Speedy’s Christmas and Holiday Countdown 7th December!

Welcome to Day 7 of my countdown…..gosh its getting closer than ever till the big day…..I’m so excited!Anyway time for our next entries first we have Dougie and Zoey over at Zoolatry….

They even get to meet the big guy in Red…..!!! Then we have one of my Bunny pals Elvis from Elvis the Dwarf Bunny on Facebook….

Can’t beat this for Cuteness can you? Now for the Card Count I have 4 paper cards…

Thanks to Siddhartha Henry and Aunty Sherri-Ellen,Dante and Beatrice,Frankie and Ernie and Angels Eric and Flynn and the mum and Dad…

  and 4 E-cards…2 from the same house hold but one is a Jacquie Lawson cad that we can’t post here so thanks to

Basil and co..

Madi and her mum…

 Cody ,Dakota and Caren…

And Mummy has 2 Paper cards…

Now don’t forget there is plenty of time to enter my Count down by sending your photo’s of you and you decorations to rachel.dejong28@googlemail.com or by posting them straight to my Facebook event here! All entries will be posted both here and on my Fcaebook event and will run everyday with the final post on Christmas Day!And my Favourite 3 will get a surprise gift after the main day to carry on the holiday spirit…..cause no one wants it to end do they?

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Speedy’s Christmas and Holiday Countdown 6th December!

Hi Everyone its Day 6 of my Countdown!We’re getting Closer to the big day when we get a visit from the big guy in red….are you excited?I know I am!Anyway we have more entries so lets show them of to you starting with Dex of Fidose of Reality…..

He’s a cutie for sure….next we have one Miss Cathy Keisha showing us how to go site seeing in style when she went to the Rockefella Center…

and the Nativity at St Patrick’s Cathedral last year you can read all about it HERE

Didn’t CK have a great trip?Now I know you all want to see the big tree here at the Christmas House of Speedy so here it is in all its Glory!

We will post more photos of the Christmas House of Speedy as the Days go on.Now on to important stuff the Card count has started with me being in the lead…. I have 2 paper cards and 2 E-cards while mum only has 1 paper card!

Now don’t forget there is plenty of time to enter my Count down by sending your photo’s of you and you decorations to rachel.dejong28@googlemail.com or by posting them straight to my Facebook event here! All entries will be posted both here and on my Fcaebook event and will run everyday with the final post on Christmas Day!And my Favourite 3 will get a surprise gift after the main day to carry on the holiday spirit…..cause no one wants it to end do they?

Speedy’s Christmas and Holiday Count Down 5th December!

Hi everyone and welcome to day 5 of my Count Down…..can you believe we only have 20 days to go!Today we have Sister Seal from Brian’s Home its her 1st Christmas experience…..

and then we have Marvelous and guess what?Its his 1st Christmas too!

And yes I know you want to know why haven’t you seen anything from me well here we are…..

yep she had to go and do it the hat….trust me I won’t be wearing that any time soon…but I do like my Christmas sweater!

Now don’t forget there is plenty of time to enter my Count down by sending your photo’s of you and you decorations to rachel.dejong28@googlemail.com or by posting them straight to my Facebook event here! All entries will be posted both here and on my Fcaebook event and will run everyday with the final post on Christmas Day!And my Favourite 3 will get a surprise gift after the main day to carry on the holiday spirit…..cause no one wants it to end do they?

Speedy’s Christmas and Holiday Countdown 4th December!

Hi everyone its day 4 of my count down and we have Teddy from Two Spoiled Cats getting ready for his first Christmas…

And Siddhartha sharing Christmas and Hanukkah past…

And I wish I could show this cool Christmas Gif from Cathy Kisha so here’s the link on my Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/stunningkeisha/videos/1964316586928532/

Now its Time to reveal where I was in yesterday’s Post and it was Arlington Court,Here’s the rest of the trees around the house and property….

Now don’t forget there is plenty of time to enter my Count down by sending your photo’s of you and you decorations to rachel.dejong28@googlemail.com or by posting them straight to my Facebook event here! All entries will be posted both here and on my Fcaebook event and will run everyday with the final post on Christmas Day!And my Favourite 3 will get a surprise gift after the main day to carry on the holiday spirit…..cause no one wants it to end do they?

Christmas and Holiday Count down 3rd December!

Hi Everyone and welcome to day 3 of my Count Down!We have our next entry from Joanie of 15andmeowing.com

Doesn’t she just look adorable with her Nutcracker Prince?

And I got to go on a special adventure yesterday….

See if you can guess where I went!

And inside there was this Huge Tree!

