My mum, who has been away on holiday to Spain for a week, is calling me a fraud because I am charging around like a mad dog when three days ago I thought I was mortally injured.
It’s all her fault, anyway, for going on holiday and leaving me at boot camp where I took a tumble down the stairs and was in agony. There was no one in the house at the time and when the Irish aunt got home she was very upset at the collapsed state of me, shaking and whimpering (me, not her!). She had to carry me upstairs then down again to go the the vet and carry me into the surgery as I was in so much pain. I was so stressed and rigid the vet couldn’t find out exactly what was wrong so gave me painkillers, anti inflammatories and antibiotics.
I was a bit brighter the next morning and allowed the sprog to hand feed me; then it was off to the vet again cos she wanted to check me over. When she got to my right hip I yelped so she said that’s what had been hurt – a sprain or a bruise. I had a second round of medicine to last 24 hours so by the time mum my came home yesterday I was feeling MUCH better.
This morning I showed her just how good I was feeling (and hoped I’d get to the beach) by chasing my tail and barking at her.
She got the message though she said I had to be carfeul and wouldn’t throw the ball for me as usual.
So how does that make me a fraud? I’m just a quick recoverer, that’s all. And she hasn’t brought me any Spanish treats.
If there’s one thing I love it’s my nap after the beach. I run miles and miles so I’m pretty tired when I get back. After the post-beach biscuits (this can be the first food I get when my mum forgets my breakfast in a hurry to take me out) and coffee time, which sometimes brings an extra treat, I like to snuggle down in my sheepskin-lined bed and have a well earned snooze.
Today my mum made drop scones then slathered them with butter and strawberry jam which she made yesterday. I got only a tiny bite which will hardly see me through till dinnertime. I start telling her I’m hungry about 4pm but she says that’s too early and makes me wait until after five, often nearer six. It’s so cruel, especially when I really appreciate her cooking (not that she cooks for my dinner – I get kibble and some tinned stuff).
But I can always dream – pizza, jam, snore, ham, snore, cheese……
If there’s one thing I love it’s foraging. For me that’s sniffing out all the lovely aromas in the roots of trees, making my own marks and helping my mum pick blackberries. We can’t do it often because they are only ripe in the early autumn. But there are lots of bushes along the waggonway which is one of my favourite walks cos it’s got lots of trees and interesting smells.
Mum says poo bags come in very handy in blackberry season as they’re dual purpose – not that she collects poo and brambles in the same bag! – so if you have a bundle in your pocket you can use one or two for collecting fruit. She’s bagged pounds of berries this way.
While she’s picking I have a good explore and will occasionally drop my ball at her feet, just so she remembers I’m there, ah hem, supervising as it were.
When we get home she washes them to get the dust and spiders out then makes delicious things. I’m not keen on jam but I will force down a bit of pie, crumble or cake if there’s any on the go.
My mum’s blackberry custard tart – multo delicioso!!
120gr plain flour or gluten free flour
1 tablespoonful demerara sugar
100gr butter, in small chunks
approx 6 tablespoonsful of cold water
Whiz dry ingredients and butter in food processor then add enough water to make a soft, pliable dough. Press, thickly, into a 20cm flan dish.
300gr fresh blackberries (enough to fill pastry in a double layer)
3 eggs beaten with
1 tablespoonful of caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100ml of single cream
Fill your pastry case with the blackberries before pouring over custard. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 160c until set. Serve warm with creme fraiche.
* The polenta pastry stops juicy fruit from making the bottom soggy.
This tart keeps well in the fridge – if there’s any left!
If there’s anything I love more than being at a cafe, it’s going on a picnic. I get crisps when we go to the pub and snippets of bacon at the cafe but there can be all sorts of treats on a picnic – crisps, pate, sausages, pasties, dips, cheese, lots of stuff I really like. Mum laid on a gorgeous spread
Last time we went to Seaton Sluice, just up the coast from where we live. We had a drink outside at the pub (well, mum and friend did) then tucked into the goodies. I romped around in the sun but made sure I didn’t go too far in case I missed any titbits. Mmm, it was delicious.