6 August 2012

There ought to be a law against, Anyone who takes offence

Sometimes I look at 'next blog' on my blog, just to see. That time it was a Jane Austen Fan Group.

I wonder why we were put next to them...Must be Greg The Florist - it is, after all, now an epic romance set in a country house...well, castle, but still.


Today was nice. Work first, then home to John and the boys. Sherlock immediately announced we were going to the park and dragged me to change and get ready.

We headed out with the dogs, and, slightly oddly, Mrs Hudson, too.

But when we got to the park it all became clear, as waiting for us on the swings were Jo, Lisa, a large camera and a boxfull of cupcakes.

So we ate, played, and were photographed. When it rained we hid in the big playhouse thingy that's part of the climbing frames, and Lisa caught on camera the moment Sherlock managed to fit a cupcake whole into his mouth.

Mrs Hudson also made some truly outrageous suggestions regarding her disappointment in 'Fifty Shades of Grey', as it wasn't, as she had thought, the same sort of book as Danger's Silver Fox 'erotica' book.

John said his first attempt at baking didn't go too well. Sherlock said the bits he ate were nice. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't now sabotage a few more attempts to profit from the failures.

Mycroft and Sherlock bought me some very nice coffees to try. Mycroft's were single-origin beans, perfectly roasted and chosen carefully. Sherlock's was the sort of coffee that weasels eat and either regurgitate or poo out...not quite sure which. He's desperate to try it.

Sometimes soon we're going to go and decide which pictures from today we want as proper prints, and John says I have to pick a set for my desk - which will be lovely. And we might also get a couple for the flat.

It was a lovely afternoon.

Thank you for organising it, John. I love you.

(John also cooked dinner tonight, which was also lovely.)

(And I'm sorry for being grumpy recently. I don't know what's up with me, but I wish I'd snap out of it too.)


173 comments:

Anon Without A Name said...

From what I can gather, Fifty Shades of Grey started life as erotic fanfiction based on Twilight (that's the one with the sparkly vampires). If you're not careful, Mrs Hudson will be inspired to start writing erotic fanfiction about DI Silver Fox and his Dishy Doc Danger :-p

The idea of getting some family portraits for you office and for the flat sounds lovely :-)

It sounds like the coffee is Kopi Luwak. Mind you, you like marmite, I'm not sure weasel-pooed coffee is going to be worse :-p

It sounds like you had a wonderful day, which is exactly what you deserve :-)

REReader said...

Yay for a very lovely birthday! (Autocorrect says "lively", which apparently is also correct. :)) That's the sort of nice a birthday should be. And double yay for continuing the celebration tomorrow! Me, I'm all in favor of stretching these things out. :)

(You really don't need to apologize for how you feel, you know. I'm just sorry you've been a bit down.)

pandabob said...

Sounds like the day you hoped for Greg, you and your little family :-)

Please don't feel the need to say sorry for being less than your tip top self we all have times like that. Do you have any idea when you started feeling down? I'm not asking you to tell us if you don't want to I just find that sometimes working out when you first started feeling down can give you a starting point for getting up again :-)

I hope you're having a nice evening to finish off a nice day :-)

Small Hobbit said...

Glad you had such a great day, L. The portraits sound a lovely idea.

Nameless, there's no connection with marmite and coffee - I like the former and rarely drink the latter.

John H. D. Watson said...

Sherlock managed to fit a cupcake whole into his mouth.


I'll admit, I sort of wanted to try it too after he did it.

I might last year's cake instead of attempting a new one. At least I know that one will work.

I love you too, and it was a very nice afternoon. :)

REReader said...

We had cupcakes at my sister's on Saturday, and I'm regretting a bit that no one thought to try that... :)

A brief digression--Mycroft, have you been following the Mars rover Curiosity (which is such an appropriate name)? I've been finding it very exciting.

Anon Without A Name said...

SH - I know, the only connection between marmite and weasel-poo coffee is that they're both things I won't contemplate putting in my mouth. Lestrade, however, is rather more adventurous than me :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Nameless - Still, I'm sure there are lots of things you would contemplate putting in your mouth that I would...

Weasel coffee sounds brilliant, I shall definitely enjoy it.

