13.11.14 An old dog goes home, a visit from a daughter and grandson and the Harrogate show

We took our beloved dog Fable to the vets yesterday and didn’t bring her home, just a rather worn collar and a brand new lead (why did I buy a new lead for her? I just don’t know)

Fable helping to mow the grass

This poem just sums it all up……………….

THERE is sorrow enough in the natural way

From men and women to fill our day;

And when we are certain of sorrow in store,

Why do we always arrange for more?

Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy

Love unflinching that cannot lie

Perfect passion and worship fed

By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.

Nevertheless it is hardly fair To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits

Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,

And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs

To lethal chambers or loaded guns,

Then you will find – it’s your own affair, – But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,

With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!),

When the spirit that answered your every mood

Is gone – wherever it goes – for good,

You will discover how much you care, And will give your heart to a dog to tear!

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,

When it comes to burying Christian clay.

Our loves are not given, but only lent,

At compound interest of cent per cent,

Though it is not always the case, I believe,

That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve;

For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,

A short-time loan is as bad as a long

So why in – Heaven (before we are there) Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

 Rudyard Kipling

It’s hard to think of much else she wasn’t a very exciting dog, she never did anything wrong, she was never a challenge, she walked to heel and never chased the pheasants, she lay around the house in the most inconvenient places. She always, always, came when I called her. She never failed to get hairs all over me – especially if I was wearing black. So what’s there to miss? My son said she was like an old Afghan rug that an Uncle had brought home in 1936 and had just become part of the furniture, it made me smile because it’s so true – she was just there with her soft, trusting, brown eyes. The same eyes that trusted me when I took her to the vets and that’s the problem, that’s where I go to pieces. I keep asking myself if she could, with the right painkillers, have gone on for just a bit longer…………… the vet said that she had been a good friend to me and now was the time to be a good friend to her……………. Oh how I miss my friend……………


On to other things

Two recent visits to London one for Zandra Rhode’s fabric launch held in her pent house; a lovely afternoon cocktail party really, I slept all the way home on the train – too much colour? too much wine? I couldn’t possibly comment!

Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes

And a work shop for Liberty’s of London. A lovely day with smashing students. The workshops are held in the old board room a fabulous room with old panelling (and extremely poor lighting).

Work shop in Liberty's boardroom

Work shop in Liberty’s boardroom

All my students all managed to finish the project



back of purses

back of purses

Well done  girls and thank you for a lovely day

I’m almost, but still not quite, ready for the stitching and knitting show at Harrogate. I’m doing some workshops and I have a stand. I’ve been preparing for this for at least seven months, I have only a few more patterns to print out and a final check and I’m ready, the van arrives on Monday, the dog sitter (yes, Hesper the Jack Russell still has to be catered for – she will so miss Fable when we are not here – they were the greatest of friends) arrives on Tuesday and I’m off on Wednesday………….

Tiny toes workshop

Tiny toes workshop

ready for the show

ready for the show


samples for the show

samples for the show

Meanwhile I still have much other things to do, not least of which is sewing the lace to Eva Rose’s Christening robe – I hope she doesn’t grow too fast in the next month or so…………

The crib was finished in time lets hope the robe is too………………..

Eva's crib

Eva’s crib

Marcel and Hatty were home for the weekend, Hatty realising when she went to pick her car up in Nice airport that she’d left the car keys here with me……………. This was not one of Hatty’s finest moments!

But we did have a weekend of fun and laughter. Our loo has an ancient 17th century door originally from Swaffam jail. Marcel with his nylon policeman’s outfit and his plastic handcuffs found it hugely funny to lock us, one at a time, in the jail, our crimes were numerous – Granny and Mummy for eating too much cake, Grandpa – too much Scotch, even the dogs were locked away (too many bones, of course).

Jail house rock!

Jail house rock!

We were very sad to see them go home, but they will be back for Christmas.

Marcel wearing 'William' coat, with his 'just like Grandpa's walking stick'

Marcel wearing ‘William’ coat, with his ‘just like Grandpa’s walking stick’

And finally, if you have managed to get this far

Join us at The Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate!


Visit Susan Campbell Designs on stand B265 at The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd November!


The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK.  Whatever your craft passion it is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for your essential supplies.


We have organised a special discount for our customers so you can buy advance tickets for just £11 (normally £13).  Simply quote EX14 when booking. Visit www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/harrogate or call 0844 848 0155 


The show is open until 7pm on Thursday so there’s no excuse not to join us.


We look forward to seeing you in Harrogate!


Love Susan x


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1 Response to 13.11.14 An old dog goes home, a visit from a daughter and grandson and the Harrogate show

  1. keiryberry says:

    So sorry to read about Fable, we made the same trip to our vet with our lovely old chocolate lab Jed a couple of years ago. I still miss him so. My thoughts are with you.


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