A busy start to the year!



Firstly, congratulations to Ellen Joy Gordon the lucky winner in last week’s competition.
Do watch out for more competitions very soon on my blog and twitter. I’m @mecharliebrook. I’m in the midst of securing some fabulous prizes!

How has your week been? Ours has been non-stop especially with the essential surgery my Cairn Terrier had to undergo 🙁

I’ll keep the details to a minimum just in case you’re not too keen on matters of a medical nature – especially when it comes to eyes!

Bramble the Cairn Terrier

Bramble had a recent check up at our Vet (who is brilliant by the way) who noticed an anomaly in her right eye.

On his recommendation we made an appointment with a veterinary eye specialist. Bramble was a model patient. She just sat there quietly while they ran all the tests. Every now and then she gave me a look as if to say ‘why are they doing this to me… I don’t understand!’ I really felt for her.

The tests revealed she needed important surgery as she was at considerable risk of her retina becoming detached among other possible complications.

Well, she was the model patient and the surgery went beautifully. I was amazed to learn that she even has dissolvable stitches on her eyeball. She also has a new lens in the right eye, of which she’s very proud, I’m sure! To be honest, I don’t think she cares less, she’s just relieved, as are we, to be back home! She’ll soon be back in the garden digging holes and chasing balls.

Huge thanks to the veterinary surgeon and his team for their great work and special thanks to my vet for spotting the condition in the first place.

I’m rather relieved to have pet insurance too! Phew!

Busy times at QVC as well with some more fabulous shows on the way too.

PicMonkey Collage 2

If you catch me on air from time to time you’ll know how much I love my food. Well, looking ahead on the schedule I see I’m launching the rather brilliant Kuhn Rikon Ceramic Pan with lid this coming Monday 12th January at midnight. I’ll be on air with Mark Charles and no doubt I’ll tuck into some of the wonderful dishes he’ll create with the pan.

In the meantime I’m due to pop some drops in Bramble’s eye (six times a day) so I’d better dash.

Take care and see you soon.

Charlie x


  1. Marie January 7, 2015 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    So pleased Bramble is ok it must have been very stressful for all.
    love and happy new year to you all.


  2. Debby Slauenwhite January 8, 2015 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Morning Charlie.
    Bella sends a BIG Whoof to poor Bramble. Hope she’s feeling a lot better. I know how you feel [ Bella is always at her vets….as you know.]
    I’ll be looking at the Kuhn Rikon hour. We all love the can and bottle opener. I’ve given them to several relatives [ I’ve even sent them to Australia, that’s how good they are.]
    I’m looking for some new pans. I brought a little cast iron fry pan last year,[ Simon said it was indistructable and nothing would burn in it……He hasn’t met my brother !!! so I’ll be keeping an eye out for a replacement.
    Take care.
    Love to poor Bramble.
    Debby and Bella say’s a big whoof.

  3. Sharon Goodley January 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Glad things are going well for your Bramble. My Jack Russell lost the sight in one eye unknown to us until a vet visit and a trip to a specialist (who was brilliant) which resulted in regular vet visits. He had a detached retina but it had caused major damage. Then an op to save his other eye from doing the same which unfortunately had complications resulting in that eye being totally removed sadly we lost him to another condition in March last year. So I wish your doggy lots and lots of luck for a good result xxx

  4. Charlie Brook January 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Marie,

    Thanks for getting in touch… bramble is doing really well I’m pleased to say.


    All the best


  5. Charlie Brook January 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debby, whoofs to Bella!

    You clearly are a Kuhn Rikon fan! I’m on air with the can opener! You’re right… It’s brilliant!

    All the best and lots of whoofs….


  6. Charlie Brook January 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sharon.

    Thank you for getting in touch and sending lots of luck to Bramble – she is doing really well and back to her mischievous self.

    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your Jack Russell. It must have been a very difficult time for you with so many complications.

    I’ve had many adoring pets over the years and became so attached to them all.

    I hope you have lots of magical memories to recall to make you smile.

    Warmest wishes


  7. Geraldine January 12, 2015 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Charlie I am so pleased that bramble is much better i love to watch you on QVC from Geraldine

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