5 May 2014

My feet don't hardly make no sound

We all had a lovely walk yesterday.

I think, if the boys do sort out cloning, that I'd like an Anthea. I have no idea how Mrs H found her, or where, but I'm beginning to think she was actually manufactured specifically for the purpose.

So we biked out to the countryside, and Anthea played dog-taxi, then she looked after all of our bike gear so we could go on a long ramble around the sun-soaked countryside.

The dogs were great, bounding all over the place, having the time of their lives. As was Sherlock.

We all ran amok, but the dogs are so big and excitable that I discovered if you run amok in too silly a fashion, they just accidentally flatten you. And then your husband laughs like a drain. I just didn't see the dog coming - I was halfway through a particularly balletic leap, when WHAM, dog from the side meant I met the turf - luckily not a cow-pat! And then the dog tried to lick me to death - no dog gets to lick me when it's spent half the walk trying to eat rabbit poo, thanks all the same.

Anyway, here are some views.



Sun dappled woodland.

Hills have no right to look this perfect.

Windswept. Useful fence.
 And some cows. Remarkably unconcerned by us, or the dogs. Or Sherlock crouching down to stare at a calf having an udderly-lovely drink. I've told him he has to ask very politely if he wants to do that to a human!!
Cows, unconcerned.

Today we met up with Jo and Lisa. Sherlock did ask nicely, and with permission, has poked, felt, listened to and generally sized-up a baby-bump :) Sadly (for him) the little passenger was happily asleep, and not moving about. But still, he's had a lot of questions answered, and has asked to see Jo and Lisa again before the little one comes along, to see how big it gets before it emerges!

We also all ate some fantastic ice cream, drank brilliant coffee, and visited the allotment - I am seriously tired now.

Last night Maf 'helped' me play guitar when I couldn't sleep. She certainly likes swiping the strings more when I've got my headphones on, and it doesn't make a loud noise to scare her. Just a loud noise to deafen me.

She was quite sweet though, allowing me to carry her back to our room. I didn't dare try to leave her in her hanging bed. John told me I was soft, in the head I think he meant.


And as for other people soft in the head... this story shows what a mess our sentencing is in this country. It really makes you wonder why we bother sometimes.

67 comments:

pandabob said...

Those pictures are lovely, I'm glad you had good weather for your day together :-)

I'm glad you got to catch up with Jo and Lisa and I hope Sherlock gets chance to see them again and check on baby's growth ;-)

Lancs. Anon said...

Can't believe I had to google your title, a song I know like I know my name, whoever aim :)

Glad you had such a good time!

Greg Lestrade said...

Thanks, it really was a brilliant weekend, and although it's sad to say goodbye to Mycroft - again!! It's great knowing I've got tomorrow with John.

John H. D. Watson said...

I think you just couldn't stand to put her down because she was purring so nicely...

Greg Lestrade said...

I will admit....she's very soft and furry and was purring at me as I held her against my chest and it was...kind of nice.

Roll on the jokes about me falling for soft pussies.

Anonymous said...

*squints at second picture from Colorado standpoint* Are you sure there's hills in that one? Have they all been flattened? ;)

Glad you all had a good day; hope you have equally good sleeping.

Ella

Anonymous said...

What a great weekend! I can't imagine what it would be like if Mycroft couldn't come home easily for a day or two, or you all couldn't ride out and see him.

Maf's pretty much got you in hand, er, paw. The struggle has been for naught.

Wishing my usual, good sleep for all.

fA

Kestrel337 said...

The fence section in the middle of the beautiful landscape is quite obviously meant for picturesque heroes mounted on fiery steeds to jump over. Majestically. Perhaps while brandishing something shiny and sharp, or stirring the blood with a battlecry. (If they are mounted sidesaddle, so much the better)

Lancs. Anon said...

Meant to say last night, with regards to dogs and what they will eat, we had a rule in our house 'Lips that touch cat shit, shall never touch mine!'

Greg Lestrade said...

You'd think we never fed them, honestly.

Greg Lestrade said...

