Dog walk – jelly fish

Dog walk – jelly fish

We’ve had some very high tides recently.

They have washed up all the normal things – seaweed, rubbish etc but we have also been getting shells, which we generally don’t have and quite a few dead jelly fish.

The seaweed in some places has been 2-3 ft deep, makes it a bit treacherous for me as it is quite slippery but the dog loves it.

The weather has been quite warm so the dog has started paddling in the sea again.

This is the largest jelly fish I’ve every seen, the phone case is 5.5 inches long.

Update 20/5/2015:    I have now found out they are barrel jellyfish and are not dangerous.  I saw one in the sea yesterday, they are quite stunning, needless to say I didn’t do any paddling just in case.

 

Back blogging again

I’m back blogging again

Its been a while since I last blogged and a few things have changed, some have progressed and some things might start to happen. Here are the headlines more will follow later.

The Boiler house gallery is still going strong and have had another great PAW (Purbeck art weeks)

purbeck art weeks

 

 

Jane and I have closed The Loft Shop at the gallery, Janes work can still be found at the Boilerhouse gallery and other venues around Swanage.  My knitted and crocheted work can be found at Purl & Lace in Swanage.

I have moved house to the other end of Swanage. (most stressful move I’ve ever had).  I now have a smaller study so am trying to use up the wool stash which I didn’t realise was so big until I came to pack it all up to move.

Running is a bit hit and miss, mostly miss at the moment.

We came through the terrible winter virtually unscathed apart from needing a new aerial, so lucky.

Julie and I ran some learn to crochet workshops leading up to Christmas, and I ran a sewing shop in the new year.

I’ve designed a couple of baby patterns.

Made lots of knitted and crocheted items for myself and for Purl & lace.

Summer season started today as the schools have broken up and the weather is extremely hot.

The dog is either paddling or lying in the cool around the house.

Jaff paddling

 

I’m gradually moving the free patterns to this site

Dog Walking – Summer Allergies

As usual this year, although it started really early, the dog started his allergies.  We don’t know what he is allergic to but at a certain time each year his paws start to itch and that means he starts to lick.

If you are a dog owner you will know that when a dog starts licking a patch they don’t stop until they lick it raw.

We tried to control it by washing his feet after every walk but we hit a hot spell and that was it.  One trip to the vet later and minus a lot of money we had a working solution that didn’t involve steroid tablets which the dog does not tolerate very well (joys of having a dalmatian, very sensitive stomach and sensitive to medicines).  He was put on anti-histime, 2 morning and night and a steroid spray which seems to do the job.  So fingers crossed now the spray has run out but the anti-histimine is still going that he will get through without any more licked patches.

Dog Walking – dog Walking recently

Yep its been raining yet again, but with the added gale force winds which make dog walking such a lovely experience.

The weather has been very much april showers with winds.  We get patches of sunshine followed by complete downpours of rain – Squally I think is the term for this.

Just when I’d put away my wellies and rain coat I had to get them out again  THIS IS JUNE where is the good weather.

This weather is good for somethings, we pass this fungus (I think it a fungus)  on one part of our walk through a dense covered path, in the last week it has grown from nothing to this below.  Sorry about the quality but I only had my Blackberry with me and  it was fairly dark on that part of the path.

You can just see how choppy the sea was due to the wind.

Any way the dog doesn’t care about any of this as long as he doesn’t get too wet.

Life in General – The past week

Well what a week of under achievement!.

Having come down with the worst cold I’ve ever had ( no exaggeration) I achieved absolutely nothing this week apart from sniffing, sneezing, blowing my nose and feeling sick all the time.

Not only have I been feeling miserable but the weather has been atrocious.  It has been so windy and rainy here is feels like April showers on a high.

So I need to catch up on everything starting here.

Firstly I’ve been nominated for another Blog award by who has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award.  Thanks – I do appreciate it and I will pass it on as soon as I can.

Not only did I have this cold but so did Julie who was going to tutor the Knitting workshop on Saturday with me but she was just as ill as me, so we cancelled our workshop.  All the ladies were lovely when we cancelled the workshop, we will re-arrange it ASAP.

Above are  some of the things we were going to cover in our workshop.

We have also had  Petes mother down (“mother in law”) for a long weekend as it her 85th Birthday last friday on the 15th.  They’ve gone out for a walk so hence I’m catching up with my blog.

The weather today is calm – no wind – yippee and sunny so far.  I walked the dog this morning and it was a pleasure to get out and about without wearing wellies ( although there is lots of mud and puddles around) and a raincoat.

More posts on their way…………………….

Dog walk Today

On Saturdays and Mondays we walk a retired Guide Dog who still lives with his blind owner and her new guide dog.  Ingram is 12 years old, nearly 13 and since he has retired has been making the most of his retirement.

He is walked every day by a group of volunteers.  Although he is an old boy he has loosened those stiff joints and now trots and runs everywhere like a young dog.

On the lead Ingram is v.v.v. very obedient but off the lead he had no recall or attention to the walker what so ever, but we forgive him.

I took him to the local beach today, its a very mild day and not much of a breeze.

Freezing cold dog walk

Living at the coast we don’t get snow or big frosts or so I thought until last week.

Walking the dog on one of our beaches where the river water feeds into sea water what looked like foam was actually ice.  Never ever seen that before.

The main beach (sea water only) was fine.  Jaffa (the dog) loved it – tried eating it and decided to play in it.