8 November 2014

One hundred hairs make a man

mmm. nights. I've avoided them for a while, because of various day time commitments - meetings, court, that sort of stuff. But here we are, nights again, trying to prove connections between people this time, which is...well, fairly boring. When it's not my turn to be watching I'm busy going through reams of data on locations - bank card use, mobile phone calls/signals, all trying to put certain people together at certain times. CCTV, too. It's amazing the trails people leave.

Anyway, half term was lovely. Got to spend time with the boys and John. Mycroft is so different from the quiet little boy we first met. He's a big lanky confident teenager now, with unruly hair and is suddenly fluent in grunting as a means of communication. Sherlock is still stuck between being waaay above hanging onto his brother's coat tails and...doing exactly that ;)

Anyway, tonight Sherlock is staying over at the school, and is very excited. There will be fireworks first, which only adds to that excitement.

I'm not sure if John or I am going. Well, I am sure I'm not going, because I'm at work. I think Anthea might take them up there, and then we'll both go and fetch Sherlock back tomorrow and wish Mycroft well for the coming weeks.


John is going out with Murray tonight. Or Mo'rray, as he is currently known. He is trying to make John join him in Mo'vember. I very much fear he might succeed... because John's only comment so far wasn't exactly negative.."I suppose it's the one time of year people would forgive you for trying to grow a moustache"... so tonight I may find myself married to Mo'hn Mo'tsan.

Imagine this man, with a mo.


And no, I don't know what he's pursing his lips about, or why he's on a slightly dodgy looking giant fur rug, or why he's pulling that rather...er..well....that pose. I can tell you that in the next picture of the 'series', he has his tongue out.

I say no more...

129 comments:

John H. D. Watson said...

It's for a good cause...

Greg Lestrade said...

Would it it any way resemble the rug you're spread over in that photo?

John H. D. Watson said...

Probably wouldn't be that soft.

Greg Lestrade said...

..and why were you on some poor critter's skin?

Murray sent it to me with a caption '3C looking like he's in a brothel.' I asked if it was actually a brothel and he vaguely said 'Can't remember'...

John H. D. Watson said...

Not surprised he was vague. It was not a brothel, it was HIS FLAT. He's responsible for the fur...thing.

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm speechless.

I had no idea Mo'rray ever lived in a brothel. And still don't want to know what your face is all about!

John H. D. Watson said...

I never have any idea what my face is about ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

Being very very handsome.

Did the boys get off okay? Sherlock was so excited, it was lovely to see.

And should I warn the PCs on duty that Mo' and 3C are out on the tiles yet?

Greg Lestrade said...

So far in this report I'm reading Dimmo has been autocorrected to Dim-mock, Do nick and Gimmick. Poor guy. I feel like I get off lightly with Less trade.

pandabob said...

Auto correct was invented to bring humour to all situations I think ;-)

Good luck with work Greg

I hope you have fun with Mycroft Sherlock and that London survives you and Murray John :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

I fear for London with silence from both Sherlock and Mycroft AND John and Morray

MOrray said...

we're FIIIIINE we barely started drinking yet!

sherlock just sent 3C two texts impersonating the dogs, so he's probably alive too.

Greg Lestrade said...

...as if it was the dogs sending the texts, if the dogs could speak English? Or...just like, wooofwoofgrrr?

And glad you're fine...

Sherlock said...

LOOK this is the best Mycroft showed me.

http://youtu.be/oRngPHRj0vA

Anonymous said...

The text-ertainment portion of the evening begins sooner than I hoped. Mo' texts from Mo'rray, please. I remember your combination pre-wedding interrogation/stag night with Mo'rray as being worthy of narration.

Not, of course, that a simple evening out with such a mature, responsible married man as John, excuse me, Mo'ohn would resemble that evening in any way whatsoever. I'm sure. Almost positive.

fA

Anonymous said...

Dang, Sherlock! Mycroft is an excellent brother. THAT was pretty amazing, in a creepy, "shouldn't that be happening under an exhaust hood?" kind of way.

fA

Mycroft said...

fA - I believe that is occurring in a fume cabinet. There is a reflection in the plastic at the beginning.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Mycroft, the slightly safety-obsessed side of my personality is reassured.

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

That's pretty amazing, Sherlock. Although I do hope you're in bed by now...

