1 July 2012

Well if I gotta be damned...

Italy lost. And not just a little bit. :(

We've had a lovely day, though. Mycroft couldn't come, as he finishes school for the summer next Saturday! Where has the year gone?? But he didn't seem to mind too much - I suppose knowing you'll be off school for two whole months will do that for you :)



We had a great walk, although it felt later when we finished than it was because the clouds were ruining our light summer evenings. Still, we didn't get too wet or anything, even though Danger tried to drown me in a river :)

Have a picture of a haystack.


Sherlock: Can I climb it?
John: No.
Sherlock: PLEEEEEEAAASE??
John: No.
Sherlock: Just a BIT?
John: No.
Sherlock: But it would be easy! I can see a way up!
John: No.
Lestrade: Can I climb it?
John: GLARE


Jo and Lisa are very good with Sherlock - possibly because Jo is as happy to dive into hedges for bugs and root about in the mud for animal tracks as he is. Although she's not the one who has to do the washing... might change when they have one of their own :)

And, on the subject of washing, here are two very clean boys, who were just about to get very, very, dirty... (but also didn't, on this occasion, have to do the washing).


That was just before the really muddy bit started, not long after we'd got the bike and had a little ride to get used to them. After that, you wouldn't have been able to see us - we'd have faded into the background.

130 comments:

John H. D. Watson said...

Heh. You look like Sherlock on Christmas morning there.

Greg Lestrade said...

You were still in your sensible phase, before turning into some sort of mud-fuelled maniac :)

John H. D. Watson said...

I didn't know how much fun it was going to be yet!

Greg Lestrade said...

I definitely did :)

Still can't believe they gave you white boots!

John H. D. Watson said...

I can't believe they had white boots, or that they got them white again after their last outing.

Greg Lestrade said...

probably wash them at the same time as the bikes...

I think I need to go to bed. Far too much energy expended walking around the countryside, stopping Sherlock explore Jo and Lisa's entire house, and then watching the game that shall not be mentioned...

You've still got some wounded pride to kiss better. Pucker up :)

John H. D. Watson said...

Where is your pride located exactly? Wait, don't answer that here.

Greg Lestrade said...

Come to bed..I shall whisper in your ear. Although I'm amazed you can't guess where all good Italian boys keep their pride ;)

John H. D. Watson said...

I could hazard a guess...which is why I told you not to say on here. Right, bed.

REReader said...

Yay for only one more week of school to summer break, Mycroft!

It really does sound like a lovely day (at least until the coming-home-and-watching-tv bit). :) And I must say, from the photo that haystack looks almost like a proper staircase... *considers*

Sweet dreams, guys!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about Italy, Greg.

I was really rooting for you guys, I'm tired of all the Barcelona is the best team EVER talk, so I really wouldn't mind Spain losing but hey, Balotelli is so young I think he'll do great in the Olympics.

ro said...

Aw, what a fantastic pic of the two of you!!! Lestrade, you really do look giddy with excitement :D

Speaking of, you must all be overjoyed that Mycroft will be home for a whole two months! How exciting. And the dogs, too!

piplover said...

I was rooting for Italy, too.

Glad you guys had a good day. It sounds like it was a perfect summer day.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ro - I was. Pretty much from the moment I woke up...

Small Hobbit said...

Hope you have a good week, J & L and Sherlock. And that your last week at school goes well Mycroft.

Why is it raining again? Do you think anyone would notice if I hid under the duvet?

Anon Without A Name said...

Good lord, the pair of you look adorable in that photo.

Hope your pride was suitably tended to, Lestrade ;-p

Mycroft! Home for the summer next weekend, you must be very happy :-)

CzechReader said...

Subvertive!Lestrade is Subvertive :)

Nice look with the bikes, looks like you had fun to the max. What did Sherlock say about you getting so muddy?

Wow, Mycroft, sometimes I can't get used to the little things - for example here the summer holidays started last Friday! I hope that the last week will be over fast.

Sherlock, is it better for you to explore with somebody or on your own?

Greg Lestrade said...

CzechReader - Sherlock doesn't break up until the 23rd. So he's going to be a little monster I expect, while Mycroft is home and he still has school.

