Well, my beautiful Lolly is having her ear surgery tomorrow. I'm making extra big fusses of her today because I know she will hate the aftermath of this. But vets I trust very much have told me this is in her best interest so the surgery she will have.

Just as an extra hurdle to deal with - the main road between here and my vets in Harrogate is closed for the next week and the official diversion is going to be horrendously gridlocked at that time of day. So, we will be going on a very pretty drive through the Yorkshire Dales to get to the vets adding about 35% time to our journey ... 32 miles instead of 21! Thankfully it won't yet be hot at that time of day.