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This weekend

by Clare Mansell
This weekend

This weekend the British forces Animal Rehoming Centre near us held a clean-up morning. One way or another we are becoming quite involved with BARC. Our neighbour Laura works there, Jim has just taken on a role as vice-chair of the committee, and of course it’s where Bella came from.

So we spent Saturday morning doing a very small part and helping out with the clean-up. I was assigned the job of painting part of the cattery and befriended a lovely cat called Trio, who helpfully decided to sit on me whilst I was doing the painting.

A visit to BARC also provides the opportunity to stock on some home made jam which is sold to raise funds.

Presentation really is everything isn’t it? I love the label on this and its little fabric hat. I should also give a nod to my wonderful ‘Nifty Fifty’ Canon lens which I used to take this photo. I confess I had it for many months without fully grasping its capabilities, but now I have been introduced to the finer points of bokeh, it has turned into an essential bit of kit.

I also had a craft swap this weekend. The aforementioned Laura took a shine to my cushions last weekend, so we struck a deal, she got her own…

And in return I got one of Laura’s lovely mosaic pieces…

I only realised after we did the swap just how appropriate it was to swap patchwork for mosaic, both of them being the art of reusing leftovers to create a new piece.

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4 comments

Hi! I'm Sierra-Dog! February 28, 2010 - 6:13 pm

WOW! Looks like a wonderful swap! Both pieces are absolutely fantastic.
And the first picture? SO sweet!
Thanks for sharing,
Sierra-dog and LL

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~Kim~ February 28, 2010 - 6:22 pm

I looked at the BARC blog and it’s wonderful to see that you’re making a difference for those sweet animals in your neck of the woods!! What a sweet picture of Bella & Macy!! I hope that the Pointer featured on the Blog and Trio find wonderful forever homes–The mosiac piece is lovely and the jam would be able to find a home with me too! 🙂 Looks like you’ve had a nice weekend! Hope your rain has stopped and your pups have gotten to be outside!!

By the way, THANK YOU to you and your husband for your thoughts about Sam! I appreciate your insight and comments–It helps to get them from those on the “ouside looking in” because I am way to close to this whole thing! Stay tuned…I’m meeting with them later this afternoon.

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Ninny March 1, 2010 - 12:40 pm

As usual, I poured a cup of coffee and sat down to blog-hop, much more interesting than reading the morning paper,and after following the crumbs, I discovered your delightful blog! Count me as one of your followers. I am so tickled to arrive here, and will look forward to each post!

Liz

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Little Island In The Med March 1, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Liz, thank you for your lovely comment! It has cheered up a rather stressful afternoon…. but you’ll find out more about that with my next post. In the mean time it is probably enough to say that it involves a couple of very mischievous dogs…

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