Yesterday we went up to Stirling, to my Dad's house for Afternoon Tea. We went for a little walk in the garden, as we always do, and visited the ponies in their paddock.
This is Lucy, she's a Welsh Mountain Pony, and has a friend (he's black) called Gryphon. They're essentially expensive lawn mowers - their job is to keep the grass down in the horse paddock. As you can see by their size, they're essentially barrels on legs. They Do Not like being ridden (preferring their life of ease and eating instead), and they're absolute greedy guts. We fed them carrots and apples, and Lucy also took a liking to my yellow shoes. I got a nip on the toe as she clearly thought they might be edible.
We also like to visit the Peacocks and Peahens and Peachicks, and the chooks (chickens). We'll be getting a few silky bantam chickens when our renovation is finished - they're excellent pets, but in the meantime they live with the other chooks in Fort Knox up at Dad's (this is necessary as the Fox likes to kill them if he has even the smallest chance of entry to their yard). It would not win a competition with Martha Stewart's "Palais de Poulets", but is probably much safer for them.
The other favoured activity when visiting Dad is the Hay ride in the trailer hitched onto the ride-on mower. They do circuits around the drive and the garden paths.... the children can all drive it quite well now, I'm suspicious that Dad is thinking he can use them as free labour fairly soon, as soon as they stop taking out the corners that is...
After that, we popped into the Stirling Pub's Bistro for dinner. The kids ran around on the front lawn as it was a balmy evening, and we enjoyed a few drinks and dinner in peace (highly unusual). I had two glasses lined up as a man in the pub brought me another glass of bubbles over.... I was hopeful he thought I was a particularly attractive young woman (despite Mr AV sitting next to me plus 3 kids running around), but no, he just got a free one by mistake, and thought as I already had one I might like another?! Of course I couldn't refuse...
It's the end of the School Holidays here, and aside from movies, plays with friends, new school shoes, haircuts and trips to museums and the art gallery, I've pretty much spent my time constantly trying to tidy up... a fairly futile exercise. One thing that amuses me constantly is to see what 4 year old E has dressed her mice and bunnies in - they have a little wardrobe of outfits that she puts together rather creatively. This hawaiian shirt plus gingham skirt looks slightly Marni like to me...
Bunny in floral pj's plus shaggy psychedelic waistcoat
This is her dragon who is wearing a floral dolls dress....
Lulu, her favourite doll (not pictured) is currently dressed in a floral dress with a kung fu top over it. Needless to say, E is still highly supervised before I allow her to set foot in public as she currently has a rather... unique... personal style.
On renovation news, they've pretty much laid out all the slab for the concrete pour on Thursday. The hydronic heating has to be put down which will take a couple of days (hydronic heating is the English style radiators or in slab heating system - hot water (gas heated) is pushed through pipes in the slab... very economical to run and a much nicer form of heat). They've taken down the fence between our neighbours house and us as the extension sits on the boundary.
This direction is looking at the kitchen, playroom and laundry
This side is the dining and living area
Things are moving along, and I've still got a lot of drafting to do... I just never seem to get a decent block of time to do it!! Plus procrastination on that front has not helped. But things are now moving so quickly, I have to hop to it so they don't blame me for any hold ups!
Hope you had a great week xx
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