Toy Stories

Here are a couple from the latest batch of sock hounds ready for shipping to who knows where, recent sales have seen soft dogs dispatched as far a field as Australia, USA, Japan, and Finland.
This couple have announced they would like to go to the same home, they haven’t got names yet any suggestions? would you like to adopt them?


Read about this today about the up-coming exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, it’s from David Bailey and his personal selection from his photographs called Stardust looks definitely worth a visit and to see so many of his prints all in one place should be quite something. More about it on the NP Gallery’s site here

…and finally

Our laptop died today after several upgrades and new bits added to it over the past 9 years. I gave it to Frank to have a look at, he removed a few bits then got bored and went to sleep, when I asked him what he thought he said “Buy a new one” oh alright Frank.



Hello all and welcome to 2014 it’s going to be quite a year with one thing and another.
I have just finished reading a christmas present the autobiography of Suggs who was (if anyone didn’t know) the front man of the band Madness if you were a Londoner growing up during the late 70’s and early 80’s their music is very relevant and his book goes in to lots of the kind of stuff you will relate to, some of it very funny and some of it just very London. Details of the book on Amazon here.
One particular story I like is once during an open air concert in Finsbury Park in north London in 1992 there were in excess of 45,000 people who had come to see a reunion of the band and when they played “one step beyond” which is one of their classic hits, the resulting vibration of 45,000 pairs of feet dancing to the nutty ska sound actually registered 4.5 on the richter scale and led to 3 tower blocks being evacuated with the fear that it was a genuine earthquake!

Bakery wise, this week’s efforts saw the end of the Panettone which made a quite excellent bread and butter pudding with loads of plump, juicy raisins and vanillery custard with it and then this great bacon and cheese bread as pictured below which was lovely for breakfast still warm.

So just what have Frank and Maggie been up to this festive season? well here below is a small clue, for the full story and more pictures head over to the crazyhoundstore

Working with animals

We wanted some pictures of us with the dogs (as if we don’t have enough already!) so I made a simple set up with a soft box to camera left and a separation light on the collapsible background, then you just have to pick your moment and take plenty of shots! it’s always a laugh with Frank and Maggie, here are a couple of our favorites.

and it doesn’t always work exactly as you’d like…….

Adventures in a Swedish landscape

Well, where do I start with this one;

  • Foreground – felted models of Frank, Max and A.N.Others courtesy of crazyhoundstore
  • Background – Oil on canvas of a Swedish (presumably) country scene
  • Lighting – 1 accent light, snooted SB800 from camera right with 1/2 CTO gel through a spider plant to echo the dappled lighting in the picture behind and 1 SB800 also gelled bounced off white ceiling for overall fill.
  • Check out the dog on the right, what the heck is he doing?

Quite a day

It started normally enough, for a Sunday you know, get up late after reading and drinking tea in bed, cooked breakfast, bacon, egg, sausage, fresh coffee, bread from the bread machine etc and finally get out of the door around 12 ish. We were going to the sea side but Frank (who had already escaped from the garden once this morning and gone on walk-about-looking-for-cats/pheasants) got scent of a pheasant in the front garden and launched himself towards the fence where the un-suspecting dopey bird was sheltering from the icy wind, he seemed to get it in his mouth but after much flapping and shedding of plumage, it managed to take off and escape.
Frank was chipper and pretty pleased with his efforts, then when we got to the seaside, the sea was frozen as far out as you could see, I mean c’mon tomorrow is the last date of February! it has to start getting spring-like and daffodils and such like shouldn’t it?.
So as you can see, as a result Frank could hardly concentrate on his piano practice.

Teenage torper

He finally presented us with his new year’s resolutions, and we have to say we were left a little wanting, he said he wants to smarten himself up and look more presentable when he meets new folk I asked him what about his dirty food-stained brown beard and he said he likes it like that and plans to keep it. He talked about trying to be a bit more up-beat and stop looking so miserable but said he may phase that in slowly over a few months (7 or 8 he told me later) he also brought our attention to the fact that as he only has Blibett for company (19 year old British short haired cat with senile dementia and cognitive dis-orientation) he has every right to behave like he does and then he went back upstairs, left his clothes in a heap and went back to bed. Oh well….