A Bit of Light Relief

Protests against high fuel prices in the form of road blocks permitting, we are holding a fundraising Christmas Fair this weekend for Twilight,  the home for old and disabled dogs I support here in France (you can read about the amazing work Mike and Leanne do here)

I am ‘womanning’ the Twilight stall which will have calendars, Christmas cards, tea-towels, tote bags and aprons for sale along with a few of my hand made dog collars and some key fobs made from the leftover collar materials.

Remember my big crochet dog with the slightly sad face I made with super chunky wool?

Well, I thought I’d offer her up as a prize in a ‘guess the name of the dog’ game at the Christmas Fair.

I think she looks like a female dog so I racked my brains to come up with 30 girly dog names – which proved much harder to think of than male dog names for some reason.  People can choose a name for a euro and the winner can take her home.  With any luck, and just a little bit of friendly cajoling, I might be able to donate 30 euros to the cause which we wouldn’t get if I just put her up for sale.

I haven’t had the most wonderful month.  November has become the anniversary of some recent sad events in my family and I’ve had a couple of other stressful situations to deal with.  So, just for a bit of fun, and because it’s approaching the festive season, I thought I’d ask my readers if they’d like to guess her name and, if anybody gets it right, I’ll send them one of the aprons I’ve been making out of the fun tea-towels Twilight produce or I can leave it as a tea-towel if you prefer.

Here’s a close up of the possible choices

First come first served – once somebody has chosen a name, I’ll cross it off – if I can work out how to do that – otherwise you can just have a look at the previous guesses.

Just leave your guess in the comments and, because I think it’s only fair, the game is only open to those already following me.  So, if you are a follower but don’t usually comment, and you would like a free apron/tea towel – and who wouldn’t? – now’s the time.

The fair is on Saturday 24th so I’ll reveal the answer on Monday 26th.

Go on – have a guess!

 

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  1. #1 by poshbirdy on November 22, 2018 - 17:27

    Please put me down for BESS. So sorry you’ve been feeling down. Always love your posts x

  2. #3 by Kate on November 22, 2018 - 17:32

    I think she is a TILLY! But, can I have her instead of the apron..? (The aprons are lovely, but I have fallen in love with your knitted dogs…) Hope things get easier for you.

    • #4 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 18:40

      She’s HUGE! An apron/tea towel is much easier to post 🐶 but thank you for your comment and for your guess.

  3. #5 by claire93 on November 22, 2018 - 17:50

    hope you’ve been resting so you’re up for the Twilight event! Make sure you have a deckchair, while you’re womanning the stall!
    I think your crocheted dog looks like a SUSIE. That was name of our lab, when I was a child ^^

    • #6 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 18:44

      Aah, we had a lovely golden retriever called Susie who came over here with us when we moved from the U.K. A lovely gentle soul but the epitome of a ‘dizzy blonde’ stereotype. Bless her.
      I usually spend these events – we usually do one at Easter too – milling about and chatting, rummaging through the second-hand book stall and buying cakes. I do try to encourage other people to spend money too of course.

  4. #7 by wendyfromthewest on November 22, 2018 - 18:40

    Hi Tialys – she’s got the look of a Floss to me! Hope she makes lots of Euros for the charity
    Xx

    • #8 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 18:53

      It would be great if I could persuade 30 people at the fair to have a guess. Usually, people who come along are longtime supporters of the charity and have a budget to spend at the fair. I’ve given up having a stall of handmade goodies because people prefer to buy raffle tickets, have a go on the bottle stall tombola, buy second hand books, have a go on the lucky dip and buy home made cakes which is fair enough. Thanks for having a guess – I’ve put a cross against Floss for you.

      • #9 by wendyfromthewest on November 22, 2018 - 19:40

        I’ll have a look in the shop if you still have it and see if I can boost the funds!!! Can you send a link or remind me of the name? My dogs could do with a couple of new collars and a bandana each! X

      • #10 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 20:42

        If you click on the photograph of the collar near the top of my sidebar, it will take you to the shop. I’ll give you a discount as a blog reader – just let me know if you see anything you fancy. No bandanas in there at the moment, I don’t think, but I can always make you a couple if you like.

