Last week the summer weather arrived and for a few days it felt like we were back in sunny Bermuda – that special place where we stayed for a year in 2011/12.

In the hotter weather living by the sea has distinct advantages. The cooling sea breeze is welcome but with it comes a rise in humidity. Still, nobody is complaining least of all the Cornish ice cream sellers who are doing a roaring trade. There’s even a special ice cream for mutts which Bonnie dog has yet to try – though we’ve promised to put that right soon.

Recently I’ve been involved with a friend in setting up a Media Club in west Cornwall aimed at all those working in the print, broadcast and on-line media. Last Thursday evening we met at the fantastically refurbished Jubilee Pool in Penzance and our brilliant hosts were Rebecca and Robin who run the Poolside Indulgence Cafe. Our plan is simple – to get people in our industry socialising and maybe to bounce a few ideas around.

With many people working as freelancers, it’s a great chance to get to know each other and I’m a great believer that some of the best ideas come out of these informal get togethers. So watch this space and here’s to all the lovely people I’ve met so far.


West Cornwall has a real buzz about it at the moment, with plenty of holiday ‘stay cationers’ heading down here along with the usual mix of foreign visitors. This year seems busier than ever with Cornwall getting plenty of attention on the big and small screens. I’ve just finished work on a fascinating magazine feature looking at how Cornwall’s TV and film industry is involving local people both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Haven’t met Poldark’s Aidan Turner yet but it’s on the wish list!

Bonnie has combined her regular Pets As Therapy dog visits, with a supermarket stint collecting for our local Leonard Cheshire Disability care home. A sure fire way to get shoppers to make a donation has to be a cute dog. People can’t resist giving her a pat and then dropping some coins in the collection box. A win-win and Bonnie did us proud.

Now over to madam for her take on things….

‘ Hiya folks,

Well I have to admit to gaining a few brownie points this week. There was yours truly, the centre of attention, at our local Morrisons supermarket. Can you believe that people were actually putting money into those boxes my rents were holding?

Apparently, a lot of this was down to little ol’ me.

Well, if you’ve got it flaunt it, that’s what I say, especially if it’s for a good cause.

The thing is, the rents keep promising me some doggy ice cream but I haven’t seen any of it yet. I mean, come on – how hot does it have to get before a gal gets to taste it? That pair need to get their act together and bag me some so I can share it with my little Havanese pal Tui. He’s actually already tried it, the lucky boy.

Still loving my occasional longer stays with my lovely minder Leda. She’s teaching me lots of new tricks which might come in handy if I get that TV walk on part. I’ve already hung around a film set with my rent Maggie and I have to say I quite like it.

Now which camera angle suits me best?

Woof and out…..’






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