No walks for us and miserable hens!

No walks for us and miserable hens!
Maisie the Animal Minder
eireann@eireannlittlefield.com
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@merlinandpebble

My stars! Not been able to go for a walk yet with the thunder and lightning and torrential rain, so heavy it’s like it’s being poured out of a giant bucket. Unable to see more than a few inches in front of my face. Very miserable hens this morning. Even though they have shelter in the garden, with many trees and bushes they really hate the rain and look thoroughly bedraggled and fed up. Just given them a treat of some dried mealworms and sweet corn so they think life is slightly better now. For a few minutes anyway. Keep dry. Love E x

Brighton with Alfie, Sid and Hens

Brighton with Alfie, Sid and Hens
Maisie the Animal Minder
eireann@eireannlittlefield.com
@followmaisie
@merlinandpebble

On our way to the fabulous Alfie and Sid. To walks in the fabulous Sussex countryside and the beach. Wonderful. The hens played a bit of mischief on me last time and decided to roost in the neighbour’s trees rather than in their house! Caused me no end of worry, but they did all come back the next morning safe and sound. So a lovely week here with the lovely boys again. Brilliant Animal Aunts have found me some work in Ireland so will be able to see family and my beautiful granddaughter. I promised her an overnight bushcraft sleepover, with toasted marshmallows. I found a fabulous backpackers tent in a charity shop which she can have for her own. It’s a surprise for her as she doesn’t know yet. Can’t wait to see her face. Wifi rather erratic in wilds of Ireland so I will catch up with you all soon. Lots love E xx

Hampstead Heath

Hamstead Heath
Maisie the Animal Minder
eireann@eireannlittlefield.com
@followmaisie
@merlinandpebble

A bit of a shock to discover it’s almost a year since I was last here with the utterly delightful Jack and Danny (boy) What else! 2 Miniature Schnauzers who think they are much bigger than miniature and with personalities to match. They are 2 of the most entertaining boys. Not too far to get to the Heath which is a great pleasure to walk on. I forget how big it is. Fabulous. Just a short little job and I leave tomorrow and go to look after 2 more of my darlings in London, Bertie Bubbles and Poppy Popsicle. Here are Jack and Danny. Aren’t they gorgeous? Love E xx

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Surrey and Sussex

Surrey and Sussex
Maisie the Animal Minder
eireann@eireannlittlefield.com
@followmaisie
@merlinandpebble
Hello everyone busy times over last couple weeks. A number of short jobs, a day, a couple of days, an overnight, a day so been travelling around Surrey, Sussex and Surrey/London Borders. Have spent some time with my darling Labradoodle Lucy Lu, then a new client in Surrey for a 1 day job as they had to be out all day, that was with Juno, a 3year rescue dog, they think Boxer/Staffie cross. What an absolute sweetie, pretty bouncy like a lot of boxers and she’s young yet and has spent som time in rescue kennels and still discovering her forever home. Then to Sussex to be with some hens and 2 Spaniels Alfie and Sid. What a couple of darlings they are. I was here for a day job last year I think and am back again in a few weeks time. Lucky me. Owner back tonight and I’m off to London near Hampstead Heath to a regular client up there. The hens are moulting like mad so no eggs at moment. Here are some photos, we have Juno look at that tongue! Sid and Alfie. Enjoy. Love E x

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Joe, Tanya and Magic

Joe, Tanya and Magic
Maisie the Animal Minder
eireann@eireannlittlefield.com
@followmaisie
@merlinandpebble

Just wanted to say hi to my lovely clients who looked after us when we were in San Francisco looking after Magic. So sad she is no longer with you, I am sure Bella is keeping you well entertained. I so love you keep in touch and hope to see you again very soon
Love E x

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Hertfordshire with Elsa and Rory

Hertfordshire with Elsa and Rory
Maisie the Animal Minder
eireann@eireannlittlefield.com
@followmaisie
@merlinandpebble
Morning everyone, here I am in Hertfordshire with two utterly divine cats, Elsa a Tortoiseshell and Rory a black and white. They are brother and sister and long haired. Most affectionate and absolutely gorgeous. I have to call Elsa the Dragon(fly) slayer as yesterday she brought me in 4 of them. Thankfully they were all alive and escaped to freedom. I don’t know where Rory snoozes all day but they both know the time for food and arrive back on the dot. Here until Thursday then off on more adventures. Here are the gorgeous ones. Love E x