When Sherlock got home he ran up to his room. Then returned to point out he was still not the owner of some sort of adventure-playground bed complex. Despite the fact we had 'had ALL day'. I said we'd been doing other things, and he fixes me with a glare and said, in a perfect imitation of my dear husband 'you could at least have TRIED'.

And now he hates us for laughing.

REReader said...

You have to love his faith in you two!

John H. D. Watson said...

I'm still laughing on and off...

Greg Lestrade said...

I've set him designing something for us to work from... Haven't said how closely we'll stick to it, of course.

John H. D. Watson said...

Does it have lasers?

Greg Lestrade said...

Amazing how you say 'does it' and Sherlock hears 'It should have'.... it now has lasers. Some harmless ones, for cat entertainment.

Some for cutting bad people up. Or people not doing his bidding. Or Mycrofts, apparently.

REReader said...

Hey, Sherlock knows an exciting idea when he hears it!

Greg Lestrade said...

(By the way, I'm hoping some of you will join me in a Eurovision watchalong on Saturday. Jo and Lisa might come over, and Murray sounded very enthusiastic too... although John doesn't ;) )

However - we might have more important things to do, so...I can't absolutely promise anything.

Acacia Kelly said...

Please give commentary for those of us in the States not blessed to see it!

Greg Lestrade said...

Mycroft assures me there should be ways for you to watch...but I don't know what they are.

Anonymous said...

It always gives one pause, those moments when your own words and tone issue from the mouths of the persons one is raising. It's nice to know they DO hear us, evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, but . . . .

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

Very selective hearing, our Sherlock.

I have a serious craving for rice pudding. Where has that come from??

Sherlock said...

We can make rice pudding!

Greg Lestrade said...

Sadly Sherlock went to bed, but we might make rice pud at some point.

Anonymous said...

Before encouraging pudding makers: what is your position on raisins in rice pudding? Our household is divided. I feel it is wasted effort without them, but am outvoted.

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

Absolutely not! Nutmeg is the only additional item for flavouring.

Small Hobbit said...

Sultanas!

Greg Lestrade said...

Christ of a crabstick, where did John find you lot! Raisins, Sultanas...it's just plain wrong! ;)

pandabob said...

Rice pudding is wrong from the get go and whatever you add isn't going to change it!! :-P

Greg Lestrade said...

...John just asked me if I was pregnant. Apparently being kind to Maf and craving rice pudding (or tapioca) is what they teach you are sure signs of pregnancy at medical school...

John H. D. Watson said...

You were carrying her around wrapped up in a blanket earlier...

Greg Lestrade said...

She was attached to the blanket with her spiky little claws! I was worried I'd hurt her if I tried to untangle it all.

Anon Without A Name said...

Rice pudding is bad enough, but tapioca? *shudder*

REReader said...

Hey!! I love tapioca! (And I'm positive I'm not pregnant. :))

You were carrying her around wrapped up in a blanket earlier...

Awwwww.

Unknown said...

this blog has a very Pavlovian effect on me. I just spent a half hour on the internet looking at rice pudding recipes. I'm not sure about putting raisins in... I know I'm not fond of them in oatmeal or cookies, but they are great in Waldorf salad type things. nutmeg sounds good, or I might try a bit of my favorite "secret ingredient", garam masala.
S

Kestrel337 said...

That is a terrible thing to do to rice and raisins. Much rather have a lovely mild curry over rice and sprinkled with golden raisins. What are sultanas?

ro said...

@Kestrel337 - Sultanas are the wives of Sultans. And also dried grapes. Apparently what Americans call Raisins the English call Sultanas. Although there's massive debate about the finer points of raisins v sultanas! Humans - they can fight about anything!

I hated rice pud as a youngster. I loved rice, but seemed to think it shouldn't be sweet. I had a really nice vanilla bean rice pud at Christmas, though. Yuuuuummy.

Anonymous said...

Huh. I am used to wrongheaded people so not surprised SH and I are apparently the only ones certain that raisins/sultanas are the way to go. If made with whole (full fat?) milk, nutmeg is appropriate. With lowfat or skimmed milk, I use cinnamon. It makes no sense, I know. It's just how we've always done it.

