Welcome Ruby, Tuesday

Dear readers  of  willowdot21

I  thought  I had  better  introduce  myself to you all.  I  am Ruby  and  I  am  a six year old  Blonde  Labrador . I  was  a  guide  dog  and  willow’s husband,  my  new  daddy,  has  been taking  me  for  play  walkies  for  three  and a  half  years!
My  owner  who is  blind has  got  a  bad  back  and  neck  which has  got  worse  and  I can  no  longer  mange her.  Actually  it has  been  nearly  a year  since  I have had  to  work  properly. So  the  Guide  Dogs  for  the  blind  who  owned  me  decided  I  was  no longer  able  to  stay  with  my  blind  owner.
First of  all  I  was  going to  be  retrained  to  be a  buddy  dog   helping  young  blind  children  to  get  used  to  dogs  like  me  ( I  am quite  special  and  can help  them  to  adjust) . Then  they  decided  that  willow’s husband  could  have  me  come  to  live  with  him  and and  willow!
I  love  it here  I  get  two long  walks  a  day and  lots of  running  with  the  ball, I have  been  out  in  the car  to  the  Grandmother’s  house she is  not  well  you know, she has  cancer..
I  have a  new  bed  it is  really  comfy  it is  made  of  Memory  Foam, a  new  food  and  water  bowl  and  I have  bought  my  three  most  precious  toys with  me, two  little  guide  dogs  and a plastic bone.  Most  of  all I  get  lots  and lots  of  love!
I  am not  allowed up  stairs  or  on  the  furniture which I  don’t  mind  as I  never  really  liked  stairs   and  as  for furniture  it is  not  really  dog  is it?
We have  had  a  busy  weekend  there were  lots of  humans  here  Sunday  as  it  was  the  Grandmothers  96th  Birthday …my  goodness  that is  old  even  for a  human! There  were  two other human’s  there  and I  could  smell dog on  them. They   promised  I  could  meet their dog   Monty  very  soon!  Also  there  was  the  Grandmother  and  my  new  Mum  an Dad!
The  next  day  was  special  too  as  it was Dad’s  Birthday,  it  was  quieter but still  special! Mum and Dad  went out in  the evening for  a meal,  they  promised  they  would  not  be long  and  they  were not  and I  being a  retired  guide  dog  behaved  perfectly.
I have  enclosed  some  photos  of  myself  for  you  all  to see I  do hope  I  meet  with  your  approval.
Lots  of  love  Ruby Willers  ( Guide  Dog, Retired)
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Ps . I have  met  Vlad  he is  very  naughty  … but nice.  xxxx

here is a link  to  a poem  willow wrote about me  back in  2012

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: HOT GOSSIP

Welcome , welcome to  you  all, how  are you  and what  have you been up to this last  week. Things  are still not letting up  for  me as far  as being busy  is concerned ! I just do not  have a lot  of time to even turn round or  even smell the coffee.  🙂

Now  where are  my  manners  come on  in  and get comfortable  as  you can see Paul  has  done a great  job with  the place , we even have a fantastic  set of cushions  to match  the marquee  and rugs!

This  is just one end  and we have different  themes  in different parts of  the marquee, we  shall be decorating  for Halloween, fireworks night, Thanks Giving  and Christmas  so if  anyone  wants  to suggest  an interior  or some  decorations  do please  send  me and Paul  a link  so we can incorporate  your  ideas in to our space . By our I mean yours, Paul’s and my  space!

IF WE WERE HAVING  COFFEE: I would  be so pleased to see you and very pleased  for the chance  to sit  down and have a cuppa  with you.

I do  try  not  to be  too controversial here  but I do think that  I should say  something  about  the latest murder of an innocent  man  by  Isil .  So far two Americans  James Foley and Steven Sotloff and two British men David Haines Alan Henning  have been beheaded  by  a nameless faceless shadow.  I am truly stunned  by  the barbarity and ugliness  of  the way  these men’s  lives  has been taken.  Not  only  were  they beheaded  but  also  videoed  and shown on youtube.  Apparently  another American  medic  has been named  as their  next victim. I pray  for him  but I ear  those who  hold him  and hide  their faces  appear to be without  mercy.

