21 September 2012

It's so hard to be yourself when you feel like something's wrong

We're all together again :)

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(It was the closest to glitter that the internet would provide)

Sherlock went to bed horribly late, but he doesn't have school tomorrow, so we didn't think it would do him any harm. And if it subdues him at all, then even better...

Obviously can't tell you where we're going for his Birthday, but you'll find out soon enough. It's just lovely having Mycroft home again, and spending time together.

Especially in light of what's going on.

I don't get it. None of us do. Unless the entire point of sending pictures of us...or me, this time, is just to make us uncomfortable. In which case well done, it's working.

When I spoke to John after Sherlock had opened the envelope I...I dunno. I almost knew, after he'd asked me if I'd sent anything. Don't have to be a genius to get from that to why he'd suddenly want to talk to me.

I wasn't expecting it to be pictures of me though. Us, maybe. Not just me.

I suppose I was just the easy one to find.

Been a bit difficult sleeping again recently. And now...yeah, probably worse. I mean, I have complete faith in the security team, and John, to keep everyone safe - not that there is any direct threat anyway. It's just...the thought of being watched. Waiting for the next thing to happen, constantly feeling like you've got to be on your guard. Honestly, it's like the last couple of years of my marriage. That feeling that you just can't relax. Always wondering if you're doing the right thing.

I thought I was past all that.

195 comments:

REReader said...

Since this looks like the official birthday post, I'll repeat--HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHERLOCK! (And after all, it can't be said often enough!)

L, I'm so sorry you've been brought back to a bad place. Here's hoping something really useful pops out of what CCTV there is.

Greg Lestrade said...

yeah, well, it's not the same.

Just hard to not go back to old habits and ways of coping, and to remind myself that home's safe and I can talk about it.

John H. D. Watson said...

That is amazingly glittery type. He'll love it.

And the rest of it...yeah. It's hard. And confusing. Don't know what else to say.

REReader said...

All perfectly true.

And it's really wonderful that you can talk about it.

pandabob said...

I couldn't sleep so thought I'd say happy birthday to a really special young man. Happy birthday Sherlock :-) its a pleasure to know such a lovely boy as you.


I really feel for you right now Greg its a horrible situation for you to be in and a not nice way to live but you are doing a great job of getting on with things and living your life while not hiding it all inside your head. Before you spent your time pretending you were ok and trying to convince the world of it now you are comfortable in saying things aren't ok but allow yourself to enjoy the good bits anyway. :-)

I hope sleep improves for you because its one of those situations where sleep would improve your feelings but better feelings would improve your sleep.

One important thing to remember Greg, you aren't back there you are moving forward and you are surrounded by people who love you.

Greg Lestrade said...

Well... try to talk about it. Still can't find the words a lot of the time. Easier on here, where I can take my time picking the right way to say things.

Bed, Danger?

REReader said...

Talking is talking, L. I'm glad you feel free to talk with us about whatever.

(And that really is a beautifully sparkly Happy Birthday greeting!)

John H. D. Watson said...

Bed would be good.

Mazarin said...

Happy Birthday, Sherlock! I hope it's a sparkly fun one!

And best to you, gentlemen. I know you both probably feel a bit helpless and worried, and I hope the team sorts it soon.

kholly said...

Happy Birthday Sherlock.

Hope you have a fun and exciting day. And let us know later if you got to see any giraffes.

piplover said...

Happy Birthday, Sherlock! I hope you have a great birthday today.

Lestrade, John, Mycroft, I hope you're all doing OK, and the day is just as brilliant as you all could wish.

Anonymous said...

I don't know how to put an image in the comments, but Sherlock, If I did, I'd put up this picture just for your birthday.

Have a wonderful day!

rsf

REReader said...

That is completely perfect, rsf!

ryo said...

Happy Birthday Sherlock!

Here is a link with many sparkly birthday wishes on it: sparkly

Be safe everyone. No explicit threat, but the pics are very stalkery.

John -- wheelchair tennis is amazing! One of the courts I play at hosts tournaments sometimes. Very cool.

ryo

A from NW said...

Greg - There's no easy or comforting thing to say because your concerns are very real and you probably know better than any of us the worst-case situation. That being said, John is there, and we're here too. You're not going through this alone. I hope that's a comfort, no matter how slight.

I hope all of you gentlemen have a wonderful weekend! Happy Birthday Sherlock!

~A from NW

nimrudivory said...

Happy Birthday Sherlock! and many happy returns. I hope you all have a thoroughly self-indulgent weekend and do only fun things. Sending you lots of sparkly happy thoughts ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Sherlock! Wishing you many happy returns of the day. I hope you (all) have a wonderful trip.