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Hampton Court to London

Hampton Court to London
Maisie the Animal Minder
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@merlinandpebble
Eireann@eireannlittlefield.com
Hello everyone, it’s been a while. Left my gorgeous Great Dane ‘Tegan’ it was only a day job and she is just fabulous. I did tell her owners that they have to go away for longer next time. One day is just not long enough. I was lucky enough to be given half a dozen eggs from their two ex battery hens. Yummy! I have scoffed them all. On then to the delicious and utterly adorable Lucy Lu the Labradoodle. (A little teeny weeny one) fab walks in Bushy Park, Hampton Court and by the river Thames. Met lots of lovely new friends and taken to the Pheasantry cafe for breakfast. Lucy and Meg a poodle puppy became fast friends and we didn’t have the heart to split them up. So a lovely dog friendly place with bowls of water and outdoor seating and lots of dogs. So finished there on Sunday and straight to London to look after Princess Bella another delight. Must be a year or so since I was last here, thankfully Bella hadn’t forgotten me and I had a fantastic welcome. So Battersea Park fairly near for walks and catching up with my friend Judy and her terrier Caspa for a walk and breakfast. As I always say, it is so tough sometimes being an Animal Aunt. Just wonderful. Lots love E x
Here are Lucy and Bella xx

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And back again! -Lake District to West Sussex

And back again – Lake District to West Sussex
Maisie the Animal Minder
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@metlinandpebble
eireannlittlefield.com

Fabulous bushcraft few days. Glorious weather and wonderful friends. Back in West Sussex looking after gorgeous Great Dane -Tegan- isn’t she magnificent. Another one of those jobs where the owners need to go away for longer!
So here she is
Love E x

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West Sussex to Lake District

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 29-07-2014

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West Sussex to Lake District
Maisie the Animal Minder
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@merlinandpebble

Left my darling little Alex yesterday. He had a terrible night and morning enduring the thunderstorms passing overhead continuously. Fortunately had some Rescue Remedy and that helped him enormously. So I think may have a concert in his owner who had heard of it but never used it. It is good stuff. So a few days leisure for me with some bushcraft friends near Keswick. We are doing some chilling and some crafts. Making baskets from whatever we find, some bark bowls, some wood carving and just enjoying being out in the wonderful countryside
Back for a one day job with Tegan a Great Dane puppy, well still sort of a puppy as she’s three years old, puppy in her head and an absolute sweetheart. I went to meet her and her owners a couple of weeks ago so will have a lovely day. People use Animal Aunts for all sorts of reasons and all different time scales. Her owners are having a day at Goodwood and of course didn’t want her in her own all day so we are very versatile and adaptable to suit any situation. Great variety for us Aunties too. Out of contact now for a few days I will post a photo of Tegan on Saturday for you to see. Much love E x

London to West Sussex

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 25-07-2014

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London to West Sussex
Maisie the Animal Minder
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Well we have finished our time in London with delicious cats Tino and Sienna. Just gorgeous. The heat was really oppressive in the city (the temperature in my bedroom was in the 90′s every night!) so I’m not sorry to be out in the fresh air of the West Sussex countryside. Heaven. I’m with darling Alex a teeny, tiny, little Yorkshire Terrier. An absolute poppet. His owner says even though she always asks for me it’s been 3 years since I was here. I can’t believe that! I know it was after I went with guys for a month on Dartmoor and we had the most awful storms and blizzards. That was in a January so maybe 2 and a half years. How scary is that. So I’m only here until Tuesday then I have a 1 day job with Tegan a Great Dane puppy. Wow. Can’t get much smaller than Alex or bigger than Tegan. Such wonderful variety as always being an Animal Aunt. Much love E x

London

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 09-07-2014

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London
Maisie the Animal Minder
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Here we are in London now looking after two delicious cats. They are indoor cats so it’s going to be rather like a holiday. Looking forward to my pot of tea in bed in the mornings covered in cats. Rather like the fabulous Baker Boys from one of my clients who has 5 Golden Retrievers. Mind you when they all get on the bed there is no room for her to get back in! So I’m here for a couple of weeks and enjoying just chilling out and fussing cats. Merlin and Pebbles think it’s wonderful! Love E x

Middlesex now!

