This post is dedicated to a Man's (and Woman's) best friend.......

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 If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am little obsessed with the whippets.  So much so,  it is hard to tell sometimes if I am selling whippets or homewares.  I just can't help myself.  As much as these two furry beings add a whole new complexity to my life, they are very much part of the family. But enough of that, I want to tell you all about a gorgeous day we have coming soon to Wattle & Daub.

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We are so excited, to once again be  hosting a dog portrait session with Hilary Macdonald, a local fine art painter.   On Saturday, 15th December,  Hilary will be based at Wattle & Daub, where she will create a pastel drawing of your dog during a 45 minute session.  The price of the drawing will be £55, which can be collected at the end of the 45 minutes or at a later date convenient to you.  This picture above is an example of the kind of drawing which will be produced during that time.  (obviously resembling your dog and not a whippet!)
Hilary will take a picture of your dog and then you are free to have a wander around Godalming, or go back home.   There are eight spots available.  Please note,  I will also be advertising via Instagram and Facebook over the weekend, once I have given all newsletter subscribers the opportunity to book a place, if they so wish.   

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As this is a post all about our furry friends, I thought I would share a few of my favourite places to visit with Ludo & Lemmy.   One gorgeous place not too far away is Stanmer House in Brighton, a stunningly restored Grade 1 country house nestled in unspoilt parkland and acres of peaceful, Sussex woodlands and countryside.   You can enjoy a gorgeous breakfast, lunch or a traditional Afternoon Tea.  Plus, if you prefer not to drive into central Brighton, you can pick up a bus in the grounds of the estate which takes you straight to the town.

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My favourite walks.  A couple of my favourite walks with the whippets are Waggoners Wells & Blackdown.  

Waggoners Wells
The three ponds at Waggoners Wells in East Hampshire are popular as a cool shady retreat in summer and for the spectacular yellows and golds of the beech trees in autumn (see my pic above). I also wanted to mention the gorgeous Applegarth Farm which is close-by, which is a great place to visit.  I do recall we  sat outside with the dogs, but do check first as this may have changed.  I couldn't see anything specific on the website. 

Blackdown
Alfred Lord Tennyson fell in love with the Black Down Hills and would stride out through the heather, wrapped in his cloak. Follow in his footsteps and walk through Black Down's beautiful woodland and heathland. The walk goes to the Temple of the Winds, named after a Bronze Age circular bank. Here you can find one of the best views of the South Downs National Park. This little-known spot has a secret feel and a charming curved stone seat to rest on.

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This post is dedicated to a Man's (and Woman's) best friend.......

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am little obsessed with the whippets.  So much so,  it is hard to tell sometimes if I am selling whippets or homewares.  I just can't help myself.  As much as these two furry beings add a whole new complexity to my life, they are very much part of the family. But enough of that, I want to tell you all (before anyone else) about a gorgeous day we have coming soon to Wattle & Daub.  

We are so excited, to once again be  hosting a dog portrait session with Hilary Macdonald, a local fine art painter.  On Saturday, 15th December,  Hilary will be based at Wattle & Daub, where she will create a pastel drawing of your dog during a 45 minute session.  The price of the drawing will be £55, which can be collected at the end of the 45 minutes or at a later date convenient to you.  This picture above is an example of the kind of drawing which will be produced during that time.  (obviously resembling your dog and not a whippet!)
Hilary will take a picture of your dog and then you are free to have a wander around Godalming, or go back home.   There are eight spots available.  Please note,  I will also be advertising via Instagram and Facebook over the weekend, once I have given all newsletter subscribers the opportunity to book a place, if they so wish.   

To book, or find out more.

As this is a post all about our furry friends, I thought I would share a few of my favourite places to visit with Ludo & Lemmy.  One gorgeous place not too far away is Stanmer House in Brighton, a stunningly restored Grade 1 country house nestled in unspoilt parkland and acres of peaceful, Sussex woodlands and countryside.   You can enjoy a gorgeous breakfast, lunch or a traditional Afternoon Tea.  Plus, if you prefer not to drive into central Brighton, you can pick up a bus in the grounds of the estate which takes you straight to the town.

My favourite walks.  A couple of my favourite walks with the whippets are Waggoners Wells & Blackdown.  

Waggoners Wells
The three ponds at Waggoners Wells in East Hampshire are popular as a cool shady retreat in summer and for the spectacular yellows and golds of the beech trees in autumn (see my pic above). I also wanted to mention the gorgeous Applegarth Farm which is close-by, which is a great place to visit.  I do recall we sat outside with the dogs, but do check first as this may have changed.  I couldn't see anything specific on the website. 


Blackdown
Alfred Lord Tennyson fell in love with the Black Down Hills and would stride out through the heather, wrapped in his cloak. Follow in his footsteps and walk through Black Down's beautiful woodland and heathland. The walk goes to the Temple of the Winds, named after a Bronze Age circular bank. Here you can find one of the best views of the South Downs National Park. This little-known spot has a secret feel and a charming curved stone seat to rest on.

One last little thing.  I recently stumbled across 'the Bluffers Guide to Dogs', and I thought those with a dog (I assume anyone without one, left this email sometime ago), would appreciate the following truisms;

Dogs are better than men because:
- They don't have problems expressing affection in public.
- They always miss you when you are gone.
- They look at you when you talk to them.
- They don't feel threatened by your intelligence.  
- They understand what NO means.
- They never laugh at how you throw the ball to them.
- They don't fall about laughing when they break wind.  
- They can't wait to go for a walk with you.
- They understand if some of their friends cannot come inside.
- They think you are a culinary genius.
- They're nice to your relatives.
- They don't demand that you dress in fishnets and high heels.
- They don't shout if you take a wrong turn.
- They mean it when they kiss you.
- They can be neutered legally.  

There is of course, Dogs are better than woman because

But that wasn't nearly as funny.  But I will leave you with a few, as it's only fair.  
- They don't expect a call when you're late (in fact the later you are the more excited they are to see you)....
- They can't talk.
- They don't want to know about other dogs you've had.
- They don't believe everything they read in a magazine article. 
- They don't cry for no reason.
- They love it when your mates come round. 
- They don't like shopping
- They don't mind if you give their offspring away.
- They like when you leave your underwear on the floor.

Gemma Lewis