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Review: Thermatex Dog Coat

Own a dog? Visit Living With Rory to see my review of the best doggy purchase I have ever made, a Thermatex Dog Coat.

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Doggy holiday review: Achiltibuie in the Scottish Highlands

Doggy holiday review: Achiltibuie in the Scottish Highlands

New blog post over at Living with Rory about taking a holiday in Achiltibuie in the Highlands with a dog (specifically mine).

Hooked on Carl and Chas

Photo from Tim Green on Flickr.

After years of disinterest, I have returned to Emmerdale viewing for one reason – the relationship between Carl King and Chastity Dingle. When I was a religious soap watcher aka student, their on-off relationship had me hooked. From the accidental murder of Carl’s father, Tom, due to an argument about Chas (Carl pushes him and he falls out a window in true soap style) to the exposé of Carl’s infidelity by Chas at their wedding, it is non-stop action, drama and emotional turmoil.

The make or break of soap star relationships are, of course, the actors and this is no exception. There is just something about the chemistry between Tom Lister and Lucy Pargeter that keeps me tuning in for more. I was devastated along with Chas when Carl finished their relationship in 2007. I hated and pitied Carl when he had one affair after another, but always went back to Chas. For some reason, they just can’t stay away from each other.

Maybe that is the crux of it. Their relationship is flawed just like ours often are. They try to move on with other people, but they are still drawn to each other. It’s that all consuming love that you never really escape the draw of, even if it’s not always good for you. And now Carl has declared his love for Chas again in a sort of charming, if a little intense and unhinged, speech, but what will she do? I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out. One thing’s for sure, with Carl and Chas it’s bound to be explosive!

A week of Emmerdale drama starts on ITV on the 15 October.

The Goddess Guide II (18 #oneaday)

It was brought to my attention today, by the wonderful Domestic Sluts on Twitter, that Gisèle Scanlon has released another book. This is very exciting news.

The Goddess Guide II is the follow up to The Goddess Guide, one of my favourite books ever. The original is bound in a luxurious felt patterned cover, and every page is colour and glossy. It’s like a very upmarket magazine. A secret insight into EVERYWHERE and EVERYTHING; from how to get ink off of leather, to where to visit on holiday. While carrying it around I had several people ask me where I bought it. It’s that kind of book.

I won’t tell you anymore of what it contains, you’ll have to buy it to get the full benefit. However, I will share with you my favourite article in the first book, just to give you a taster… it tells the story of a woman who paints the contents of your handbag in Paris, and is illustrated with examples of her drawings. Apparently she will know if you have removed anything in advance of the ‘sitting’ and will refuse to draw if she thinks you have. I love it. I will visit her one day. (Poor her. You should see the contents of my bag…)

I hope that the new book lives up to the greatness of The Goddess Guide. It makes me nervous that I can only see the new version on sale in paperback. Part of the magic of the first book was the magic of holding it, and knowing you were holding something special. I guess I will have to buy it and see!

You can check out the latest news from Gisèle Scanlon on the Goddess Guide here, and follow her, @goddessguide, on Twitter.

You can also read the fabulous interview with Gisèle that inspired this post, over at Domestic Sluttery here.

Are you watching Masterchef Australia? (14 #oneaday)

I’m a bit of a sucker for reality tv style cooking shows. I love Great British Menu. I love Hell’s Kitchen (both the Gordon Ramsay version and Marco Pierre White’s). I thought the series where Jamie Oliver’s friend started a pig farm, that programme, that was GREAT. I have loved Jamie’s School Dinners, Top Chef, Kitchen Nightmares, Monty Halls Great Escape, Big Chef takes on Little Chef and even, on occasion, The F Word. And oh my gosh The Restaurant. I love that show.

There is however one exception. I have never been taken by Masterchef. It doesn’t do anything for me. I’m not saying this means it is a bad show. I’m sure plenty of people love it and I know my mum and sister do. It’s too safe for me, there is not enough extreme competition. I want to see people juggle knives. In Top Chef they have to BBQ high end food on the beach for surfers, they have to cater on yacht on a budget, they have quick fire challenges. Masterchef has ‘heats’. Yes, they have to work in a professional kitchen (i’m sure it’s hard) and yes they have to make the same ingredients look exciting and edible (also hard), but it does not make riveting viewing. I will watch it if nothing else is on.

On the other hand, Masterchef Australia is BRILLIANT. It is much more Top Chef and much less Masterchef UK. The first episode I watched gave a contestant the opportunity, early on in the competition, to win a free passage to the final. All they had to do is cook a plate of food better than a famous Australian chef. Easy right? Ok well maybe not, but it was great tv. (He lost and rejoined the rest of the gang).

Then they had to work in two teams in a high end sushi restaurant and arranged their teams in an Apprentice style with buyers, and chefs, and stuff. (I love The Apprentice but that’s another story). It was exciting and made you care about the individuals – the staple of a reality show.

And now i’m watching it; i’m learning. And, shock of shocks, I don’t mind i’m learning. It’s a miracle! The mentors are showing the team how to make a chocolate and olive oil mousse. I want to eat it. I want to taste raw egg (you would have to watch this episode to understand).

I love it. I’m Sky+ ing it. You should too.

Masterchef Australia is on Watch at 7pm everyday except Saturday.

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