 

I’ll show you the rest of the Christmas trees and decorations at this house Tomorrow!

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Sunday Selfies with The Cat on My Head

Christmas and Holiday Count Down 2nd Dec!

Hi everyone we are on day 2 of my count down and me and mum went for a quick adventure on the moors.It was so cold that I had to wrap up warm not only my favourite fleece but my Tartan coat too….I felt like the honey monster but it did keep me warm and toastie.Any way we stopped at this house on the way back because they all ways have a Santa on display…..but this year it was a family!

I asked mum if I could get out and Say hello and she said yes!

And to finish off here’s my adventure!

 

 

 

It was a lovely day but oh so cold!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58N06nkj5N4Mum has finish decorating the House of Speedy so tomorrow we will start the big reveal!

Now don’t forget there is plenty of time to enter my Count down by sending your photo’s of you and you decorations to rachel.dejong28@googlemail.com or by posting them straight to my Facebook event here! All entries will be posted both here and on my Fcaebook event and will run everyday with the final post on Christmas Day!And my Favourite 3 will get a surprise gift after the main day to carry on the holiday spirit…..cause no one wants it to end do they?

 

 

Its Begun….Christmas and Holiday Count Down 1st December!

Hello everyone!I can’t Believe it!It’s finally the 1st December and the start of my Christmas and Holiday Count Down!And we have the perfect pup and kitty to kick start the count down,with Hanukkah starting soon who better that Dakota and Cody and they are bridging the holidays by bringing together the spirit of Hanukkah and Christmas in this Great Photo!

So pay them a visit to their blogs via the links above!

Now Things are getting Christmassy here at the House of Speedy with Mum just needing to do the final finishing touches to the decorations and she will soon be decorating her famous Christmas Cake with the big reveal and of course you’ll be wanting the recipe for that so here it is…..

Here’s the Recipe:

350g/12oz self-raising flour

1 tsp mixed spice

100g/4oz ground almonds

500g/18oz mixed dried fruit with peel

100g/4oz dried cranberries

100g/4oz of halved cherries

100g/4oz chopped nuts

4 eggs beaten this year I used Free range Duck eggs

6 tbs milk

2 tbs brandy or rum-I used Cuban Rum

225g/8oz butter

10g/4 oz Caster sugar

100g/4 oz of dark brown sugar

1.Sift the flour with the mixed spice the mix in the ground almonds.

2.Clean the dried fruit in a separate bowl.

3.In another bowl stir the beaten eggs ,milk and brand together.

4.In a large bowl cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy,then stir in the flour a bit at a time with some of the egg mixture until all the ingredients combine to form a smooth batter.

5.Gradually stir in all the dried fruit and cherries and nuts,mix thoroughly.

6.Spoon in the mixture into a 20-22cm/8 inch cake tin which has been lined with greaseproof paper.

7.Preheat oven to 160c/325f/gas mark 3 bake for 1 hour then reduce heat to 150c/300f/gas mark 1-2 and continue to bake for another 3 hours.For Fan assisted ovens bake at 160c for 45 mins and 2 hours at 150 c.

The secret is then once cooled pour small amounts of the brandy or Rum onto  the top of the cake for three days then turn the cake upside down and do this for another three days keep wrapped in foil whilst “feeding the cake” with rum or brandy this process can be repeated over a couple of weeks.Then place the cake on to a cake board marzipan the cake then use royal icing or fondant “ready roll” icing to decorate the cake and add other cake decorations to your hearts content leave to set for Christmas!

This what it should look like once it’s baked and for those that need a gluten free version mum found this great Jamie Oliver Recipe for you too!

Mickey the Hedgehog is still doing his thing of sleeping a couple of nights and then chowing down for a couple of nights so he’s still not quite ready for his winter sleep but it won’t be long now!

And Marvelous made his mum made me this great Christmas Graphic so you’ll be seeing a lot of this one!

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And we will start revealing our Christmas house once mum has finished decorating with the final touches!

Now don’t forget there is plenty of time to enter my Count down by sending your photo’s of you and you decorations to rachel.dejong28@googlemail.com or by posting them straight to my Facebook event here! All entries will be posted both here and on my Fcaebook event and will run everyday with the final post on Christmas Day!And my Favourite 3 will get a surprise gift after the main day to carry on the holiday spirit…..cause no one wants it to end do they?

