Who ate all the pies

If your body is a temple that is only fuelled on lentils and beans then look away now because this isn’t for you.

On the Isle of Arran she promised me a pie to match the Scotch pie we bought locally.

Today the extreme knitter delivered to goods, now also known as the extreme pie maker.

A pie made of puff pastry and full of slow cooked pulled Beef brisket that had been marinated in whole grain mustard with gravy.

I know the Scotch ones were round, but trust me the shape doesn’t affect the taste.


I will point out that the pie is on a small side plate and just an individual portion. Sadly it’s not a giant pie on a dinner plate.

I love a Pie.


One for my tea and a load in the freezer it doesn’t get any better than this.

Tomorrow we are off for a couple of nights on a fairly local camping trip to try out a new awning.

Hopefully I’ll be able to connect with the Mifi. Wow!!! internet on the road.


The one with the waggly tail

Dogs for Good is a charity run to train assistance dogs to help adults and children lead more independent lives, at home and in the community.

They were running a fun day event at the Stoneleigh agricultural centre in Warwickshire.


Off we set. Obviously dogs were welcome, so Ruby tagged along.

Out of the blue the extreme knitter decided she was going to enter Ruby into the “dog with the waggiest tail competition”. After all these years together I’m only just getting used to these spontaneous moments of madness.

The competition was fierce with 15 competitors all vying for the prestigious title.

I expected a high tech wag meter to be used to measure wags per second, but it was down to the keen eye of the judge.

The pressure was intense, complete with the pregnant pauses that they use when announcing the winner on the X Factor.

Yeah!!! Ruby came second

She won her first ever rosette, dog treats and a Kong toy.


Admittedly I felt she was robbed of the title as she definitely had the waggiest tail. Not that I’m biased mind you.

Ruby has decided to build on her success and enter other waggiest tail shows.

All in good fun, the event was an enjoyable day run by volunteers for a good cause.


Dogs, Day trips and Eating

Just a few exciting highlights of our life over the last few weeks.

A big day for Ruby. She visited the vet to be neutered/spayed. We have waited 4 years because she always seemed too tiny for the procedure, but we know it had to be done for her own good or so we are advised. It’s not a decision we have taken lightly.

This was the second attempt to get the procedure done as the first time we took her she was sent home because she had an upset tummy.

Thankfully everything went as planned and we picked her up in the afternoon. She was obviously feeling shook up and sorry for herself.

There was no way she was going to wear the plastic neck cone that the vet supplied. We had bought a small inflatable neck collar, but that didn’t suit, so she had to wear a babies all in one vest for a few days until her stitches healed.

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The Extreme knitter hadn’t been feeling very well over the last few days, so a trip out in the campervan was called for to blow the cobwebs away. No work today, so we headed to Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds which is only about 15 mile from home. Broadway Tower is sited on the top of Fish Hill and Puffin chugged her way up to the top without any problems. We didn’t fancy paying the £10 to look around the Tower instead we admired the view across the shires and had a cup of tea in the café. You can reclaim the £2 parking fee in the café if you have a drink there.

We left the tower and drove back down Fish hill to Evesham. It can be a pain in the A**se trying to find somewhere to park a high top camper in Evesham with closed car parks and height barriers. Luckily we found a spot and had a wander around the town. Oh dear, Evesham is becoming a dead town with more and more shops standing empty.

We were getting peckish so we popped into the “Word of Mouth café”. Slightly quirky, with really happy, friendly staff. The food was exceptional and I highly recommend a visit just for the experience and banter.



A few days later another window of opportunity opened for a day trip, so into the camper and we travelled south on the M5 towards Weston Super Mare (we do hit the high spots). On the way down we stopped at the motorway services to let Ruby have a wee and then Puffin wouldn’t start (dead battery). Out came the jump leads and I jumped the power from the leisure battery to fire her up. This wasn’t going to stop our trip out, so onward we went.

Weston is one of those places we visit at least once a year and we always have done for no apparent reason.

The sea was in (this is a very unusual occurrence) and it meant no parking on the beach, which perhaps was a good thing as being stuck on the beach with a camper that wouldn’t start with the tide advancing might have been foolhardy.

We parked on the promenade and wandered up and down the beach as only the British do. Ruby had a good run on the beach playing with any dog she could annoy. Obviously she is fully recovered from her medical ordeal and is back to her normal self.

At the top end of Weston sea front away from the busy part by the pier we found a seaside café called “Cove West” that actually welcomed dogs. In we go, Ruby sat quietly under the table and we devoured fish and chips. Not just any old fish and chips, but a really nicely cooked meal.

On the way back we called into “Battery Megastore” in Tewkesbury and purchased a more powerful starter battery.


Having a campervan from the nineties means that some of the interior fittings can be a little dated. We are gradually changing some things in an attempt to give the old girl a makeover on a budget.

Sticky back plastic better known as Fablon gave a boring cream vinyl side panel a hint of texture and colour all for the outlay of half an hours work and a £2.50 investment. I ought to get a Blue Peter badge for this.


Puffin wooden wall (2)

£2.50 later

puffin wooden wall

We might even get away for a few days next week to try out a new drive away awning.

What exciting lives we lead.


Winner, Winner, Chicken dinner

I’ve won, I can’t believe it. I know everybody says the same thing “I never win anything”, but I don’t.

Our prize is a Cadac Grillo Chef BBQ.  I won it by entering a competition run by MMM Motor home Magazine.

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We are just waiting for it to arrive from Cadac, and then I’ll do a review using my amazing cooking skills.


Well, if I can cook something on it without it burning to a cinder it will be amazing.

Ruby has had a miserable week. Last Thursday she visited the vet to be neutered/spayed. We have waited 4 years because she always seemed too small (2.7kg) for the procedure, but we know it had to be done for her own good or so we are advised. It was not a decision we had taken lightly.

This was the second attempt for her surgery. She arrived at the vets the week before to have it done and she was rejected as she had an upset tummy.

We dropped her off at the “Your Vets” surgery at Wythall at 8.30am and we picked her up in the afternoon.

Your Vets

We have been going to Your Vets for many years and can’t fault their skills and service.

Thankfully everything went as planned. She was obviously shook up and feeling sorry for herself.

She had to take things easy and not lick her wound. Trying to stop a dog from licking is impossible. She hated the plastic cone supplied by the vet, so we bought an inflatable neck collar, which she also hated.

The solution was a baby vest that she wore for a few days until she healed.

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It’s always amazing how animals recover so quickly when humans would be playing on the sympathy vote and milking it for what it’s worth.

Not that I would do that obviously.