I hope you've had a less dramatic start to the year than us! Rosie, our lively terrier (pictured left), discovered a plate of my wife's delicious homemade brownies, which one of my lads had daftly placed on a low table in the sitting room. Rosie happily gobbled up a chunk of them before being discovered.
As you know, chocolate is very poisonous to dogs so, in a right panic, we rang the emergency number for the vet. She wanted to know everything, from the type of chocolate used to the size of the piece that Rosie ate, so that she could calculate the risk.
Apparently, if she'd eaten 30g equivalent of chocolate, she'd be in danger, but if 20g, she she'd be ok but poorly. Luckily,after some rapid calculations, it seemed that it was just under 20g so, as advised by the vet, we prepared for her being sick and unwell.
Hmmm…Rosie obviously has the constitution of an ox and the next day she was as bright eyed and bushy tailed as ever,as the picture shows!
The New Year is also an opportunity to start gardening again. I heeled in some David Austin roses yesterday, ready to plant later in the month, and inspected my pots of bulbs and was delighted to see that the crocuses are already 2cm high. I'll bring some inside soon and they should flower in a
couple of weeks.
Elsewhere in the gardening news, everyone is still talking about Toby Buckland's ruthless sacking by the BBC, who decided not to ask him to continue as lead presenter of BBC Gardener's World. I'm a great admirer of Toby, he's a wonderfully hands-on, down-to-earth gardener, who is also a superb presenter and a really nice guy as well.
As many of the letters to Amateur gardening have said, he's been treated very shabbily by the BBC production senior executives, they are the ones who turned the viewers off Gardeners' World, not Toby.
I hope Toby returns to our screens in a major gardening series soon.
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