Labradoodle on the Loose is part of the Summer Reading Challenge 2011

I was really pleased to hear that Labradoodle on the Loose has been picked to feature in the libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge 2011, called Circus Stars. It’s a great scheme designed to encourage children to read a few books – six I think – over the holidays, with the prospect of a reward at the end.

My reward for being chosen is to go for a nice swim. I missed my usual Thursday slot at the pool because I was in Birmingham meeting a friend from university days that I hadn’t seen for 25 years. We went to Jamie’s Italian and the food was lovely – bread and olives, glass of Prosecco, meatballs with home-made parpadelle. Absolutely no chance of pudding because the servings were huge. The chat was lovely too. So true that you can just pick up where you left off, even after all those years. We’re planning another date for the summer. At least we know who to look out for now. No need for a red carnation and rolled-up newspaper as clues.