Lestrade, everyone is a work in progress, and even managing to talk about it a bit, and relaxing at home even if you have to remind yourself to do it are part of that progress.

Lancs. Anon

Small Hobbit said...

Happy Birthday Sherlock! Have a great day.

It can't be easy at the moment, Lestrade. But at least you've got people around you who care.

Have a wonderful weekend, all of you!

Sherlock said...

We had French toast with Bacon and banana and syrup for my birthday breakfast and thank you everyone who wished me happy birthday!

Anonymous said...

What an excellent start to the day! I hope the flat is tidy soon, so the fun can begin.

rsf

REReader said...

Yummmmm, French toast! What a great start to your birthday, Sherlock--I hope your whole celebration is as special!

Sherlock said...

We're on the way to the airport!

Jaws said...

Happy birthday Sherlock! Gosh, it all sounds very exciting, special breakfast AND the airport! Do you feel any different as a 7 year old?

L, I hope that you all get a nice break this weekend and can relax together. It's not a nice situation to be in, especially when it's impacting on your family time.

REReader said...

Travel safe and have a wonderful birthday weekend, all!

Greg Lestrade said...

There's a limit to how much fun any sensible parent has with a seven year old on a travelator, right?

Luckily I'm neither sensible nor a parent.

Sherlock said...

I still don't lnow where we're going because John and Lestrade wouldn't let me see the screen! But I know roughly now because of which airline it is. I'm not sure there are giraffes.

pandabob said...

There is never a limit to how much fun you can have with a seven year old unless you've matured past seven yourself ;-)

Have a great time all of you.

Anonymous said...

The airport! How did you answer Lestrade's poll Sherlock?

rsf

Sherlock said...

Window!

John H. D. Watson said...

Neither of us has matured much past seven, so we're fine there.

Anonymous said...

Me too! I hope you can see clues to your destination as you go!

rsf

Sherlock said...

We're going to Ireland! And I know where but I'm not saying. We're getting on the plane in a minute and John and Lestrade bought me a piece of cake because I can't have a real one yet.

Sherlock said...

We're in a queue getting on the plane and I can have a window seat and now we have to put the phones in flight mode.

Anon Without A Name said...

Ireland is a lovely place, Sherlock, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

Have a safe flight, all :-)

Small Hobbit said...

I hope the responsible person held everyone's hand very firmly and that you all did what Mycroft said.

Anonymous said...

:D

I've finally gotten to work and I'm wondering if you've landed yet. What a great birthday surprise! I'll have to keep sneaking back online to check for updates.

rsf

REReader said...

Cake and a window seat and Ireland must be the best start to a birthday weekend trip ever! (I voted for window seat, too. :))

Sherlock said...

We're here and now on the bus and the stupid phones don't have internet but this bus has WiFi and we sat right by the engine on the plane and now we're going to the hotel and it's got a swimming pool!

REReader said...

Sitting right near the engines certainly lets you really feel the power of the plane! And swimming, hooray!

(Never mind about the Internet signals, Sherlock--if the hotel has WiFi well and good--I know I'm looking forward to your updates! --but if it doesn't just have fun and you can write a post about the whole thing when you get home.)

Sherlock said...

We're here and there's a river and free cake and free hot chocolate and free coffee for Lestrade and free tea for John and juice and now we're going swimming!

Greg Lestrade said...

... the river is also free.

And we're unpacking before going swimming, young man.

pandabob said...

enjoy every minute Sherlock, you deserve a birthday treat and who better to share it with than Mycroft, John and Lestrade :-)

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a very neat place. But isn't it a bit chilly for swimming in a river?

rsf ;)

REReader said...

*bouncing around in trickle-down glee*

Have the best birthday weekend ever, Sherlock! (I hope you all enjoy yourselves very much. :))

John H. D. Watson said...

(We mostly failed to unpack before swimming.)

Greg Lestrade said...

But we swam. Assorted amongst us also steamed, jacuzzi'd and hot-tubbed.

Sherlock declared steam rooms 'boring', 'pointless' and 'stupid'.

REReader said...

Ah, well, the unpacking isn't going anywhere, after all!

(I'm kinda with Sherlock on steam rooms. I sort of get why people like them, but they just make me unpleasantly woozy. Not my choice of relaxation.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, first he was annoyed because he was too young to use it, but then he realised that you really do just sit there and sweat.

I love it. Making it ferociously hot, then getting under a heart-stoppingly cold shower, or, even better, a plunge pool.

Anyway, he quickly forgot about it because he discovered there were various buttons around the pool which turned on the bubbles.