Danger - never answered your question about what I'll be doing with drugs and gangs, because I don't know yet...

Anonymous said...

The picture is lovely. You both look like you're about to do something fun! But I bet it takes a firehose to get all that gear and those bikes clean again.

rsf

John H. D. Watson said...

I was mildly concerned they'd want to hose us down, gear and all, at the end of it.

REReader said...

Ha! But that might have been fun, too, depending on how hot a day it was... :D

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, I needed hosing down after watching John on that bike...

REReader said...

I take it you'll be wanting to go again, then... ;D

Greg Lestrade said...

I wanted to go again before we'd been once...

REReader said...

:)

I'm sure it can only be good for you!

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, once the bruises have healed and if you make sure you only land on soft things, I'm certain it's incredibly good for you.

REReader said...

Heh! I was thinking it sounded like the ultimate "mental health day"--a most excellent de-stresser!. What are a few bruises in a good cause, after all? :)

John H. D. Watson said...

We'll definitely have to go again later in the summer.

REReader said...

So he's going to be a little monster I expect, while Mycroft is home and he still has school.

Oh, I'm sure not! Grumpy, maybe (and who wouldn't be?), but Sherlock is smart enough to work out that Mycroft is much more likely to take him places, just the two of them, if he's reasonably nice about Mycroft being off school earlier than he is.

How were the newts and frogs today, Sherlock?

Greg Lestrade said...

Parcel withlocks arrived yet? bike arrived yet?

John H. D. Watson said...

Parcel yes. Bike, alas, still no. How's work? Think you'll be done around seven?

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, should be. Why, you and Sherlock got something planned for dinner?

John H. D. Watson said...

Something like that, yeah.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha, that sounds like Sherlock might have found a recipe you can't even pronounce :)

They called about the bike? Got an ETA?

John H. D. Watson said...

I think it's safe to say you'll be surprised.

I'll call tomorrow, see if I can get an update. I don't want to look impatient...or at least not as impatient as I actually am.

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha - yeah, you'd have to get a videophone and glare at them :)

so, I'm not too far off done. Just got to handover.

Oh, and I'm being given to Counter Terrorism, not drugs and gangs.

John H. D. Watson said...

You might notice something new when you get to your bike...

Greg Lestrade said...

oh yes? You on the back, I hope?

Just on the way down.

John H. D. Watson said...

Close...

REReader said...

(Get downstairs already, L, I'm dying to know if I guessed right!)

Greg Lestrade said...

Readers, Doctor John Hamish Watson is a lying toe-rag, who has just turned up at NSY astride a gleaming new red bike with a smile that won't quite fit between the buildings and down the road.

(He does, I must admit, look almost as stunning as the bike...) ;)

REReader said...

YES! *fist pump*

Congratulations, John! Woo!

John H. D. Watson said...

And now I shall magnanimously take you out to dinner, despite you calling me a toe-rag. :)

pandabob said...

Happy bike day Doctor Danger :-) So happy for you :-)

Have a nice dinner and a good ride the pair of you :-)

REReader said...

Oh, and very good job, Sherlock, not giving away the surprise!

Have fun, guys. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Just because you're a toe rag with a new bike, doesn't make you less of a toe-rag. I was all prepped for cheering you up tonight becuase you were still without wheels!

But I shall accept your dinner offer, because t would be rude not to.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'd much rather be a toe-rag with a new bike than one without! What were you going to cheer me with?

Greg Lestrade said...

Strawberry and gooseberry tart. Apparently it tastes like jam.

And my good self, of course :)

John H. D. Watson said...

Mmm. If only I'd hidden it for another day or so...

kholly said...

Happy bike day John! Let the fun begin.

Greg Lestrade said...

You can still have fruit tart, you bike tart.

John H. D. Watson said...

kholly - thanks!

L - ah, you're too good to me. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Of course, you can still have me, too...

I am just all heart. Heart with a tart.

If you never get closer to cars than that on your bike you'll be stuck in a lot of London traffic though ;)

Maz said...

Aw, Happy Bike Day, John! That's lovely. And the two of you together are lovelier still.

REReader said...

You need a Happy Bike Day cake! (Or tart.) :)

Sherlock said...

