A weekend in Yorkshire

I popped out of my box into a house that was strangely familiar..... I was here in the Spring when I got taken to Duxford and the seaside and met the man who works with paint.....

My hostess, Claire, was in a bit of a tizz when I arrived. "Important wedding" she muttered while trying on hats and outfits and shoving me into my kilt. It was soon to become clear.

On the Friday morning she bundled Guinness and Sky into the car and took them to dog prison. We went through a village called Nobottle - I had a minor panic but it was okay, we didn't stop there. After dropping the dogs off at prison we took a trip to the hairdressers

Claire wouldn't have it that I didn't need my barnet done, but fortunately the hairdresser agreed and I escaped with my dignity intact.

Then we got on to the M1. The M1 is no fun at the best of time but there were two accidents and we took almost 4 hours to do a 2 hour journey. The air ambulance was trying to land near us - if he'd asked I could have given him flying tips. I hope everyone was ok.

As we passed Sheffield we said goodbye to the cooling towers at Tingley - they were being demolished on the Sunday morning. Claire was a bit sad, she likes industrial landmarks.

We finally arrived at Claires boyfriends house. I immediately remembered Matt - we watched rugby together and he took me to work at the paint factory. We had dinner and an early night because Saturday was "a big day".

Saturday morning was sunny and we all put our best clothes on and went to meet up at the pub opposite the church Matts sister was getting married at. I've not been to a wedding before and was quite excited, so I calmed my nerves with a swift drink before taking my place in the front of the church. Apparently family get the best seats at these gigs.

We had a great view for the show and did a bit of singing and a bit of laughing and the ladies did a bit of sniffling. Matts sister is called Anna and she looked very beautiful. She took her Dad into church with her, but the vicar swapped him for a chap called Ben. Anna seemed to think this was a good deal, especially as Ben gave her a ring.

After the gig we went outside and waited for photos to be taken. I met a bloke called Mark Yates who plays guitar for a band called Terrorvision. I swapped a few tips with him - he's an okay geezer cos he did a song about Tequila http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=8hLQCA2h8kA.

Then Anna & Ben did a few photos with the real celebrity of the day - ME :-)

We went on to the reception which was a really nice informal thing with lots of food and lots of Pimms and the rest is a blur........

Sunday we all rubbed our heads a lot. Matt decided to go out in his car to blow away the cobwebs, so I stuck my head out of the top and went weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee through the Yorkshire countryside.

We then had a quick Goodbye drink with Anna & Ben who go off on their Honeymoon on Tuesday. On the way home we stopped off in Baildon to see the Harley Davidson rally they have there, but my feet didn't reach the pedals, so I couldn't have a go :-(

Today is Monday and I think we're all a bit flat after the fun we've had. Driving back to Claires it was strange going through Sheffield with the cooling towers missing. But we've cheered ourselves up with wedding cake and cups of tea.

Thank you to Ben & Anna for making me part of your special day.

Claire tells me next week I'm off to another wedding. I hope they have Pimms at this one, too.


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Sirius Visits Coventry (April 08)

The first thing Sirius did on arriving in Coventry was to make himself at home with the wine and the sky remote, this little roving ambassador really likes his creature comforts!

After a long days travelling he really really enjoyed down to sleep with Spike (of course this was after the long and in depth discussion about the wonderful work being carried out in Sri Lanka by Sirius's colleagues at The Dogstar Foundation)

No visit to Coventry is complete without a trip to the Transport Museum.

Sirius checked out the wall of friends outside where people from all over the world have lovely plaques dedicated to special friends

Inside he had the VIP treatment, he was allowed to go on ANY exhibit he fancied, and he fancied ALL of them!

He went into the air raid shelter.. (but decided Spike was MUCH comfier!)

He even had a go on a penny farthing.....

though he much preferred this one.....must be all the wine!

He even went "into the sewers" to ride the mini from the film The Italian Job, just how cool is that?

Sirius also got to sit on Ewan McGregors bike from the tv series Long Way Round

The reoving adventurer in him wondered if Euan would let him come next time!

As was fitting of a Dogstar Foundation Ambassador Sirius enjoyed a seat in Queen Mary's Daimler.

Only the best for a dog of his calibre..

There was even time for some engine tinkering

and a pint with a few of the staff!

The highlight of his trip to Coventry Transport Museum was to sit on both Thrust 2 and Thrust SSC the holders of the land speed records.

Though funnily enough he was less than amused at being hung on the parachute launcher!!

When it was time to go home Marge had an awful job getting him to stop tinkering with the flashing lights !

Only the prospect of another exciting day out was enough to get the little lad moving!

Lucky Sirius donned his safari suit for a fugee day out with wolves

Unfortunately when it was time to stop for lunch, the wolves seemed to think he was on the menu!

Thankfully Toni saved the day and told everyone all about the wolves and how they live.

On his last day in Coventry Sirius experienced what life is like as a white van man.

As drivers mate his job was to set the Sat Nav,

read the map,

and as with all good mates eat on the road in the van!
Lastly a good look round Gloucester Docks before heading off on his next adventure
If you would like a Sirius or Poosa visit please contact Ingi (ingipops@dogstarfoundation.com) to make arrangements.


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