Tuesday 24 July 2012


Some time ago I said I'd tell you what I'd been up to at the Rescue but I've been a bit slack. So here, several weeks on, is that post.

While Whisky was trying to bond with Jubilee, I also spent a number of days at the Rescue. Wanting to stay out of the way of the bonding, so as not to have any effect on his attitude, I was there to do other things and free up Caroline so she could give them expert supervision. The upshot was, I spent most of the week cleaning and organising the other volunteers.

Since the Rescue is currently desperate for volunteers for DIY maintenance jobs, you might be wondering why it is that I spend my time there cleaning when I could be fixing things, so let me explain by way of example why this is. For on my last day there, looking for something different to do, out came my tools as I decided that Sushi and Serena's run was in need of a handle to make it easier to open the door. Here are the results of my efforts.

I have to say I am very proud of my work. But one green handle, two screws, how long do you think it took me? Well I won't keep you in suspense. It took me over five hours.

In my defence, the reason it took so long was that I was so determined to do a proper job, I decided to take the whole door off, re-do the mesh and paint the wood. I estimated this would take 20 minutes or so...one hour in it was starting to look like an episode of 1970's TV sitcom "Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em".

So if we learned nothing else that week, we definitely learned why I leave all the DIY to Stuart.

"I'll admit I'm no expert on these things, but aren't I supposed to be with Serena on the OTHER side of this door?