A messy room, Fetch and The Dog’s Doorbell

So after my long run on Sunday morning I headed back to my parents where I had promised to clear out my old room. It’s in a bit of a state…

Messy room

Messy room

I first moved out from my parents (where I’d lived my whole life) in October 2004 when I went off to study at Staffordshire Uni. Nearly ten years ago now! I’d always been a bit of a hoarder anyway, but after I moved out my Dad took out the desk in my room and used the bedroom as storage for his Dog’s Doorbells. (More on that in a minute!)
My brother also used the room as extra storage when he moved back home. My Dad replaced the single bed in there with a double but left the single lying up against the wall.  So it got filled up with junk pretty quickly!
My Dad is going in to hospital on 22nd April to have the tendons in his arms fixed as they are badly damaged. Apparently it will take him six months to recover so he’s decided that now is the time to paint the house through and sort out the garden while he still has some use left in his arms.
Basically I had a lot of work to do before letting him come in to paint the room!

Messy bedroom

The plan was to pile everything onto the bed so that I would HAVE to finish before bedtime. It didn’t happen though and I ended up sleeping on the lounge floor on Sunday night! I’m happy to say I did get it done by teatime on the Monday though.
Whilst hunting through my room I found lots of old memorabilia I’d hung on to, such as these old cinema tickets for The Lion King, which my Mum took my friends and I to see for my tenth birthday. If only the cinema was still just £2.50 a ticket!

Lion King at Cromer Cinema

I took a couple of breaks throughout the day and headed out to the garden for a little while. Mum has so many pretty flowers out at the moment.

White flowers

We also spent some time going through ideas for the wedding flowers in the morning. Mum picked up all of these books at an auction house for £3 along with a couple of other boxes of books. Good find!

Wedding flower books

I can’t remember if I’ve already mentioned but my Mum is growing all the flowers for our wedding day.  We’re going with a white/yellow theme for flowers and plan on putting together the displays the evening before the wedding and the bouquets the morning of wedding.
Whilst I was back I also took some time out to help train my parent’s dog Blue to use the Dog’s Doorbell.

Blue and the Dog's Doorbell

He was too quick for my tablet camera though and I kept missing his foot on the bell!
When I was about nine years old my Dad invented The Dog’s Doorbell. Basically it’s a platform outside which the dog puts his foot on which then rings a bell inside to let you know he wants to come in. When Dad first created it I trained our border collie, Patch to use it, with help from my friend Sarah over a weekend. At the time Dad had several articles in various papers and even ended up on a Tomorrow’s World – Best Inventions show. One of my claim to fame moments was having lunch with Katy Hill inbetween takes!  Dad also got picked up by taxi early one morning and escorted down for an episode of Big Breakfast.  Does anyone remember that show?!  Here’s a link to a radio show interview he did as well.  I was shocked when I first went to uni and started seeing a guy from Northern Ireland who turned out had used The Dog’s Doorbell as one of his research projects on small inventions!

Quick run-down on the food from my parents.  Very bread heavy I’m afraid.  I just love their bread so much!

Breakfast was some bread with butter and peanut butter.  My Dad has started feeding peanut butter to the dog as a treat just lately so I was lucky there was any left in the jar for my breakfast!

Bread, butter and peanut butter


I stopped tidying my room for lunch around midday and really fancied some soup but there wasn’t any to hand so settled with half a tin of baked beans and some more bread and butter.

Baked beans and bread and butter


Dinner was my Mum’s standard ‘We’re all going to be sat together at the table meal’ of chicken with veg.  We used to have chicken most nights of the week when I was growing up as both me and my younger brother Mark were picky eaters.  I added some sweetcorn and onion gravy to this plate before demolishing.  Turns out tidying a bedroom is hungry work!

Chicken and veg


After seeing what stats I could get from my runs on Strava the other day I mentioned to Laura at the weekend about different platforms for logging runs and she told me all about Fetch Everyone.  Fetch has games you can play whilst out on your runs.  The ones I’ve jumped straight on board with are Fetchpoint and Conquercise.  Conquercise is quite simple to follow and colours in 1x1m grids on the map to show where you have run before.  If you have run areas more than other runners you can ‘Conquer them’ (the purple sections).