  5. #11 by thecontentedcrafter on November 22, 2018 - 18:41

    Definitely a Phoebe! And I don’t know why – she just is ❤ I'd adore to wear one of your aprons xoxo

    I'm sorry you are having a hard month, it's never easy to lose folk you love. I've lost my last two brothers this past year, the last one went just five days after my birthday and sometimes it feels just a bit too much all at once! But I also think that when we love they are never really gone from our lives because we have all the gifts left by memories and deep connections.

    • #12 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 18:48

      You always say just the right thing Pauline xx

  6. #13 by Mary Gillette on November 22, 2018 - 18:55

    She looks like a Molly to me.

    • #14 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 20:38

      There’s a cross against Molly for you Mary. Thank you for joining in.

  7. #15 by M. L. Kappa on November 22, 2018 - 19:10

    I’m going for Coco! I need a bit of Xmas cheer as well—pity I don’t live closer, is have loved to come for a chat and a shop.🌺🌺🌺

    • #16 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 20:39

      That would be great wouldn’t it?

  8. #17 by Kim on November 22, 2018 - 19:33

    Since my daughter is Jess I really have to pick that! It’s an adorable dog so I hope you sell all the names at your event and make lots of money.
    I hope December will be kind to you. I’m kinda hoping for the same here – a quiet, slightly boring month would suit me fine….

    • #18 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 20:39

      Sometimes, boring is good isn’t it Kim?

      • #19 by Kim on November 23, 2018 - 10:09

        Certainly is!

  9. #20 by Pat on November 22, 2018 - 19:47

    DOLLY!

    • #21 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 20:43

      Well, Hello….. Dolly 😉

  10. #22 by PendleStitches on November 22, 2018 - 19:52

    One of our newish kittens is Florence, so I’ll pick that please. I’m so sure you’ll get a wonderful reception to her at the fair 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

    • #23 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 20:43

      ‘One of our newish kittens’! How many have you got?

      • #24 by PendleStitches on January 16, 2019 - 14:49

        Just found this! Sigh….I’m hopeless. We have two kittens and George the Schnauzon. I say ‘kittens’…..they’re nearly 1!

      • #25 by tialys on January 17, 2019 - 10:39

        Cats are always kittens – they never seem to change until they’re really, really old.

  11. #26 by Nanette on November 22, 2018 - 19:59

    I’ll go for Lulu, because that’s the trouble with waking up on the other side of the world and all your favourites…..Floss, Florence and Dolly are taken. Here’s hoping for gentler, kinder times for you, and I hope your bit of fun at the street fair lifts your spirits a little.

    • #27 by tialys on November 22, 2018 - 20:44

      Well, your favourites aren’t necessarily the winners!

  12. #28 by anne54 on November 22, 2018 - 21:27

    Can I have Annie please? For obvious reasons!
    I am sorry that you are having a hard time lately. Heading into the cold of Winter wouldn’t be helping either. I hope your stall is a great success, and I love the idea of picking the name for your delightful dog (who is obviously called Annie!). I certainly couldn’t resist paying a euro if I was coming by the stall.

    • #29 by tialys on November 23, 2018 - 06:59

      I hope thirty other people won’t be able to resist either Anne 🤞

  13. #30 by mariannasew2pro on November 22, 2018 - 21:36

    Well I thought she looked like a Sophie which isn’t even on the list so I will go for Ellie because she looks like Ellie from the Mary Murphy picture books I used to love reading to the children:
    https://www.abebooks.co.uk/9780789426802/Feel-Happy-Sad-Angry-Glad-0789426803/plp
    I had no idea she was on such a scale!
    Sorry you’re going through a rough patch. Hope things look up soon Mx

    • #31 by tialys on November 23, 2018 - 06:58

      She does look like Mary Murphy’s Ellie doesn’t she? I hadn’t seen those books before. A lot of the reading I did with my girls also involved dogs – what a surprise! There was Spot of course, Meg the collie, Piper the stray and, my favourite, Daisy the English Bull Terrier – how I’d love one of those dogs but they are supposed to be a bit difficult and I prefer an easier life these days plus the chances of one of those turning up in a refuge over here are remote.
      This crochet creation is so big because when I received the pattern book I was so keen to get started I grabbed the only yarn I had in a remotely doggy colour which happened to be super bulky weight so it turned into a super bulky dog. The subsequent ones are much smaller.

