Published by : Jayne

Don’t Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training by Karen Pryor

This is my first ever “dog book” and I enjoyed reading it. For me it opened my eyes to training with positive reinforcement and Prior made a great case against punishment for any creatures as a training method. To me it seems tempting and obvious to scold a dog or child for doing something you

Cats welcome at our holiday cottage

One of my favourite animal companions that has visited our holiday cottage is the cat, “Benson”. He had an accident and his lovely owners nursed him back to health without the use of a harness. Harnesses can be a safe way of letting your feline friend roam outside if, for example, there is a danger of traffic or other predators in the vicinity. How do you get your cat to wear a harness?

It’s curtains for us

I love updating the décor of the Bowery. It makes me happy and I know our customers appreciate it. This week we have new curtain poles and curtains to put up. I will be able to put the poles up tomorrow and pin the new curtains to length but I’ll have to take them back

Settee covers and a smile

Our settee and lounge chairs were looking decidedly shabby. W didn’t want to throw them out as the carcasses are in perfect order. Buying a quality new suite is also expensive. Welcome to the world of settee covers. We realised quite quickly that there isn’t much competition in this market so we phoned Plumbs, booked

Our fabulous swallows in summer

“Swallows are small birds with dark glossy blue backs, red throats, pale under parts and long distinctive tail streamers. They are extremely agile in flight and spend most of their time on the wing. They are widespread breeding birds in the Northern Hemisphere, migrating south in winter. Recent declines due to loss of habitat quality

Swimming pool photos have arrived

At last we have pictures of the pool and the sunloungers. The rooftop terrace is beginning to look more friendly with the addition of some furniture and plants are to follow.

Stonehaugh Pie Fest

Last Friday saw the 2nd Annual Pie Fest competition in Stonehaugh. 18 people entered with various pies including meat, fish and vegetarian. Incredibly 1st and 2nd prizes were won with vegetarian recipes which is a great triumph for us veggies showing that veggie food can be really tasty for everyone. I scooped 1st prize with

Birthday card & coasters

This is the birthday card theme I did for my sister’s 40th birthday. That’s her on the front. I also used this image to create a load of cardboard coasters for her party. I just printed them out on standard play card and cut each one out individually – they were absorbent enough.   I liked this

Photo manipulation and restoration

Photo montage is basically merging more than one photograph together to make an entirely different photographic image. You can have a lot of fun with this technique duping your friends and family! Oh No! This wedding photo was a disaster but with the powers of Photoshop it can all be mended. I can do an


Great result for my hubby. 6 nations has dominated our whole courtship. Rubgy world cup in Australia was our reason for going. (You too Keith and Jacqui – honest). Spent all day in a friend’s house after walking the dogs while he went snoozing. This is his artwork published today on you tube: I really