REReader said...

I don't do too well with high heat/humidity, I get sick.

there were various buttons around the pool which turned on the bubbles.

WANT!!!!

That's just too awesome. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm with Sherlock when it comes to steam rooms, except on really cold days. But I like hot tubs. Is Sherlock old enough to go into that one? I know that kids aren't allowed into the one near me because they might get overheated.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

Nope, but happily there's bubbles in two other pool-temperature places... so he's fairly pacified.

He doesn't stay anywhere too long, anyway, flitting between bubbles and jumping in and swimming.

REReader said...

Sounds like there's something for everyone. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Personally, I'm looking forward to the king sized bed...

Anonymous said...

Chasing after birthday boys is tiring!

Kate L said...

Happy Birthday Sherlock! It sounds as though you're having a wonderful time, and you deserve every moment of it. I thought of you earlier today, as I came across this: International Talk Like A Pirate Day. It's come and gone for this year, but something to look out for next year, perhaps.

Mycroft - hope you're enjoying the time away from school. I assume you'll need to be back by Monday, but long weekends are almost as good as a proper holiday. Are you all somewhere remote enough to see the stars?

Lestrade & John - I'm so sorry to hear about this business with the photos. It would have been rotten at any point, but putting them in a birthday-decorated package is just deeply horrible. I hope that you manage to get some indication as to who's behind it. And Lestrade, I hope that you start to find it easier to sleep, although bad behavioural habits take a long time to disappear. I can't remember whether it was you or John who put that brilliant Mark Twain quote on your blog ("Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man...etc") but it's so very, very true.

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah, that was me. A quote to live by, definitely.

I think I'll sleep tonight! Now we've packed Sherlock off to bed, and removed all the free cakes from his room...

REReader said...

Sleep is good!

And Sherlock sounded so very happy in his comments, its lovely. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

I have no idea how Mycroft will contain Sherlock tomorrow morning...

basically, because we splashed out and got posh rooms, our key cards let us into this 'lounge' area, which has free tea, coffee, pastries, fruit, juice etc. in it.

And a free Sherlock, 99% of the time since we got there.

He still doesn't get the idea that just because it's there doesn't mean you HAVE to eat it all. And earlier on he said he was doing it to see how many times they'd fill it up...

(Although I was the one that used the last of the coffee beans...)

John H. D. Watson said...

He is going to burst by the end of this trip. Did you vote for window seat?

Greg Lestrade said...

yeah. but the next best thing is sitting next to someone who has the window seat who's small enough that you can see over the top of them... so you or Sherlock, really...

John H. D. Watson said...

Ha, ha. The selection of cushions to throw at you here isn't as good as it is at home. I like the aisle better anyway. :P

Greg Lestrade said...

yet another reason we're perfectly matched.

Given it's a room for two people, there is quite an excessive number of cushions.

Bed? Need our beauty sleep to get up early and hunt giraffe tomorrow...

John H. D. Watson said...

Bed, yes. Off to dream of sparkly giraffes.

Greg Lestrade said...

now imagining sparkly giraffes reaching up into the window and eating cake...

John H. D. Watson said...

I hope he doesn't do a cake raid in the middle of the night.

Greg Lestrade said...

I think Mycroft is taking both their keycards and sleeping with them down his pyjamas or something, so all Sherlock will achieve is locking himself out of all rooms...not getting access to cake.

Unless you meant 'he' as in my imaginary sparkly giraffe... dunno how you'd stop him.

Rider said...

Your giraffe is sparkly? You are right, glitter DID get everywhere.

Hang on... I think John might need to confirm Lestrade's long thing is not imaginary.

Anonymous said...

Free cake - with or without candles - all day long and bathing in bubbles sounds like an amazing way to spend a birthday. I think sparkly giraffes would quite gild the lily! (Of course, if the lily is already gilt, that's another question. Thank you, Rider, for suggesting that investigation might be in order.)

Mycroft, no one expect you to reveal your strategies for protecting your poor defenseless brother from indigestion, but I do hope you got some cake too!

rsf

Small Hobbit said...

Hope you all have a great weekend, with plenty of cake and giraffes (both sparkly and non-sparkly).

Greg Lestrade said...

...We have acheived a variety of animals. Some may eclipse giraffes in their excitingness... we'll have to ask Sherlock later when he's stopped running about like a maniac. (we haven't actually reached giraffes yet, but I'm assured there are some.)

And if the animal park don't decide to keep him (or him them...I fear removing him might be hard.)

desert wanderer said...

I'm sorry I'm late, Sherlock. :( Happy birthday, anyway!