All this is very  sad well actually  sad  does  not quite  cover it, it is sad, dreadful  evil  even. I will not  say  any  more because I do not want  to politicize our  coffee space  but I would like to pray  for  all these killings  to end . Maybe whatever  your faith or creed  you could join me.

IF WE WERE HAVING  COFFEE: I would say  okay  that is all I wanted  to say on that  sad matter. Lets  move on . We  have had what is called an Indian Summer, this usually  means  beautiful  sunny  and hot  weather in late September  and early October. This

Still looks like summer

Still looks like summer

last week has been amazing  and so this  morning it was a disappointment  to awake  to a drop of 5 degrees  in temperature and pouring  rain!  But hey I am not  complaining  the gardens  really  do  need the rain !

Over  on  the left is  a photo I took on Wednesday  when the husband and I took an afternoon walk   by  the river it was so like the hight of summer, hot, sunny  and such a treat!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE:  I would regale  you with the great day I had  on Thursday  my  friend and I  had a another day trip into London. I had as I always do  enjoyed  Tangental’s   blog  and I had been enamoured  by  his  post  My kinda town  part 2   I do urge  you to pop over  to Geoff’s  blog I can really recommend it!

Well, armed with  Geoff’s   blog on  my  phone  and  a map  and suggestions  from  the husband, who  also worked in  the Fleet Street and Inns of  Court  areas  for many  years, probably  overlapping   and passing  each other on occasion! Well we had  a wonderful  day full of sun, fun and barristers, lawyers, students and cats !

We had a wonderful time. We had lunch at  the Ye old Cheshire Cheese and walked  miles. We  had a very nice young man, a lawyer, maybe a barrister  take our photo, he told us  we looked  like Kate Moss  we told  him  he needed glasses! We saw barristers  running around  carrying  robes, wigs  and brief cases.

We even saw one young lady  dressed to the nines, slip off her comfy  shoes  and put on her killer heels  before she entered one of the chambers! We smiled  at her and said  time  for your  big girl’s job shoes! she laughed and nodded in agreement !

View of the Eye midday

View of the Eye midday

Courtyard in Somerset House

Courtyard in Somerset House

Hodge, Samuel Johnson's Cat

Hodge, Samuel Johnson’s Cat

Hodge's  explanation

Hodge’s explanation

Huge flowers in one of  the Garden's in the Inns of Court

Huge flowers in one of the Garden’s in the Inns of Court

Plaque on Samuel Johnson's House

Plaque on Samuel Johnson’s House

Heraldic decorations

Heraldic decorations

One of  the gates

 The right gates

The other gate

The left gate

The Entrance  behind  those gates

The Entrance behind these gates

A Panda  Scooter outside  the Inns of  Court

A Panda Scooter outside the Inns of Court

a dragon with a St George's  shield

a dragon with a St George’s shield

Almost cute

Almost cute

Only  can you see this in London!

Only can you see this in London!

Charging electric  cars

Charging electric cars

fancy lamp post

fancy lamp post

early  evening view Waterloo Bridge

early evening view Waterloo Bridge

glistening on the river, early  evening

glistening on the river, early evening

time to head back home.

time to head back home.

We set off  for home after a lovely day  and in the evening we went out with our  husbands to celebrate  our  joint birthdays, a fortnight apart so we had chosen a date in between! Thanks Geoff for the post  that  gave us such a great day  and thanks hubby  for the extra  information

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would say  okay Saturday has been a total wash out, gym in the morning then shopping  in the afternoon, near row with hubby managed to avoid it by just ignoring him  until  he stopped moaning! Today Sunday  we are off out for a hog roast  with  really  good friends, so I am happy  about that.

So  come on  would  you like some  more cake, of  tea/ coffee, have you been over to  Paul’s amazing  part of  the Marquee he  certainly  is  worth a visit!

IF WE WERE HAVING COFFEE: I would ask you if you would  like another  cuppa, or  another cake . I’d  tell you I have really  come to enjoy  these chats  and I’d  love  to hear  what you would  tell me. Please feel free to stay  as long  as  you like  and don’t  forget  to visit  Paul’s  post  now  while  you are  here!   If we were having Coffee  Original idea  from  http://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/

 

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