Are you coming home soon and Lestrade I sat on John's bike before you did and Mrs Hudson says you'll probably turn into a couple of hell's angels but I don't know what that means and she was laughing anyway and said it didn't matter.

John H. D. Watson said...

Thanks, all - it really is beautiful.

L - didn't I say ages ago that if I got a bike you'd get annoyed with me for obeying too many traffic laws?

you can still have me, too...

Which makes me probably the luckiest man in the world.

John H. D. Watson said...

Sherlock - we are coming home soon, and thank you for being so patient and not spoiling the surprise. Just have to go and pick up L's bike so he'll have it for work tomorrow.

Anon Without A Name said...

Aww, happy bike day John :-) I'm guessing it's as lovely and shiny as you hoped?

ttid said...

Yeah be careful John, wouldn't want anything happening to you on the mean streets of London

piplover said...

Congratulations, John! Happy bike day!

Greg Lestrade said...

there isn't a law that forbids you going within two metres of another vehicle!

Anyway, Wednesday showed me you're a maniac at heart. Or at least, you are when it's someone else's bike :)

John H. D. Watson said...

Nameless - and as red!

Pip - thanks!

ttid - I am, some would say, excessively careful.

L - I'm just trying to leave a decent amount of space in case someone stops short!

Greg Lestrade said...

More than happy with you leaving two metres in front of you. It was beside you I was talking about.

You could have fitted a bus through some of the gaps you didn't go through. The big nasty cars won't reach out and scratch your bike, you know :)

(And I know you'll soon be way too impatient to get through the traffic and will be chucking yourself through the sort of gaps I do.)

John H. D. Watson said...

They might, you don't know!

kholly said...

I've been known to weave around traffic on my bicycle but I'm constantly in fear of someone opening a door. Cars absolutely will reach out and scratch you.

Greg Lestrade said...

Shhhh, he'll never overtake anything ever!

Rider said...

As long as in traffic he sits where if they change lanes they won't hit him or if he can't be completely clear sits at the front quarter so he's in the driver's forward vision he'll be fine.

Overtaking just means getting from one place where they can't hit you to another faster than the silly buggers can make up their minds to move!

Filtering's safer than most non-riders think. It's just a matter of picking your time. No one changes lanes into another car or into a small gap, and few people get out except at the kerb. So eyes open for those and carve traffic with joy.

Anonymous said...

As long as the car you get in front of can still see you, I suppose that's true, Rider, but I've seen motorcycles cut in front of 5 ton trucks and I know from experience that the driver can't see over them over the hood until they've pulled away some. Heck, you can't even see a small car if it's too close to your bumper from a 5-ton. So I'm just as happy with John being cautious, myself.

rsf (Who thinks that John getting his bike today is wonderful, and Sherlock getting to sit on is cool too. How many more inches do Sherlock's legs need to grow before he can get his feet secure on the pegs?)

Greg Lestrade said...

He's got a fair bit of growing to do yet.

And Sherlock, too :)

Sherlock said...

Lestrade can you build a moose for us?

Greg Lestrade said...

What sort of moose? Frankenstein's moose? Trojan Moose? Tiny moose carved out of pure alabaster?

I can definitely make a mousse, if that would suffice? Chocolate?

REReader said...

Would this moose be for the play your class was working on, Sherlock?

(But say yes to the chocolate mousse, too! Yummmmm...:))

Sherlock said...

A giant moose I can ride on for school! Not chocolate don't be silly.

kholly said...

A giant moose I can ride on for school!

I have no idea what you will use this giant moose for Sherlock, but I bet it will be loads of fun.

And John (or Mrs. H) if the school doesn't then keep it you definitely should hide it away somewhere so that when he gets to be about 20 you can pull it out and prove to him that the giant moose in reality is about 1/3 as big as it exists in his memory.

John H. D. Watson said...

I'm sure it will make a very nice conversation piece...maybe an end table...a very occasional chair...

REReader said...

If it's for riding (rather than sitting), it will make a rather roll-y end table--and definitely will make for interesting...conversation...when the dogs bump into it! :D

REReader said...

And being back on your blog reminds me, L...counterterrorism? Is that as scary and stressful as it sounds?