Danger - you should have, to add to my collection of you doing odd things with food in pictures.


Thanks, everyone.

A from NW said...

I'm so happy to hear that you had a lovely birthday with the ones you love. Happy (belated) birthday, Greg, and may you have many more happy ones to come!

-A from NW

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks.

Anon Without A Name said...

Lestrade - no comment :-p I love that the boys took the time to pick out special coffees for you; I often think the best presents to loved ones say something about the giver as well as the receiver (oh, heavens, that wasn't suppose to be innuendo - it just came out that way...), and I think the boys did that brilliantly.

I hope your shift goes well - and then three days off, yes? Wonderful :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, can't wait for my days off. John's planning something. He's got that furtive yet too innocent look about him.

REReader said...

Just one more hour to go, give or take, yeah? :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah.

Small Hobbit said...

I thought it had been safely established that John is always innocent. ;)

REReader said...

Yay for being alllmost time! :)

Anonymous said...

Both coffees sound perfect -- just like the boys, actually, to pay attention to the source of things.

The pictures sound like they will be a joy to see as often as possible. A set for your desk is perfect. Maybe Lisa can get a chance to do some pictures of the boys with their mum for Mycroft and Sherlock to have, too, sometime.

I hope your continued birthday is wonderful. And that you will soon get back to your team and the job of doing what you've trained yourself to do best. That will make you less cranky, I'm sure. (Not to mention that you're more inured to that shift schedule.)

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, it was really sweet of them, although Sherlock handed me his and said 'You've GOT to be awake all the time now." ha.

There's talk of me heading back to my team sooner than previously thought, just because of various things going rather well here and a few cases which could do with some attention there.

I'll diubtless be the last to know.

REReader said...

It is lively that the boys obviously put no small amount of care and thought into their choices. :)

REReader said...

...that was meant to say "lOvely"!

Anonymous said...

I hope you are/were greeted with successful cake when you arrived home!

pandabob said...

Sally will be glad to have you back I'm sure Greg ;-)

I hope your three boys were waiting for you when you got home and that whatever they have or haven't got planned is just want you all want it to be :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm trusting that from the radio silence, they're all off doing something truly amazing.

rsf

REReader said...

What I was thinking, rsf!

Greg Lestrade said...

Nothing special, RSF. Too tired for much. But I'm sure we'll manage something in the next three days.

Anonymous said...

Napping is also good. And sometimes amazing. Depends on the company. Has Sherlock sabotaged any more cakes?

rsf

REReader said...

Napping is also good.

I second that emotion! *starts dozing off again*

John H. D. Watson said...

We have cake success today.

Anonymous said...

Hooray for cake success! What kind of cake did you make, John?

rsf

John H. D. Watson said...

Flourless chocolate one with almonds.

Greg Lestrade said...

It's delicious. I may have to truss Sherlock up in the corner so I get plenty.

And he put candles in it. Although thankfully not one for every year of my age, or we'd have had the fire brigade around.

REReader said...

Yummmmmmmm! And also hurrah!

Happy birthday cake day! :) Did you make a wish before you blew out the candles, L?

Greg Lestrade said...

No, I didn't.

How do highjumpers jump that bloody high? It's ridiculous!

And earlier on I heard them talking about Bolt - he only touches the ground for 2 seconds during the whole race. That's about as close to flying as you can get, isn't it??

Sherlock said...

I want to go swimming can we go swimming tomorrow? Outdoors. Somewhere with diving boards I want to dive.

pandabob said...

I'm glad the cake worked out John, it sounds like it would be yummy so I can see the sherlock problem ;-)

Are you going to be the next Tom Daly Sherlock?

Greg Lestrade said...

I don't think there are any outdoors pools with diving boards left in London, kiddo. We can go off starting blocks again, but that's probably the best you'll do.

Anon Without A Name said...

John - congratulations on a successful cake! See, Lestrade was right, you can do it :-)

Lestrade - very glad you got chocolate birthday cake of love. Good luck in making sure you get enough :-)

They were saying on the Beeb last night that most athletes won't go out celebrating if they still have events coming up; after winning the 100M Bolt was out partying into the small hours with members of the Swedish women's handball team... he had the 200M heats this morning.