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 04-07-2014

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Middlesex now!
Maisie the Animal Minder
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Have left my little sweethearts Toby and Finley in Buckinghamshire and now with two of my regulars Beanie ‘Baby’ and Alfie ‘Bo’. Just until Sunday night so a short visit this time. Lots of lovely walks by the river here even though I hear weather not going to be great this weekend. Here they are with a photo I took a little while ago. I had many comments about how amusing it was so thought I’d show you again. Lots Love E xx

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SW London to Buckinghamshire

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 25-06-2014

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SW London to Buckinghamshire
Maisie the Animal Minder
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@merlinandpebble
So sad to leave the delightful and delicious Doris and Digby and yet so lovely to see Toby and Finley again. Thrilled also to see Maisie the Animal Minder books on my clients shelves, her grandchildren bought them for her, and honoured to be asked to sign them while I’m here. How lovely is that? So it’s very hot here and we will go out for evening stroll a bit later when it’s cooler. Here they are the little gorgeous ones. Toby asleep with his little dog and yummy scrum my Finley. Lots love E x

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Beehives FOR Bees

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 17-06-2014

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Beehives FOR Bees
Maisietheanimalminder
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One of the wonderful beehives designed for bees. A sun hive. Take a look at biodynamic beekeeping and see the kindest and most respectful way to keep bees and give them and our planet the best future. Love E x
www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org

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Devon, Surrey and Sussex

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 12-06-2014

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Devon, Surrey and Sussex
Maisie the Animal Minder
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Well we have left our darling little Bertie and Poppy in Devon, a few little tears as usual, on to a one day job in Surrey with Fergus (Fergus and the Deer) and Purdey the Flat Coated Retriever and then on to Sussex to look after Lottie a Swedish Valhund. A new breed for me and rather similar looking to a Corgi. She lost a leg in a tractor accident some years ago and gets around incredibly well on three. She has the most beautiful thick coat and gorgeous colouring, it is called Sable. She is an absolute little pickle, loves her walks and cuddles, especially when allowed up to bed when I get up in the morning. Our routine is as follows … Lottie finished her little wee wee, a nice pot of tea made and back to bed to listen to detective serials at 6am on Radio 4 Live Extra and lots of lovely cuddles. It really is a very hard life sometimes being an Animal Aunt. (There’s that tongue in my cheek again) I am here until Friday and then head off to my next job in South London. Lots love E x

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Poppy ‘Popsicle’ and Bertie ‘Bubbles’

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 02-06-2014

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Poppy ‘Popsicle’ and Bertie ‘Bubbles’
Maisie the Animal Minder
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Well here I am out on glorious Dartmoor in Devon with the delicious Bertie Bubbles Bon Bon and Poppy Pops Popsicle. Aren’t they gorgeous. As you can see they are having a tough time. After walk in woods and breakfast a little bit of shut eye in order. Her own bed not good enough this morning for Poppy only mine would do. I love the way she got herself covered up all by herself! I suppose her good fortune I hadn’t made my bed yet. So here they are my little pickles. Owners back Friday. I will be so sad to leave them. Love E xx

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Puggles the Pekepug!

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 25-05-2014

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Puggles the Pekepug!
Maisie the Animal Minder
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Here in Devon after leaving Surrey and Wales, with Puggles a darling little Pekepug. What a little sweetpea off to another job in morning also in Devon where I will be for the next two weeks. Here she is! A rummy
Love E x

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Bushy Park – An absolute gem

Posted by Eireann Littlefield | Posted in Eireann Littlefield | Posted on 22-04-2014

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Bushy Park – An absolute gem
Maisie the Animal Minder
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I can’t believe I’ve come and gone from my week with the Lovely Lucy the Labradoodle. Discovered Bushy Park and what salve for the soul. The deer, the trees, the open space, paths that meander everywhere and then crossing into Hampton Court and the river. Lucy and I would disappear for hours and we met some fabulous people and their dogs. A special hello to Laura and her Great Dane and Irish Wolfhound who we walked around with. What a treasured moment to walk along with these magnificent creatures. Lucy wasn’t too sure at first as they are so big but she soon realised how gentle they are and played happily. So now her owner is home and I get to go back again in August. Hurray! Staying in Surrey now and with Beauty a grand elderly Black Labrador. She really is a beauty love E x
Here’s Lucy resting after a walk, isn’t she the cutest?! X

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West Sussex to Lake District