Anonymous said...

Exciting animals! Not the first thing I think of when someone says Ireland but that's fine. Why would they want to keep Sherlock?

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - I don't think they have anything like him. I don't think anyone does!

It's okay, though, took a while, but I've convinced them that John isn't an escaped Red Panda, despite being as cute as one, and they've let us keep him.

John H. D. Watson said...

I have been compared to more animals today than any other day in my life.

Greg Lestrade said...

only the cute ones, though!

John H. D. Watson said...

I still maintain that there is no resemblance between me and a koala.

Anonymous said...

Small but fierce?

Anon Without A Name said...

Heh - all good comparisons, I hope?

I saw this today, John, and thought of you: themalenanny.tumblr.com. The Twitter account from the same guy (@themalenanny) is very funny - his charges are 14, 13 and 6 - although in general I would agree with Mycroft's previous assessment that you're probably best off not getting too close to Twitter:-p

I hope all four of you are having a wonderful time - it certainly sounds as if you are :-)

Mycroft said...

Neither of them are allowed on Tumblr. They would rage-quit the internet.

Greg Lestrade said...

Did you just make a spelling mistake or is there a thing really called 'Tumblr'? And will Google soon be called Ggl. Or maybe it is already and I just didn't know...

There is a strong resemblance between Sherlock and a Howler Monkey. When it howls.

Mycroft said...

It really is called Tumblr. I did make a grammar mistake though.

Sherlock said...

Thank you Desert Wanderer and don't worry I think when some people miss your birthday day and then have to say Happy Birthday late then it just makes it like your birthday is even longeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrr.

And I got more cake and a giraffe for my second day of birthday and when we get back we can swim again!

Greg Lestrade said...

(feel I should clarify we have sponsored a giraffe for Sherlock. Not actually purchased him a giraffe. The flat isn't big enough for a real one.)

Anonymous said...

Sherlock, and the rest of you, besides the giraffe, what animals did you see today that were the most interesting?

rsf

Sherlock said...

I like ALL of the gibbons and lemurs because they're fun and swing and make noises and are a bit like people but better and the bison because they're BIG and the emu because they're BIG and look angry and the capybara because they're rodents like rats and mice and they're REALLY BIG and swim too and the penguins because they're funny.

Anonymous said...

I spent an afternoon watching a family of gibbons once at an animal park. There was a mother, father and three kids, one quite a lot younger than the others. You could see the family interactions were almost exactly the same as they would be in a human family, the showing off, the wanting to play with the big kids, the running to mum for reassurance, the rough and tumble with dad.

Makes you think.

Sherlock said...

There were some little ones and the ones we saw being fed mate for life and both the mother and father bring up the little ones so that's not like John and Lestrade and I don't know if there are gibbons that are two boys or two girls together but I don't see why not and if John was a gibbon he'd probably be the in charge one because gibbons don't cook but they do sing together when they're mates.

Greg Lestrade said...

...and for clarity, apparently I 'might' be allowed to be an in-charge gibbon if I could do 'something else' that wasn't cooking.

John gets to be in-charge gibbon because he does 'everything else and cooks sometimes'.

I didn't know in-charge-gibbons didn't cook but did do the shopping and washing and most of the cleaning.... things you learn, huh? :)

pandabob said...

seen as in-charge tends to mean responsible who'd want to be an in-charge gibbon anyway? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Wow, those are great animals, Sherlock!

I'm not sure if I like the tiniest animals best or the biggest ones. I do know that wombats are a lot bigger than the name makes them sound. Does your animal park have any wombats?

As for bison, The zoo in Denver, where I grew up, had several bison and it was fun to watch the way they move and even more fun when they decided to wallow (take a dust or mud bath.) When there were large herds of bison the places where they wallowed got deep enough that they can still be found today.

I didn't know that gibbons could sing. That's neat. But do both the in-charge gibbon and the other one sing or does the in-charge gibbon only listen?

rsf

Anonymous said...

Hm. My comment vanished, just when I was going to put back the sentence that somehow got left out. Anyway, it's this. Does John sing with Lestrade? I know Lestrade sings a lot.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - spampot got you.

AnonyBob - I'm happy to be a free-Gibbon. A gibbon-about-town...

Nameless - that guy's blog is addictive. Except I honestly don't think I could cope with those kids! I mean...yeah, well. He writes really well, though. Lots of it is startlingly familiar...

Sherlock said...

No he doesn't and Lestrade mostly sings in a stupid way that you can't really hear because he has his headphones on and plays his guitar and sort of doesn't make the words properly or the tune. There should be a way to catch his singing and put it in his headphones like there is on his guitar then he could sing properly.

