Monthly Archives: August 2014

Getting ready…

…for big school. We’ll have words about the top thing on Wednesday. I think he’s ready though.
getting ready

Garden Daleks.

We’ve just watched Dr Who tonight in our garden with a battered old projector and an old gazebo. Daleks in our garden, fabulous!
garden daleks

Getting ready.

Ironing on name tapes. Ironing small uniforms, ironing larger high school uniforms.
Next week all of my children will be in school all day.
All day.
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Cat lifting.

Evie can lift a whole cat these days…

Lions go…

We’ve had a lovely day seeing the lions at the zoo, baby meercats, and lots and lots of lemurs.

An update on the chicks.

Butter and Ninja, our chicks, are nearly sixteen weeks old now. Their little surrogate Mum, Matilda, is still taking the job very seriously and although they are rather quite big now, they’re very happy to follow her around all day. She also protects them from our other hens who will give them a sneaky peck now and again if Mum isn’t watching.
We did think for a bit we have one girl and one boy but as there is no signs of any male feathering on either of them and their combs are still quite pale, so it looks as though we have two lovely girls.
Just a case of waiting for those first eggs which should appear in the next couple of months.

chicks at 16 weeks old

The way he tells them.

Gruff has decided to tell us his own made up jokes. It keeps him amused for hours!

Super squirrel.

Yes the squirrel who decided to play dead on our bedroom windowsill from morning until evening. Who, after some coaching with a strategically placed fishing net, flew down the sheer face of our house and bounded off at full speed along our road, (narrowly avoiding a few cars and a gang of teenagers), before diving into some bushes.
What a rodent.
squirrel vertigo

Eat your greens.

Bonnie loves eating grass, she especially likes the long blades as they look the most impressive when I see them second time around…

The Welshman who went up a mountain.

Myles is going up Pen Y Fan, a mountain in Wales, in full chain maile kit tomorrow to raise money for cancer research Wales. If you happen to be in the area, please lob him a jaffa cake or a pound and he’ll be most grateful.
Here’s his page if you’re interested in helping, it would be most appreciated.

welshman up a mountain




Evie has been trilling away to herself all afternoon. I’ve never heard anything like it!
tra la laa

Back home.

Gruff’s not coping well with being back in his bedroom on his own. I keep finding him in Evie’s room, fast asleep, with a cat snoozing on top.

two in the bed

Green Man 2014.

I’m at the Green Man for the next week. Obviously signal strength (and beer) may affect my posts! I don’t think I’ll be able to post much till I get back next week but rest assured, I will be drawing!


A prickly visitor.

How cute are baby hedgehogs? Not fluffy but so very, very cute!


Swimming with the fishes.

Swimming in a freshwater lake in your shorts and t-shirt. Because you can not because your daughter dared you to…


Wild children.

No games consoles, no screens, just barefeet and imagination.


Better bring the dog in…


Pond dipping.


The boy who went up a mountain…

…and came down for cake.

Take the plunge.

Millie has spent the best part of the afternoon hurling herself into the cold water of the small lake.


Gone camping.

The next great Stevens camping adventure begins..



pack arnie

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