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Feeding The Family With Rocking Dog

Into The Oven You Go!, Rocking Dog

Into The Oven You Go!

Rocking Dog has enjoyed having people to cook for this week. Sometimes cooking for two just isn’t much fun…. but there again so much less stressful than cooking for 120 wedding guests!! The newly weds rang to say they were popping in after a climbing wall session in Bristol. Not quite the same as a mountain climb to witness the sunrise over Bali, but heh ho! Popping in… usually means us mums (or dads) popping food into the oven, and last night was no different. Luckily the fridge was plentiful in ingredients and the garden plentiful in herbs.

I chose recipes from a recent Guardian food supplement, “Easy Ottolenghi” (yes that old chestnut!) 20 quick and simple recipes for spring. I prepared Roast leeks and soya beans with buffalo mozzarella and another dish, Roast cauliflower with chorizo and green olives. Sometimes food writers rather hoodwink readers into thinking recipes are quicker to prepare than they actually are. However, these dishes REALLY were simple to prep and cook.

Ah now, what to cook for pudding. Some cheap punnets (56p per punnet) of apricots bought in Lidl, together with some blitzed pistachio’s (a cooking remnant from the wedding) got me thinking. I lightly stewed the stoned apricots with a little sugar and water and meanwhile conjured up a crumble topping. I used flour, sugar, butter, nutty muesli and pistachio’s to crown my apricot compote. A further scattering of blitzed pistachios and a sprinkling of caster sugar and this comforting pud’ was ready for the oven. Apricots are one of those rare fruits which generally taste much more lovely cooked than when eaten fresh.

I served the two savoury dishes warm, and accompanied them with some Tomato and rosemary focaccia which I pulled from the freezer. A quick blast in the oven and the bread was ready to be enjoyed with our own handpicked Umbrian olive oil.

Guinea Pig food served, we all ended up praising my idol Yotam (Ottolenghi)- he really is a magician with ingredients and flavours.

As for the crumble, I knew I had to make custard for the boy. Milk was infused with a vanilla pod over a low heat and then left to stand. In a jug I beat two egg yolks with sugar and a little cornflour (the cornflour really does help the custard from curdling). I reheated the milk, removed the vanilla pod, and poured a little of the milk into the jug with the beaten egg. The egg/milk mix was then poured into the pan with the remaining milk. Over a moderate heat I constantly stirred the custard until it was thickened. I then triumphantly took the custard jug to the table… happy days…happy boy! The crumble got a thumbs up and was strangely comforting in the wet, cold and wind of the evening beyond the window pane.

Unflustered cookery, people fed, witty conversations had, tea drunk (Kylie), they went on their way. Waved off there was the usual conversation mimed through the car window “text us when you get home”- it’s only 20 miles or so, but they are SO very precious.

Dishwasher loaded, recipes filed, table wiped, I was left to ponder on who was going to be coming to eat at Rocking Dog’s table next!

The Hungry Climbers!, Rocking Dog

The Hungry Climbers!

The Joys Of Cauli'!, Rocking Dog

The Joys Of Cauli’!

Before A Roasting, Rocking Dog

Before A Roasting

Lovely Leeks, Rocking Dog

Lovely Leeks

Fruit For The Crumble, Rocket Dog

Fruit For The Crumble

Where's The Custard?, Rocking Dog

Where’s The Custard?

Food For Friends -Persian Style

Middle Eastern Tiramisu, Rocking Dog

Middle Eastern Tiramisu

Rocking Dog whizzed up an easy to prepare supper for a house guest yesterday evening. Tried and tested, I cooked Yotam Ottolenghi’s Roasted Chicken with Clementines and Arak, serving it with Jewelled Rice. Dessert was an untried recipe so Kelvin was a guinea pig! I chose to make Middle Eastern Tiramisu because it included Persian ingredients, so complemented the main course. Pomegranates, pomegranate molasses, rose water and sumac all featured.

