August Bank Holiday: pony, ferrets and dogs

28 08 2011

We’re having a lovely bank holiday weekend. We sorted out loads of stuff to go on eBay and then spent this afternoon out with the pony, riding and doing field maintenance.

We didn’t take the dogs out to the pony with us today as Shadow’s in season. There’s a bit of a power struggle going on with the dogs at the moment. Shadow is now considerably bigger than JJ and wants to be top dog. Although he was here first, he never stood up to her when she was a puppy and has let her walk all over him. Over the past week, though, she’s really started to try to assert her dominance and he’s started to get a bit annoyed. I really don’t know whether he’ll put her in her place or just ignore her though, so watch this space.

I’ve got the ferrets running round the living room at the moment. They are getting much better about biting now and we have now been able to clip their claws. They’ve had great fun playing with a bowl of water this week, jumping in it and over it and wrestling in and around it, so we’re going to let them have a little play in the bath at some point.

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Sweet or sinister?

26 05 2011

This is one of our dogs, Shadow. I thought she looked rather sweet sleeping with her tongue poking out, so I took a photo; somehow, in the picture, she has a slightly sinister edge. What do you think?


Shadow, in the shadows





Saturday night

19 03 2011

This morning was nice and lazy. Since then, we’ve been doing field maintenance and then went and paid the horse feed bill. We didn’t take the dogs with us, as Shadow was still a bit tired and poor JJ has somehow managed to skin the pads on his hind feet and is lame, so having to take things easy.

We’ve been offered a table, which my parents have finished with, so that’s hopefully coming tomorrow 🙂

I think we’re going to have eggs for tea and then settle down to watch The Killing (Forbrydelsen). It’s a 20-episode Danish police drama and is running on BBC Four. Rather than the typical one or two episodes per case format, it’s about one case and runs for twenty episodes. It’s full of twists and turns and is so much more detailed than most series. We will be really sorry when it’s finished. I would definitely recommend it.

The super moon came up lovely and orange. I’m looking forward to going to bed as the moon comes round to that side of the house around about bed time. It was incredibly bright last night, so can’t wait to see it later. There was a very entertaining discussion of it on the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 yesterday – well worth listening to it on iPlayer!





Summat and nowt

18 03 2011

I went to the dentist this afternoon for a couple of fillings. After a couple of attempts on one tooth, it became clear it wasn’t going to work and I’m now going to need that one crowning instead. I’m with an NHS dentist, fortunately, but this still means that the cost for the treatment has more than quadrupled and it’s going to be a bit of a stretch, particularly as I’ve no source of income after the end of next week. The brakes on my car also need fixing.

Anyway, on the brighter side, it was really sunny today and it’s apparently set to remain so for the next few days. We’ve a bit of horse and dog muck to collect up and, apart from that, the weekend’s free!

The dogs went into work today, as there was a “Bring Your Dog to Work Day” for Comic Relief. All the dogs got a walk, brush and wash. They both had a great time and are absolutely exhausted now. Shadow was apparently quite apprehensive at first and was barking and growling at people a bit, but she settled down, which is great 🙂








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