Monday, 19 March 2018

No room

Sofa space is limited at Rock HQ

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Big breakfast

Pronto cannot believe his luck when the latest delivery of food arrived. When he has eaten his way I'll let you know.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Mother's day

 Early doors saw yours truly and RRMK2 playing bakers. This involved myself trying to keep track of mystery ingredients RRMK2 put into the breakfast scones. What he was not wearing was finally scraped up and heated for the requisite time and did bear a passing resemblance to a scone which made a breakfast cream tea type effort for their lovely mother.
 By way of a treat we went for a quick trip to the dams, here RRMK2 got the walk off to a great start by jamming his fingers in the metal work of a gate. The resulting scream from the indignant toddler leaking red stuff  and first aiding from yours truly was truly spectacular. Still, at least he didn't do anything stupid like stick his fingers in a horses mouth like Stable Sprite has done. 
 Suitably patched up we went walkies
 where many photos were taken in an attempt to get one good one.
 A kind tourist rescued us and took a family shot.
 Heading back to the car
 I finally got a pic that I was happy with.
 In the car park we met Harry and his owner Brian. Harry is from the class of 2010.
Back at the Ranch Harry's dad Rocky wasn't feeling too good, but considering his age hes doing remarkably well.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Mixed bag

 This is one of my latest creations.
 Its actually based on a real couple of characters, a man called Melet and his horse Cadet. Neither model is really like either of them, for a start the horse is wearing French Hussars equipment and he was a dragoon's horse, and Melet was a Guard Dragoon and the figure is a line regiment, but totally nerdyness aside they look ok. Melet and Cadet met in 1802 and both fought in all of Napoleons major land battles in Europe right up to 1812 when they were both part of the invasion of Russia and subsequent disaster and retreat where its likely that over 1 million souls departed their mortal coils and hundreds of thousands of horses. Day one for example they lost 30000. So Cadet is very special and Melet was devoted to his survival, dressing up as a Russian and breaking into enemy lines stealing food for Cadet. They survived Liepzig in 1813 and went on to rejoin Napoleon at Waterloo 1815  where this great war horse was finally killed with Melet wounded and taken prisoner by the British.
 These are the rest of the troop. One day I will get round to finishing the bases.
 Back in the real world....clean stables...
 it must be the weekend!
 Then on to town where frantic efforts were made to find suitable Mothers Day presents. Not left until the last minute, left to the post office to deliver and as they have not it seemed prudent to buy something on the just in case principle.
 The Cathedral has some sort of remembrance monument/display being constructed. The boys loved it.
 As a rite of passage and in a clear example of a child being influenced by his father the apprentice came with yours truly to experience his first ever rock concert.
 Brit Floyd at TSHB.
 By his reactions, his playing of the air drums or guitar
 it could be said
 that this trip
was a great success. He is now asking to see Metallica. Best keep the ear defenders handy then!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Slow thaw

Its still here, the white stuff.

Before the ice age

 No time for hanging around!
 Lets travel back in time a week or so as this was the week yours truly had as a holiday
 so time was spent
 having family fun
 which is why we are all at RAF Cosford as a birthday treat for the apprentice.
 Here they saw the great collection of planes
 and built some.
 Yours truly entered his first 10km race, some time to train then.
 Time was spent cycling in a real bike instead of a machine.
 Hobbies were had.
 Guns were fired
 Go karts were ridden
 Faces were bruised on death slides.
 This ones not real.
 RRMK2 thought about being a stunt rider.
 Then a stunt driver.
 They got medals.
 We went to the beach the same day as the Police.
 Definitely had the best hats
 and drew the best sand pictures
 obviously the best car.
 Best view with the nicest people.
 Horses were ridden.
 Rock climbed.
 Cat boy was with us.
 Then  it was a birthday, 7 years has flown by.
 Supergrandma made a lovely birthday tea.
 Dogs were walked.
 More bike rides
 to the top of the ridge
 and back without hurting myself.
 Birthday presents, more monopoly.
 Hugs with big sister.
Favourite food eaten. A great week. Now we are up to date.