Ideally the chicken, fennel slices and clementine slices should be marinated for a few hours, or indeed overnight. The marinade is made up of wholegrain mustard, olive oil, orange & lemon juices and fennel seeds. It also includes Arak which is an aniseed flavoured drink served throughout the middle east. Arak I did not have, so I used French Pastis, alternatively you could use Pernod or Sambuca. Once the chicken has enjoyed its alcoholic acid bath, all the ingredients are popped onto a baking tray and roasted. Voila the main course is sorted! I served the chicken dish with basmati and wild rice with dill, tarragon, parsley pomegranate seeds and pistachios folded through.

Unlike Italian Tiramisu’s my Middle East version had absolutely no coffee in its make up. A recipe from the Food section of the Saturday Guardian I wanted an excuse to try it out. I did alter my recipe by using Ricciarelli (Lidl) instead of sponge fingers, and replaced creme fraiche with Turkish yogurt. It was delicious.

Interesting food without the labouriousness!

I’m volunteering in a kitchen with a group of Young Carers this evening. There really isn’t a dull moment in their presence!

Marinading, Rocking Dog

Marinading

The Recipe, Rocking Dog

The Recipe

Ready To Serve, Rocking Dog

Ready To Serve

Jewelled Rice, Rocking Dog

Jewelled Rice

Recipe For Success, Rocking Dog

Recipe For Success

Sweet Ingredients, Rocking Dog

Sweet Ingredients

From Pooh Fabric To Pooh Christmas Stockings

Stitched Pooh, Rocking Dog

Stitched Pooh

From Pooh fabric to Pooh Christmas Stockings, Rocking Dog has worked her magic! Vintage fabrics, ribbons, buttons and trims have been brought together to make festive hosiery with personality. Finally labels scripted by the Dog have given this latest batch of stockings suitable names.

Maybe i’ll put Christmas to bed for a little while and make and bake things altogether a little more summery.

Have a good week and let’s hope the sun starts shining. Love Rocking Dog x

Vintage Pooh, Rocking Dog

Vintage Pooh

Personalised Labels, Rocking Dog

Personalised Labels

Rosettes & Bling, Rocking Dog

Rosettes & Bling

Pretty Feet, Rocking Dog

Pretty Feet

Kitchenalia Stocking, Rocking Dog

Kitchenalia Stocking

Much Too Soon!, Rocking Dog

Much Too Soon!

Rocking Dog Resurrects An Ancient Skirt

The 30 Year Old Skirt!, Rocking Dog

The 30 Year Old Skirt!

In pursuit of finding lining material for Christmas stockings on Material Mountain, Rocking Dog came across a long forgotten skirt. Put on my material stash to up-cycle, memories came flooding back of how much i’d loved the skirt when I bought it in 1986! I remember buying it in a dark and rather dingy basement store in Park Street, Bristol. Ever the bargain queen I bought it from a massively reduced sale rail, together with a dress (which awaits its fate on Material Mountain). I can’t remember how much I paid for them. Ever camera shy no photo’s exist of me in the skirt, but I do have a photo of me in the dress enjoying the Italian Lakes with a bonneted 3 month old Sorrel!

British born Wendy Dagworthy had her own design label until 1988 when the recession hit. She went on to be a tutor at Central St Martins and then a Professor at the Royal College of Art until retiring in 2014. Many of her clothes utilised Liberty print and my skirt incorporates Liberty lawn. The printed fabric is loosely gathered to a broad stretchy cotton welt. If I remember correctly my skirt is actually a dress, the welt forming a “boob tube”. However, in my ownership it has always been a long skirt.

