Ready for winter

English Springer Spaniels are a rufty tufty breed but it’s still not nice to get wet and cold in winter.  Now I’m ready for the cold months ahead with a gorgeous new red raincoat. It’s really posh, a Ruffwear Aira waterproof rain jacket like those worn by Max & Paddy Out in the Lake District. They’re stars of Facebook and out in all weathers, just like me.  I’m such a lucky dog to have a mum who looks after me so well.


Platefuls of love – and scones

I’m pooped, can’t keep my eyes open.  I’ve had such a fabulous day at my mum’s coffee morning raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.  I didn’t get much food but I had platefuls of love.  I love visitors, from the loud bark I give them on arrival to the cuddles and adoration they lavish on me.  I think they were impressed with my neckerchief fashioned from one of my mum’s scarves.  Hope she lets me keep it on.

My mum has worked her socks off over the last few days to make lots of cakes and savouries.  I hoped I might get a sausage roll but they disappeared in a flash (she spreads fruity chutney on the pastry before rolling up).  I did manage to wheedle a cheese scone but I couldn’t have one of her fruity scones as dried fruit isn’t good for dogs.  Despite that, she says I have to include her recipe because they were delicious served with cream and home made bramble and apple jam.  Foraged fruit too – blackberries from a dog walk and apples from our next door neighbour.

Spiced fruit scones

Preheat oven to 220c.

Ingredients: 500gr SR flour, 2 teasp cream of tartar, 1 tablesp sugar, 3 teasp mixed spice, 125gr softened butter, 125gr mixed dried fruit (with peel), 1 egg, 250ml milk plus small amount to brush over tops.  1 tablesp sugar to make a syrup glaze.

Method: mix flour, cream of tartar and mixed spice, blend in butter; add fruit then egg and milk to mix to a soft dough.  Turn out onto a floured board and roll out until 1 inch thick. Brush top with milk then cut out your scones in your preferred shape.  Pat offcuts together and roll out again until all dough is finished.  This amount will yield up to 25 scones, depending on size of cutter.  

Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.  

While hot, brush with a sugar syrup made from 1 tablesp of sugar and 1 teasp water (heat in microwave until sugar is dissolved.)  Split and serve with jam &, cream or butter, preferably while still warm.  These freeze very well.




Bad hair day


Lost* the ball in the park, didn’t I, so a big search was instituted which involved me rustling in the undergrowth, diving into bushes and leaping around a wildflower meadow which is going to seed.   Ended up with hundreds of sticky burrs and seeds in my coat.  Yuk.

Didn’t manage to find the ball, or the Chuck It one I lost in the same place last week.

I had a good brush when we got home but there a still loads to come out.  At least my ears are clear.

  • As we were leaving, having searched everywhere, another walker shouted she’d found it.  In a patch of long grass.  How did I miss that when my breed is renowned for its prowess in this field?  Field, field – who said field?

Adoration central

I am such a lucky dog: out for breakfast yesterday and extended coffee with a host of my mum’s friends today.  I was the star of the show, adored by everyone – even people who weren’t with our crowd.  I gave paws, let people fluff my ears and offered my tum for tickles.


My mum’s under the weather with a post-holiday cold (that’ll teach her to go away!) so we got the Metro there and back.  Seemed silly not to when we live near a station and the café (another of our dog friendly places) was on the next station –   

I was such a good dog on the train, well behaved and respectful to other passengers.



Fuss but no food

Out for breakfast with my mum today but no food for me.  She said 1) I’d already had mine, 2) avocado is a fruit and dogs don’t eat fruit, plus 3) I do not get fed in cafés.  But I had lots of fuss and admiration from customers and staff which made up for being starved.

Who could resist my appealing look?  Yes, my mum can…

Today it was the turn of Kith and Kin, one of the lovely dog friendly cafés in  our town.