24 January 2012

Teapots & Words

I know it's been ages ... blame these books! Between writing two Dummies books at once, and keeping up with my syndicated puzzle commitments, there aren't many hours left in the day. Plus we have a lodger now, and Dotter has moved back home, so she's in my office, and I'm in the family room, and ... it's good, but the house is very full and a bit mad.

Isn't this teapot PERFECT? It's a Paul Cardew design, which I discovered online. Only one shop in America was still selling it ... it's just a two cup pot. I especially love the ceramic fountain pen handle on the lid! They clearly didn't get a crossword setter in to help with the layout of the grids ... they aren't fully filled in, and include (unnecessarily and offensively) words about COFFEE. Shock horror!

Mr Griffles continues to grow both in size and adorablage. He is a little fluffy powerhouse, running full tilt at the world! He loves to chase it tail until he staggers from being so dizzy, and watches TV! I've never had a TV-watching dog before, it's so funny, he barks at the bad guys when they shoot their guns!

Griff is also a water dog - another first for us. He loves to splash his paw in his water bowl, and has a shallow wading pool out the back to play in. So funny!

He and Miss Petal are mostly getting on now — they'll even sleep in close proximity now ... there are plenty of tussles and growls and roughhousing too, though, but on the whole, I think it's going well. We've just got one of those clever 'slot into your sliding door' panels with a doggy door at the bottom, and Griff has mastered it in 24 hours. Petal isn't so keen on it though, even with liver treats on the other side!

OK, back to the insane and brain-hurting world of cryptic crosswords. You think it's mind-numbing solving them? Try writing them  >.<


  1. My husband bought me a book of crosswords to keep at work for when a client evaluation gets boring. I slip one into my notebook and everyone thinks I am studiously taking notes.

    I never realized the difference between 'american' crosswords and 'british' crosswords until I tried these which turned out to be british style. They are so hard! I perfer my old american style because they're easier to figure out words from the words I know.

    And I love cryptograms. I miss getting the newspaper simply for the crypto everyday.

  2. Oh you are very busy and your life is full, but that's nice: it's hectic in a good way. I can see Miss Petal giving Griff the evil eye!! I am glad they are getting along better and Griff is welcome in The Labradors' paddle pool any time!! Fabulous tea pot!!

  3. Aw! Isn't he a cutie!

    My big dog is too big (at about 49 kg) for a doggie door, but that's okay: he knows how to get his humans to create the Magic Wall Portal so he can get out and in again.

  4. We have a mug, coaster and tin to match that teapot. Actually cardewdesign.com are still selling those at $15. The teapot is much cooler though!


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