Anonymous said...

How do you make a cake without flour? It sounds very intriguing.

Diving is fun, Sherlock, but it helps if you've practiced your technique off of the side of the pool first.

rsf

John H. D. Watson said...

With difficulty! ;) I'll post the recipe tomorrow.

Sherlock said...

I've done it off the side of the pool LOADS I want the springy board now or the big tall one or both.

REReader said...

Been inspired, Sherlock? The diving has been very exciting to watch, for sure.

Greg Lestrade said...

It's about the only place it's safe-ish for him to throw himself about like he enjoys and not get too hard a landing. Although that German diver might not agree with that part.

REReader said...

I always think of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the board in the prelims in Seoul. (He did go on to win the gold, but OUCH!)

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, they showed that the other night for some reason - I think they had him in as a guest or something. Wasn't really watching.

The German the other day slipped on the take-off, landed flat on his back in the water. Bet that stung a bit.

John H. D. Watson said...

Ouch.

REReader said...

*winces*

Water is HARD if you hit it fast. *voice of experience*

Anonymous said...

I've done belly flops before and they were painful. I don't even want to think about landing on my back.

rsf

Jaws said...

Did you know that to go off the top boards they have to have a small jet of water across the surface of the diving pool to break the surface tension? Otherwise it would be a force similar to hitting concrete (if I remember correctly) and extremely dangerous if accidents happened. To teach diving a lot of pools have bubble machines so that there's even less surface tension and it's very safe for the young divers. It's also REALLY fun to dive into a massive sea of bubbles :)

Greg Lestrade said...

I knew they had the big bubble machines - which sound like amazing fun. But I thought the tiny spray was just so they could sight the surface of the water to get their entry perfect, not to help with surface tension.

REReader said...

That was what I thought, too. ?

Greg Lestrade said...

I mean, I've hit water hard enough to be one huge purple bruise the next day on the side that hit, and that was water with other people splashing about near it.

It was pretty high though. And remarkably stupid.

REReader said...

Well, if you think about it--water is a lot denser than air, and air can hold up an airplane if you hit it fast enough.

It always makes me wince when the divers do those splashless entries--that has to be hell on their wrists.

Jaws said...

I know Tom Daley is restricted to only a few dives off the 10m board a week because he has stress fractures in his forearms, the force is brutal.

I thought it was safety, they've always got it running anyways. I did my lifeguard training in a diving pool about a month ago, it livened up the boring stuff :)

Anonymous said...

Diving into bubbles from a bubble machine sounds really enticing. Do soap bubbles do the same thing, Jaws?

rsf

Piplover said...

I know Mythbusters tested to see if the force of hitting water was equivalent to hitting concrete. They found that although it's enough to break bones and give a person a bad day, it's not quite as bad.

Still... Ouch!

REReader said...

Not-quite-as-bad-as-concrete is a hell of thing for people to jump into on purpose!

Greg Lestrade said...

Still rather do that than do the gymnastics off the beam or bars or whatever and hit the floor - even if it is a sprung floor!

Piplover said...

Gymnastics just looks like a challenge to physics. I don't know how they do half the things they do without breaking something.

Greg Lestrade said...

yeah, I know they practice into big pits full of foam chunks but I'd rather dive into bubbles!

REReader said...

It's all next door to magic to me.

pandabob said...

I've often wondered how gymnasts knee caps don't spring off when they land!!

diving into water is great though, diving from the roof of the cabin of a boat into the sea is something everyone should have a go at :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I fear Sherlock's reaction to reading these comments. I think his list of things to do this summer will grow...

pandabob said...

sorry :-( I forgot about Sherlock!

Greg Lestrade said...

Ha, don't worry, you don't have to censor yourself because of him! And hopefully it's something we can do - if not this year, then next.

pandabob said...

no but I should at least think if I wouldn't say it in front my short one I shouldn't say it in front of yours ;-)

he would love it though, you need to get a holiday booked, even if it's for next summer ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm hoping that if I get to go back to MIT then I can cobble together all my days off for a few weeks and pull in some favours and get a block of time off. But trying not to get anyones hopes up too much yet, because it might not happen.