It's too warm here for rice pudding, anyway.

fA

Joolz said...

I'm with Greg, no sultanas/raisins in rice pudding - yuk. The only thing we occasionally added when I was younger was a teaspoon of strawberry jam which was cool cos when you stirred it the rice pudding went pink. :)
Eurovision is always good for a laugh, count me in. ;)
Hope everyone has a great day. :)

Small Hobbit said...

Wasn't tapioca the one we called frog spawn at school?

Anon Without A Name said...

SH - yes. Bleh.

Greg Lestrade said...

I like them all.

fA - have to make it with whole milk and cream. Mmmmm.

Anon Without A Name said...

Yeah, but you like marmite too (which my phone autocorrects to 'manure' - clever phone).

Anonymous said...

SH - we'd call it Fish Eye Pudding at school. XD

~EchoOfMe

REReader said...

But tapioca pearls are the best part, halfway between bubbles and pearls!

Anonymous said...

Well, it's certainly richer with whole milk & cream! Mmmm indeed.

fA

Anonymous said...

I raised a kid with food texture issues, so no point to making tapioca unless you are ok with watching someone quietly pick out all the pearls. Pureed all sauces & soups, served lots of things in their component parts to be assembled by each at the table. It amuses me now, to watch how as an adult she has learned to manage eating with perfect manners and so that most people don't notice her food issues.

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

'Webinar' is there a worse word or idea in the world??

REReader said...

I just--as in less than two minutes ago--finished "attending" one...at least I can play solitaire when it's dull!

Anonymous said...

Ha. My workplace is big on webinars right now. We wouldn't get near as much training wtihout them, so I can endure the ones that are dead useless.

fA

Small Hobbit said...

It's just the opportunity to be treated like a moron without the opportunity to look stupidly back.

Anonymous said...

Random question--I'm reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and the most surprising thing to me so far is that there is apparently a statute of limitation on murder in Sweden? Strikes me as very weird, as I think in America murder is the one crime for which there's no statute if limitation. (Also possibly treason but I'm not sure.)

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Until recently, you couldn't be charged with murder in England if your victim didn't die within a year and a day. Crazy, given modern medicine. Also couldn't be tried twice for the same crime, although I know that's still true in a lot of other places.

I haven't yet attended a Webinar. The comment was brought on by being told I'd missed another one, and a telling off for doing so.

Greg Lestrade said...

Look at the time...someone put me to bed.

Anonymous said...

Here you can't be tried twice if you've been found innocent by a jury. Mistrials or hung juries can mean a second trial (or at least, the prosecutor decides if they want to try again, or if they want to offer a plea or give up entirely). There's also dismissing a case without prejudice, which is basically, "we don't think we can win the case now, but we're reasonably certain this person did it and we reserve the right to try again if we get new/better evidence."

Ella

Anonymous said...

Anyone else not able to sleep? Seems to be going around.

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Hope you got some kip in the end.

Another wet grey day here :(

pandabob said...

Has it brightened up any down there? We had lovely warm sunshine this morning but not any more!!

I hope you're all having the best days you can in whatever circumstances you're in :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Still raining vs I busy I don't know what I'm doing.

Anonymous said...

Onwards. Day's only just picking up steam here. Echoing pandabob on having the best days we can, in the circumstances.

fA

Anonymous said...

Slept eventually. Then woke up at 5am on my day off because my shitty mattress makes my hip joints hurt. Still...pizza for breakfast, and onward the day.

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

I want to go home

Anonymous said...

You can never go home. They will keep you there forever and ever and occasionally steal away all the coffee just to break your spirit.

(In all seriousness, everything okay?)

Ella

Greg Lestrade said...

Yeah I'm ok. Just moaning.

Lab might have lost some evidence.

pandabob said...

Moaning is very much allowed when the lab may have lost some evidence!

Home will come at some point I'm sure and after ten minutes of being told about Sherlock's day you'll have forgotten all about yours :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I will. That's why it's so nice to have a home full of people. Today seems to be lasting forever though!

pandabob said...

I hope you're home now and that you're all having a lovely relaxing evening :-)

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