Attention knitters! Battersea dog’s home needs you!

Battersea dogs home in London is appealing to knitters everywhere to help them to knit comfort blankets for their foster dogs. Some of the dogs need to stay with foster carers as they have been through terrible ordeals and do not cope with life in kennels well. Others are recovering from illness, injury or operations and need that extra bit of TLC while they make a full recovery.

10 year old Marcel with his much loved blanket.

Battersea are appealing to those who can knit to help create security blankets for these poorly pooches, as they have been found to help them to feel safe and warm. They’re hoping to have enough blankets to put one in every doggy bag, which also include food, bedding and toys, and are given to foster carers when they look after a dog. When the dog is rehomed, they can then take their blanket with them to their new home. The blanket will help to offer them comfort and familiarity while they recover and adjust to their new environments.

The blanket pattern has been designed especially for Battersea by Lauren O’Farrell from She explains: “Most people had a special toy or blanket when they were young which they loved to bits. The plan is to make blankets which Battersea’s foster dogs can love just as much. It will be a woolly treat to put in their doggy bags, and they can take their blanket to their new home, so it will smell really familiar and be a handmade friend in a new place.” She has designed the blanket to be made in patchwork so that you can tackle it in manageable chunks, or even join up with fellow knitters to create a blanket together. If you would like to get involved you can download the knitting pattern here. Alternatively, you could come up with your own blanket design. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it just has to be comfy and warm. For more information Battersea’s knitted blanket appeal or fostering opportunities, please visit their website.

So, who’s with me? Does anyone out there fancy joining forces to help create as many blankets as we can? Sometimes the thought of creating an entire knitted blanket can seem like a very daunting task, but if we all combined our efforts we could achieve something truly wonderful. Wether you would like to contribute one square or twenty, I’d like to hear from you. Let’s give this wonderful charity a helping hand and give those pooches something to love and find comfort in.

Finished blankets can be dropped off at any of their centres or can be posted to:

Dog blanket appeal

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

4 Battersea Park Road



“Wish you were here” – a postcard from Rome.

Greetings from Rome!


The Trevi Fountain

Our epic road trip continues and we have been delivered  safely to Rome. It is a truly stunning city and I have been absolutely blown away by it’s beauty and charm.  We have only 2 days here but we are going to cram in as much sight seeing as possible. We will no doubt be extremely exhausted by the end of it, but we will also feel enriched and inspired.

I can’t wait to explore the Colosseum, it’s something I’ve been wanting to see ever since I was a little girl.


The Colosseum

It’s stooooopidly hot here in Italy at the moment, today was just a smidge over 40 oC! Yowza! My pasty-white-freckled-splattered skin is taking a beating from the sun, so I’m having to bathe myself in lashings of sun cream before even attempting to leave any kind of shade for fear that I shall melt in the suns rays like a vampire. I am, however, obtaining a hint of brown glow to my skin which is helping to make me look more “normal” coloured, rather than the “sickly pale” look that I normally sport, yay!

I had best be off now dear reader for Mr Sharp is looking a little negelected as I tap away on these keys, and we are both itching to hit Rome’s streets and see some sights. I will try and blog again before we arrive back in old Blighty next Sunday, but alas I am not sure when I will have internet connection again (how will I ever cope??).

Until then I will leave you with this very hot and sleepy dog that Mr Sharp and I saw in Sorrento. I couldn’t resist taking a picture and sharing it with you, it was just too cute. Arrivederci folks, have a happy weekend! xx

Let sleeping dogs lie.