So much has happened to me personally in the thirty years since I bought this skirt. Three children, six house moves (including a move from abroad and a house build), numerous jobs (midwife, school nurse, outreach worker, teacher, catering company owner), 1 lovely husband, 1 grumpy dog, becoming an “orphan”, lots of travels and thankfully generally enjoying good health. Over that time I have gathered valuable life experience. I always say that I wish that at 20 something I could have known what I know now. My mantra includes, it’s not the quantity of friends that matters, it’s definitely the quality. Depression is a bitch! It’s knowing that the length of time grieving for someone is not quantifiable, but life invariably becomes sunny again. It’s being able to put things into perspective and working out what really is important. It’s always being open to learn and experience new things, because time, well it simply…… flies!

Back to the skirt, rather than being reconfigured into something else, it has found a place back in my wardrobe again, and i’m rather pleased!

PS A very rare photo once again… the first to appear on the blog since New Year!

Organised Material Mountain, Rocking Dog

Organised Material Mountain

1980's Label, Rocking Dog

1980’s Label

Rocking Dog Cuts Out Christmas Stockings…Again!

Vintage Loveliness Ready For Sewing, Rocking Dog

Vintage Loveliness Ready For Sewing

Rocking Dog decided to use the stash of fabrics bought at the Vintage Jumble on Saturday. So on my workbench the lovely Pooh fabric has been cut into stocking shapes ready to be sewn. The stockings will have cheery green & white gingham linings and will be embellished with some lovely frou! I have also cut stockings from a bright 60’s print. This little piece of fabric has been stashed on Material Mountain for a long time. A green check tablecloth bought at the jumble will provide the linings. More Marie Antoinette pretty feet boots have been cut, and in due course will be embellished with buckles, French ribbon and bobbles. Perhaps if I leave everything out on my work bench something magical will happen, those little mice in Beatrix Potter’s “The Tailor of Gloucester” will sew and embroider my stockings exquisitely!

Christmas really doesn’t need to be all about green, red and gold. It can be about French toiles, 50’s and 60’s prints, crewelwork and Pooh! I know it’s really early to be sewing such festive wares but shops are like Boy Scouts, they like to be prepared….dib,dib,dib!

No,no,no….. absolutely no Michael!

Vintage Jumble Fabrics, Rocking Dog

Vintage Jumble Fabrics

More Pretty Feet!, Rocking Dog

More Pretty Feet!

Ribbon Stash, Rocking Dog

Ribbon Stash

Embellish, Rocking Dog

Embellish

Festive Stash, Rocking Dog

Festive Stash

Material Mountain, Rocking Dog

Material Mountain

Learning How To Be Kind To Yourself

A Treat-Cakes Made By Someone Else, Rocking Dog

A Treat-Cakes Made By Someone Else

Life has been somewhat fraught in the Rocking Dog Kennel. Dealing with the social, physical and health needs of an elderly relative can be so exasperating. Obviously, this care need is not in isolation. There are so many other things and indeed people, which are in life’s rich and diverse eclectic mix. Therefore this weekend I attempted to batten down the hatches, regroup and gather my strength. It’s often difficult learning how to be kind to yourself. Women in particular can feel very guilty about taking time out. It’s almost unheard of to hear a woman say “Do you fancy 36 holes next week?!”

Saturday I did a very spontaneous drive to Box, Wiltshire to the lovely Vintage Jumble. Stallholders were friendly (especially lovely, lovely Katherine) and organisers Jayne Soule and Michele Mountstephen couldn’t have been kinder. The Malteser Tiffin was truly delicious, and do you know the very best thing about it? It was that I hadn’t made it- a real treat! Although I arrived midway through the sale there were still lovely things to buy. I particularly loved the Winnie the Pooh fabric and a nostalgic 1960’s wooden tuck shop which I have squirreled away. There are also some odd dolls, one which I rather think must be a Holy Communion doll, more bilge for the kids to clear out when i’m old and crusty! I enjoyed the drive back listening to my dreamboat Bill Turnbull on Classic FM. Life was definitely looking up. Not the keenest of drivers I however, would have liked to have kept on driving, just me and Bill!

