We’ve had yet another busy few weeks, two weekends the dogs spent in kennels so that we could get on with other things. I love our kennels, the staff are amazing and the dogs are always desperate to get out the car there, so I feel a little less guilty.
So three of my friends are now engaged! It has been an exciting few months! One of the couples happens to be my new brother in law to his long term girlfriend – another Jenni so of course we had to celebrate.
So three weeks ago we headed down the road, stopping for a walk on the way down:
Dogs to the kennels, and we stayed over with my in-laws. We make the most of any visit and we’d promised my mother in-law that we would fix up her pond while we were down. So we spent the day digging out a pond (hence why best the dogs were away, the pond was like a bog!). So below is the semi finished product, we had to stop before we had finished properly as we had Jenni’s family coming round. But we will get round to finishing it off:
So that night we went through a few bottles of champagne and I cooked dinner for 7 for B and his family (Jenni’s didn’t stay for dinner). Three courses: antipasti to start, and steak with mash potato, honey roast parsnip and roasted greens for the main and then homemade Terry’s Chocolate Orange Mouse.
We were up early the next day and picked up the boys to head home and I can say that the boys were thrilled to be back in there own beds:
The following week I was on backshift so to ‘make up’ to the dogs I braved taking them to the Secret Beach by myself. We had some gorgeous, albeit cold, weather. The boys had a good run about:
I was enjoying the beach so much that I whipped off my shoes and joined Zephy for a paddle:
“Something touched my foot!”
The water was so cold I thought my feet might fall off! But that’s what you get for paddling in the North Sea in September!
The following weekend we were away again to do some tree work. B is qualified in a number of different things and one of his skills is taking down trees. I am often roped in (excuse the pun) to be his “Groundy” (i.e. I clean up). I know it’s not dog related but thought you might want to see some of our pics:
We had two days of taking down trees and working hard, B has trained me to use one of the chippers so my job was dragging and chipping all the wood. Thankfully we had last week off so we enjoyed our time together and it was nice to spend so much time with the dogs and each other.
Bs parents came to stay on Friday night and the boys were so well behaved! They were ‘confined’ to the kitchen by the baby gate so they could see everyone and say hello but as they’d been out for a walk just before the arrival of the in-laws, they were wet from bog diving so didn’t want them all over us all. They settled down on there beds while we had food out on the table etc and they didn’t cause a fuss.
The next morning I was up before anyone else and I took the pair of them out for a 3.5 mile walks to let them have a good run. First came a lovely man with two cocker spaniels. He saw me move off the path and he called his dogs in to heel and thanked me for moving so he could pass. Zeph was a little wound up but he managed. Almost as soon as we had started walking again we came across a woman with a lab off lead. She saw me hesitate and shouted “mine’s friendly” to which I replied “unfortunately mines isn’t but I’ll move off the path”. She listened! She called her dog in and put it on a lead and gave us room as she walked passed and I couldn’t thank her enough. She was very polite and if I could’ve got closer to her I would’ve hugged her! It really makes such a big difference when we are all polite to each other. We made it past two other dogs on the way back as well as two vans with rattling trailers and not a peep from Zeph. I had the biggest grin on my face when I got back in. He was such a good dog. I am still feeling thrilled now!
As an extra treat Bs mum had a game of fetch with the dogs while I cooked us all lunch:
Zeph doesn’t like many people but he loves his ‘Granny’. He’s very gentle and patient. After they headed home we took the boys to the beach as a reward for being so well behaved. We’ve been really good trying to enforce some better manners again and we are trying to stick to it and it seems to be having a great effect!
So it’s been a busy one. We’ve even been out on our bikes, without dogs, just enjoying our new home. We’ve nearly been here for a year and we’ve still got so much to see! On the rainy days I’ve been working on some crochet items. I’ve only just learned how to do this, amazing what you can teach yourself these days. I’ve made myself some fingerless gloves for dog walking:
And my boss is knitting some unicorn mittens for my niece so I’m making dinosaurs for her twin nephews. One is finished already:
And as always the dogs are helping at every opportunity:
I will try to keep more up to date! xx