Sloe going

The title’s a bit of a misnomer as this time when we went sloe hunting (unlike our last attempt) we found a bountiful supply. Just round the corner from the house – typical! 

I was instrumental in the harvesting – both in the picking…

 And in the collecting and carrying …

 Sadly I wasn’t allowed to take part in the final processing of the sloes as it involved buckets of gin – I’ll just have to wait for 16 years!!

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Red carpet treatment

We went hunting for sloes this afternoon, but to no avail. You could say it was pretty slow going! However, I did get to walk the red carpet, so not all was lost.

Chip off the old block

Sorry for the radio silence…. I’ve had a break from blogging as I’ve been very busy looking after my grandparents. They came to stay for a week whilst the big M and D went away. It was a very important job settling them in and supervising all their activity.
Here I am on Grandad’s shoulders surveying our hard work in the garden (to be honest I did most of it as you can see from the next photo of me in my gardening gloves)

Doesn’t he look like the Big D?! Sitting on his shoulders was home from home!

Duck tastic 

Today was a day filled with ducks, making it an A+++ day in my book. The big M and D have a uni friend staying (who can deffo come again as he is very good at blowing bubbles for me to pop) so we went on a jaunt to the UK’s smallest city, Wells. Around the Bishops palace is a moat chockablock full of ducks (bear in mind to me a duck is anything with wings).

Here I am finding my first ducks of the day

  Then I peered through a window in the old potato store and saw loads of proper, real ducks … This was truly a highlight. I spent a lot of time here 
And then we went to aEdit  reclaimation yard and found this ENORMOUS duck

So many ducks, so little time

 

Invasion of the Caterpillars

We went for a stroll this afternoon and found a number of exciting things in the garden. Firstly a whole heap of wild strawberries


Wimbledon would be proud of us. Definitely enough for a pavlova, perhaps not enough for a jar of jam. If we were making caterpillar jam, though, we’d probably have enough for a whole cupboard full. Everywhere we looked we saw stripy caterpillars. Gazillions of them
 I hope they are pretty once they hatch.

Oh no!

As many of you know ‘oh no’ has become my catch phrase. And now I’ll get to use it even more… Introducing Oh and No, my new pet ducks. I can’t remember what breed they are something beige, I think.

Uncle Oo-ah up the drive has just hatched Oh and No for me and I went up to visit them. He said I can have them in a few weeks time when they’re a bit bigger. The Big D is going to build them a house by the pond. Soooo exciting!

Snakes, feet and fathers 

It’s been an eventful day already and we’re only half way through.

I got up nice and early so I could wish the big D a happy Father’s Day. I made him a card at nursery and a cast of my foot (I did they last year too). This year though I moved so it’s more of a splodge than a foot. Better Luck next year!

 Then because we were up we decided to do to the West Bay car boot as the big m and D need some outdoor chairs. We didn’t find any though. Next up was church (which we were really late for as lee thought it started later than it did) and then home for a spot of gardening. The big M found a snake. (Don’t tell Ibiza granny – she’ll never step foot here again!). That’s the end of the big M’s gardening career. After a lot of googling (sometimes a bad thing as initially we identified it as an eastern brown snake, which is really dangerous) and discussion we caught it in a saucepan and relocated far away from the garden. Although as it was a baby grass snake, the big m has subsequently discovered that it might be just one of up to 40 in its litter. And it’s mother could be as long as 2 metres. She’s now not very happy.

Never a dull moment!