Domestic stuff occupied the remainder of the day. No TV, no radio, just me and my duster. Yes this really is me being kind to myself! I then embarked on cleaning brass and silver… it really is strangely calming for the soul, and polished picture frames, door knobs and beds are so satisfyingly shiny! In the evening Andyman was off piping, so it was just me and the dog. How soothing to stroke the loyal but everso slightly grumpy Real Live Rocking Dog.

I am ashamed to say it was a real pyjama day on Sunday, with more domestic stuff done in peace. Flowers picked from the garden, a glass of wine, a foamy scented bath and I feel as if I have been kind to myself. The house is cleaner and that ultimately makes me feel happier. The ironing pile remains perilously high, but nights where sleep doesn’t come easily will soon sort that!

So….. I’m ready for whatever the week throws at me. Mother In Law, I don’t have a wooden heart, be kind to me!

What are the things you do to be kind to YOURSELF? Please tell all. Have a lovely week. Love Rocking Dog x

PS. Special thanks to Clive R. You were SO thoughtful, reassuring and logical.

Vintage Pooh Purchase, Rocking Dog

Vintage Pooh Purchase

Kitsch Puzzle Brooches, Rocking Dog

Kitsch Puzzle Brooches

Odd Dolls, Rocking Dog

Odd Dolls

A Walk In The Park, Rocking Dog

A Walk In The Park

Brass Polishing, Calming For The Soul

Brass Polishing, Calming For The Soul

I Don't Have A Wooden Heart!, Rocking Dog

I Don’t Have A Wooden Heart!

Creative Wrapping Ideas By Rocking Dog

Rocking Dog Bag For Scottish Goodies!, Rocking Dog

Rocking Dog Bag For Scottish Goodies!

There are a raft of Birthdays and thank you’s to gift wrap for this June. Rocking Dog is too mean to buy gift wrap and loves to do a bit of creative recycling.

My mother in law has a birthday this weekend and I have made a bag from a vintage tea towel. Being Scottish I thought she’d appreciate the burly piper and nostalgic Scottish recipes. The bag will be filled with a homemade fruitcake, shortbread and other Scottish delicacies, a tin of salmon (yuk!), Irn Bru, porridge (anyone of a nervous disposition please don’t click on that last link!), Scotch pies, haggis i’ll see what I can scavenge! Interestingly the bag was made in a similar way to the reading glasses case, and so there’s not a raw hem to be seen. I doubled up Tartan ribbon for handles (sorry I don’t know which tartan) and neatly attached them to the bag. I was feeling very chilled, sewing whilst listening to a bit of Barry! Maybe it would have been more appropriate to sing along to something a bit more…. well, Scottish!

A thank you prezzie was wrapped in jolly spot with a spotty ribbon to boot. I used a pretty piece of scrapbooking paper. TK Maxx do a great selection of craft products at discounted prices. The parcel was completed with a chalkboard label (again TK Maxx) and I used a white rollerball pen. Looking at my rather scratchy handwriting I rather think I need a new one.

Another thank you present was a hand baked fruit cake, unfortunately the tin was rather Christmassy, no it really isn’t time yet Michael! However, for the wedding we bought tea towels from Ikea to use as napkins, and there was a little unused stash. I therefore placed the tin on a towel and gathered up the corners before securing with some string. The pretty label came from the front cover of a free John Lewis “Cook” magazine. I hope the boys will enjoy eating a generous wedge of cake whilst deciding what to do next in their truly wonderful garden (it definitely counts as one of my top 5 favourite gardens, with its Mr McGregor vegetable patch, orchard, orangery, ice house, vines, espalier fruit trees and of course the cottage garden flowers). Botanically and creatively yummy!

