 24 April 2017

Seating arrangements

One thing we have noted about humans is their amazing capacity for optimism.
Take this settee, for example.
It is described as a 'two seater' - when as you can plainly see,
it barely accommodates a single wippitt.














Saturday, 1 April 2017

Peas and poos

Actually we are pretty sure that in the event
of the vegetation making a bid for world domination,
the eventual winners won't be triffids but peas.
They are invincible.
We know this because
when we eat peas
they come out looking exactly the same as when they went in. 
Another pea on its way ...
 
Beware the pea!
Run away! Run away!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Forward planning

Tonight sees months and months of
thoughtful forward planning on our part
finally coming to fruition.
While the rest of the world will wake up tomorrow all bleary eyed
and feeling jet lagged after the clocks have shot forward an hour,
the Madwoman will leap from bed, fresh as a daisy.
This is because we have selflessly been getting her into training for tomorrow
by waking her up at 5am every morning.
She should be really grateful to us, but we bet she isn't.
In the meantime, please send any spare turkey morsels you
have going spare to us: Archie has tweaked something in his paw and is
hopping around on three legs looking sorrowful. Laser and homeopathic remedies and
ice packs have been applied, but we have more faith in the miraculous curative effects
of turkey.
Waiting for turkey 
Being bored because
walks are temporarily suspended until Archie is sound again


Monday, 20 March 2017

A bit of education

Yes, we missed posting a blog last week.
We know.
As usual, the blame can be laid firmly at
the feet of the Madwoman, who had failed to tell us
in advance that she has decided that in future
Sundays will be computer-free days.
So, plainly we cannot be held responsible.
We did put the time to good use though:
We took the Madwoman out for a brisk walk.
 
We spotted a seat that we'd never noticed before 
And yesterday we went to visit the ginger one at Bath.
We stopped along the way for a bit of education.
We are now recovering from car lag, which is a bit like
jet lag only without the jet, or having to travel to other countries.
Although Bath is a bit like another country:
we have noticed that there are lots of hills, but they lack the graceful elegance
of our own local ones. Bath hills are rather lumpy.
And much, much muddier and slippier.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Getting crafty

We've been keeping the Madwoman on her toes recently -
well someone has to, and we never shirk a challenge.
Because we are having lots of therapies at the moment,
including homeopathy with our nice Uncle Chris Day,
and acupuncture and laser with our new Aunty Phillipa,
plus various food additives to keep our tums and brains working properly,
we are apparently running up quite a few bills.
The Madwoman's horse Flash is also doing his bit -
we will be visiting him soon to congratulate him on his efforts.
This means that the Madwoman has been busy
making needlefelt thingummies,
which she hopes to sell to try and pay for some of our bills.
Work in progress on the thingummies
More work in progress.
A bigger table might be handy.
At the same she is busy making papier mache houndies
ready for the Kim's Home auction which will be kicking off 
near the beginning of May.
Naturally we are helping her as she glues and mutters and stabs and screams
(because she spends quite a lot of time stabbing her finger).
We are doing this by keeping out of her way.
That's us.
As always, supremely helpful.
Zzzzzzz
  






Monday, 27 February 2017

Because we're worth it

Guess what?
Yes, we are on blog strike again this week.
We have had a busy few days
being poked, prodded, tweaked,
and even had needles stuck in us.
The Madwoman tells us it is Therapeutic.
She also tells us it is Expensive, although we are
worth every penny.
Well of course we are.
We thought that went without saying.
But while she is busy counting her pennies up,
we are going to take a well-earned nap.
Next week we might tell you about her new project.
Or not.
You'll just have to tune in and see ...