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  1. It has been nearly 3 months since i blogged - but I feel like I have had a good excuse!

    October was spent with me mainly housebound, and struggling to do simple daily tasks (including think straight!) due to the amount of pain I was in. My hips just could not cope with my 'bump'!

    The last 3 weeks I have had an even better excuse!

    Adam William arrived on Nov 19th to the great joy and relief of our whole family! He is a contented little man who has made the last few months of hardwork, stress and pain all seem more than worthwhile! I am currently house bound all over again as I am not allowed to drive until January, but with the chaos that is a newborn and Christmas as well I suspect that it will yet again be a while before I blog! I have already admitted defeat on the Chrristmas cards front!

    So I will take this opportunity to say Thank you to all our friends and members for your support this year, and to wish you all a very merry Christmas.

    See you in 2013 - hopefully a happy and healthy year for us all. xx

  2. I doubt that anyone has missed me blogging - but I can't believe its been a month! What have I been up to I ask myself?!?! To be honest my head has been in Baby brain gear and I have had no concentration span at all. I have been happy plodding along but the thought of writing coherently?? Not a hope!! But I feel slightly more on the ball so thought I would ramble on a bit!

    The last month has been weird as I have been popping along to shows occasionally to watch but for short periods of time, and not really seen many people. I also haven't been working much - if at all - and am now officially on Maternity leave - well, I am not actually teaching :-) So I am feeling slightly out of the loop as far as SWAT is concerned! Thank goodness for Jo, keeping it all going - and getting some great results already!

    I must say well done to Pat, Sarah, Teresa and Tash who have all gone up a grade this month - exciting times next year. Also exciting is that Raq and Tor have mated - we will know if she is in pup in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed!!

    So why my opening quote?....... Well 2 reasons.

    A few years ago someone complained about our tannoy system at our show, and threatened to get us shut down - all very aggressive and bullying. This last weekend there was a car show at our venue - and they played music over the tannoy for 3 days, had car horn competitions etc etc You get my drift. So i sort of felt that there was a little poetic justice in it all!

    Secondly - and actually  I am quite shocked by this - at a local show last week, some trainers from another club local to us did not realise that they were standing next to and talking to one of our members. Another of our members went in the ring, and knocked a pole. These trainers were so gleeful " yes! he trains with THEM, ha he took a pole"....... Really??? Why are some people so bitter / resentful / nasty? Agility is fun, it is meant to enrich your life and add to it. How can feeling like that be helpful to yourself or anyone around you? All i can say is " what goes around......."  I hope they read this, and realise and are ashamed of themselves.....

    So, news from SWAT. Obedience has stopped, as we just don't have time to fit it in. Winter workshops are all full and operating a waiting list. Christmas meal is all organised - let me know asap your menu choices!!

    As for the keatings.... Lily loves school - phew! Dogs are all ok, no training at all for them until January, lots of cuddles and walks. Dairin and I are on tenterhooks waiting for the arrival of the baby...... watch this space!!

    Xxxx