Unless sometimes it's to the radio and then he sings, but with the radio not with John. If John's there they usually just talk about boring things.

Greg Lestrade said...

If I'd known you wanted to hear it, Sherlock, I could sing louder... but usually other people are doing other things and I don't want to disturb them!

RSF - the pairs of gibbons sing together, apparently.

Sherlock said...

We're going swimming again now before we go and have dinner!

Greg Lestrade said...

..standing in our room, hopping about getting my shorts on, wondering where my flip-flops have gone, John's in the bathroom... surprise raid by Sherlock and suddenly our room has no biscuits, hot chocolate or those little pots of milk left...

Don't make me get my badge out Sherlock! I'm sure that's theft...

Anonymous said...

That boy is hollow.

Thanks for rescuing me from the bot.

rsf

John H. D. Watson said...

He is hollow. Or, my phone suggests, google. Not too far off when he's discussing giraffes.

Anon Without A Name said...

Mycroft - Heh, yeah, I have no doubt you're right about Tumblr. Twitter's frequently enough to send me into an incoherent rage.

Lestrade - a funky gibbon?

Greg Lestrade said...

Got back from swimming. Sherlock went to their room with Mycroft, then hurtled into our room.

"We've been burgled! Someone stole my pants and socks!"

...I'll admit it took Mycroft to explain that we'd been 'turned down'. No, I don't understand why the same people who probably made your bed earlier come back to very-slightly-unmake it. But I suppose that's what happens in posh hotels??

And they hadn't, actually, stolen Sherlock's pants and socks. Just put them aside neatly.

Sherlock said...

I don't like it when they come in and move stuff! It's my room they shouldn't be allowed to come in without asking!

Anonymous said...

Sherlock there's usually a "Do not disturb" sign that you can hang on the door that let's housekeeping staff know that you don't want them to come in. Or you can talk to the concierge, but maybe you should ask Mycroft, first, since it's his room too.

And I'm guessing that you aren't in the kind of hotel that leaves chocolate on the pillow when they turn down the covers.

rsf

Sherlock said...

No but they left more biscuits and more hot chocolate because I ate or hid all the ones they put in earlier.

John H. D. Watson said...

...Where did you hide them?

Sherlock said...

In Mycroft's shoes and my washbag and my bag because if you don't take them they don't give you more!

Anonymous said...

If you know they'll bring more biscuits, why are you hiding the ones you have? That will only attract mice and bu... oh, nevermind...

rsf

John H. D. Watson said...

Please don't hide things in your brother's shoes without asking him. Also, I'm not letting you stockpile those to take home, just so you know.

Mycroft said...

He's got all the shampoo, soap, body lotion, two sewing kits, a bible, shower caps and four pairs of those sort of slipper flip-flop style things, too. The only reason he hasn't got both bathrobes is because it wouldn't fit in his bag.

I was just going to wait until the end of the holiday and make him return it.

Sherlock said...

It's not stealing they give it to you!

John H. D. Watson said...

Of code he does... Thank you, Mycroft.

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, we are destitute, unable to afford these simple things...um...

Sherlock, just because it's there doesn't mean you have to take it.

John H. D. Watson said...

And I don't think the bathrobes are for us to take home. Or the bibles.

Sherlock said...

But George at school says he goes to special school on a Sunday to learn about the Bible and that God wants people to learn about him so if there is really a God he'd want me to have his book. But i dont think there is so I can just have it anyway.

John H. D. Watson said...

What do you want a bible for?

Sherlock said...

I don't know. I haven't read it yet.

John H. D. Watson said...

Fair point. But we can buy you one of you want to read it, or you can borrow Mrs Hudson's when we get home.

Greg Lestrade said...

He might be the second coming. Going to feed us all with two cakes and five biscuits...

Anonymous said...

"I haven't read it yet" is usually the reason I want a book.

rsf

(And Sherlock, just because some things are given away for free doesn't mean it's fair to take more than your share. Someone is paying for those things, even if it isn't you.)

Greg Lestrade said...

You can read some tonight, Shortstuff. And then ask Mrs H to borrow hers if you want to read more.

Sherlock said...

But they should stop giving it to you when you've had yours and they don't want you to have more. Like John does when I want more biscuits and he says it's going to be dinner time too soon.

Greg Lestrade said...

Self restraint, Sherlock, is something we all have to learn. Eventually.

Greg Lestrade said...

(And then remember there are times and places where self restraint is silly...like in a luxurious hotel room, alone, with your gorgeous boyfriend...)

Anonymous said...

another kind of restraint may be better in that situation ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

indeed!

