Trying To Stay Cosy


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. Oh dear, my blogging has gone off the boil. I understand to remain social media compatible I need to give my website an entire overhaul. 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 please

“The Remember Me Project” by Rocking Dog

I have been researching the WW1 names on the Whiteshill Common (Hambrook) War Memorial and was able to make significant progress 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.

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! I hope i’ll be welcomed back into the marquee in 2019 with another exhibit.

Thank you to all those who joined me at the Whiteshill Memorial on November 11th. There were poppies, bagpipes, 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. 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 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 (the upper floor of a renovated farmhouse) in Umbria which sleeps four and enjoys stunning views from the apartment and its large private garden. There is the use of a lovely pool and boccia pitch (like boules). We have ancient olive trees and enjoyed a great olive harvest in November. The olives are made into peppery and delicious single estate organic olive oil. The ancient (and HUGE) pizza oven is something guests may want to try out during a stay. Though rural and quiet, Rome and Florence are each only 1 1/4 hours away by train. Orvietto, Sienna, Arezzo, Pienza and Motepulciano are all around an hour to 1 1/2hours away so you can have splurges of culture and shopping, wine tasting and sun dappled streets to wander. Flights Stansted to Perugia (apt 40mins drive) Bristol to Pisa or Bologna (apt 2hrs drive) etc.. Food in the area is wonderful, this is our favourite little bakery, and just a short drive away. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpvRwANd86k Contact Liz for further details and links for our little piece of Umbrian paradise lizferg@btinternet.com

Watch this space for exciting Rocking Dog events

2018, i’m afraid didn’t see the kennel open for events, my life had 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.

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 together with items for 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 now to Christmas 2018.. 21 boxes were shopped for, packed and indeed delivered on 21st December. Although I choose to remain anonymous (the families are nominated by staff at the support centre) companies have always been recognised for their generosity. This year many thanks go to Acumen Investment Solutions who so generously chose “Christmas in a Box” as their 2018 charity. A grant of £200 was much appreciated from CURO Community Connectors. There were donations from kind individuals and of course fundraising. A raffle at the Rockpipes Burn’s Night held at the Armstrong Hall in Thornbury raised £341. Morrisons,Sainsbury’s and Iceland made welcome contributions. Fundraising will begin again shortly for “Christmas in a Box” 2019. Thank you from the bottom of my rusty old heart.

Rocking Dog by Invitation

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The Grumpy Real Live Rocking Dog

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