Top 5 Pet Etiquette Tips in the UK

Hi Everyone with the Holiday season upon us lots of us will be travelling to visit family or just to have last minute pre-festive get away or just get away’s to do that all important festive shopping or even longer breaks away and a lot of us will be bringing our pets with us rather than board them at pet hotels and kennels.So when we was sent this article by AllTheRooms and asked to share it with our readers we found that is was full of useful information that would help everyone on their trips with their pets:

Reliable routines with your pet can become unwanted public spectacles if you’re not sure what you’re doing. We have all seen the unfortunate traveller, surprised at their pet’s suddenly unruly behaviour (“He never acts like this, I don’t know what got into him!”). Thankfully, that doesn’t have to be you. Relax, our Top 5 Pet Etiquette Tips in the UK has you covered for your next trip across the pond.

Make the reservation for your pet

Don’t assume that the next place you stay will be like the last place you stayed. Whether you’re staying in a popular hotel chain or an Airbnb, confirm the pet policy before you arrive.  You don’t want to arrive at your dream hotel in London and have to talk the manager into letting your pet stay there. They may have a zero tolerance policy with pets, or restrictions on size, number of animals, or breeds of animals. Avoid any surprises and do your homework before you arrive.

Find a room on the first floor

When you’re identifying your place to stay, look for a room on the first floor. While you may want to be on the top floor for the best view of Big Ben, you will be making your stay more complicated than it needs to be. Staying on the first floor means you will have quicker access to the entrance if you need to take your pet outside, avoiding unwanted encounters with other guests. Stairs, and especially elevators, are notorious for unpleasant run-ins. Do yourself a favor and book a room nearest to the entrance as possible.

Don’t leave your pets in a quiet room

It’s best to be with your pet as much as possible when travelling, but that may not always be practical. If you must leave your pet alone, make sure you leave the television on. Let the talking heads of the British Broadcasting Corporation keep your pet company. Hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign on the doorknob outside as well. Doing these things will keep your pet distracted from what is happening outside of your room.

Be courteous

Whether you’re staying at The Stafford London or an Airbnb in Greenwich, you want to leave the place better than it was when you arrived. You don’t want to leave marks from muddy paws or clumps of hair for someone else to clean up. Take a sheet or blanket with you from home to put on the bed and any other furniture that your furry friend may jump onto. Of course, you want to keep things clean outside, too. Familiarize yourself with the potty area where you are staying, and find an appropriate receptacle (outdoors, not indoors!) in which to deposit your pet’s waste.

Be safe

Above all else, you want to keep the other guests safe. The last thing you want is for your dog to make a run for the lobby or parking lot. Before you open the door to your room, make sure your animal’s leash is fastened to their collar. Even the most polite animals can react unpredictably when stressed and in unfamiliar environments, so be prepared for unexpected behavior.

You’re all set to be the best guest with a pet your host will ever see. And wherever it is that you choose to stay, make sure you find that place with AllTheRooms.

Check out which U.S. hotel chains cater best to dogs

Disclaimer:This Article was written by AlltheRooms and we have shared it because we think it is useful information that may help those travelling with their pets and we have not been paid for this post.

 

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Sunday Selfies and Announcements!

Yep its Sunday Selfie so as the weather is turning more wintery I thought it was time to show off this arty one of me in my red sweater.Mummy added the hat and put me on this winter photo of Dartmoor and then used Lunapic for the boarder and the snow!

a little update on Mickey he had a snooze for a couple of nights but chowed down Friday night ,so he is definitely getting ready for his winter snooze and we will check later to see if he had his dinner last night.

My Christmas and Holiday Count Down gets underway on Friday 1st December (and 29th Noevember on my Facebook event)to join in you need to send in your photos of you with your trees and decorations or Menorahs or what ever you do to celebrate the holidays.My Favourite 3 will receive a little gift after Christmas to carry on the holiday cheer!You can email them to us at rachel.dejong28@googlemail.com or you can post them on my FACEBOOK EVENT event.All photos with be post both here and on my Facebook event

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Sunday Selfies with The Cat on My Head

Happy Thanks Giving!

We want to wish all our pals in the USA a Happy Thanks Giving and while this isn’t a Holiday here in the UK we do have lots of family and friends over there so we kinda of like to join in a little.So today we are Thankful for knowing every single one of you and being a part of your lives.We are also thankful that Mickey the hedgehog is still chowing down his dinner every night though we think that won’t be for much longer as the weather is turning colder again and he sometimes only snacks a little on the colder nights so he will soon be settling down for his winter sleep.Enjoy your dinner today weather its turkey or something else and stay warm those of you who have snow or have snow on its way!Happy Thanks Giving My Friends!

And just a little reminder my Christmas and Holiday Count down start on the 1st December so its time to start thinking about sending in your Holiday photo’s of you and your trees and decorations but We will tell you more about that on Sunday!