20 July 2013

I'm not doing it for the money, or for the chicks.

Well, little Jess is no longer very little. She crawls about, chews things, makes lots of loud noises, and is generally inquisitive and energetic.

But she still lets her uncle have a cuddle when she wants a drink ;)

She's absolutely brilliant - loads of hair, too! She had a great time at her party, with a whole load of other little rug rats, all scattering about over the grass and picnic rugs.

There were quite a few older kids there, too, so we had a game of footy, and various games of tag and things. The dogs love a good game of tag. I'm certain we would have all got grass-stains, had there been a single blade of grass left alive in England ;)

We gave Rach and Mum their invites to the wedding. I'm...not even going to discuss Mum's reaction.

Well, I probably will, but not now. Might go and see her tomorrow morning, before we head back to London.




This evening we retired to Nicky's for dinner and more messing about. They've got one of those pools with the inflatable top ring, in the back garden. So there was obviously lots of chaos and water and surprise hose attacks and general mayhem to be had. The dogs commandeered the paddling pool, so the kids took over the big pool and we adults got shunted out. It's nice to see all the kids playing together though.

And now we're back at our hotel, tired out from today.

Heading home tomorrow, for the boys to continue with their summer holidays, John to try and keep up, and me to go back to work :(

Here's a flower Nicky has in her house. I really like it:


44 comments:

pandabob said...

I'm glad Jess is growing up well, I'm sure she keeps her mummy on her toes now she's moving around!!

Those are lovely flowers, the weather is good for the plant that's for sure :-)

I love the summer holidays but I do find myself really worrying about anyone who has to entertain their short people for the whole time because it really is ages!!

John H. D. Watson said...

It was a wonderful weekend :)

Greg Lestrade said...

She certainly does! Especially now she is both mobile and needs to put everything in her mouth...

I'm torn between wanting to stay at home and not miss any of the fun of the holidays, and being glad for the relative sanity of work ;)

Kestrel337 said...

Is it some sort of violet? It looks a bit like what my Grandma calls Johnny Jump Ups, but those are a North American wildflower.

Whatever it is, it is gorgeous. There are never enough blue or purple flowers.

spandrella said...

So I bought a Magnum, and put it in my face, and it was delicious. It was a Gold?! Which is actually called Gold?! with the punctuation, I think because everyone during the product testing process probably went, "Gold?" and then unwrapped the bar and saw they they actually somehow covered the outer chocolate in gold, and said, "Gold!" and then ate.

-Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Glad ypu liked it, Ella! I don't think we have Gold?! Ones here.

Had one of those heart stopping starts to very public conversations with Sherlock over breakfast. Always time to worry when he starts with something like :

"You know women get pregnant and it's because a sperm swims inside her?" ...

(You also know it'll lead to a question you haven't thought of)

Small Hobbit said...

Glad you had such a lovely day yesterday. If you do go to see your mum today L hope it goes well. I''ll wave from my train as you head back up the M4.

pandabob said...

Kids always pick the best times don't they ;-)

Have a fun day and good luck with your mum if you're going :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

You can have a prize if you can guess what his actual question was...

REReader said...

IT'S BELOW 80F! IT'S BELOW 80!!! I'm so excited!!!! (Okay, it's 79, going up to a forecast high of 87. But I wasn't sure the weather remembered how to get that low any more and it did!!!!)

With anyone else I'd guess the actual question was "How does the sperm get in her" or "What does it swim in", but since it's Sherlock, probably something less obvious... :)

anonx said...

"How does it learn to swim?"

"Does it have to wear water wings?"

Small Hobbit said...

Why doesn't that happen to men?

Anonymous said...

If there's sperm in the water and a woman goes swimming can she get pregnant?

rsf said...

Can it do the backstroke?

Greg Lestrade said...

I shall put you out of your misery.

"Why don't women fill up with water when they go swimming?"

pandabob said...

That's a good question! are we allowed to ask how you answered it in a room full of people eating? ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I can tell you John stuffed a piece if croissant in his mouth to avoid answering. And then almost spat it out when my answer sort of included bum holes... It's really not my area of knowledge (but I sort of assume you don't? Maybe I'm wrong! How would I know!?)

pandabob said...

well avoided John!

I love kids questions when its other people who have to answer them ;-)

John H. D. Watson said...

On the bright side, at this rate there'll be nothing left to cover when he hits puberty.

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm certain he'll have thought of more for us by then...

John H. D. Watson said...

There's a limit to the purely biological questions though...and anything involving nipple piercings and clubbing is all on you. ;)

Anon Without A Name said...

One might have thought the biological - especially that relating to women - would have been all on you, Dr Nanny, and yet...

John H. D. Watson said...

It was mere coincidence I was taking a bite of croissant at that particular moment...

Greg Lestrade said...

It was completely in coincidental! And yes, all such questions should be answered by the one with qualifications.