(Not my grid, as I only started playing today.)

Fetchpoint has lots of rules and is a little more complicated but in a way, more fun and did end up dictating where I went for my run this morning!



Basically, you are given an ‘area’ surrounding your house and there are several markers inside that area.

You need to transport bugs from outside your area by running through them and continuing outside of the circle to ‘drop them off’.  Flowers are where somebody else has run through your area and you can ‘pick’ these flowers by running over them.  You get points by running between targets the quickest route possible and there are lots of other symbols that mean different things as well.  There are also coins scattered over the entire map each day so that you can increase your score by running in new areas.  Five Gore-illas collected each month puts your name in the hat to win some Gore items as well.  (Might have just ran a little further than initially planned in order to pick up two of the Gore-illas this morning!)

If you have a dog, how do you know when they want to come in from the garden?

Do you have a Fetch account?

18 thoughts on “A messy room, Fetch and The Dog’s Doorbell

  1. Ha ha, I remember when cinema tickets were only £2.50!
    Can’t believe you still have so much stuff at your parents- mine is completely gone, I had to clear it out or they would throw it away in a skip!
    Your Dad’s invention is so cool :-) I also was on the Big Breakfast (around year 2000) I went down to see 5ive (the boyband) and was on camera as a screaming fan (although I was not that much of a fan)!
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    1. If I wasn’t about to move again, I’m pretty sure my parents would have made me take it all this time I was back. Otherwise yep, the skip would be called for!
      Very jealous that you got to see 5ive! I was a big fan, although not much of a screamer, so probably wouldn’t be what they were after!

    1. It was something she really wanted to do, and will save us so much money as well. Lovely knowing that they will have come from her garden. :)

  2. I used to have a Fetch account- I loved logging my race times on there as it kept them for me, but then they had a security breach thing, and by then I had started my blog, so I keep my race times on my blog and stopped my account with them. It looks good though. I am a bit obsessed with daily mile now, as it tracks my miles each week/ month and year (which Nike+ used to do before I got my Garmin)- it syncs with my Garmin which makes it very easy to use too.
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    1. There are so many great programs out there to use. I love testing them all. What was the security breach? On our club website we store race times for members in a database which myself and another person update each week. But it’s great to be able to pull out pace and improvements automatically for all members and helps coaches keep tabs on their groups as well. http://wdac.org.uk/individual_results.htm

  3. I love this post!!! Firstly, dog doorbells?? This is amazing. Such a good idea! It’s such a hassle to leave the door open when it’s cold. For Alfie we can see him when he wants to come in because it’s a French window and he looks all sad and forlorn when we forget to let him in (for like a minute or so – we don’t leave him out there for hours!)
    And I LOVE this running game thing – I am not going to download it. I will conquer my area!!! The challenge is set 😀
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    1. I will let my Dad know you think it’s amazing. He’s always happy to hear good words about the doorbells!
      So glad you’re as excited about the running games as me! Dan thought I was a little too enthusiastic! You’ll have to let me know your name on Fetch so I can make sure I conquer more areas than you! 😛

    1. I LOVE going to the cinema – one of my favourite things to do. I’m pretty sure we used to go at least every 3 weeks when I was in college. I didn’t keep ALL of the tickets, just the ones that had special meaning!

  4. Yes! I use Fetch for logging all my mileage. Love that it gives me the race predictions for all the distnaces using the data in the training log. And the totals. I LOVE my running stats!! I’m RunnyRunRun on there :)

    Oh my goodness! I would LOVE it if cinema tickets were £2.50 now! I don’t go often as the price is so prohibitive -it ends up costing about £30 for a family by the time you’ve added in drinks and food. I’d definitley go more often if it was cheaper!

    1. Yeah, that’s a great feature as well – race predictions. My aim will be to beat them all! :)
      Dan and I went to the cinema just after Christmas with a £30 voucher my Mum gave him. After our tickets, one icecream and a shared drink we ended up paying just less than £1 to get in. Can’t believe how much it all cost!

    1. Hope the clear out went well!
      I’ve only been using Fetch for a few weeks but it has been great at helping me find new running routes – I want to Conquer all the zones! :)

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