Family

A Busy Saturday With A Grandparent Visit


The E.I.C.’s mother visited so much work was done today.

They used coloured patterned lining to line the back of these shelves.
They also covered the chair seats. The backs will be done next time.
They also planted a large trailer load of agapanthas...
They then lined up the new cushions...

Meanwhile I played Civilisation V, while the boys dug a nice big dam in the bank where the water makes a small water fall as it comes out of a spring…

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Family · Humour

Mud, Empty Water Tanks And Fractious Children


This morning I thought I would do some writing. I have a third book to write and I need to get that started while I give myself a break from thinking about the second. It started well. I opened up the word document and started typing a few words. But then it all went down hill from there.  The T.B.T.’s are both a bit fractious today, and started running riot through the house.

We decided we would entertain the pair with a big job. During the week we discovered we had nearly run out of water, which was a shock as we have had a lot of rain recently. One emergency call to the fire brigade for water later it was plain the current situation cannot last (we think it might have something to do with topping up the pond which leaks). We decided to shift the largest unused water trough from the orchard into the spot and use that as a pond instead.

The family troops down, and empties the trough then lugs it back to the home section. We start emptying the old pond, rescuing the fish and removing the old lining. Somewhere along the way we lost both boys, got ourselves caked in mud, and wet right through. We also forgot we had left the bread dough to rise in the bed (the E.I.C. tucks it in with the electric blanket going to make it nice and toasty so it rises.)

After rescuing the dough that ate the bed, changing 5 sets of clothes (the littlest changed clothes mid job and then rejoined the fray), and cleaning the floor of sugar (don’t ask), we are settling in for the afternoon.

Maybe I can get some writing done – either that or play some Civ5 😆

Ruminations

Us Two By A.A. Milne


In one of those random memory prompts this morning I remembered that we had the E.I.C.’s dad read the following Winnie the Pooh poem at our wedding… 🙂 I had a look on line and discovered we weren’t the only ones…

Us Two by A. A. Milne

Wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
Whatever I do, he wants to do,
“Where are you going today?” says Pooh:
“Well, that’s very odd ‘cos I was too.
Let’s go together,” says Pooh, says he.
“Let’s go together,” says Pooh.

“What’s twice eleven?” I said to Pooh.
(“Twice what?” said Pooh to Me.)
“I think it ought to be twenty-two.”
“Just what I think myself,” said Pooh.
“It wasn’t an easy sum to do,
But that’s what it is,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what it is,” said Pooh.

“Let’s look for dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“Yes, let’s,” said Pooh to Me.
We crossed the river and found a few-
“Yes, those are dragons all right,” said Pooh.
“As soon as I saw their beaks I knew.
That’s what they are,” said Pooh, said he.
“That’s what they are,” said Pooh.

“Let’s frighten the dragons,” I said to Pooh.
“That’s right,” said Pooh to Me.
“I’m not afraid,” I said to Pooh,
And I held his paw and I shouted “Shoo!
Silly old dragons!”- and off they flew.

“I wasn’t afraid,” said Pooh, said he,
“I’m never afraid with you.”

So wherever I am, there’s always Pooh,
There’s always Pooh and Me.
“What would I do?” I said to Pooh,
“If it wasn’t for you,” and Pooh said: “True,
It isn’t much fun for One, but Two,
Can stick together, says Pooh, says he. “That’s how it is,” says Pooh.