Dog at the Vets: A Poem

The other day, I had to take my little West Highland Terrier, Bobby, to the vets. Don’t worry he’s fine. Whilst i was there I decided to write a poem about going to the vets from the point of view of my dog. Give it a read and tell me what you think.


The westie himself, Bobby!

We’ve wandered into the vets again,
by accident I’m sure,
but incase my owners have some plan,
I’ll sit right next to the door.

One by one the others go in
and come out wagging their tail,
but I know the vet has conned them all
and with me he shall fail.

My name is called,
I’m filled with fear,
if only I
could disappear;

To be at home
with a rug and a toy,
that would bring me
far more joy.

His hands are cold,
he pokes and prods,
he talks away
and grins and nods.

A yap and a growl
and a bit a scowl;
he surely must
let me go now.

It worked, I’m off
and sat by the door.
A pat on the head
meets a slap with a paw.

At last we’re leaving
and off home I plod
to have my dinner
which now tastes rather odd.

 – By Catherine Wake, 12/04/2016


Cat goes to Wonderland!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the Paper Castles, sorry I’ve been gone for a whole week! But in this week I have been on another adventure this time to Wonderland, or should I say Groombridge Place in Kent.


All the characters (l to r) Tweedledee, King of Hearts, March Hare, Alice, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, White Rabbit, (front) Caterpillar and Cheshire Cat. Photo’s courtesy of Matt Salmon Photography.

For the whole of the Easter Holidays Groombridge Place has become home to all the characters from Alice in Wonderland. The day is based around 3 short plays (repeated if you missed them) which include the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, the infamous Jam Tart trial, and the ‘painting the roses red’ scandal. Essentially the King of Hearts was constantly in trouble.

The plays are very well constructed and are easy to follow for children or people who haven’t read the book and for those who know the book like the back of their hand. And it was packed with humour that actually had me crying with laughter.

In between the plays you can walk around the grounds and talk to all the characters and there are crafts for children too, plus an ice cream shack, a river boat ride, a café and a gift shop. It really does have everything and it was nice to have a cup of tea wherever I went.

I had such a great time at Groombridge, and its not that far to go if you want a day out and you live in London, well worth it. Click here for a link to Groombridge’s website. Also special thanks to my lovely boyfriend for letting me use the official photos he took for Groombridge.