Anon Without A Name said...

The gymnasts fascinate me. Built like brick shithouses, but so graceful, and somehow seem to completely defy gravity.

Anonybob - I can't swim, so I might take a pass on diving into the sea :-)

Lestrade - they did want these games to be all about the legacy, sounds like it's working for Sherlock...

Greg Lestrade said...

Nameless - I'd sort of agree, except for my post earlier - he wants to dive off things, yet there are no things to dive off. Not much of a legacy, that. He'll quickly move onto something else if he can't even have a go off a diving board. Shame they didn't work a bit harder on bringing up the access to facilities all over the UK before inspiring all these kids.

REReader said...

Here's crossing my fingers that you can work something like that out, L!

I agree, Nameless--it's a great thing to get people interested in these sports!

REReader said...

Oh. That is a great pity, L.

Anonymous said...

Well, there are sports that require less equipment, so maybe Sherlock should watch those too. Judo, perhaps. Or fencing. He likes swords, right?

rsf

pandabob said...

That would be great if you could Greg, some r&r would do you all good :-)

I was told that we have one of only 2 50 metre pools and diving facilities combined but I hope that isn't really true. I'm sure there were diving boards in most pools when I was little but maybe I'm remembering wrong.

Greg Lestrade said...

There were diving boards in loads when I was young. And more outdoor pools. I think health and safety and fears of being sued did for most of them, sadly.

Anonymous said...

Weird thing there are three within four miles of where I sit, one private two public. Not the usual state of affairs for round here to be well provided in anything really

Lancs. Anon

Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity I googled and found this site which lists several places that have diving -- but I don't know how near they really are to London.

rsf

Anonymous said...

Does Mycroft have inline roller skates as well as ice skates? Because I'm still dodging work and I found this which might be fun if you're anywhere near Hyde Park on a Sunday afternoon.

rsf

imachar said...

I remember most of the swimming baths having diving boards when I was a kid, but that was the '70s and I haven't been to a public baths in the UK since 1985...anywhere you can try indoors, if there aren't any outdoor options?

They're obviously a lot less worried about it here, because our local pools all have at least spring boards...which is odd, the US is usually so much more litigation-wary than the UK...

Greg Lestrade said...

Got breakfast in bed this morning. Sherlock held us hostage by sitting on our legs whilst Mycroft sorted out the breakfast. Teamwork! Thank you, boys.

pandabob said...

I guess that makes today spoil Lestrade for his birthday day as far as the boys are concerned ;-)

Have a great day and enjoy every second of your days off.

Small Hobbit said...

Nice one, Mycroft! And it meant he could sort breakfast without assistance from Sherlock. Definitely win-win!

REReader said...

From each according to his abilities! Good job, Mycroft and Sherlock!

(No, I shouldn't be awake.)

Greg Lestrade said...

I am far luckier than anyone deserves to be. And Johnny Boy is up to someing, again. He's being furtive, again.

pandabob said...

You're wrong Greg, and you know I don't say that often. You are just as lucky as YOU deserve :-)

I hope John lets you in on the secret soon ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm trying to work out what it is. It's outdoors, I think, as I've caught him checking the weather on his phone twice now, and he keeps looking out the window.

pandabob said...

half the fun is in the guessing ;-)

I hope the weather is what he needs it to be :-)

Anonymous said...

It's not guessing, anonybob, it's detecting! Following the clues!

:D

If Sherlock stays interested in diving lessons there's a list of the skill levels in swimming leading up to diving.

I hope John assuages your curiosity (and ours) soon!


rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

I quite enjoy not knowing. I thought about torturing John for info earlier, but if he wants it to be a surprise then I trust him. I'll get as much fun from seeing how happy whatever he plans makes him.

John H. D. Watson said...

Weather? Furtiveness? No idea what you're talking about...clearly you're imagining things.

Jaws said...

L if Sherlock is really interested in diving you could have a family talk about going to see the Barnet Copthall or Crystal Palace people. Both excellent diving clubs, they start recruiting for their programs about Sherlock's age or a bit older. From his description he sounds like a good candidate: boundless energy, completely fearless, a fair bit of strength and likes chucking himself off things. Teaches discipline too, a good understanding off when NOT to chuck yourself off things.

