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Thu, Jan. 7th, 2010, 12:31 pm
Birthday Ceilidh

OK so after the Birthday poll it looks like we have lots of votes for doing a Ceilidh on the 15th for my Birthday.

Tickets can be bought from the following web site (http://www.ehacoustics.com/edinburghceilidhs/buy.html). I seem to remember that for the January ones the tickets sell quite fast so it may be worth buying in advance as there may not be any on the door.

Wed, Jan. 6th, 2010, 08:39 am
What to do for my Birthday

So I will be another year older on January the 18th Mum wants to do a family thing on the 16th and I think that the 16th already clashes with another party.

So I have several options:

1. Decide I am too old for this and do nothing.
2. Go to the pub with friends - pub suggestions please (probably on the 22 or 23rd)
3. Go for a meal - I like Nandos but other suggestions welcomed (probably on the 22 or 23rd)
4. Go to a Ceilidh (there is one at Pollock Halls on the 15th)
5. Something else?

Any ideas or thoughts?

Tue, Oct. 27th, 2009, 01:03 pm
Charity Anne summers Party

 For anyone local to me I am having a charity Anne Summers party at mine on the 20th November.

These are a good laugh and 10% of the sales being donated to SGS (Scottish Greyhound Sanctuary).

Anyone interested?


Wed, Oct. 21st, 2009, 01:45 pm
Latest costuming photos

Last night Graham's mum came round to visit and had photos of her wearing the Victorian outfit that I made for her to take to America for her convention.

So here is what I made over the summer:

I am very pleased with how it all looks.

Wed, Jul. 15th, 2009, 01:30 pm
New Logo

 So I have a potential new logo for my dog stuff company (Celtic Hound www.celtichound.co.uk).

[image removed - too many people stealing it]

What do people think?

Anyone want to have a play and come up with something else? The brief was:

I need a logo for a leather dog collar company that I am setting up called Celtic Hound. These are the kinds of things that we do (collars). I would need to be able take it into illustrator and create a vector image from it so it can be used on the web site, stationary and possibly even stamped into the collars.

It would be on the theme of a Celtic Hound, and our Celtic Hound is Tara and we call her that as she is half Irish Wolfhound and half Scottish Deer hound. She is the grey hairy one in the pictures here (dogs gallery) so if it could look a bit like her or a deerhound that would be great. We would need something that would work well as a logo so not too complicated in the detailing. Ideally it would also work small enough to be stamped into the tongue of a collar.

Tue, Jun. 23rd, 2009, 01:47 pm
Tara and Zak do dress up

So we have new categories to enter for the SGS photo competition this week and one of them is

Photo's of your hounds in their best outfits

So I took some of Zak and Tara. Alfie slept through the process so no good ones of him.

Tara the pirate

Dapper Zak

Wed, Jun. 17th, 2009, 01:54 pm
Posing Tara

 Our local greyhound charity (SGS) is currently running a big photo competition to raise money and get photos for next yeas calendar.  They have 3 categories a week and this week was model shots, hound Olympics and gardening.  I took a few in our garden for the gardening one but thought it might be nice to go to The Pineapple a local national trust walled garden to take some shots. 

One of the ones I got of Tara was this one:

I am very pleased with it and entered it into the model shots category, she does pose nicely.

Wed, May. 6th, 2009, 05:22 pm
Shoe clearout

So I have been tidying the place and I have a few bits and pieces if anyone is interested some new shoes. I bought all of these and have never got round to wearing them so someone else can get a bargain.

Pointy heeled boots
Size 5 on the box but they are very pointy so more like a 4.5 £5

Shiny fabric ballet style shoes
Size 6 but tight fitting so better for a 5.5 £5

Adidas Shosan fabric trainers – yes they are that red
Size 6 £10

Black beaded toepost sandals
Size 5 £3

Thu, Feb. 5th, 2009, 03:30 pm
How smart are you?

 Just all had a go at this in our office


Top result in the office so I feel quite happy with it but I bet you pedants can come up with some errors in the test.

Mon, Jan. 19th, 2009, 12:22 am
More from the Miami Trip - 18th January 2009

you can be a long way from home but some things don't change. I am sitting on the veranda in front of the hotel and a little sparrow is hopping around picking up crumbs from around my feet, what is different is the fact that it is 16 degrees and sunny, when I am more used to snow on my birthday. Also all the art deco hotels are a bit different than I am used too.

Just met one of the doggy guests from the hotel, the cutest little wire haired miniature dachshund Interestingly the reception girl is looking after him while his owner has breakfast. Today currently feels like a holiday rather than a work trip.

Of course not everything looks glamorous in paradise just out of the downtown Miami there appear to be loads of people living rough in some disused car parks. We drove past them on the way to the Everglades.

Just been passed by a taxi advertising "The World Erotic Art Museum".

All along the road I keep seeing flocks of huge birds, they look like some form of bird of prey, no idea what.

Just passed a building that is displaying the temperature and it is 74 at 11am.

The further out of the city we get the more different things are starting to look. There are large areas of what look like fields of long grass, that I know are likely to be wetlands. A large canal or drainage ditch that runs along the side of the road and it is full of cormorants, little egrets and what might just be pelicans.

Just been on the air boat tour and it was very good. the everglades are a strange combination of water, grasses and land and cover a huge area of water with different grasses growing out of it The land is occasional islands of land that sprout trees. There is a huge profusion of wildlife, from turtles and alligators numerous kinds of birds, fish insects and other reptiles.

Just being in an air boat is an experience in itself, but we managed to see quite a range of wildlife as well. The alligators especially seem to not be bothered by the boats and are easy to see. Other spots included a very large heron, egrets and turtles. There are also loads of butterflies and dragonflies around and some of the dragonflies are huge.

After the boat ride there was a wildlife show and a zoo to go round with examples of lots of the corodilian family, snakes and reptiles. I even got to hold a baby alligator, which feels much softer than you would imagine.

Returned to the hotel to meet up with my colleagues and we walked along the beach into the are that ha the stalls last night. Turns out that it is part of an Art Deco festival going on at the moment. Had a nice look around the stalls and there was even a greyhound rescue one.

Should be going for dinner soon.

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