REReader said...

( I sort of assume you don't?. We don't! )

It's quite a good question, though. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

See, I got in a bit of trouble trying to ask Danger about... Things going in or coming out, of ...that particular orifice vs. a bum. It resulted in him choking and going bright red and then the whole conversation was ended by Sherlock wanting to do a heimlich manoeuvre.

Anon Without A Name said...

It was mere coincidence I was taking a bite of croissant at that particular moment...

Uh huh.

I dread to think the questions you were asking, Lestrade. Also, I get the impression the Doc embarrasses easily for someone so... well informed ;-p

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, well I feel compelled to offer a genuine answer to the question of liquid up vagina, as it's one I've been thinking about recently (not in a weird way!)

It's just, I really love a bath. Really. If you give me a bath, a book and an hour or two I'm in heaven.

But recently I have found that if I've been assuming certain (perhaps unladylike) positions in the bath, when I get out there is a certain amount of hot water that will...emerge...later on, especially if I cough ;-)

Never happened when I was younger so I'm assuming it's a tissue elasticity thing.

So there you go... massive TMI!!!

Small Hobbit said...

Oh RR, spoilsport. I was going to say we have to be careful when having a bath as well - too long and we start to expand.

Anonymous said...

I was going to say, "well, there was this one time...." :)

-ella

REReader said...

Ha, SH and Ella! :D

Anon--As I understand it, It is a muscle thing (usually), and you can do Kegel exercises to correct it. (If I have the wrong info, anyone, please tell me!)

Anonymous said...

wouldn't it be dangerous if water could get where sperm does? and would women not just hose themselves out once a month?

REReader said...

It can cause infections, yes. (Which is how I heard about the Kegel exercises being used to help prevent that--a friend got such an infection.) And ha!

Anon Without A Name said...

The uterus and the vagina are two different, but connected, places; water in the vagina doesn't imply water getting into the uterus. Wikipedia has picture showing the layout: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uterus

Anonymous said...

The thing about hosing yourself out is that there's stuff up there (fluids and such) that you want to keep, that do a pretty good job on their own of dealing with things working their way in from outside.

Might be helpful to think of all orifices in that general area as deflated balloons--the sides sorta stick together and keep stuff out under normal circumstances, but if you need to get something of a certain shape in or out, you can.

Ella

Anonymous said...

Water in the vagina is not 'dangerous'; it's only water and it's only an orifice. As a previous poster has mentioned, though, 'douching', or intentionally washing out your vagina can get rid of your natural vaginal bacteria and lead to infection (fungal or bacterial) which isn't nice.

Generally speaking ,those with lady parts should avoid using perfumed soaps 'down there' and never EVER insert anything! Also (and I'm speaking from experience here) bubble bath after sex is a terrible idea!

Anonymous said...

*I meant insert any soap products. Not, you know, anything ;-)

Anon Without A Name said...

I hope you're taking notes, Lestrade :-p

REReader said...

(And bath water has soap and whatever you washed off yourself--and swimming pool water has chlorine (and if improperly chlorinated whatever germy things others swimming left behind), and lakes and rivers and oceans are not the cleanest anymore. So, you know, exercise reasonable caution, because infections there are not comfortable. Or as they say in the PDAs, consult your physician. :))

Anonymous said...

sperm gets to the uterus that's how babies are made! I did not ask if water in the vagina was dangerous, people stick chocolate bars in there and god knows what else.

thanks for the explanations of my own anatomy though, those were greatly appreciated.

Anon Without A Name said...

Oh I'm sorry, Anon, I thought you were asking a question, rather than making a point.

Anonymous said...

Anon who enjoys a bath (didn't want to called you watery-vag anon!):

I have the exact same thing happen when I swim. I have to remember to bear down in the shower after or later on when coughing or sitting or sometimes a whole load of vag-temp water can escape! I assumed it wasn't something kegels would really help with though, as keeping water up there must take some fairly decent muscles, and just put it down to the leg-action of doing the breaststroke being a way water just got in naturally. It's hardly water tight down there when you're waving your legs about. (for the record, never had any probs after all the chlorine has been up there, but I've heard that if you 'need/want' to clean at all - yeast, for example - then a bit of apple cider vinegar in water is the best thing for maintaining a healthy balance while also giving it a clean out.)

Explainey anon said...

Apologies, other Anon if it was my post you found a bit patronising. I was just giving a personal response to what I thought was a genuine question. I in no way meant to insinuate that women do not know their own bodies.

Also I think that story about Marianne Faithfull and the Mars Bar is a myth ;-)

Greg Lestrade said...

This is an education, that's for sure.

But I'm afraid you won't shock me about what people put in their bodies. Seen way too many things for that!

(Although mars bar sounds hard to wash out, vinegar or not! At least putting things...elsewhere...the primary function of the place is expelling things :) )

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