Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Happy birthday Danny

Today would've been my little dog Danny's eleventh birthday. He died last September and although it pained me to see him getting old, I still miss him so much. He was such a special boy, so intelligent and sensitive and really was the best first dog I could've wished for. I have so many treasured memories of the things we did together: holidays, training, shows- even just the times spent lazing around the house or in the garden were special.

In August, a few weeks before the last time I saw Dan (he was put to sleep whilst I was on a language course in France), we went down on the train to Battersea Park in London to act as models in a photoshoot for Orange. Danny was impeccably behaved and even though he suffered a bit with the heat, he seemed to enjoy the day too, especially as one of his favourite things in the world used to be travelling on the Tube. I was so proud of my boy that day!

Here are a few photos from the day which my lovely friend Kaye sent me to cheer me up after Danny's passing:

© Anthony Upton 2011

© Anthony Upton 2011

© Anthony Upton 2011

Goodnight Danny, my little star in the sky. I hope you're having a nice birthday- wherever you are!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

To-do lists

Writing to-do lists is not a tactic I usually go for; so far in life my general method has been to blindly bumble through the times when a lot of stuff needs to get done and hope for the best, usually followed by having to deal with some kind of unfortunate consequence of my actions (or non-actions). However there is a first time for everything and right now I think I want to try to be an organised person, someone who in the past I would have envied, probably sneered at and dismissed as the kind of person I would never become.

I am coming to the end of my university life (boo!) and this means one thing in particular: exams. I have gone through uni just expecting that a 2:1 grade would somehow fall in my lap- unfortunately fourth year has been a bit of a wake-up call for me and I've come to realise that if I want to achieve this most sought-after of grades, I need to actually work for it. I have yet to start revision properly and before I do so, I have decided to set myself a to-do list, partly to make sure that I don't miss anything out and partly to put off actually starting revision properly.

You can't not feel summery when you have orange toenails!

But the weather this week seems to have taken an enormous turn for the better and the glorious sunshine is making the thought of staying inside revising quite an unpleasant one. Therefore I have made myself a to-do list for today which involves the least amount of 'work' possible:

  • Take library books back to library (and put off paying the fine- again)
  • Buy washing powder
  • Do washing
  • Sit outside and read book whilst supervising the clothes as they dry on the rack (this is definitely necessary)
  • Fix sunglasses
  • Write revision to-do list
  • Read something in French and something in German
  • Make beef stew and dumplings- yum
  • Watch rubbish telly this evening

In the words of Coldplay- I will try to fix you

What a packed schedule! If my uni tutors could see this I'm sure they'd agree that there's no way I have time to start proper revision today. In typically British fashion, I blame the weather. Maybe tomorrow..

Saturday, 24 March 2012


Today I had a fish finger sandwich and carrot cake for lunch and now I feel full.