(I meant to ask yesterday, but I got distracted by John's new red shiny. :))

Greg Lestrade said...

How giant and made of what?

REReader said...

...and when does he need it by? (*remembering wings*)

Sherlock said...

I don't know what it should be made of, that's YOUR job and it should be HUGE. Only Mrs T says the size of one of the dogs would be good but I think it should be bigger. And you could also make chocolate mousse.

John H. D. Watson said...

I suspect 'when' will be by the last week of school. They're putting on that play for his sports day. Mrs T looked despairing when I asked her about it.

REReader said...

Ha! I thought it was that play. :D Do we want to know why "despairing"?

(I hope no one actually tries to jump in a river or alternate water source...)

Greg Lestrade said...

I thought I was the filth, not a moose-creator.

pandabob said...

you're likely to get pretty filthy creating a moose ;-)

You are a magician apparently or is that just in the cooking department?

Anonymous said...

This would be the Moose related Hamlet?

Lancs. Anon

John H. D. Watson said...

With pirates, yes.

L - he also wants a sword.

REReader said...

Hey, L, you set a precedent, creating wings overnight!

(Of course a sword. Swords are cool. :))

Sherlock said...

A curvy one!! Like a pirate!!

REReader said...

There are a lot of different kinds of curvy pirate swords, Sherlock. You should look online for a picture of the kind you are thinking of--but remember, since you want this to look good in a play, it should be a simple design, since people will be looking at it from far off and won't be able to see anything intricate.

(Also real, useful swords tend to have simple blades. :))

Greg Lestrade said...

Blunt pirate cutlass... right.

Sherlock said...

And shiny!! I wanted a real one but Mrs T said no and put it in my book even though I didn't even do it yet.

REReader said...

You rock, L! Sherlock needs to thik of a special thank you for when you get home. :)

Sherlock, it's just as well Mrs T voted down a real sword. Real pirate-type swords, with big curvy blades, are heavy. I mean, REALLY heavy. I got to handle a real, edged Chinese broadsword (which looks a lot like pirate sword, it has a wide curved blade too) and let me tell you, none of us adult students looked dashing or pirate-like trying to hold it!

Anon Without A Name said...

Mrs T sounds like a wise woman.

Sherlock - I'm surprised it took you so long to realise that Lestrade had offered to make chocolate mousse - you're losing your touch :-)

Lestrade - A giant moose and a shiny blunt pirate sword? I'm trying not to laugh, I really am...

Small Hobbit said...

Great new poll L. Since the BMW's rider is bound to be the runaway winner (and why not) I've changed my vote to the Triumph.

And are you adding the giant moose and pirate sword to your list of things you'd never thought you be doing a year ago?

John H. D. Watson said...

Why isn't the Triumph's rider on there? I had to vote for the BMW.

Greg Lestrade said...

He just isn't.

I'm still slightly lost on how to make a giant moose that won't anger Mrs T.

RR - depends how scary and stressful you think it sounds!

REReader said...

I guess you could talk to Mrs T about giant moose creation, get an idea of what she visualizes vs. what Sherlock visualizes?

(And, very! I mean, the Olympics--it's such an obvious attempted target and all.)

John H. D. Watson said...

I think, despite Sherlock's desires, a giant moose is probably not the way to go. Moose are pretty big already, so perhaps a miniature moose?

REReader said...

a giant moose is probably not the way to go

Especially if five- and six-year-olds are going to have to move it...

Greg Lestrade said...

well a moose the size of a dog is fairly miniature. maybe a baby moose.

We shall see.

piplover said...

Lestrade, this may come in handy. I didn't think there would be instructions on how to build a moose online, but I'm always surprised by the interent, lol.

http://www.wikihow.com/Sculpt-a-Moose-out-of-Various-Household-Materials

Rider said...

I have to abstain from the poll... no Italian bikes!

Sherlock said...

And it should have wheels.

Anon Without A Name said...

That link is fabulous, Anonybob :-) It gave me an idea - perhaps Lestrade could train one of the dogs to stand still for a few hours at time, coat it in papier maché, then have the Doc remove the cast (as from a no-longer-broken arm), and hey presto, a papier maché dog-moose. Add some wheels, and the job's a good'un - simples :-D

pandabob said...

not my link Nameless ;-)

great link though piplover :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'll think about moose design, Sherlock.