RSF I've no idea if soap bubbles work the same way! I can tell you that the divers would NOT be happy if you filled their pool with soap, but we used to jump into my family's pool from the roof, I bet they'd let me try it out :) On a similar note, my Dad made the news as a teenager by putting soap flakes in the city fountains on New Year's Eve. Bit of a mess is an understatement :)

REReader said...

I'm with you, L--being surprised is a lot of the fun! Besides, John is always innocent. :)

Jaws, I don't know about soap bubbles either (I'd guess soap would increase rather than decrease surface tension, but it's only a guess), but it's a good thing your dad did that when he was a teenager instead of today! Nowadays they'd probably sue him for the cleanup costs, funny or not. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Furtivity is not your forte, johnny.

RR - I would think soap ruins surface tension of water. Isn't that sort of what detergent does, in the most basic sense? Obviously it's more complex than that, but I thought it essentially ruined the tension allowing water to 'grab' the grease.

REReader said...

Now I'm totally confoozled--are we talking about soap bubbles or detergent bubbles? Because they aren't the same. Soap doesn't break up grease, and it leaves a scum behind, and detergent does break up grease and doesn't leave a film behind--that's why shampoo is pretty much detergent. *going off to look up soaps and detergents--Chem 101 was WAY too many years ago*

Anonymous said...

Jaws, are those centers part of the London Swim club I linked to earlier? Because they seem to be taking advantage of the Olympics to recruit. (And I thought Sherlock would like the jumping into the water with all his clothes on part of the tests to see how well he swims.)

AFAIK soap breaks up the water tension. It changes it, anyway.

rsf

REReader said...

Aha! While soaps and detergents are different, they do both break up surface tension, so never mind! (But don't wash your hair or you clothes with soap. It leaves a film. :))

Anonymous said...

I've washed my hair with soap most of my life, RR -- and with a vinegar solution rinse, it comes out "squeaky clean". Literally squeaky, sometimes!

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

I didn't think they were that different - they both clean in the same way. They just have different bases, so yeah, true soap has a natural fatty base, whereas detergent doesn't. But in common.speech they're used to mean essentially the same, and they do roughly the same thing.

REReader said...

RSF, FWIW, I was told that the ph levels in soap can damage hair, even if you rinse out the film with vinegar or lemon juice or some other acid--and that the acid rinse can damage hair, too. Obviously it must depend somewhat on the individual hair and scalp and how often hair is washed. (My own experience with soap in hair was horrible--I ended up with something closely resembling straw, and it stayed that way until it grew out!)

John H. D. Watson said...

I think I've washed my hair with just about everything that removes dirt at this point, and none of them were too bad. Of course, my hair isn't too far from straw to start with.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, me too. What's the worst that could happen? My hair can't become more unmanageable than it is anyway.

Greg Lestrade said...

John suddenly has a wide grin and is piling us all in the car... destinations unknown.

pandabob said...

I hope it's known to John ;-)

Enjoy yourself Greg whatever John and the boys have planned for you :-)

Mycroft said...

I hope so too. He wouldn't even tell me.

pandabob said...

good on John.

I hope you have fun as well Mycroft :-)

Sherlock said...

He don't tell me either and Mycroft really doesn't know because when he does and lies he does a thing with his nose.

Sherlock said...

Didn't! This phone is stupid.

Desert Wanderer said...

Have a blast whatever it is, guys!

Sherlock, you should look into a little something called OPSEC. Now Mycroft knows you know and might change his habits!

pandabob said...

guess I should wish you good fun as well then Sherlock and John.

You know you shouldn't tell people how you know they're lying right Sherlock? they stop doing those things if you do and it makes it harder to tell ;-)

Mycroft said...

I don't do anything with my nose! But if I did, I definitely wouldn't do it anymore.

REReader said...

Have fun, all of you! (Noses and stupid phones included. :))

pandabob said...

It's not like you'd ever lie to Sherlock anyway is it Mycroft ;-)

Anon Without A Name said...