West Sussex to Lake District
Maisie the Animal Minder
eireannlittlefield.com
@followmaisie
@merlinandpebble

Left my darling little Alex yesterday. He had a terrible night and morning enduring the thunderstorms passing overhead continuously. Fortunately had some Rescue Remedy and that helped him enormously. So I think may have a concert in his owner who had heard of it but never used it. It is good stuff. So a few days leisure for me with some bushcraft friends near Keswick. We are doing some chilling and some crafts. Making baskets from whatever we find, some bark bowls, some wood carving and just enjoying being out in the wonderful countryside
Back for a one day job with Tegan a Great Dane puppy, well still sort of a puppy as she’s three years old, puppy in her head and an absolute sweetheart. I went to meet her and her owners a couple of weeks ago so will have a lovely day. People use Animal Aunts for all sorts of reasons and all different time scales. Her owners are having a day at Goodwood and of course didn’t want her in her own all day so we are very versatile and adaptable to suit any situation. Great variety for us Aunties too. Out of contact now for a few days I will post a photo of Tegan on Saturday for you to see. Much love E x

London to West Sussex

London to West Sussex
Maisie the Animal Minder
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@merlinandpebble
Well we have finished our time in London with delicious cats Tino and Sienna. Just gorgeous. The heat was really oppressive in the city (the temperature in my bedroom was in the 90′s every night!) so I’m not sorry to be out in the fresh air of the West Sussex countryside. Heaven. I’m with darling Alex a teeny, tiny, little Yorkshire Terrier. An absolute poppet. His owner says even though she always asks for me it’s been 3 years since I was here. I can’t believe that! I know it was after I went with guys for a month on Dartmoor and we had the most awful storms and blizzards. That was in a January so maybe 2 and a half years. How scary is that. So I’m only here until Tuesday then I have a 1 day job with Tegan a Great Dane puppy. Wow. Can’t get much smaller than Alex or bigger than Tegan. Such wonderful variety as always being an Animal Aunt. Much love E x

Hertfordshire with Elsa and Rory

Hertfordshire with Elsa and Rory
Maisie the Animal Minder
eireann@eireannlittlefield.com
@followmaisie
@merlinandpebble
Morning everyone, here I am in Hertfordshire with two utterly divine cats, Elsa a Tortoiseshell and Rory a black and white. They are brother and sister and long haired. Most affectionate and absolutely gorgeous. I have to call Elsa the Dragon(fly) slayer as yesterday she brought me in 4 of them. Thankfully they were all alive and escaped to freedom. I don’t know where Rory snoozes all day but they both know the time for food and arrive back on the dot. Here until Thursday then off on more adventures. Here are the gorgeous ones. Love E x

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Brighton with Alfie, Sid and Hens

Brighton with Alfie, Sid and Hens
Maisie the Animal Minder
eireann@eireannlittlefield.com
@followmaisie
@merlinandpebble

On our way to the fabulous Alfie and Sid. To walks in the fabulous Sussex countryside and the beach. Wonderful. The hens played a bit of mischief on me last time and decided to roost in the neighbour’s trees rather than in their house! Caused me no end of worry, but they did all come back the next morning safe and sound. So a lovely week here with the lovely boys again. Brilliant Animal Aunts have found me some work in Ireland so will be able to see family and my beautiful granddaughter. I promised her an overnight bushcraft sleepover, with toasted marshmallows. I found a fabulous backpackers tent in a charity shop which she can have for her own. It’s a surprise for her as she doesn’t know yet. Can’t wait to see her face. Wifi rather erratic in wilds of Ireland so I will catch up with you all soon. Lots love E xx

Bushy Park – An absolute gem

Bushy Park – An absolute gem
Maisie the Animal Minder
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I can’t believe I’ve come and gone from my week with the Lovely Lucy the Labradoodle. Discovered Bushy Park and what salve for the soul. The deer, the trees, the open space, paths that meander everywhere and then crossing into Hampton Court and the river. Lucy and I would disappear for hours and we met some fabulous people and their dogs. A special hello to Laura and her Great Dane and Irish Wolfhound who we walked around with. What a treasured moment to walk along with these magnificent creatures. Lucy wasn’t too sure at first as they are so big but she soon realised how gentle they are and played happily. So now her owner is home and I get to go back again in August. Hurray! Staying in Surrey now and with Beauty a grand elderly Black Labrador. She really is a beauty love E x
Here’s Lucy resting after a walk, isn’t she the cutest?! X