Finally a “mock up” voucher. I wanted to make a gift voucher envelope from a restaurant menu. This one was made from a menu for “The Pig”. I added a stamped label and a polished horse brass depicting a pig, and tied it with some linen ribbon. I thought it worked rather well. Incidentally the horse brasses were an impulse purchase in a charity shop. I bought about 25 for £5 and have hopes they’ll grace presents with a bit of brassy bling. I don’t think they’ll ever see their way onto any of the beams at the kennel thankfully.

So presents wrapped, some have been delivered, and others are yet to be given. Just where can I get Irn Bru, and tell me just what do cold battered Mars Bars taste like?!

Have a great weekend, whatever the days hold for you. Love Rocking Dog x

Scot Cuisine!, Rocking Dog

Scot Cuisine!

Let Them Eat Cake!, Rocking Dog

Let Them Eat Cake!

Simple Spot, Rocking Dog

Simple Spot

Voucher Envelope, Rocking Dog

Voucher Envelope

Template & Menu, Rocking Dog

Template & Menu

Stamps & Horse Brasses, Rocking Dog

Stamps & Horse Brasses

It’s Another Good Year For The Roses!

Grandmother Emily's Tea Set, Rocking Dog

Grandmother Emily’s Tea Set

With a mixture of delicious sunshine and refreshing rain it’s another good year for the roses. A few years ago I was given a little bit of money, I spent it taking out some life sapping and towering conifers which came with the house. How I hated them. In due course the mammoth culling process was completed, and the trees were replaced with rustic posts and wires in preparation for roses. Days were spent deliberating just which roses to choose and finally the order was made. December came, and with it a box of David Austin bare root rambling roses. Certainly they were unimpressive, little more than twigs. With the precious delivery the snow also came. Planting was postponed and the roses assigned to the cold but frost free cellar. Christmas over, and with the snow having melted, the ground remained so frost bitten. The roses could not stay in the cellar indefinitely, so warmly wrapped I headed out to dig seven massive holes! Rooting powder, mushroom compost, roses, together with determination and energy the plants were in! I remember not having high hopes for them. Last year there were beautiful blooms and the beginning of some privacy for the garden. This year the roses are rambling on, and with SO many showy scented blooms. I wish the conifers had gone long ago!

There is fossil evidence that suggests that roses have been around for 35 million years. The production of rosewater, scented oils and perfumes from wild roses can be traced back in Iraq to 2000BC. Meanwhile in Greek Mythology legend has it that Aphrodite the Goddess of Love created the rose from her tears and the blood from her lover Adonis. In Egypt, Cleopatra covered the floors of her palace to the depth of half a metre with fresh rose petals. Meanwhile the sails of her sailing ships were drenched with rosewater. Indeed rosehip wreaths have been discovered in Egyption tombs. In Rome, emperors filled swimming pools and fountains with rosewater. Such was the demand for roses by the wealthy, that Roman peasants were forced to grow roses instead of food. At one lavish feast hosted by Emperor Nero, a guest was smothered to death by rose petals which cascaded down from an open ceiling. Cultivation of roses was well underway by 500BC in China.

I love my Grandmother Emily’s tea service by Spode. It is decorated with pink roses and I loved it as a child, and still do. It tends to sit on open shelving in the kitchen and i’m rather too afraid to use it. I really don’t like tea anyway!

The paper rose was made and given to me by a friend very recently… I feel a bit of Marie coming on!

The Edwardian Rose is attributed to the Edwardian photo album. A “not in my tree” collection. The photo’s show the lives of an upper middle class family at the turn of the 20th century. Many photo’s are of their beautiful house and garden near Tunbridge Wells. There are photo’s of the gardener, very elderly distinguished lady, a wedding, interiors and with the onset of WW1, members of the family in uniform and a munitions unit. Fascinating.

Other rosy “bits” collected from around the kennel include a vintage fabric bucket bag made by The Dog, and cushions bought, not made by me. The tiara is one bought for the youngest and includes pink paper roses and pearls. She wore it for a fairy party which was filmed at the house for a local TV station about 15 years ago. I demonstrated making a cone shaped cake which I covered with homemade baby meringues and sugar frosted rosebuds. Lastly my Meissen “pot”, lots of lovely flowers including roses. and painted insects. It’s suffered during its lifetime but I simply love it.

