Verb: pootle
poo-t(u)l To move in a leisurely unhurried way,
with no real purpose


Monday, 4 August 2014

Puppy Love and Birthdays ♥

 
One thing that I have discovered this week is that very young puppies and crochet don't mix, and that
trying to get a ball of wool unhooked from sharp little puppy teeth can be quite a challenge.
 Safe to say little progress has been made on Immi's Uni blanket in the past few days.
 

But we have had so much fun getting our little chap settled in to his first week with us.
He is such a good boy, and seems to have a very laid back and loving nature ...

 
he even fell asleep on the scales at the Vets.
 
 
There's been an awful lot of time spent in the garden for regular wee trips


as well as quite a bit of bed swapping ...
little basket and crate being for Otto, big bed being for Lilou !
 
 
And Lilou has had the patience of a saint
and seems to be beginning to enjoy her new companion.
 
And then ....
on Sunday afternoon I popped round the corner for a cup of tea with
 a friend ( all part of the plan I discovered afterwards )
and came home to this ...


... a proper grown up afternoon tea party in our garden,
all arranged and baked by my gorgeous girls
as an early celebration for my birthday tomorrow.


Such a lovely, lovely surprise.
I had no idea at all that things were secretly being planned.
We had scones with fresh strawberries and cream,  tiny dainty sandwiches,
chocolate dipped shortbread


 and the most delicious lemon cake you have ever tasted.
I felt very spoilt indeed.


Bubbles were drunk,
tummies were filled
and all was good with the world.
  

32 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to you Kate!! You are an August baby like me! xx

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    1. Leos are the best Amy !! Look forward to wishing you HB when yours comes around. xxxx

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  2. Happy, Happy Birthday to you Kate! What a lovely surprise for you from your gorgeous daughters!
    Hope you had a lovely time, and are enjoying your new pup - he is adorable! I love the photo where they've swapped beds!
    Happy times!
    Gill xx

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    1. Thank you Gill, I probably should have grown out of Birthdays by now but it was the best surprise ever ! K x

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  3. Wishing you a very happy birthday Kate, have a great day.
    Jane xx

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  4. Wow, lovely, lovely girls, what a wonderful surprise. And it all looks utterly delicious. That puppy is too cute, especially on the scales. CJ xx

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    1. It was so delicious CJ - a real treat. K x

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  5. Happy happy Birthday Kate! Your girls really are amazing to have planned all that :) you have trained them well. I adore your doggies. My family are all desperate for a dog, but I'm not quitevready for the commitment. I could be talked into though!
    Jillx

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    1. I can't deny its been a full since Otto arrived Jill , but so worth it and we are enjoying it so much. K x

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  6. Happiest of birthdays! What a nice surprise for you! Children are very good at keeping secrets, I have found out. Glad your new pup is settling in. My daughter and I think they are so cute.
    Hugs,,,

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    1. Thank you Deb, yes - they really kept the secret so well ! K x

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  7. Happy happy Birthday Kate...my birthday is tomorrow also, only I am 73.......I am sure you are sweet mature but certainly younger.

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    1. Aahh - Happy Birthday to you too ! I reckon the 5th August is the best day for a birthday ! Have a lovely day, K x

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  8. Happy birthday Kate !! What a lovely surprise, that tea party... How pretty the table was set, and that lemon cake looks soooo yummy !
    Otto is growing so fast (puppies always grow too fast ;-)), and I think he must be the first dog to fall asleep at the vet !

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    1. Thank you Ingrid. I actually think Otto has already pretty much doubled in size ! He's such a chilled little pup, K x

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  9. Happy Birthday Kate and thank you for visiting Ginger Grandma. We have quite a lot in common including living in the South West. I look forward to our continuing blogging friendship. Robbie x

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    1. Hi Robbie, thank you for dropping by, see you again soon, K x

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  10. Happy birthday! the tea party looks absolutely delicious. You are one lucky lady. Enjoy your day.

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    1. Hi Teresa, Thank you, and you have been so busy too making such gorgeous things for your daughters birthday. K x

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  11. HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATE hope you have a lovely day.

    Mitzi x

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  12. Happy birthday for yesterday Kate. Aw I bet you were quite emotional at the effort gone into the lovely tea party-just fabulous, such style also that your girls have inherited.
    Puppy pictures so funny, they make me smile so.
    Enjoy your week

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    1. I know, it was soooo lovely, a real treat and I felt truly spoilt, K x

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  13. What a beautiful thoughtful surprise.

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    1. It was a very special afternoon. K x

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  14. Happy birthday, Kate! The tea party is perfect. What thoughtful (and stylish) girls you have raised. :)

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    1. Thank you Jennifer :-) I was a very happy mummy when I saw what they had organised so beautifully ! K x

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  15. Oh thats just the most lovely surprise! How very loved and cherished you must be by all those around you! Hope you have a fantastic birthday!!! And thank you for more gorgeous puppy pics! x

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  16. Hi Kate, thank you for visiting my blog, I visiting yours the other day, but didn't get time to comment. That looked like a lovely birthday tea, happy birthday. Your puppy looks gorgeous! Looking through your posts your crochet is lovely, I like the cushion covers you made. Nice colors. :)

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  17. Oh hello lovely and a very Happy Birthday to you sweetie. I do hope that you enjoyed your actual birthday as much as your special birthday tea party. How very lovely to have such caring and loving friends, it makes life just that little sweeter!! Your new member of the family looks very much at home and oh you are making me want another puppy, he is so so gorgeous. I can very much image that crochet and wool might be creating all sorts of fun and games, but all worth a good giggle. Sending you much love and very happy birthday wishes!! xoxo

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  18. Happy Birthday, Kate, and wishing you a wonderful year ahead! Your girls did such a wonderful surprise tea party....how lovely it looks and sounds...so delicious! I loved seeing your cute puppy pictures, especially how the dogs swapped beds :)
    Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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