Greg Lestrade said...

don't tell Sherlock...but I did just call a unit in to a sudden fireworks display. Call me a party pooper, but it's nearly midnight, and they are loud.

MOrray said...

woofgrrrr

Greg Lestrade said...

err...yes. Right.

I'm counting off the minutes until I can come home and be really LOUD and CHEERFUL because I know my husband won't be AT ALL hungover and enjoying a child-free lie in...

Anonymous said...

Envy. I know you'd be kinder than that if you weren't envious. ;-)

(Just because Mo'rray is attempting to speak Dog, does it mean Mo'ohn is past the point of salvation via hydration & ibupofen? Though, I guess, realistically, you might be uniquely well qualified to draw that conclusion.)

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

I'll leave those two medical professionals to administer their own cures/preventions.

I might be kinder if I weren't envious. No guarantees.

Anonymous said...

Cruel, cruel, man, you.

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

I had great plans for this morning! And John managed to join me for some of them, after tea toast and plenty of water and ibuprofen.

Anon Without A Name said...

So the hangover's bearable then? And MO'rray? Did he survive the night intact?

For that matter, did Harrow survive the combined presence of Mycroft and Sherlock intact?

John - if you grow a 'tache we're going to be after photos, you know that, right?

Joolz said...

Greetings all. (whispered in case people are still A, sleeping after their night shift or B, hung over and not in a fit state.)
Hope your 2 nights garnered you the info you needed, Greg & hope you had a great time with Morray, John. Love the pic though I think the fur may look better on the rug than the lip. ;)
Hope you had a fun night with your big brother, Sherlock. Are you getting to ride home in style on one of the bikes later. :)

Sherlock said...

we had breakfast and you could have as much as you wanted and then Mycroft said we should go to chapel and there was a remembrance service and there was a choir and a man played the bugle and we sang hymns and did the silence and it was sad to think about all the people that died in the wars that were a long time ago and the wars now that John and Murray and everyone were in and there were people there from Mycroft's school in uniform called cadets and we've been learning about it in school and now John and Lestrade are going to come and we're going to have lunch and then yes I'm going back on a motorbike.

REReader said...

You have had quite the visit, there, Sherlock! (That video is quite amazing, too.)

I hope you enjoyed it nearly as much, Mycroft.

Greg Lestrade said...

Glad you've had a good time, Sherlock. Well done for being good and going to the service that Mycroft wanted to, as well.

Thanks for being such a great big brother, Mycroft.

Anonymous said...

Sherlock, thanks for the report! Sounds like you had quite the time. (You ARE a great brother Mycroft. Truly.)

Glad the morning went nicely in the Lestrade-Watson manse as well.

Best hopes for a good day for all.

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

Well, we have an empty house again...vacuuming up dog hairs and being surprised the leftovers in the fridge are still there a few hours later is the order of the day now.

Greg Lestrade said...

...and being quizzed at bedtime about what would happen if an astronaut went to the moon and then wouldn't get back in the landing module to come home...

REReader said...

That would be an unpleasant way to die.

pandabob said...

So what does Monday bring when you've been on nights at weekend Greg?

I'm glad you had fun with your big brother Sherlock and I hope school is going well for you both today :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

Monday has brought a day off and a husband announcing we have to start Christmas shopping...by which he means trying to think of things to buy by wandering around the shops.

REReader said...

At least they are not yet overcrowded shops!

(I'm all about internet shopping, myself. I freely admit it's not the same--which is why I like it better. ;))

pandabob said...

Oooo such fun!! ;-)

Better than work though isn't it? ;-)

Anonymous said...

Small doses of shop-wandering can be inspirational. At least they let you decide if there are any special stores that are worth a trip back or if it's time to hit the Internet. Lately I give people tickets to things, or pick stuff up through the year that they've wanted and say "that's your Christmas gift". Young adults mostly get money and some silly small cheap token gift. I fill in the holes by making spiced or candied nuts and wrapping them prettily.

It's only for the young I need to really shop, but that's traumatic enough. What DOES a 10-year-old want?

fA

REReader said...

EVERYTHING.

;)

Anonymous said...

I know, RR, I know. But it's so easy to get the ALL WRONG everything! And I hate to give them gift cards, even though they love to spend them because then there's nothing there when they open the gift. Ah well.

fA

REReader said...