Having a lovely surprise whatsit, all of you :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, we've arrived in a field. Large, grassy, empty apart from our 4x4, a landrover, a trailer and four guys enrolling a hot air balloon....

Sherlock is already airbourne with pure excitement.

Love you, John Hamish.

John H. D. Watson said...

Technically this was my birthday present...but now we've both been surprised by it. ;)

Love you too.

pandabob said...

enjoy the trip :-)

REReader said...

Brilliant!

Small Hobbit said...

Have a wonderful time all of you!

Anon Without A Name said...

Awww, fabulous :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

You are amazing, John. This is brilliant. Thank you.

(Although I fear the pilot will soon refuse to be trapped in a basket with Sherlock, given the extent of the inquisition he's already facing.)

REReader said...

Not to worry! People who are keen on their jobs should be happy to talk about it with someone who is genuinely interested. :)

Sherlock said...

We went inside the balloon part!!!!

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, but normally you can make your excuses and leave when the questioning gets too weird/intensive or just unanswerable. You're not trapped in a small basket floating through the sky.

REReader said...

:D

If he took Sherlock into the balloon part (which is beyond cool, Sherlock!), then he hasn't been put off yet! And Sherlock will have plenty to watch once you're in the air, which should divide his attention somewhat.

Sherlock said...

We're just about to take off!

REReader said...

Yay!

Mycroft said...

It is pretty amazing.

Sherlock said...

The fire is really LOUD and only just above Lestrade's head and then when the pilot man turns it off then it's silent and it's brilliant and we're going really high!

John H. D. Watson said...

And L let me kiss him up here, despite Sherlock rolling his eyes so hard they nearly popped out and plummeted back to earth. :)

REReader said...

So everyone is thoroughly enjoying themselves, then! :)

Greg Lestrade said...

You say that like it's some massive chore, letting you kiss me.

Sherlock has just asked the pilot if he's ever peed or pood out of the hot air balloon, because he heard on QI that people had...

Anonymous said...

Oh, what a wonderful surprise! Are you close enough to London to be able to see landmarks you recognize? Or for that matter, are you close enough to any landmarks you know?

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, we can see quite a few things. I can name all the footy stadiums. Mycroft all the 'proper' architecture.

I could stay up here, with my arms around John, floating silently above the city, forever.

The pilot gave Sherlock a chocolate bar. It bought him about two minutes of peace...

John H. D. Watson said...

I could stay up here, with my arms around John, floating silently above the city, forever.

Sounds good to me.

Little does he know, two minutes is pretty good.

...And Sherlock wants to know if we can come back up here when they're setting off fireworks.

REReader said...

(I have to admit, that sounds pretty darned amazing--and that's even knowing that they plan fireworks so that the maximum effect is from the ground.)

Greg Lestrade said...

I might be the only one...but being up in the air, in a large flammable object, surrounded by gas bottles...I'd probably rather not risk drifting into a barrage of rockets...

But no doubt it would be impressive, if you could find a way to stay near-ish but not too close, and just the perfect height.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure they even allow fireworks and balloons aloft at the same time. I know the blimp has to land before the fireworks when it's in Boston for the Fourth of July.

rsf

But it is neat to be high enough to watch more than one fireworks show, though. I usually do it from a hill or a building.

Anon Without A Name said...

It sounds wonderful, I'm so glad you're all having a good time :-)

(Although I am feeling just a little bit sorry for the pilot!)

Greg Lestrade said...

I made a joke about the pilot parachuting out... Sherlock is now quizzing the poor man about stunts, disasters and everything else to do with jumping from/falling out of balloons, and horrible ballooning tragedies... We're trying to distract him. But he can look at the view and still talk, sadly.

Mycroft said...

This is definitely a very nice way to travel. Although it would be nice if it were a little more peaceful.

Sherlock said...

I bet we could go way higher than this if he really tried.

REReader said...

But then it would be cold and maybe hard to breathe, Sherlock. I'm sure the pilot has worked out just the perfect height to fly.

(Mycroft--It's hard to be peaceful when you're really, really excited! I hope you're having fun anyway.)

pandabob said...

Peace is what you need sometimes isn't it Mycroft? it can be hard to have excitable people about!

