The Black Beauty – ZX10R Ninja

The Black Beauty11th of March was a very grim day for us. In the morning I discovered that Mark’s bike is no longer in the garage. Someone broken in and took it. After the initial shock, I called the local police and reported the crime. Luckily we had a Tracker fitted to the bike. I called them up and asked them to turn the signal on, in order to locate the bike. To our surprise we were told that there is no ping and they are not able to locate it. We were asked to be patient and give them 48 hours. Some hours later, after the forensics department had finished with us, having dusted the garage and what was left of the garage door, we were done for the day. We felt quite hopeless. We had bought the Tracker so if we ever needed to find the bike its GPS should locate it for us; we had no idea that this might not be possible, the salesman forgot to mention this as an option. The Tracker people were blaming bad weather, snow, thick clouds; later on we were also giving as an excuse that someone might have parked it in an underground garage, which can apparently mute signal…even shipping containers where offered as a possibility for a lack of signal!

Days were passing by and there was no news regarding the location of Marks beloved bike. It was time to make a claim from the insurance company as chances of the bike being recovered by Tracker or the Police were growing ever slimmer.

The Insurance Company arrange for a private investigator to “look after” our case. After a 4 hour long meeting we felt exhausted. We had been asked over and over again the same questions but using slightly different wording, we had to repeat the same story what felt like forever. But… many hours on the phone, 100s of emails and 6 weeks later we received a cheque in the post! The next day after the cheque had landed on our door step, we started the hunt for a new bike. Luckily for me the first advert I looked at was ticking all the right boxes – model, age, mileage, colour… perfect, happy me and so I went to tell Mark to make him happy as well. We called the owner the same evening and arranged to view the bike in 2 days time. We were ready to buy if our “pet” mechanic gives us a green light after a thorough check up of the machine.

On Saturday Mark, Roy and Jonathan drove to the Ace Cafe in London to meet his potential new bike. She was perfect; shiny and without the scratches; the engine making ideal sounds not to mention the exhaust, almost like music. She passed all tests Roy had ready for her without any problems.  So there it is our new Black Beauty!

Mark is like a puppy with two tails again!

The Black Beauty - ZX10R Ninja
The Black Beauty – ZX10R Ninja

One month blogiversary in numbers

Today I celebrate my one month blogiversary 🙂 (any excuse for a small party in my head)

I have enjoyed this time a lot and when I couldn’t write, due to special friends visiting, I was missing it. I am looking forward to the future and all the stories it will bring to my readers.

I learnt quiet a lot during this month especially that I would love to share much more than I can, due to time restrictions. I am finding myself picking very carefully what to add or write as I cannot do it all in one go. I have a stack of lovely recipes and stories to share with you but lacking time to do it all…

I am quite unsure how my number should look like, so maybe you can give me so idea on how I am doing.

Published pages – 4

Published posts – 35

Total views – 4,969

Total visitors – 2,670

Total comments – 234

Total likes – 286

Number of followers – 97


Thank you all for your support.


On this occasion I would love to announce the winner of my start-up giveaway for Rosie’s Pantry Hand Finished Pie Set…… and the winner is: MsPink AKA Melanie C on Twitter. Well done! Melanie already confirmed her winning and the parcel will be on its way to her shortly!


Introduction to Bunk

gimme a kiss


Hey my name is Bunk, although my great great great great granddad was from Newfoundland I was born in a little croft in the highlands of sausages! sorry I mean Scotland.

In 2 months time I will be 21 dog years old so I am in my prime and I like to …sausages! show everyone that I am indeed the centre of the universe. I am completely driven by my hormones at the moment and apart from… sausages! I am only interested in meeting the ladies. I do not know why but it came over me just a couple of months ago, there I was …sausages! sniffing a flower and I caught a scent, it was intoxicating. I buried my nose deep into the flower and the ground beneath it and filled my lungs with the heady aroma. I could tell so much about her, where …sausages! she slept, what had been eaten who she had licked it was all there to be …sausages! smelt. I had a taste and my teeth started to chatter, I was drooling like an old garden tap, this was it…puppy making time!

ooo something smells good
ooo something smells good
hmmm I wonder what's that smell
hmmm I wonder what’s that smell
ooops mummy calls
ooops mummy calls

Now when we go for walks, whilst Lilly (pretty but daft as a box of frogs) chases the ball for the thousandth time I have a greater mission, to sniff and water every flower, tree, post and bench in the entire park. Maybe if the big puppy in the sky shines on me I will get to meet my dream girl, or any of her mates all of whom are now in my mental “little black book”.

Oh I also love sausages…nom nom nom

Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award

Lovely Jade from Jade’s Jungle nominated Bark Time for a Sunshine Award. Thank you Jade!

This is the first nomination for Bark Time and me, so we are all very excited and pleased 🙂

Here are the rules:

  1. Include the award’s logo in a post or on your Blog.
  2. Link to the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself.
  4. Nominate 10 Bloggers.
  5. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their Blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

1 and 2 already done so now it is a time for my questions and answers

–       Favourite colour: Red, always

–       Favourite actor: Al Pacino

–       Favourite TV show: The Wire

–       Favourite movie: Devil’s Advocate, I especially like the long monolog by Al close to the end

–       Favourite food: Chicken, always and in every form

–       Lucky number: 7

–       Dogs or cats: I love them both but if I had to choose just one of them, it would be one for the dogs’ team

–       Holidays – rest on the beach or active time: I would say both in moderation. I couldn’t stay on the beach all the time but I do find it very relaxing

–       Twitter or Facebook: Both, I am not able to pick one over the other ;-(

–       Night owl or early bird: I am definitely not a early bird, I am a night creature, most productive when everyone else is deep asleep and I can have some peace and quiet

That’s it! All answers done and now the part that everyone is waiting for….. My nominations – in no particular order:

Pig Love


Poems written by dogs

Colonialist’s Blog

Hooked on Madelines

Live2EatEat2Live Blog


Lilinha Angel’s World


Na Wlasne Oczy

Now that everything is written down all I have to do is inform my nominees and I am done.

Once again thank you Jade for the nomination. Have fun all and happy blogging!