Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that makes you smile. We're not quantified; there's no chart of desire. When the roaring flames of your heart have burned down to embers, may you find that you have married your best friend. [Steven Tyler]

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Diesel's Diary Update

Thursday 21st September 2006:

This time last year Diesel became a father for the first time. His partner was Saskia, the beautiful German Shepherd bitch on the right of this picture. One of their daughters Bella, stands to the left of Saskia. Pictured below are Bella and her sister Sienna.

Saskia is owned by my friend Karen and her daughter Danniella who have kept these two pups (now 15 months old) from the first litter. The most remarkable attribute that all three girls and Diesel possess in abundance, is their superb temperament. With this in mind, Diesel and Saskia have been mated again on the 21/09/06. All being well, we should see a new litter being born towards the end of November. Saskia was a wonderful mother who took easily to the role. Diesel was introduced to the puppies after a few weeks and he too was gentle and loving to the pups. He has never forgotten Saskia and the mere mention of her name sends him running to the door or the gate to see if she is visiting again.

They all still get on really well together. Bella is most like Diesel - she is similar in build, tall and slim with many of his quirky mannerisms. She is also very vocal. Sienna is quieter but really stands up for herself. Both are very active and are always into something - usually something that they shouldn't be. The pups have already attended their basic obedience training course with Andy Bloomfield at Aeolian House, following in the footsteps of their parents.

I'll keep you updated with news and pics of the (hopefully) new litter and proud parents.

Can you believe that somewhere in this basket of pups are the two girls above?

Saskia and Diesels' July 2005 litter.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Back On The Road Again

Early in September, Darren, Emma and I hit the road to Wrexham for the 'Artstamp Wales' show. It was the first time we'd attended this show and didn't know what to expect.

The journey was uneventful and set-up went well. You can see how nice the stand looked with Darren, Emma and some of the other exhibitors in the photo.

Our hotel was lovely, in a wooded setting and we were made to feel very welcome.

Saturday 09th: no where near as busy as most of the other shows that we attend. Lots of people stopped by to watch the demonstrations and were very enthustiastic about our products. I was demonstrating Elusive Images new Christmas Stamps in conjunction with alcohol ink backgrounds - Wow! I love the Poinsettia Script. I think I've decided on the design for my own Christmas Cards this year!!

Sunday 10th: does anyone know we're here? It was so quiet today. The weather was absolutely beautiful which probably didn't help. If people were out and about they certainly weren't at the Stamp Show in any great numbers. The picture below right was taken early afternoon when usually you have to fight your way to the stands - I wish!!

The journey home was slow going..... lots of traffic, lots of hold-ups and even a vehicle on fire which really held us up. But at least the weather was still good.

We'll notch Wrexham up to experience and look forward to the next one at Harrogate at the end of the month. I'll be back with another update soon.