Saturday, 26 January 2013


No, I have not been on the grog! As I have been staying at work, there has been absolutely no excuse for not going to the gym. Normally I can get away with - need to get home for Pete, Alfie, going out, have to watch paint dry or anything else that pops into mind! However Jacqui, a lovely Sergeant Major at work, said that she was starting a introduction to spinning class for ladies and would I like to join them? She promised to be gentle! How stupid was I to believe that! I have discovered that spinning is actually a form of torture, obviously designed by someone with a very sadistic nature. Jacqui certainly showed her true colours, no wonder she is a Sergeant Major! And what can I say about that saddle, except that today I feel like I have enjoyed a full night's session (take that which way you like!!!). So will I be going back? Absolutely, but this time with a gel cover for that saddle!

Monday, 21 January 2013

Minted Chickpeas in Corn Wraps

These are so ridiculously quick and easy, that they are now my standard 'whip up something quick for unexpected lunch guests' dish.

Gently fry until soft a good bunch of dark greens (spinach, cabbage or kale). Add a couple of chopped tomatoes, two crushed garlic cloves, a tin of chick peas and two teaspoons of mint sauce. Cook (stirring often) until the tomatoes have softened (just a few minutes will do). Serve in corn (or even flour) wraps. Yum, yum.

Sorry no picture, use your imaginations! Xxx

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Inside The Wire

So it's been snowing again and freezing cold all week and those of you that know me realise that I am staying at work again. Here is my room. A little bare, but warm and comfortable with everything you need. I also am well looked after with an armed guard prowling the perimeter at night!
The other picture was taken as I walked up from the camp to the mess. The snapshot doesn't really do it justice, but the naked tree all lit up looks really quite spooky. Keep warm folks xxx

Sunday, 6 January 2013

For Sindy <3

Hiya My Dutch doggie Pal,

I have just come back from a really muddy walk along the sea wall. It was soooo gloriously muddy I could have wallowed for hours. But my Mum, who hasn't got a clue about how good this mud is for my fur and overall skin care regime, decided I should be hosed down before getting anywhere near the boat. Oh the indignity of being made to stand there in full view of that Labrador bitch from the big house on the corner. I bet she had a nice warm bath to go home to and a log fire to curl up in front of (how the other half live). I wouldn't look at the camera because I didn't really want you to see me looking like this, all bedraggled and damp. But then I remembered your mum's message yesterday and I agreed that my mum could send you this just to show that us boat pups have to put up with some tough times to be able to enjoy the wonderful happy, loving lives that we have in common. Keep your chin up babe, it will soon be spring and we can be frolicking with the best of them. Lots of licks and sniffy bottoms Alfie xxxx

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Happy New Year xxx

I would like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year. 2012 was a good year for us. We had Stuart and Kerry's wedding, Dad gave us a few worries but pulled through, we had the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympics, and made good progress on the barge. 2013 is already shaping up. We have another wedding to look forward to! In July, Philip and the adorable Lucie are getting married at Newlands Hall. Another excuse for a new dress and hat! I will leave you with a couple of images of the wedding venue. Looking forward to keeping in contact with you all xxx