Autumn turning to winter


Welcome to Rocking Dog

Maker of Magical Things to Give, Covet and Scoff!

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Rocking Dog make an eclectic mix of seasonal edible and non edible products, in lovingly small batches.
Rocking Dog endeavours to blog on a frequent week day basis encapsulating food, sewing, crafty tutorials, the changing seasons and semi urban life. Oh dear, my blogging has gone off the boil a bit recently, but I hope to return soon. In the meantime follow me on Instagram rockingdog_ for an eclectic scrapbook of Rocking Dog life.
Please contact Rocking Dog if you are looking for incredible venue styling, craft workshops, bespoke sewing projects for celebrations etc….etc…
Don’t be afraid to ask with specific requests – I don’t bite and I am very friendly and eager to pleas

The Rocking Dog “Remember Me” Project

I am currently researching the WW1 names on the Whiteshill Common (Hambrook) War Memorial in time for the WW1 armistice centenary. I have visited 45 graves/memorials of the 53 names listed. These include laying poppies for 38 men in 32 cemeteries/memorials in France and Belgium. Various plans are afoot to remember these brave men. On July 14th Rocking Dog was to be found in the marquee at Frenchay Flower Show with an interpretation of a WW1 Flower Show table. Many came to taste the rather dry WW1 recipe Trench Cake and unusual Parsnip Marmalade!

Thank you to all those who joined me at the Whiteshill Memorial on November 11th. There were poppies, pipes, a speech about “my” Whiteshill WW1 53, a 2 minute silence and the poignant poem “In Flanders Fields”. About fifty people came back to the kennel for a vintage tea and homemade cake. Thank you to those who generously donated money to “The Remember Me Project”, it will help me archive the project for posterity. I am grateful to those who have supported me. Special thanks to Andy & Real Live Rocking Dog who journeyed with me to all the cemeteries. Knitterly thanks to the knitters of poppies, wreath, gauntlets and cholera belt, i’m in awe of your woolly talent. Big thanks to Mo Fitzgerald who undertook some archiving at Leeds Uni’ on a father & son who are commemorated on the memorial. Research will continue throughout the winter…and then dare I say it but there are 25 WW2 names on the memorial! Thank you.
I have set up an Instagram account for my Remember Me Project lizferguson8


There is indeed a Rocking Dog kennel in Umbria which sleeps four and enjoys beautiful views and a lovely pool. Contact Liz, lizferg@btinternet.com for further information and links. We picked a great olive harvest this November from our trees. It is estimated that the trees are about 500 years old.

Watch this space for exciting Rocking Dog events

2018, i’m afraid hasn’t seen the kennel open for events, my life has been rather taken over by WW1 research. However, never fear there have been things going on behind the scenes. I have been a volunteer for Young Carer’s for over 4 years and love it. The children and young adults are truly inspirational. I was privileged to attend the Young Carer’s Festival this summer..watching the karaoke was one of the most moving highlights of my year. Good or bad singers, the 1,500 Young Carer’s so supported each other. In 2016 realising that many Young Carer families face financial hardship Andy & I financed boxes for 2 families. “Christmas in a Box” was born. Each box contained everything for a cooked breakfast, full turkey roast with all the trimmings and a treat laden TV supper. 2017 we specifically fundraised for “Christmas in a Box” and were able to provide 10 boxes for families in need. So…. 2018.. more fundraising and it is hoped that on 21st December we will be able to deliver 20 boxes. Although I choose to remain anonymous (the families are selected by staff at the support centre) companies have always been recognised for their generosity. Abel & Cole, Ikea, Sainsbury’s, Acumen, thank you.

Fundraising included a raffle at the Rockpipes Burn’s Night which raised £341. Many thanks to all who bought tickets.

Rocking Dog by Invitation

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If you are well behaved and house trained please contact Rocking Dog for an invite! Lovely things to buy and gorgeous things to eat. Looking forward to meeting you.