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A barking good birthday for Blanche

Thursday, 9th August, 2018 9:16am

We celebrated Blanche’s birthday last weekend and it’s hard to believe she is a year old already.

To those of you who don’t know, Blanche is my Pomeranian fur baby. It couldn’t have happened on a better weekend as Bark and Bumble, the new dog-friendly café has just opened in Cork. Being the diva that she is, we had to throw her a birthday party complete with Pawsecco and a pupcake.

It’s clear to see people adore their pets, as the place was absolutely packed and there was a queue out the door of people with their canine pals. Blanche, of course, thinks she’s a human so she wasn’t too impressed when we put her in the communal play area and proceeded to barge her way through the fence to freedom. We also had one or two moments where we had to step in and stop her squaring up to some other dogs including a tremendously overweight King Charles who was just there for the pawscotti and didn’t want any trouble.

It’s really a bitter pill to swallow when you realise your child is the playground bully.

Continuing on with the birthday celebrations, we decided to go camping on Sunday. We recently bought a tent for when we were going to Townlands Festival and we decided we should try and make the most of it before the end of the summer. Plus, unlike a hotel, we could easily bring Blanche with us.

We decided on Schull as our destination as I had recently finished the West Cork podcast and so was interested in seeing what the village was like as I hadn’t been there in years. It’s such a nice spot with a great market on a Sunday, and if you are a dog owner, it’s got lots of dog-friendly spots including a great creperie on the main street.

Of course, camping is all well and good when the sun is shining but it’s no fun trying to dismantle a tent in a persistent misty drizzle. Blanche naturally looked on from the warmth of the car, being ever so careful not to get her mane of hair wet.

In fashion news, I’ve really been noticing the autumn clothes creeping into the shops and we are kind of in that weird period where you’ve still got the last of the sundresses and bikinis hanging around but there’s also some knitwear lurking about.

I always find it so hard to change from the different seasons but I’ve been trying to ever so slightly get into an autumn frame of mind. I haven’t gone as far as buying any knitwear yet but for the first time in weeks, I wore a jacket the other day.

I’ve been putting off adding black opaque tights to anything for a while yet, as once they go back on, there’s no turning back. It has, however, been refreshing to be able to wear jeans again now that it’s not as hot and so I find that my transitional wardrobe from summer to autumn is mainly consisting of jeans, a basic t-shirt and a blazer or jacket of some description with an espadrille to finish the look off.

Every year there is always one seasonal item that I will really miss not having in my wardrobe and this year that item is the espadrille. I have worn a pair nearly every day this summer and so I’m on the lookout for it’s replacement. My money’s on a white trainer being my new go-to shoe staple but a tan ankle boot is another strong contender for top shoe spot.

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