There’s another rose to be planted, Olivia Rose (thank you Sorrel and Liv’) and thankfully this time no frost to contend with.

Rambling Roses, Rocking Dog

Rambling Roses

Beautiful Bloom, Rocking Dog

Beautiful Bloom

Paper Roses, Rocking Dog

Paper Roses

Rosy Loveliness, Rocking Dog

Rosy Loveliness

Edwardian Rose, Rocking Dog

Edwardian Rose

Roses To Sit On, Rocking Dog

Roses To Sit On

Fairy Rose Tiara, Rocking Dog

Fairy Rose Tiara

Meissen Roses, Rocking Dog

Meissen Roses

Rocking Dog Roses, Rocking Dog

Rocking Dog Roses

A Rocking Dog Super Quick Sewing Project No2

The Project Components, Rocking Dog

The Project Components

So Tuesday brings another Rocking Dog Super Quick Sewing Project. I bought some great new pairs of reading glasses in TK Maxx, and needed some cases in the hope of prolonging their longevity. I have made cases before using fabric swatches, but this time I wanted to make neat lined numbers!

Today’s little project is therefore a LINED GLASSES CASE.

I hope the photo’s and accompanying black boards in this post give you a good idea of how to go about making your own cases. The reason for leaving a hole in the lining long seam is that all the raw seams will magically be concealed. Some of the stitching is pretty fiddly because of the size of the opening (Holding Stitches and Finishing Line Top Stitching). I certainly wouldn’t like to sew lined gloves!

The quantity of material needed will depend on the size of your glasses. Guesstimate by placing your glasses on some fabric and then fold to cover, add in a seam allowance and allow for any decorative cuff. Gingham and stripes are great to work with as they will give you straight lines for cutting. The outer fabric and lining fabric need to be cut to exactly the same size. If you make a snugly fitting case you will not need any fastening.

Sorry for brevity of instructions, I have a 5am start to pick up the Honeymooners from Heathrow, Aaaaaaahh love em! Back to reality lovebirds, all hands on deck in the lead up to Rio.

Same Size Fabrics, Rocking Dog

Same Size Fabrics

Sew & Press, Rocking Dog

Sew & Press

Short Seam Sew, Rocking Dog

Short Seam Sew

Lining Time, Rocking Dog

Lining Time

Lining Short Seam, Rocking Dog

Lining Short Seam

The Fabrics Meet!, Rocking Dog

The Fabrics Meet!

Holding Stitches, Rocking Dog

Holding Stitches

Magic!, Rocking Dog

Magic!

More Magic!, Rocking Dog

More Magic!

The Finish Line, Rocking Dog

The Finish Line

A Showery But Lovely Weekend By The Sea

Anonymous Landscape Artist, Rocking Dog

Anonymous Landscape Artist

Friday, we decided to cut and run! We decided on a showery but lovely weekend by the sea. Why is it always so cossetingly attractive to keep returning to familiar well worn paths? Hence we found ourselves Bridport bound once again, eventually landing up at Highlands End, Eype with our darling Pod.

Real Live Rocking Dog became deliriously happy, well in a grumpy Fox Terrier sort of way when The Pod arrived on the driveway. He jumped in through its door and refused to budge! You almost sensed that he was thinking “Are we there yet?” before we’d even got on the road.

In due course we did arrive in beautiful lush and green Dorset and parked up with a sea view and drizzle. We ate in drizzle, drank a lovely bottle of red in drizzle, and chattered in drizzle…. but we really frankly did not drizzly care!

Saturday dawned bright, and got hotter by the hour. Breakfast for Real Live Rocking Dog when we are camping always means sausages and he couldn’t be happier!