Heh, fA, true! (I mostly give my nieces and nephews theater tickets for big presents until they age out of big-present-hood, and if they want something else it's fine, but they have to tell me what it is they would rather have. It's not as gift-y, but that's my compromise.)

Greg Lestrade said...

Sherlock doesn't want much. And most of what he does want is very high on the list of things he isn't going to get...

Sherlock said...

An octopus.

REReader said...

Yes, Sherlock, I think that's a good example of the sort of thing Lestrade was talking about! ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

An octopus happens to be the very top thing on my list of things you won't be getting, yes.

Anonymous said...

Sherlock needs "experience" gifts, where he gets to go somewhere and do something interesting, rather than bringing the experience home! Those will be easier to arrange as you get a bit older, Sherlock, hang in there!

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

As John said, in a rather doom-laden way this morning "It's only going to get worse from now on, you know. And you're all impossible to buy for."

(I think the 'worse' bit was how busy it was, not just generally everything.) But I heartily deny being impossible. I just don't want anything ;)

Small Hobbit said...

Now, you see, the daughter wants five pillows for Christmas. I'm not asking why, just making the most of an easy present.

Anonymous said...

SH: Bed pillows? Sofa pillows? Firm, soft, squishy? Patterned, embroidered, plain? Memory foam, down, synthetic down, polyester batting? Size?

Doesn't sound that easy to me, unless you got a detailed description!

fA

Unknown said...

fA has the right idea, experience presents. Sherlock could go SEE an octopus at the aquarium, along with all the other creatures there. for instance.
I have been grateful to be past the "shopping for presents" stage with my offspring, but now her partner has two kids, so I'm kind of back to it... still, hoping to stay mostly out of stores unless maybe book stores.
S

Anonymous said...

In honor of Veteran's Day, which seems less often here to be marked with the two minute silence of my childhood. I'm getting old, the dead seem so very young to me, as do the many more who return with lasting harm done.

“Nothing ever ends poetically. It ends and we turn it into poetry. All that blood was never once beautiful. It was just red.”
— Kait Rokowski

We turn it into poetry, and into history. I only wish we really brought these conflicts to an end. Ah well. Find your minutes to acknowledge the losses and to mourn any that touch you. And then we turn back to living, and living well, and caring for each other as we need it. In my mind, that & remembering is all we can do for the dead.

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

BT should turn all the phones off except 999 at 11. Our two minute silence is always punctuated by ringing phones.

There was a suspicious bit of stubble on John's top lip this morning...

Joolz said...

That would have been so much better, we had the same problem with interruptions.

Looks like it'll be bristly kisses for you for the rest of the month then, Greg. ;)

Hope everyone has a good evening. :)

Piplover said...

My mom bought me beautiful mums today, and tonight I'm going out with a friend to dinner. I've checked in with some of my Army buddies, and so far today has been lovely. I hope everyone else is having a good day, and can take a moment to remember those who are still in the services.

Greg Lestrade said...

Can I ask if renting somewhere to live in other countries is as...I don't know, crap as it is here? Visited some place in my time, I tell you. Todays was freezing, mouldy, I mean... just makes me sad. Kids growing up like that.

REReader said...

Unless you can afford truly horrifyingly high rents, or if you luck into a rent controlled/rent stabilized apartment (more rare by the day, as there are apartments coming out of the program every day), or if you hit the lottery (literally) for a below-market program apartment in a new building complex (even more unlikely than rent control)--it mostly is in NYC, L., I'm afraid, even outside Manhattan.

Thank you for your service, Pip...and DW, and John, and Murray. (I hope I haven't missed anyone here; it is very sincerely meant.)

Greg Lestrade said...

I'm presuming rent controlled is a bit like our council housing (also being depleted by the day.)? And I presume comes with a better tenancy? What's a 'normal' tenancy like? What are the rights like for tenants vs. landlords?

REReader said...

I don't know what council housing is, so I can't speak to that. ...I started going through the rent control/rent stabilization rules for New York--they differ by state and even sometimes by locality--but it was getting really long, so I found a link instead: http://www.nycrgb.org/html/resources/faq/rentcontrol.html.