Anonymous said...

Maybe they give you more for tomorrow instead of today.

Greg Lestrade said...

What do you do when you can't sleep in a hotel with no guitar or distractions?

REReader said...

Wake up your gorgeous boyfriend and see if he has any suggestions?

Alternately, ask your web friends for a distraction. But only after you turn your screen down to the dimmest it will go and you can still see it.

Anonymous said...

http://www.elizium.nu/scripts/lemmings/

REReader said...

I hope you managed to drop off without incident, L.

Just finished reading through the comments here, and it all gave me big smiles. :)

Sherlock, let's stretch out the birthday a little longer...HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I have to say, sponsoring a giraffe must be one of the coolest birthday presents EVER! Do they send you reports on how it's doing? And it sounds like a most amazing and wonderful day altogether.

(And Sherlock? I take all the little soaps and things from hotel rooms, too. :) Not towels or bathrobes, because those are things the hotels use for all their guests, just like they do sheets and pillows, but the things they're going to throw out if I don't use them, those I take. And a year later I end up throwing most of them out myself. So I guess it's pretty silly to take! :D)

Anonymous said...

I give the soaps to a homeless shelter.

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks for the link, Anon. I remember having a go at that game years ago. Back when computer games were simple!

I did get some more sleep, yeah.

And now we're going to go and throw Sherlock into jail...(well, okay, we might not leave him there.)

Sherlock said...

We're going on a boat!

Greg Lestrade said...

...Sherlock has just stared longingly at the housekeeping trolley in the corridor, as it groans under the weight of tiny shampoo and packs of biscuits.

They're lucky we were with him to restrain him!

Sherlock said...

We're on the train and it's got WiFi and that's way better than England because trains in England make you pay for it and it's on busses here too and we should have WiFi everywhere. And Lestrade and John and Mycroft have coffee and tea and I've got lemonade.

Anonymous said...

Are you taking the train to the boat or did you take the boat to the train?

Only some of the trains have WiFi here. And none of the buses do. That would be neat.

rsf (who will probably end up playing lemmings half the night tonight -- thanks anon!)

REReader said...

Boats and trains and lemonade...sounds like yet another wonderful birthday-weekend day in the making! :)

pandabob said...

Trains, buses and boats and free wifi, it sounds like you're having an interesting day Sherlock,

I hope you're all enjoying yourselves. :-)

Sherlock said...

We're back now and it was good and we went to a prison and John says one of his relatives was there but even though Lestrade said he was a prisoner John said he was in the army and I went in a cell and saw a big gun and sat on it.

REReader said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! Was it a cannon-type of big gun?

Sherlock said...

It shot shells and it could shoot them 15 miles and it was pointing at the place the Titanic was last seen when it left Ireland and went off to sink.

REReader said...

15 miles is really very far. Is there a reason it's aiming at the Titanic's route, or was that a coincidence?

Sherlock said...

I think it was just coincidence because it was just pointing out of the harbour and the Titanic left from the harbour and then went and sank and didn't ever go anywhere else.

REReader said...

Very true about the "unsinkable" Titanic! I assume the gun is older than the ship? If so, it really does seem like a coincidence would be right.

Sherlock said...

I don't know I think they moved it when aeroplanes started being used in war so it couldn't be seen and then they put it underground and that's where we saw it but I'm not sure when it was from.

REReader said...

Oh, interesting! I think airplanes (American spelling!) were first really used in war in World War I, and the Titanic sank in 1912, which was before that.

But how does one fire such a big gun from underground? Does it have a window or something of the sort?

Greg Lestrade said...

I imagine the guns were moved during or before the second world war, because aeroplanes were used very little in the First World War, and really not for bombing much at all - especially as Ireland was a long way from anywhere for them to get to.

I think the gun was only pointing that way because, as Sherlock said, that's the mouth of the harbour.

The gun was in a placement that opened to the sea, but had a roof on. So the gun could swing around, and raise and lower a bit.

And now we have to go and get checked in, then have a bit of time to kill in a very small airport...

REReader said...

Thanks, L! It sounds like an entertaining and educational day, and a good end to a wonderful weekend. :)

Travel safe!

Greg Lestrade said...

cheers.

We've left a huge pile of goods on the hotel bed, removed from Sherlock's bag, pockets, Mycroft's bag (put there by Sherlock), John's coat pockets (put there by Sherlock) and my bag (put there by Sherlock.)

He's angling for a Toblerone in duty free now...

REReader said...

Hee!!!!

(Well, it is his birthday weekend!)

(But Toblerone...is more sugar than chocolate. Isn't there any real chocolate there?)

