Little puppy Willow isn’t so little anymore, she’s now 6 months old! We are lucky to have the recreation ground just across the road and the strip of land everyone round here calls ‘the back field’ right by the house and they’re great for short walks. When we take Willow for longer walks we tend to go to Cherry Hinton Hall or the Gog Magog Downs which are both only about 10mins from the house and we can let Willow off of here lead there so she can have a good run around. She’s such a pretty little dog and has lovely colouring, I haven’t regretted getting her at all, dogs can be such a big responsibility to take on but Willow has just made us all happier and isn’t really any trouble at all. She hasn’t really chewed anything really badly while she’s been teething but she has just learnt to help herself to things out of the bathroom bin and how to stand up on her back legs and turn the toilet roll round and round so a line comes down which she can then run off with – just like the Andrex puppy! I can’t wait to take her up to Hunstanton to the sea and beach and she what she makes of all that J
Well on the family front things are mad as always, my 16 yr old son came home with his eyebrow pierced the other night - I wouldn't have minded if he had had it done at a proper piercing studio in a year or two but he had decided that it was fine to let his 15 yr old mate do it instead...joy! Luckily it doesn't look like it has got infected. He is doing really really well at college and he's a happy kid so I am very proud :) Daughter no.1 is looking for work and might be doing something with the Princes Trust which will be cool, youngest daughter is off for the weekend with her dad and will be home on Sunday eve - I've been reading her Harry Potter, she's just the right age now to grow up with the books. We finished the first one and then watched the film for that one, we're now on to Chamber of Secrets. I make no apologies of being a mega Harry Potter fan - I once drove all the way to Edinburgh just to see J K Rowling and be at the launch of one of the books and I can't begin to tell you the amount of Harry Potter stuff I have boxed away!
Granny is still doing ok, she is at home and everyone keeps going round in shifts so she isn't left alone. I really miss granny because I have had a stupid cough and cold all week so I daren't go near granny in case she catches it, so I'm just waiting for it to go then I'll be able to spend some time with her.
Puppy has learnt the new trick of getting the end of the toilet roll and pulling it around the house! She is so cheeky and sweet, I am so glad we got her I have really missed having a dog around. We always had dogs when I was little and we used to go to dog shows and have little puppies and it was so lovely.
Even with my silly cold I have had a busy week, I had a great meeting with BBC history and am getting involved with some brilliant, exciting projects with them - news about that soon ;)
I am off to do my Poison and Powder talk to Cambridge Family History Society this afternoon - I hope my tickly cough isn't going to be too bad!
I've had a very busy couple of weeks and haven't had the chance to get on here to do my blog ! Summer holidays have started and Charlotte went along to the Holiday Club run by the Churches in Cherry Hinton last week, in the mornings. She had a great time and we got to go to a lovely fun fair, parents show on evening :) Poor granny is still very ill and the family are having to do shifts looking after her, it has been really really hard, especially seeing her when she isn't thinking clearly, it can be very distressing, I hope she gets more better days and things sort out a more :(
Well, one week of summer holidays done only 5 more to go! Will have to go for more picnics and walks, which will be easier now that little puppy has had her injections and can go out as of Friday and I've almost finished writing up War Ditches research :)
So, what else has been happening....
On Saturday 24th July we had the Cherry Hinton Community Groups Fair which was hosted by The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall and showcased all different kinds of groups and clubs in the local area. It was a great chance to meet each other and find out what things are going on in and around Cherry Hinton.
We had a packed afternoon of displays and demos by some of the groups and then The Friends of Cherry Hinton Hall had its new logo unveiled by the Mayor. We had got local school children to enter a competition to design the logo and had choosen a winner at our last meeting. There was a lovely bit in the paper about it last week and the Mayor spent some time with me finding out all about CCAN and looking at the Cherry Hinton CCAN :)
I've been editing my final draft of the historical background for War Ditches and am very pleased with it, I will be even more pleased when I have actually handed it in and I can take a break from it to concentrate on some other exciting work and spending time with my lovely family and friends for the summer break :)
We now have a new addition to the family! We got a dear little cocker spaniel puppy last week, she is brown and tan and we've called her Willow :) so as I sit here doing some work I have a dear little, soft, furry puppy nuzzled against my arm :D
This week has been busy as always but I am pleased to finally get some closure on a nasty bit of business caused by someone who has harassed, tried to bully and tried to publicly humiliate me since last October. Everything has been dealt with so professionally by my brilliant colleagues who have also had to put up with trouble from this person and I would just like to thank all my friends and family who have supported me and helped me through it all. I am so glad it seems to be at an end now. The Police and the Hate Crime Group and my solicitor have been fantastic and I am confident in how to deal with anything like this again (which I hope I never have to!). I would encourage anyone who ever feels threatened, bullied or harassed in any way to always speak out. Bullies want to frighten and intimidate you, you must not stay silent and hope it goes away. Tell someone! Your true friends and family will support you and there is a fantastic network of professional organisations out there to help you too.
I went out on Friday night for a little 'new start' celebration with my lovely crowd of sisters and friends. We had a lovely evening finishing off with everyone coming back here to see and cuddle puppy at about 12.30am. On Saturday it was Charlotte's 8th birthday, so we had another nice day. Sunday we spent decorating Charlotte's bedroom which now looks really nice. The next room to tackle is my office; I actually have a whole room inside the house (rather than the outhouse/store) to have just for my office! I can't wait, it will make such a difference to have all my work stuff in one room, where I can also go to work rather than sitting in the front room on the computer where I am really having to fight the temptation to watch Neighbours and Murder She Wrote in the afternoon ;)
Exciting event to go to on Wednesday in London, more on that soon!
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