Monday, 25 May 2009

All's Well

Thank you all so much for your kind messages and well wishes. I haven't had time to reply to them all but every one was read and appreciated. Our day started yesterday with a call to the vet to hear that Barley had had a good night, was off his drip, all blood tests were negative and he was eating again. They wanted to keep him in a bit longer to see how he coped but it was looking good. Which meant that we were able to relax and enjoy our party. Perfect weather meant we could be outside - a lovely day with family, friends, sunshine and good food.

The published author and birthday boy had a good day too - lots of people brought along a copy of his book for him to sign.

And even I managed to sit down and relax... not something I do often!

Of course it wouldn't be a birthday without cake... so there were birthday brownies.

And at Sam's request, coffee and walnut cake - individual sized!

When most people had gone home there was another call to the vet and we were told Barley could come home. He's still on four lots of medicine (fun and games getting that into him this morning!) and a very bland diet and has to go back to the vet tomorrow. But overall he's much better, glad be home and enjoyed a snooze in the last of the evening sunshine last night. It's good to have him home.


p.s. Next post is my 300th... you know what that means!

34 comments:

  1. So pleased he is back home with you all safe and sound. That phone call to the vets' for updates is one that always fills me with dread.

    Wow! You got the weather right for yesterday didn't you. Glad it all went well.

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  2. So pleased that Barley is home again enjoying the sunshine. He's had a rough time of it as have you. I remember getting pills down a dog! Not easy! Hope Barley continues to improve bless him.

    Glad you had a lovely day yesterday. Gorgeous cakes, family, friends and relaxing with a glass, no doubt. What can be better?

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  3. Brilliant news about Barley! And your party seems to have gone perfectly - especially with individual sized coffee and walnut cakes - what a treat!

    Lucy x

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  4. Sighs of relief all round - I was thinking of you and Barley this morning and wondering if there was any news. Your garden party looked to be a great success and I forgot to give congratulations and birthday wishes to your son - a double celebration for him. Those cakes look good. Thank heaven they are only on my screen! Barley looks glad to be home.

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  5. What a relief! Glad that the news is good.

    The party had perfect weather and you all seem to have enjoyed it.

    Happy birthday Sam.

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  6. Great news Gina!
    It looks like you had a lovely day.
    You were so lucky with the weather!

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  7. So glad to hear he's on the mend and that you were able to enjoy your family party - look's fun!

    I'm having a giveaway this week too, hope you pop over some time! and tell your friends! xx

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  8. Hooray and hurrah for Barley's return. Bloggy wishes are obviously powerful things.

    Glad you all had a nice day yesterday - wasn't the weather glorious?

    x

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  9. So glad Barley is well again. barney is hoping around with his foot in the air today- looks like we're off to the vets again!

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  10. Thank goodness. I tried to text you yesterday but realised I was about to send a 'how's Barley?' message to a number I wasn't sure was yours ...

    Looks like a lovely party!

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  11. So glad to hear that Barley is ok. I'm sure it made for an extra fun day. Good luck with the medicine!

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  12. Hasn't the weather been splendid!

    Looks like you had a relaxing celebration. And what a relief that Barley is home - hope he gets a little better each day.

    Celia
    x

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  13. Good news about Barley, what a relief for you all, so pleased the party went ahead with all that sunshine. The day was made for a party.

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  14. That's wonderful news. I am glad Barley is doing well and at home.

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  15. such brilliant news about Barley and he is just soo lovely! love the birthday brownies!!!

    xx

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  16. Hi Gina! Sooooo pleased that Barley is OK. Didn't really want to click on your post in bloglines just in case... but glad I did! And glad you had a lovely family celebration. I was thinking about you yesterday hoping that it would be so. x

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  17. What a wonderful family party - everyone looks so happy - not surprising really with so much to celebrate.

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  18. Gina, I'm thrilled to bits for you reading this happy news...been thinking of you lots and just got home to check in...having just had a scare with Walter, I know how horrible these things are. Big hugs to Barley!

    Glad you could enjoy the party and celebrate, too, in the sunshine.
    D x

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  19. So pleased about Barley - I only logged on to check on his condition! See you soon x

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  20. I am so glad Barley is on the mend - poorly pets are such a worry!

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  21. Keep him away from the brownies! Phew I'm so relieved he's better...couldn't do with another casualty.

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  22. Very happy to hear that Barley is doing much better. And that the birthday party was such a success! I think you would throw the best 'do's and you look very relaxed and happy in your photo.
    Dot xx

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  23. I'm so glad B is well and home again.

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  24. Really glad to hear that Barley is picking up, what an awful worry. So many congrats to your boy, for the book and the birthday.....am li(c)king the individual coffe and walnut cakes too....any left? x

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  25. Glad to hear that Barley's on the mend - it's such a worry when pets are ill, they can't tell you what's wrong or what they've eaten!

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  26. Good news! Looks like you all had a lovely time.

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  27. Awww, look at Barley, all tuckered out from the vets. It looks like you had a wonderful party -- I sure wish I could reach in my screen and grab one of those brownies!

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  28. Delighted that Barley is on the mend. lovely picture of him too. Great weather too for a party.

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  29. I'm so glad that Barley is back home and recovering - hope he's a lot better now. Looks like you had a wonderful day for the party - those cakes look fab!

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  30. Gosh you have been busy. I'm glad that Barley is okay. Fancy cooking for 30, what a nightmare! I bet you handled it with ease.

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  31. I am glad your dog is home. x The brownies look yum and the day fab!

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  32. I've only just caught up with your marvelous news - Congratulations all round! Please give Barley a big cuddle from me - not forgetting a scratch on his tummy just below the ribs (you know, the one that gets their back leg dancing!). Our old dog Rusty used to do a brilliant performance of "Happy Feet". I've been working away in Orpington since Monday night and, miles away from my computer, had wondered how Barley got on. Your birthday/publishing celebrations look like they really hit the right spot. However, I really do think that your Coffee and Walnut cakes look ever so slightly poisonous and insist that I volunteer to test one or three, just to make sure they're safe for others to eat.

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