      • #32 by mariannasew2pro on November 25, 2018 - 22:35

        I like English Bull Terriers too but don’t think they’re compatible with cats. We often have conversations about what kind of a dog we will have (a retirement plan) but I only feel certain that it will be a rescue dog! Mx

      • #33 by tialys on November 26, 2018 - 09:02

        I think they are supposed to be quite ‘difficult’ but good with children and incredibly loyal. In the end – rescue dogs rule! Although we have had breeds from a rescue, as puppies, a german shepherd and a golden retriever amongst them. You’ve only got to watch Paul O’Grady’s ‘For the Love of Dogs’ about Battersea (and I do, often in tears) to see it’s possible.

  14. #34 by katechiconi on November 22, 2018 - 21:54

    I’m going for Daisy…. not sure why, but I think she has a Daisy sort of a face. If I win, please can I have just a tea towel, as I have three perfectly good aprons already?
    I’m resisting the urge to say bracing, cheerful things, because I know from experience how annoying and painful that can be. I hope you emerge from your cloud of sadness soon, that you will remember all the wonderful things about the people you have lost, and that Christmas fills you with only delight and joyful anticipation.

    • #35 by tialys on November 23, 2018 - 06:51

      I’m fine really – I’m not one to linger in the dumps for too long. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  15. #37 by nanacathy2 on November 22, 2018 - 22:21

    I would have guessed Lulu, as my brother has a Lulu dog, so now I guess Milie.

    • #38 by tialys on November 23, 2018 - 06:50

      Thanks for guessing Cathy. All will be revealed on Monday.

  16. #39 by Nanette on November 23, 2018 - 07:17

    Forgot to ask…..how IS the winner being chosen.?

    • #40 by tialys on November 23, 2018 - 08:08

      I have already decided on the dog’s name and it is in a sealed envelope which I will give to our organiser tomorrow at the fair. The winners – both at the fair and on this blog will be the one who picks the name in the envelope. If nobody picks the right one, I’ll put the name of everybody that had a guess into a hat and draw out the winner.

  17. #41 by kathyreeves on November 23, 2018 - 14:21

    I choose Penny! I hope that today brings you a new piece of joy to savor! Hope you’re feeling better physically each day and not trying to do too much. 🙂 (always a problem at my house.) I wish you massive success with the benefit!

    • #42 by tialys on November 23, 2018 - 17:30

      Thank you Kathy, there’s some more ‘action’ planned by protesters tomorrow so I’m hoping it won’t affect our fundraising efforts too much.

      • #43 by kathyreeves on November 23, 2018 - 17:36

        Maybe people will get tired of it, and come it to visit you guys!

  18. #44 by magpiesue on November 23, 2018 - 22:37

    I’ll guess Belle, but if I’m right you don’t need to send me an apron or towel, Just being right will be prize enough! I hope the sale goes well, with the added benefit of taking your mind off of other, less happy, thoughts.

  19. #46 by jendavismiller on November 24, 2018 - 04:05

    Oh I think she could be a Tess. She’s adorable no matter what she’ll be called. Mostly I just want to send a virtual hug from across the pond and wishes for a happy and peaceful holiday season.

    • #47 by tialys on November 24, 2018 - 18:21

      Thanks Jenn – I have received the virtual hug and feel better already 😊

  20. #48 by Hila on November 25, 2018 - 10:50

    Fifi! I am probably late to the draw since it was yesterday but I am desperately curious to see what her name is!

    • #49 by tialys on November 25, 2018 - 11:08

      Not too late Hila – I’m not drawing it until tomorrow although you’re right, the actual Fair was yesterday and she is on her way to her new home with the French lady who correctly guessed her name.

  21. #50 by KerryCan on November 25, 2018 - 13:19

    I’m getting here so late on this! I’ll take Pixie, if it’s available. I think you’re the greatest–doing so much for animals that are normally overlooked! And, by doing good for them, you brighten your own mood, I’m sure. I hate it when a bunch of sad things happen all at once–I can handle one or two, but a person can only shoulder so much of a burden. I hope things are quieter, and happier, for you now!

    • #51 by tialys on November 26, 2018 - 08:59

      Thanks Kerry. Pixie is crossed off the table.
      Results later today.

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