Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Non pet status

 Animals at Rock HQ have either Pet Status, or food, but as we have been mostly vegetarian for the last 14 months all have achieved pet status. Another category is the not stopping.
 Heres one, Ivy, a rescue puppy from Romania
 who is here to await the move to her permanent home.
 No matter how how hard she tries
to look adorable she's not stopping. But she will make someone very happy.

Don't talk to strangers

We are teaching the boys some of the perils of modern life, amongst which is the never talk to strangers, especially strange men with puppies. There are exceptions to every rule, such as Pritch, non so strange, and he is the apprentice's God father so it was important that their second meeting was recorded for posterity.

Its started...

Don't ever give yours truly anything that might involve collecting.....

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Come fly with me

 Its been a long held ambition to get to this place, RAF Cosford, so on a day that school declares and inset day yours truly loaded the car with RRMK2, the apprentice and MBAOSPW and headed to the museum via Supergrandma's house who joined us as shepherding three excited boys (guess who) around all this hardware needed help. The car park was full when we got there
 but straight away there were amazing planes to see, ones which I had only seen on Airfix boxes.
 Speaking of which the mess I make making models paled into insignificance
 compared to this scale of modelling.
 MBAOSPW found her favourite plane.
 I found a hi tec German interceptor
 and a very low tech recce helicopter.
 Iconic aircraft abound
 the winner was obviously the Spitfire.
 RRMK2 played with his balls
 while the apprentice helped yours truly cross safely in front of tanks.
 This Vulcan was massive, but the wheels were tiny.
 The Scorpion tank, sold as surplus by the army under the strap line cheaper than a ford fiesta! I will have one one day.
 Arty farty shot.
 It has to be said that this was a very big display
 and everywhere you looked there were examples of brilliant aircraft.
 Thankfully RRMK2 didnt find the eject handle!
 He was very keen to learn the basics of flight.
 Back outside we looked at the bigger planes
 which included my personal favourite
the Fat Albert.

Some kind of record

 I think it was 1994 when I bought my last vinyl album and that was Pink Floyd Momentary Lapse Of Reason, bought so as to be able to get tickets to their concert, and here I am a lucky man on his 53rd birthday playing prog rock (not while milking goats) on a record player bought BMBAOSPW.  Quite why she bought someone who has the unlimited capacity to hoard and collect an item that so lends itself to hoarding and collecting remains to be seen.
 So birthday treats involved space flight and pointing.
 Walks and pointing.
 In all a lovely day with
 lovely people.
I am truly blessed. Many thanks to everyone for their amazingly generous gifts.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017


 Two more inhabitants
 have been found
in sheepskull lane. Spotty enjoyed getting to know them.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Such fun!

 Its not often you get to
 mix with celebrity in my line of
 work but today I got to spend the whole day
working with these two lovely ladies.