Blue by Train.

Posted 27 February 2013.

So, I realize it’s been much too long since my last journal entry. . .no excuses, though, with things changing from here on out. That said, in reading through the last entry about my much anticipated Christmas at the wonderfully dog-friendly Cary Arms (which was amazing), it got me to reminiscing about my days of taking the train with Blue - my very first train journey with Blue was to the Cary Arms...

Christmas on the Mind.

Posted 31 August 2012.

I know, I know - many of you are asking yourselves why, when August isn’t even over yet, I feel compelled to write about Christmas. Maybe I’m crazy, I really don’t know. All I do know is that Christmas is firmly on my mind and I can’t help it. So just hear me out. I don’t want to be one of those individuals who habitually moan about the weather. But, I’ll be honest, for the past few months, I have definitely been one of those individuals. I’m tired now, though, tired of complaining and tired of feeling let down. I don’t want to complain any more...

A perfectly timed trip to Cornwall.

Posted 2 August 2012.

Looking at the big Chien Bleu map of properties a few weeks back, we realized we had an absence of hotels truly welcoming to dogs in the Cornwall area, a shame given the unbelievable coast surrounding this majestic county, not to mention the number of beaches that allow dogs year-round. As it seemed the rain would never end, we figured wet walks at the beach couldn’t be any worse than wet walks at home. Plus, sand is much easier than mud to clean off a wet dog. Reservations to road-test hotels were thus made for the week of July 23rd. How lucky we were, both with the hotels we stayed in and the weather that emerged...

Enjoy supper compliments of the UK's best boutique bolthole by the sea + Chien Bleu doggie guests go free!

Posted 13 May 2012.

Blue and I fell in love with the Cary Arms – a luxury seaside inn and standard-bearer for dog-friendly – the moment we arrived. Indeed, so fabulous is it, we’ve decided to forego our annual Christmas dinner party, which we’ve held for years, for the house party at the Cary Arms this year...

Lobster and Asparagus Jamboree at the Crown and Castle + Doggie Guests of Chien Bleu stay for free.

Posted 3 May 2012.

Perhaps your fancy is simply for Suffolk asparagus with hollandaise sauce and classic Lobster Thermidor. Or maybe you find the idea of an asparagus, wild garlic, lardons & duck egg salad more alluring. Whichever, the Crown and Castle in May is the place to savour these lovely ingredients at their finest...

Introducing Portland (aka Blue’s baby brother).

Posted 5 February 2012.

Why does she keep referring to this place called Portland? I admit it. I have been too blasé in “officially” introducing our new puppy, Portland. What’s even more shameful is that it took a proper scolding from my mom to realise it...

The very first Chien Bleu post.

Posted 28 December 2012.

What a daunting task to write the first post. . .the pressure to be witty and insightful, worrying about whether anyone will find it interesting and worthy of a return...