Oh I have had so much fun, I have been helping my people brother to decorate the Kitchen Christmas Tree. It has lots of twinkley purple globes and stars and three fairies. It also has lots of little bells that go tinkle-tinkle when you tap them. I wasn’t very good at putting the globes on they kept falling on the floor, my little paws couldn’t hold the string. I had to climb up the tree to put some of the decorations on and it was very high, I wanted to sit on the top like the fairy but I don’t think the fairy would have liked it if I had because that is her place. We have two masks for the tree too, they have feather and shiny stuff called sequins, I put one on and my people mommy said she thought I was supposed to be dressing the tree not myself, and people brother thought it was funny. I did get into a mess with the glitter stringy stuff and my people brother had to left me up to put it on the tree. It took us a long time to trim it but it looked lovely when we had finished.
Tonight I am going to dream about all the pretty things.
I wanted to do something nice for my people brother and I know he likes this chocolate. He calls it Christmas chocolate because my people mommy makes it at Christmas. So I decided to make some for him.
I needed chocolate, nuts and dried fruit
First I had to break up the chocolate and put it in a bowl and put the bowl over a saucepan of hot water on the stove. You have to be very careful that the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
While the chocolate was melting I had to put baking paper in a dish, it kept making me laugh because every time I put it in it popped out again.
When the chocolate had melted I had to stir in the nuts and fruit.
Then I had to pour all the chocolate into the dish and put it in the fridge
When it was set I had to use the big knife to cut it up, you must be very careful when you use knifes
I have been on another adventure, this time to Wales. In the field next to the van where I stayed were a flock of sheep, they told me about an old burial place called Arthur’s Stone; I thought it sounded exciting so I went to find it. It is very very old, even older than some of the graves I have looked at before. It wasn’t in a church yard because they didn’t bury people like that in the stone age, and it wasn’t like the other graves I have looked at. This one is called a tomb and there would have been a little passage to get in, the people were buried with their pots and axes and spears and large stones were placed on the top, it look a little bit like a funny little house, I think it would make a good home for little bunnies, I don’t think people would mind just as long as the bunnies behaved themselves.
The next day I did the circular hop from the site to Hay-on-Wye, first I had to hop along a very busy road then down a little path which had a little stream running along side; it was very pretty but very muddy. Then came a very long hop up a very long hill, my little legs were ever so tired when I got to the top. Hay-on-Wye is a little village full of book shops, it is the biggest place in the world for second-hand books, well that’s what the tea towel I read in a shop said. I had a little look around the shops, and then hopped down to the river. My people mommy had told me about a place called The Warren which is a big field at the end of a river walk, and at the end of the field is a beach. I had never heard of a beach in woodland, so I wanted to try to find it. After a long hop along the river I came to a field with two little horses in, I asked them if they knew where the Warren was and they told me I only had to follow the muddy path, they didn’t tell me to watch out for naughty dogs. I hopped down the path and had to be very careful to hop around the big muddy puddles, right at the bottom of the path was a big gate and right behind it The Warren. I hopped across it and looked at all the trees, a lot of them weren’t green they were yellow and gold, they looked very pretty. Then I found the beach, in the summertime people come and swim here. I would like to do that but it was far too cold to swim this time, so I just had a little play. As I hopped back into town I met a very naughty dog, he stole my shoe and ran away with it, naughty, naughty dog, they were my new ones. The hop back to the van went along the river, some of the path had washed away in the rain and I had to be very careful not to fall into the river because that was running very fast. I had to hop through fields of sheep too and it was very muddy by the gates, it was very hard trying to hop with only one shoe. One of the sheep asked me if I had lost my shoe in the river and when I told her about the dog she just nodded her head and said ‘yes some dogs are very naughty, sometimes they chase the sheep and can hurt them’. I don’t like naughty dogs. If you are a dog you mustn’t chase sheep or jump up and take things that are not yours that is very naughty.
Arthur’s Stone info
hay on wye info
My people mommy is getting ready for Christmas, so I decided to help and make a wreath.
A wire coat hanger
First I had to make the hanger round, I had to use all my strength, it took me a long time to make it round, then I had to cut just under the hanger bit with wire cutters, wire cutters are special scissors that can cut wire.
Then I threaded the baubles onto the wire until all the baubles were used up. The next bit was very hard, I had to cut off the rest of the hanger and then twist the ends together. This was very hard and it hurt my paws. Next I threaded a ribbon through the top so that it could be hung up.
Do you like my wreath?
I have been on another adventure, this time I hopped into Birmingham to see Illuminate. Lot’s of pretty things to do with light. First of all I hopped into the 360° igloo to see ‘Body in Motion 360° Panoramic Cinema Experience.’ I had to sit on the floor and the films were played on the walls, all the way around me. There were lot’s of little films of people running and dancing and a cartoon man crawling round and round. I think my favorite was being under the sea with fishes and a big octopus, the scariest was the bouncing balls, I kept thinking they were going to hit me.
Then I hopped to see Echolalia, a lady dances in front of some big lights and you watch the shadows and lights, it was exciting. Also in the same place was a place were you could make some art of your own if you wanted. I went to have a play, I had to make a pattern on a plate, I made my pattern out of sweets. Then the lady at the table put my plate into a machine and I had to press a red button. The machine took a picture of my pattern then projected it onto the wall in a kaleidoscope pattern, my pattern will stay there going round and round with everyone else’s for everyone else to see.
Then I hopped behind the big curtain to see ‘The Lanterns of Terracotta Warriors exhibition.’ They were so big and very, very pretty, I hopped around and around in-between them for a long time because they were so pretty. I then hopped to see ‘Southside Faces by Andy McKeown’ Lot’s of faces projected onto a big wall, the faces looked funny because of all the lumpy bricks. Because I had spent so long looking at the Warriors there was a big crowed at the ‘Flame Oz’ so I couldn’t see it, I was too tired to wait the hour and a quarter for the next show, so I hopped onto the train for home. I really enjoyed the pretty lights.
I have been cooking again, this time special stuffing. My people have this at special times like Christmas and Easter.
If you want to make some this is what you will need
A bottle of stout
500g pork sausage meat or sausages, its fun squeezing the sausage out of their skins.
A packet chestnuts
1 egg beaten
15 slices of bacon
3 tablespoons chopped dates
1 finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped sage
1 apple peeled and grated
120g fresh white bread crumbs
First put some oil in a hot pan, then fry the onions be careful hot oil is dangerous, when the onions have gone soft add the sage and leave to cool.
I chopped up the dates with the big knife and pour some of the stout on them I had to be very careful because the stout bubbles over and it makes a mess, then I had to leave the dates to soak.
I then had to count out 15 chestnuts and put them somewhere safe, I can count to 15 so I didn’t need any help, then I chopped up all the chestnuts that were left.
Then I had to drain the dates and save the stout. Next I had to mix the onions, apple, chopped chestnuts and dates with the sausage. I had to use my paws to squash it all together, it felt very funny. Then I had to squash the egg in the mix with the bread crumbs, I liked the way it squeezed through my paws.
I then had to pull a piece of sausage meat out of the mix and roll it into a ball, stick on one of the whole chestnuts and roll in a piece of bacon. It was very hard to get the sausage to stay in the bacon, I put them in a dish and poured the stout over the top.
My people mommy then put them in the oven to cook. Gas 4 180°c for 25 minutes
mmmmm they were lovely.