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Happy Birthday, George!

Today is a very special day in our family, a day that all of us have been looking forward to: it’s my little boy’s birthday!

George is 3 years old today (where did the time go?), which technically makes him a fully grown, mature whippet. Over the course of a few years, we watched him turn from a scrummy baby….

… into a sweet, beautiful, well-behaved dog that we’re very proud of:

Brianna is really excited about George being 3, as she’s got it in her head that this is the perfect age for him to get married. So, this morning, she wished him Happy Birthday, gave him a kiss and then informed him – as solemnly as she could – that she’ll start searching for the perfect girlfriend for him. Which George didn’t seem to care about much. Unsurprisingly, he was more interested in his present.

Have I ever mentioned that George loves presents? Well, he does. So much so, that no package can be opened in our house without his help. And no shopping bags can pass through the front door before they’ve been thoroughly checked for surprises (preferably edible) by the whippet nose.

So here’s what we’ve got in store for the birthday boy to make him happy and make this a special day for him:

1. Birthday cake ….Made of liver, of course. He can have as much of that as he wants for lunch.

2. Big present no. 1…A large fresh bone hidden inside a generous amount of wrapping paper for him to rip and shred. He’s already opened it and is munching on it in the back garden as we speak.

3. Big present no. 2 …A kong stuffed with yummy treats. George has never had a kong before, so he’s bound to find this exciting.

4. Barbecue party this evening, with family and doggy friends … His own burger, on his own plate, to his taste. And a bit of ice-cream for dessert. Yummy!

5. Lots of games, walks and cuddles spread throughout the day.

Hopefully, this will be enough.

Happy Birthday, Georgie! We love you!


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Happy Frontierado!

It’s Friday the 5th of August, which can only mean one thing: It’s Frontierado Day!!!

So put on your cowboy boots, hats and bandanas and head for the Frontierado headquarters, at Balladeer’s Blog. As the creator of the holiday, the Balladeer (aka the Blackwater Kid) will lead today’s processions and guide you through a series of fun events and customs specific to this cool holiday.

Lady London would like to wish all of you a Happy Frontierado! Have fun! Yee-ha!


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Happy Children’s Day!

It’s the 1st of June and I’m really excited. First of all, it’s the official start to the summer, and I’m hoping the weather and our garden will take notice of it and act accordingly. But there’s another reason for being in a good mood: it’s International Children’s Day!

I know it’s not a big deal for most people. It’s highly likely that many haven’t even heard of it. But I loved it as a child and still love it today. When I was little, I used to find a small present by my bed when I woke up in the morning. It wasn’t anything fancy, just a book, some crayons or a bag of sweets. But it was special somehow, and I remember leaving home for school in anticipation of the box of chocolates our teacher would bring for us before the lessons started. We were happy kids, and on the 1st of June we felt even happier.

As an adult, I’ve promised myself to continue the tradition. Before I had my own child, back in my teaching days, I used to take a bag of sweets to school to share with my students. And I tell you what…This was the one day of the year when a whole class of 16-year olds did not mind being treated like kids.

Nowadays, I’ve only got my two babies to think about on Children’s Day. This morning, Brianna woke up to find the traditional bag of her favourite sweets by her bed, and George was presented with a big knuckle bone in the garden. They were both delighted with their surprise, although I’m not sure George really understood what the occasion was, in spite of Brianna’s attempts to explain it to him.

So, if you’ve got kids, today’s a good time to hug them tight and spoil them a bit more than usual. If you’ve got dogs, give them a treat and challenge them to an extra play session. If you’re blessed with both kids and dogs, then pack up your day with lots of fun activities that will fill your home with joy and laughter.

Before I go, here’s a picture of my kids, which I think is perfect for the occasion:

Happy Children’s Day, everyone!


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