One of the big attractions of being in Bridport is its lovely street market, so after RLR Dog had licked the last sausagey morsel from his lips, it was time for some alfresco retail. I bought a beautiful old sign “Quest Antiquities”, I simply loved the script. Further along we picked up some old wooden handled hoes to decorate the back fence. We passed the lovely Electric Palace theatre, which is so sweet. A few years ago Andyman and I enjoyed seeing The Proclaimers and Billy Bragg there (I’m ashamed to say we are Proclaimer groupies!) Outside the Arts Centre I spied The Flowerfield stall. Beautiful country flowers, lupins, scented sweet peas, poppies and other floral loveliness, all grown on a one acre patch in Ottery St Mary, Devon. I love the whole philosophy of the slow flower movement, sustainable flowers without all the flower miles. A beautiful website Claire, truly florally yummy! Onto West Street I bought mightily healthy cottage garden plants from Charlotte Pitman’s stall. Into the newly dug border they will go this week, and who knows I may be cutting flowers from my disorderly patch later this summer!

After a coffee, Andyman had endured enough retail therapy (or misery!) and decided to take Real Live Rocking Dog on a coastal walk to West Bay and over the cliffs to Eype. I meanwhile rediscovered Butterfly Boho who do a mix of good quality pre-owned clothes and a range of new linen pieces. Lovely. Back to the old, I headed to Old Albion, which is a treasure trove of eclectic pieces- fairground sideshows, old wash tubs, neon signs and other kitschness! I just think I may have found my dog friendly vintage flooring there….. now just where is my tape measure?!

The afternoon was spent with young blood. I popped into see Charlie, a schoolfriend of Sorrel’s who has created a truly vibrant home for her family in Bridport. She is able to create wonderful montages, tableau’s, shelves and walls with not a lot of money but with an imaginative and inventive brain. I loved her blackboard walls, but wondered whether I could get away with scribing “Reminder: flea & worming treatment” attractively in chalk! In with all this creativity and motherly love, Charlie is a trainee midwife, a good one i’m sure. Hugs, chat and tea drunk, it was time to bid adieu and to rejoin the exhausted man and his dog!

A less drizzly meal was eaten before heading onto the beach at Eype. I loved the anonymous pebble artwork. It reminded me of the numerous pebble piles that we spotted when we were at the top of Norway. The cliffs were beautiful with a gentle cloak of mauvey-pink Saxifrage, Red Campion, swathes of grasses and yellow flag Iris’s. Rabbits were enjoying the burgeoning vegetation and were far too quick for Real Live Rocking Dog’s attempts to “play”.

Snuggled up, it rained torrentially seemingly the whole night long. How I love the sound of rain splashing on a caravan roof. It reminds me of our childhood caravan sited at Brean. I remember the sleeping bags, the gas lights with net mantles and the rain noisily plopping whilst we were snugly tucked up.

So the first camping trip of the year now done, it is time to look to pastures new…. Dungeness, Lewes, Arundel, the Mumbles … but there again I can hear Dorset calling us back!

PS. Message for little Devon, hope you are feeling so much better x

Are We There Yet?, Rocking Dog

Are We There Yet?

Sail Away, Rocking Dog

Sail Away

Andyman's Best Friend, Rocking Dog

Andyman’s Best Friend

Bridport Market, Rocking Dog

Bridport Market

Plant Life, Rocking Dog

Plant Life

Butterfly Boho Linens, Rocking Dog

Butterfly Boho Linens

The Flowerfield, Rocking Dog

The Flowerfield

Electric Palace, Rocking Dog

Electric Palace

Old Albion, Rocking Dog

Old Albion

Charlie's Minimalist Life, Rocking Dog

Charlie’s Minimalist Life

Lovely Charlie Shelves, Rocking Dog

Lovely Charlie Shelves

Bristol Bound Boo Hoo!,  Rocking Dog

Bristol Bound Boo Hoo!