I've got a bug.
This seems only reasonable, given that nearly everyone I know is poorly at present. I'm not good at being under the weather though because I don't like not doing things. It makes me Grumpy. My idea of resting is to write on the blog or use Phyllis to make something. I have to be really unwell to stop altogether. So I am soldiering on, with a brief nod only to sickness. I may even go running later, just to prove that I can and the bug hasn't beaten me.
It is easier to be inside today because the weather here is HORRID. Damp, grey, gloomy and windy. I can hear the sparrows chirruping in the hedge though, bless their little cotton socks.....
.....and have already witnessed the rats making themselves at home on the feeders....
I don't think our Robin is Very Impressed, although on the whole the garden birds and the rats seem to tolerate one another with equability (wait till Spring and Baby Time comes)....
What are they doing on our feeders?
I took his point, especially as there are no longer TWO rats.
There are SEVEN.
M is not at all chuffed (he is also not chuffed
with my vole, who appears to have made a light lunch of his broad bean
plants. Oops). I'm currently puzzling out a strategy that doesn't involve killing.
I'm trying to keep my mind off the growing rat population by working on L's quilt today, in between finishing an assignment for college on butterflies and ploughing through the mountains of washing that have somehow accumulated over the weekend. Here's the material and pattern (for the quilt- I won't bore you with the washing :o) ). I'm doing 4x 10x10 inch squares along, by 7x 10x10 squares up. It will make a quilt to cover a single bed and I'm rather pleased with the colour and pattern combination. I wasn't sure it would work when I got the material but I think it does. Even better, I managed to get 2m of the stag fabric for £8, down from £20 :o)
I'll leave you with a card Ma got me to say thank you for her sewing machine (named Hyacinth- see what I've started) which made me hoot, all the more so because she says the lady on the front of the card is me, wearing my Tea Dress and my New Running Shoes, while Poppy sits at my feet looking expectantly at the cake I'm eating. Luckily, there have been no Unfortunate Fire Incidents while I've been out running so far, but I shall be especially vigilant from now on :o)
The back of the card reads thusly: 'life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, totally worn out and screaming...Woo Hooooo what a ride! I wanna go round again!'
You can see that Ma and I share the same sense of humour :o)
I'll leave you (properly now) with the usual pics of the Doggy People. Ted has sensibly eschewed the Great Outdoors this morning, preferring to sleep off the excesses of the weekend by remaining on his bed while I work....
....while Pop is currently staring at the rat holes under the hedge in the garden, but was earlier eating a mid-morning snack in the hall....
And here is a pic of the latest member of the broader family. This is Toffee, my sister's new addition- an eight week old Golden Retriever Fluff Ball who arrived yesterday, has already managed to terrorise Ember, their old black lab and Patch, my niece's Kitty, although Billie (their ginger puss cat) is apparently entirely unconcerned at the arrival of the new baby. All together now...... ahhhhhhhh
Wishing you all a peaceful day filled with things to smile at,