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Glorious Sussex

After days of torrential rain and gales this morning dawns with sunshine and warmth. How privileged I am. Just back from walking Tara, George and White Tip. Apple and Cherry blossoms out, the scent is almost overwhelming. 4 nesting pairs of geese on the creek and another pair with 1 gosling, so tiny up against its parents. Cows with new born calves in the field across the road, the older ones already turning into little hooligans, full of mischief and then in the field behind them sheep and lambs, always a delight to watch the lambs playing their racing games and all in glorious sunshine. Makes my soul sing.
Hope your soul is singing.
Love E x

Labradoodles

I’m leaving Kent tomorrow. Where does the time go? Tally and Nell are an absolute delight. I shall miss them very much. Here they are.
Love E x

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When is a Deer not a Deer??

Morning- bet you can’t guess the answer to that question?
Walking Tally and Nell involves them being totally focussed on chasing rabbits or squirrels. The slightest rustle or sound means they bolt off like rockets into the woods, they always come back empty pawed though. This morning, off they flew at some sound. All I could hear in the distance was them loudly crashing about. I thought to myself, cripes, they’ve found a deer this time, more crashing about and heading towards me. Utter Panic! They are all going to run into me! Tally and Nell finally appeared along with
….. a HUGE Golden Retriever called Bob! He had collar and tag on though no sign of an owner, the dogs obviously knew each other and he decided to join us on our walk. Eventually, on the other side of the woods we met his owner, who is quite used to Bob doing this and knows she will meet up with him again at some point. What characters these animals are, rarely is there a dull moment. So the answer to my question When is a deer not a deer – When it’s a Golden Retriever called Bob!
Love E x

Bertie Bubbles

I’m here now near Horsham for Christmas and New Year, with the lovely Brittany Spaniel puppy Bertie. Lots of lovely walks and adventures. Thankfully he’s fast asleep now after his exciting day. Here he is
Love E x

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Miniature Schnauzers

Hi all spent a lovely day yesterday with Molly and puppy Ruby. Two of the most delicious dogs I’ve ever come across. We had some lovely walks in the gorgeous Surrey countryside. The family were in London for the day where they went to see Kate Middleton’s wedding dress so I had pleasure of Molly and Ruby’s company. Hope I see them again. Love E x

Maisie the Animal Minder – Mini Movie

Hi everyone, very excited today. I am meeting Dannie Lu Carr for lunch today in a theatre in London. Dannie is an actor, director and voice over person extraordinaire. She will be narrating the stories and speaking the voices of the characters from Maisie for a mini movie for YouTube. I can’t wait to hear all the voices she has come up with and to hear Maisie ‘speak’. www.dannielucarr.com – see photo of Dannie at lunch.
Tomorrow I’m off to stay with my darling Muffin for a couple of weeks in glorious Sussex countryside. Speak soon, much love E x

The story behind the new childrens book

Hello – a couple of years ago I was telling some friends about some of the things that had recently happened to me while working, and they all thought they were very funny and unusual. Someone suggested writing a book. The seed was planted and gradually the stories evolved into a series of picture book stories for children. The characters are Maisie a little girl, her Mum and their two cats, who travel with them in their camper van, who look after peoples animals when they go away. All based on my life and work and so Maisie the Animal Minder was born. I found a truly wonderful illustrator and Maisie came to life on paper and is now being published and printed and available to buy very soon. It has been and still.is a most exciting experience. There are many more stories to come. Love E x

On the road again

Hello again, just visited the wonderful Osteopath and kinesiologist that is Carole, she who has put me back together on numerous occasions. Had marvelous breakfast in new find, a lovely little kiosk type cafe called Twin Peaks in Victoria Square, Horley, Surrey, run by two sisters Maria and Linda. Wow huge portions, couldn’t eat it all, toast doorsteps cut from proper loaf of bread. Off to see my darling Welsh Springer Ragamuffin, Mr Muffy Muffaroo to his friends, near Horsham. Had a bit of a mooch in well known superstore where I found couple lovely tops suitable for my bushcraft courses. I always end up buying mens things to get good brown and green colours so nice to have something with a feminine shape and a bit of sparkle. Might frighten the wildlife but should be OK. A quick coffee now while writing this and will report in again tomorrow. Am with Muffin til Monday evening. Love E x