Anonymous said...

But you've got to get a Toblerone from duty free, isn't it the law? I always understood it was the law, you should look it up in Blackstone's I'm sure it's there :)

Lancs. Anon

Greg Lestrade said...

Lancs. - this is what brought on his sudden desire. I told him we were always given a last few thousand Lira to buy a Toblerone in duty free when we came back from Italy.

RR - What would you class as 'real chocolate' - bear in mind I'm looking at you sceptically because most American chocolate seems horrible...

REReader said...

Anything that tastes more like chocolate than like sugar. (And yes, most American chocolate fails that test! Not that I don't eat it anyway. But Toblerone--which I have certainly eaten my share of--is very, very sweet. Although I do like the nuts. And the shape is cute. :))

Greg Lestrade said...

lire, even... getting rusty, it's been so long!

Sherlock finds it amusing that I pronounce 'Euro' well...Eh-ooro, I suppose you might write it... it's just how Euro looks like it's pronounced to me. Hard to explain.

Sherlock said...

You say it like Aero, like the chocolate! And I should be allowed a Toblerone because.

REReader said...

Well, as I said, it IS your birthday weekend, Sherlock... :)

L, in NY State, to graduate high school you need to take certain statewide tests called "Regents". And my school gave all the language Regents on the same day, which meant I took French and Hebrew back-to-back--including the orals. I don't know what happened exactly, but I think I was trying to use Hebrew sentence structure on the French test and vice versa. It did not work well... :D

Greg Lestrade said...

Now Aero really isn't chocolate. It's vile.

RR - I don't think the chocolate that makes Toblerone is particularly sweeter than any other, but yeah, it's packed with nougat and honey and stuff, that all contributes to an overall sweetness. I'd take the dark chocolate one over the others.

REReader said...

*makes note to try the dark chocolate Toblerone*

John H. D. Watson said...

I like the white ones. (Now all three of them are going to tell me white chocolate isn't chocolate at all, but I don't care, it's still good.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Weirdo :)

be nice, or I'll ask them to parachute you out back into your prison...

REReader said...

White chocolate is a not-bad candy, even if it isn't chocolate! :) (Very sweet, usually. I like it when it's not quite so sweet--some of Godiva's white chocolate is nice. Most of Godiva is nice! :))

John H. D. Watson said...

Barracks, thank you very much. Granted, it was a bit grim, but if my grandfather could cope with, I'm sure I could too. If properly fortified with Toblerones, etc.

Greg Lestrade said...

be a bit lonely, now. Mind you, those two ghosts they talked about would keep you company... a young boy and an old man, you'd feel right at home!!

John H. D. Watson said...

Almost as good as a lighthouse... But I'm not quite sure ghosts make for very good company.

Small Hobbit said...

John, I'm definitely with you regarding the white Toblerone, by far the nicest version.

Anonymous said...

White chocolate definitely has its moments.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

...and we're back.

Sherlock was not arrested for having more than 100ml of liquids, or not declaring them, and, in fact, even fell asleep on me during the flight!

I think that signals a successful trip.

Now John is dragging a bag, Mycroft is dragging a bag and I'm carrying a rucksack and a Sherlock.

pandabob said...

glad you're all home safe and sound :-)

I hope Sherlock sleeps well and recovers from his exciting weekend before tomorrow.

John H. D. Watson said...

Thanks, Anonybob. I hope we all do.

Sherlock said...

I'm going to write up giraffes and animals and everything tomorrow for school and for you and thank you John and Lestrade for my birthday weekend and presents and thank you everyone for saying Happy Birthday and it was great nightnight.

kholly said...

Night night Sherlock. I'm glad you had such a good time.

Small Hobbit said...

Night night Sherlock. You've obviously had an excellent time, I'm looking forward to hearing more tomorrow.

Sleep well all of you.

REReader said...

Good night, Sherlock, sleep well. I'll be looking forward to reading your write up very much indeed!

Yep, L, I'd say it has all the signs of an enormously successful trip! I hope everyone had almost as good a time as it seems Sherlock did. :)

Anonymous said...

Good night
Sleep tight

rsf

piplover said...

Good night, Sherlock, sleep tight.

Greg Lestrade said...

Just because. Some songs I listen to and sometimes try to play when I can't sleep.

http://vimeo.com/7469607

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VHj1_-Hg0I&feature=related

REReader said...

Bit wound up from the traveling, or everything else?

Greg Lestrade said...

Don't know. Don't think being back helps. But it's been going on for longer than since the latest pictures turned up. It'll pass eventually.

REReader said...

