Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Sleeping like a baby

 having a snooze
flat out!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017


 We clearly don't have enough dogs. Especially Bernese Mountain Dogs.
So we really haven't got another one called Holly, a lovely girl who has joined the clan after her family had a change of circumstances which meant they could not look after her. Looking at her you can hardly tell she hasn't been here all her life.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Gardeners question time

How much damage can one naughty pony cause when yours truly accidentally leaves the gate open.

Waiting for the show

 4.45 am summer solstice morning saw yours truly and several large K9's waiting to see what has been exciting druids for centuries.
 But as it turned out we were in far a disappointment as the fog meant no sunrise to bathe in.
 However, the sunset was pretty spectacular
 watched from what's left of the helipad.
And so its gone...and the nights start to draw in.

Kiss me quick!

Not what you expect to find in the laundry basket.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Sunny spell

We are having an unusually hot spell here at Rock HQ which means if you are festooned in a large fur coat you are at a distinct disadvantage in the cooling off stakes. Which is why Noel can be found in the plastic tray from the rabbit hutch that's conveniently filled with cold water.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Action packed

 Its been an action packed weekend to say the very least, first a late evening trip to...cant remember, it'll come back, place with an iron bridge....
 and the most amazing gin shop.
 Dogs featured heavily, here is Bala a rescue OAD (old age dog) enjoying some peace in the rock garden
 while yours truly played tanks with this amazing lego kit
 pond maintenance was in there, its starting to go clear again, by end of play it was crystal clear, lovely.
 More dogs playing silly buggers in the sun
 while we had a family picnic.
 Not content with being a nerd over lego I carried on painting Popham's Horse
 which meant my eye was off the rescue OAD who tried his paw at clearing the worktop. Major success.
 Late evening a family party to celebrate a 30th wedding
 where RRMK2 showed off his balance bike skills.
 Back home for a late night dance with the dogs
 and an early rise on fathers day to meet Bef for breakfast
 at Kenchester
 which was lovely right up until I drove off leaving my presents on the roof of the car. They are somewhere on the A49.
 More nerdy time, well it is all about me today.
 Then a brilliant pizza making competition and ice cream sundae extravaganza, I won obviously.
More dogs, this is Rio, the poor lad left to die in a drain in Romania, hes now pretty magnificent and may be a replacement action Berner now his broken legs have healed.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Don't drink the water

Our pond now has fish and has up until this exact moment been crystal clear and dog free. A few days ago yours truly noticed and unwanted plant appearing, blanket weed, closely followed by the fish developing a white fur. Fungus! So in order to preserve life of fish and get rid of unwanted weeds several concoctions have had to be added to the water. This has changed it from a clear liquid to this murky uninviting colour. Hope the fish like it.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Still with us

 TG has survived, hurrah.
 So have Daffodil and Snowy
who had to undergo the annual ordeal of shearing. Not a bad job even though I say so myself!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Didn't go off

 The problem with keeping goats is they have a capacity to explode without warning, goats being a chemistry set on legs with an innate intolerance to changes in Ph caused by any number of reasons amongst which are food, weather, stress, boredom or phases of the moon. So it was with extreme care that TG (Tiny Goat) was encased in hay bales after showing signs of imminent catastrophic rearrangement of body parts.
 TG's best buds were kept occupied with a bad hair day competition while we tried to rearrange TG's internal combustion chambers with tempting greenery.
Naturally the fact that free food was being gathered in one locatiion did not go un-noticed and MBAOSPW was mugged on the lane by Apollo the wonder foal who was later put in jail not for theft but for criminal damage to one of the cars having sat on the bonnet of Eep. Now he's not damaged a car for years when he put the panels in of the Honda but he must have heard us talking this through on the weekend and upped his game.
Good news is TG has not exploded.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Chocolate donkey

 Its been so hot here, between showers
that Mork our chocolate donkey has melted.

Strictly vegan

 This time last year I was cycling non stop (almost) southwards having climbed Ben Nevis in my bid to complete the Pure 3 Peaks challenge in less than 72 hours.
 Today I am 34 pounds heavier and in a bid to be a lightweight so as not to buckle the legs of my pony on my cross Wales 2018 ride (XW18) I have tried to be a vegan. This lasted 48 hours for it is a silly way to eat food.
 Looks like my pony has also given up a strict vegan fayre as he stole a bag of dog food and was helping himself when yours truly discovered the crime.
 Talking horse, my obsession with WW2 has ebbed slightly as I have now revisited the English Civil War
which is why there are some half painted Pophams Horse on the workbench instead of German Paratroopers. Plans to ride across Wales in s similar outfit are probably just rumour...

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Rock Gardening

 Its taken a while but the "garden" at Rock HQ now resembles more of a garden than a scale model of the Somme. Ravages of Goat, Donkey, Builders, Dogs, Toddlers and neglect are starting to be undone, mostly by MBAOSPW, but yours truly is now lending hand, rather like the goal hanger taking all the glory.
 However, one section reserved for me only is the Rock Garden, and ours is much bigger than most as these two pics taken by the apprentice snapper. Note to self wellingtons are suitable to going up, coming down not so and the undignified descent has already been erased from the disk if not my memory.
 In the realms of children see and children do, RRMK2 decided to have a go on the rock that fell from the cliff a few years back, watched by Spotty who was not dead at this time.
 Very quickly he made the summit
 before declaring he wanted to have a crack at the big one. Luckily he was diverted from that venture
 by the antics of poultry
and the recently built trugg that now has a strong showing of strawberry and tomato. It also harbours damage from a bored donkey.