Rider - the bmw rider sometimes has some Italian in him.

RR - honestly, terrorism has featured so large in most of my police career it's not that out of the ordinary. Might mean some different shifts though.

Anon Without A Name said...

Piplover, Anonybob - my apologies; I'd claim that it was long day, but I think it's just my age getting to me :-p

REReader said...

it's not that out of the ordinary.

That's good to know. (I guess.) I suppose the Olympics will be more of a headache than usual, but I also suppose that's true of almost any area of policing, really.

(I hesitate to mention it, since I am absolutely sure that someone who doesn't hesitate to take on building a moose will have no troubles creating a sword, but you might be able to buy a shiny curvy plastic sword...)

Sherlock said...

YOU COULD BUILD THE MOOSE ON A QUAD BIKE LIKE YOU SAID I COULD RIDE AND THEN I COULD DRIVE THE MOOSE!!!!!!!

pandabob said...

do you know Sherlock I've been waiting for you to come up with that idea for hours!! I thought I'd get in trouble if I suggested it first ;-)

Small Hobbit said...

Am I the only one thinking that Mrs T has now added no moose on quad bikes to the book?

REReader said...

Ha, SH, if she hasn't I bet she does as soon as she sees it...

Am I the only one who sees this every time the word "moose" comes up?

Greg Lestrade said...

Well... I don't see that, RR.

Sherlock, I am certain that motorised Moose are forbidden.

Where were you thinking I'd build the moose, anyway? And it's bed time.

Sherlock said...

Here! And I can keep it in my room until we need it at school and afterward it can come home with me. I don't want to sleep I'm not tiredddddd.

Greg Lestrade said...

There is definitely no room here for a moose, giant or otherwise. We can barely fit us and the dogs in.

And you might not be tiredddddd but I'm completely knackereddddddd so you need to go to beddddddddd so I can go to beddddddddd.

REReader said...

Ah, well, moose-and-squirrel were not to everyone's taste.... (Oh, my misspent youth.) :)

You certainly had an exciting day, making all these plans for the play, Sherlock. Night night...

Sherlock said...

Knackered sounds funny when you write it like that. I want a story then and I already brushed my teeth.

Greg Lestrade said...

RR - if it hadn't been for the link saying who they were, I would have no idea at all. And even then, I know nothing sbout them.

Sherlock - you want a story what?

Sherlock said...

I want a story pleeeaaaseeeeeeee? The Brighton one again.

Greg Lestrade said...

All right.

Last one up the stairs get scragged, RUN!

REReader said...

NOTHING? You must--absolutely must!--find some episodes online, or rent a CD or SOMETHING! Rocky and Bullwinkle! Boris, Natasha, and Fearless Leader! Fractured Fairytales! Mr Peabody, his boy Sherman, and the WABAC machine!

*ahem* *straightens shirt* Very sophisticated humor, that's what it was. A cultural must-see.

John H. D. Watson said...

And they're off...

And Sherlock actually knew the correct end to that sentence was 'pleeeaaaseeeeeeee'. It's a miracle.

REReader said...

Ha, John! :)

pandabob said...

you're teaching him well John :-)

Will he sleep after a story (sherlock not Greg ;-) ) or is he really not tired/ too excited about the moose?

Hope you have a nice relaxing rest of evening

Sherlock said...

YOU LOST JOHN you get scragged

John H. D. Watson said...

I don't know about Sherlock, but I'm pretty sure L and I will. Right after my scragging.

Ttid said...

Did you get out on your bike today John? Greg's bike looks nice. Will you let Sherlock clean yours too? I think it's a proper way to earn pocket money, jobs like that.

John H. D. Watson said...

After work, just briefly, yeah. His no longer looks quite as shiny and new as the pictures on the blog. I think he secretly regrets not getting a cover. And Sherlock is always welcome to clean anything for pocket money.

Greg Lestrade said...

Nah, I don't. It spends half it's life undercover at the yard (no pun intended.) And I can never be faffed with a cover.

Sherlock has been left in bed with crayons and paper to design his moose so I make it right.

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