I could be really boring if you think it might help! :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Between playing a new-high-tech game of rolling a ballbearing through a maze into a hole...except a virtual ballbearing in a virtual maze and virtual hole, on my phone, and wondering exactly what use SHerlock had for twenty odd little pots of shampoo, I think I'm okay, ta. Either sleep or coffee will save me soon.

REReader said...

He will wash his hair with them! Or...something.

They were free!

(You could always see who's winning Emmys, that's pretty dull--and there are any number of live bloggers blogging. (Sounds like a new entry for the the Twelve Days of Christmas, doesn't it?)

Greg Lestrade said...

Washing his hair usually takes a good hour of running battle. He doesn't like it.

The Emmys...it does sound dull. I don't even know what they're for. TV? Film? Theatre? I only know the BAFTAs and the Oscars and some of the music ones.

REReader said...

Washing my hair takes about 2 minutes and I wash it a lot, I like the feel of clean hair. Of course, it's very short. :)

TV.

The big thing this year is that none of the big three networks got a nomination for drama, but PBS got lots. (I think that's right, but I have to admit I haven't really been paying attention.) Which would be a lot more impressive if they weren't mostly for BBC productions... :D

Greg Lestrade said...

Once he's actually doing it washing his hair doesn't take too long. It's getting him to do it, and getting the tangles out of it first, that takes the time.

I've no idea what the 'big three' are, and the only telly I ever get to watch is what the boys want and the odd late-night bit of sport I've managed to record.

REReader said...

Oh, sorry--the old broadcast networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS.

That should make it REALLY boring for you, then, just perfect! (It's putting ME to sleep, and I have to make some major progress on these jobs pronto, so that's not good at all.)

Anonymous said...

If I were Sherlock I'd want the shampoo for making bubbles in my bath. Or for making bubblestuff. Hotel shampoo isn't all that exciting when it comes to hair.

When you wash his hair, do you use some kind of cream rinse after the shampoo? Because it makes a huge difference when it comes to tangles. Also, your hair is pretty short and straight. If Sherlock's is curly, he might need a different style of hairbrush than you do. I never minded the hair washing when I was a kid, but combing it afterward was awful until my mom figured out the right combination. Your barber might know what to recommend.

rsf

Small Hobbit said...

When I was very small my mother used to wash my hair in the garden so that the neighbours could see that despite the screams she wasn't really hurting me.

Wishing you all, and everyone else, a good week. It appears to be ark building weather again.

pandabob said...

I hope you got some sleep in the end Greg and that you were all awake enough for whatever today held for you :-)

Have a nice day everyone :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Got a bit, thanks.

Reviewing cases to send to cps now.

REReader said...

Is that something you enjoy doing or not? (Well, "enjoy" in paperwork terms, that is.)

Sorry you didn't get more rest last night.

Greg Lestrade said...

Er...don't have strong feelings either way. It's not a bad job, but it's not exactly exciting either.

Anon Without A Name said...

I'm glad you enjoyed you're birthday weekend, Sherlock, it sounds like you all had a lovely time. I hope everyone was sufficiently recovered today.

John - I am officially intrigued about the story behind your relative being stationed in Ireland.

It would appear that I'm the only one who dislikes both toblerlones and white chocolate.

Anonymous said...

Maybe that should be the next poll, Nameless.

I hope everyone is surviving Monday.

rsf

Greg Lestrade said...

RSF - we use conditioner on his hair, yeah. But it's an unruly mop. And I can't even guess what half the stuff he gets in it is. Foliage, jam, flour, egg, insects, to name a few things I've found in it.

And I don't own a hairbrush, so yeah, he has a different one to me! No point with my hair, I have no control over it whatever I do.

Anonymous said...

Sherlock, I found several webcams for giraffes.

One for the Dublin Zoo's African Savannah (which was very dark when I looked.

One for the Chester Zoo.

And in the US,
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Roger Williams Zoo (indoors? at night anyway)
Houston Zoo where one of the giraffes is still a baby

And while I didn't find an Australian webcam, I did find a site that has some neat giraffe wallpapers if you go down on the right hand side.

rsf

Anonymous said...

:/ And my ability to post at the same time as someone else is posting to me continues unabated...

When his hair is tangled and has stuff in it, try washing it and using conditioner before you try getting the tangles out. And then use the brush from the bottom in short strokes working up instead of starting at his forehead and going straight back. I have the best luck with the kind of brush that looks like this (Although mine is unscented...) but it works best when I'm the one steering it, so you might need something a bit softer.

I think I'm rather jealous of the idea of being able to look good without a hairbrush, actually.

rsf

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