Ashford Snow Dogs

I cannot believe how quickly time has flown since we got married just over two weeks ago. Work has been crazy busy and craftwise, I’m making more dragons at the request of a friend – I need to make a total of 5 before Christmas, one of which is a present for someone who couldn’t make our wedding. I do have another Christmas project up my sleeve, but I can’t comment on that, as they may well read this post and that would spoil the surprise.

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On Sunday, we decided to have a little break for the whirlwind world of work and headed to Ashford, where there is a Snow Dog trail, running through until 18th November. Very similar in idea to the Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail we did in Bristol earlier this year, it’s all to raise money for a hospice.

There are dozens of giant Snow Dogs dotted around the town, some accompanied by Snow Pups, which are just too cute for words.

We probably spent around 3-4hours wandering around the town looking for the statues and found most of them. There were a couple a little further out that we didn’t get to, but we did manage to get the ones at the Designer Outlet – even if parking there was a struggle!

I fell in love with so many of the Snow Dogs and we even found a Two Tone one, which was perfect for my Ska-loving husband!

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We did play along with the app for a little while, but we the internet signal let us down, so after we couldn’t register some of the dogs we found, we sadly gave up with that. It’s worth doing though, especially if you live in Kent, as there are lots of little prizes and discounts you can pick up from the sponsors of the dogs.

Hubby also bought me my own miniature Gizmo, but I’m not allowed to have him until my birthday tomorrow – he looks like this, just much, much smaller!

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It was also lovely and moving to see what effort had been put in to marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in the town. One Snow Dog is dedicated to the animals killed in conflict and is set in a memorial garden.

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Next up, we will be visiting the Snails Pace trail around Brighton.

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Colour Run

Ok, so this isn’t exactly about cooking or craft, but I had such a good time at the Colour Run in Brighton yesterday, I had to share it.

For those who have never taken part in a Colour Run, it’s a gentle 5km event, which some run, others jog and some choose to walk, all to raise money for charity. Along the route, there are several ‘colour stations’, where you will be pelted with various colours of powder paint. There was also a foam station, which was lots of fun. The children in particular loved the foam, with lots of them dropping to the ground to make ‘foam angels’.

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There were literally thousands of people taking part and I even spotted DJ Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim in amongst the runners. The event had a real party atmosphere from start to finish with a group warm up, giveaways and an end of race party too, with even more paint being thrown around.

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I was taking part in the event with a group of friends to raise money for the children’s charity, Embrace East Sussex, which helps children with special educational needs. A lot to ask I know, but if you could spare a few pennies, I know the charity would be very grateful if you could sponsor us retrospectively here.

And I can thoroughly recommend signing up to a Colour Run event near you, as it really is just a whole lot of fun.