I glad you are all having fun :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Seeing all the lights of London come on below us was just amazing.

We're landed now, on the way back to where we took off. Sherlock ran off a fair bit of energy 'helping' them put the balloon away. But now he's 'starving', so we may be forced to get late-night pizza on the way home...

John H. D. Watson said...

Mmmm, late night pizza. With extra garlic.

kholly said...

His enthusiasm and his energy are an inspiration.

Sounds like it was a fantastic joint birthday outing.

Greg Lestrade said...

oh...I wasn't going to have any garlic today. So..um...sleep with your back to me, yeah? And I'll kiss you in...about two days time.

REReader said...

I'd think helping put away the balloon would be an extra bit of exciting!

I agree, John--mmmmmm, pizza!

John H. D. Watson said...

L - What, you'd let a little garlic come between us? Come over so I can breathe on you...

Greg Lestrade said...

I can't believe you'd really believe I wouldn't want garlic...

John H. D. Watson said...

I was just testing you, in case you'd been turned into a vampire while I wasn't paying attention.

Greg Lestrade said...

...you're confusing me with another Greg, I fear.

John H. D. Watson said...

There's a vampiric Greg?

Greg Lestrade said...

Well something spooky is happening to Greg the Florist! Although probably not vampirism...

John H. D. Watson said...

Hmmm, true. Does garlic ward off werewolves? Ancient curses? Greg the Florist is getting quite gothic. Is it my turn to write more?

Greg Lestrade said...

Don't know. I thought werewolves was salt...must be hell if the roads get icy.

It is your turn. Let's just hope gerberas break the curse, or something...

John H. D. Watson said...

I thought salt was for slugs...

Do you think it's possible for Sherlock to actually stay awake forever as he's threatening? I'm beginning to worry.

Greg Lestrade said...

I think it's as possible as me sleeping forever, which I'm going to threaten. But no. Although if he's not asleep in a few hours I might start mixing him brandy and hot milk.

pandabob said...

it's not the night for kids sleeping gentlemen so try not to get your hopes up, mine's just gone and she should have been asleep at 7!!


I'm glad you've had a great time I hope the rest of the evening continues to be as nice :-)

John H. D. Watson said...

One of these days I'm going to put us to bed early and let them stay up all night. I honestly think it might work better.

pandabob said...

you mean you've never tried the 24 hours your the adults we're the kids thing? it can be quite fun so I've heard :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I think we do that all the time with Mycroft...

JHDW - only if we can lock the door...

John H. D. Watson said...

L - soon, I think. He's almost seven, and we've been having conversations about staying in his own room and reading if (when) he wakes up at the crack of dawn.

Greg Lestrade said...

Honestly, I don't want to ever lock the door on him.

But some form of knock-and-wait rule might be good, when he's old enough. I mean...when he's old enough to remember. I know he occasionally knocks on his way in, or sometimes on the wardrobe once he IS in...

REReader said...

Heh! Well, it is actually quite nice that he tries!

John H. D. Watson said...

Glad to hear it, because I'm not actually sure our door locks since he took apart the doorknob and put it back together.

Anonymous said...

I'm told it's all about positioning Lestrade until they're old enough to remember ;)

Anonymous said...

How will the rest of us deal if it's all about positioning Lestrade?

Anonymous said...

you know those strings of beads things you get for doors to keep flies out in summer, the ones that make quite a lot of noise when you walk through them could you not hang something like that in front of your door? you'd know he was coming then

Greg Lestrade said...

As the Nanny, I'm entirely happy to leave it to John to put me in whatever position he feels is best for the situation.

Anonymous said...

furniture positioning you weird lot!

REReader said...

I have no idea what anyone is talking about.

:D

Desert Wanderer said...

RR, when a Lestrade and a Doc love each other very much, they do a special kind of movement.




Of furniture. To make easily-walkable paths when one of them is carrying the other over his shoulder.

REReader said...

:D :D

Anonymous said...

Sherlock, Mycroft, I know you speak French -- do you have any French cousins? Because I was on the train tonight coming back from sailing and there was a lady having a conversation in French with a very small boy (he was about three) and I swear she called him "Sherlock" twice. And I was really listening hard the second time!

rsf

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