In general, it's not that easy evict tenants in New York, but landlords successfully harass and frighten tenants out of apartments regularly, albeit illegally. I undertstand that it can take months for law-abiding landlords to get rid of deadbeat or otherwise eviction-worthy tenants, although they certainly can and do evict tenants. There are also pretty strict laws about getting heat and hot-water in NYC, and the city has been more active in recent years about enforcing those laws--partly because the city's hot line number makes it a lot easier for tenants to make official complaints.

Is that what you wanted to know? I wasn't sure exactly what info you were after, so I hope I guessed right.

REReader said...

Okay, so I looked up council housing, and no, rent control is on apartments in private hands. Government-owned housing is different, and pretty much no one wants to live in them unless the alternative is living on the streets or in a shelter, and there hasn't been much (if any) of it built any time recently. Mostly instead of building government owned and administered housing, there are now various voucher programs to pay for or assist with rent in privately-owned housing, and how good (or awful) those are depends very much on where the housing is and who actually owns it.

Greg Lestrade said...

How long would a tenant expect to stay? Here it's six months, then you can stay on if it's not too horrible or your landlord doesn't evict you.

REReader said...

Depends. If you're talking regular rentals, I think 1 year is the most common lease, although it can be whatever term the landlord and tenant agree to and sign. If there is no written lease, then it's month to month and either party can terminate with one month's notice.

Rent controlled/stabilized apartments have other regulations that apply once a tenant is in residence, so it depends on the circumstances. And I really have no idea about government-owned housing.

Unknown said...

I understand it can be hard to get rid of a bad tenant, so as someone who rents a room in my house I've learned to be pretty choosy about who I say yes to. luckily because it's a room in my house, I'm allowed to be as choosy as I want. mostly I've done ok, and the student population here is so transient, I'm more apt to be sad that a good tenant is moving on with her life!
fA, thanks for that post and quote up there, re veterans. Just so, and definitely occasioned a bit of remembrance time for me.
S

Greg Lestrade said...

Ah, here it's quite easy to get rid of a lodger (someone who lives in the same home as a landlord), but it's not very easy to get rid of a tenant who's renting an entire property. But it's also not easy being a tenant when you might have to move every 6 months!

REReader said...

Well, one difference with the situation here is that most apartment buildings in NY aren't owner tenanted--we're talking roughly 30 apartments in a small building and about 100 in a mid-size apartment building. Landlords who rent out rooms (or apartments) in smaller properties in which they themselves live have more rights, and I think they tend to go more for month to month tenancies, but if they sign longer term leases, then they have to wait until the lease runs out--unless they can make a case that they intend to expand or move into that space.

REReader said...

Oh, and even if there's a lease, a person can be evicted if they don't pay the rent. (And there are other conditions under which a tenant is legally considered to have violated the lease and can be evicted. But it probably would take about as long as running out the lease!)

Greg Lestrade said...

lodgers here don't really get a tenancy at all. You can be out within an hour if the landlord has a good reason (such as threatening behaviour, that sort of thing.)

I've no idea what percentage are owner-occupied in high rises here. I imagine it varies wildly between buildings.

If you agree to a tenancy here for a set period though it's almost impossible to end the tenancy early, unless both sides agree, and it will almost always cost the one who wants to end it big bucks to 'buy' the other side into an agreement.

Sherlock wants to grow a moustache.

KHolly said...

And Sherlock can. Eventually. But probably not this year.

REReader said...

There are ways to find out if one likes the look of a mustache without actually going to the trouble of growing one... The first example to pop up: http://moustacheisgood.com/ (I don't know if you they save your photo, my French is not good enough, but I think Sherlock and John could check that out. :))

tresta said...

It isn't relative to this post, L, but I came across this and just had to share. Perhaps for future chapters of Greg the Florist? (Have you all done one of those lately?) I believe the article includes a list of plants with rude names.

http://forums.canadiancontent.net/hot-topics/71196-harden-off-your-knobweed-bbc.html

Also, John is a brave man!

pandabob said...

How goes the day gentlemen? Is it warmer and drier down there than it is here in the frozen north? ;-)

Is Sherlock doing anything for children in need tomorrow? I'm supposed to be spending today baking cakes and designing two super hero costumes but I'm struggling to work out how to do either with a mini person holding onto my leg and stealing ingredients/scissors ;-)

I hope the day treats everyone well :-)

Greg Lestrade said...

It's not too bad down here. Looks like rain though.

I think Sherlock can go wearing whatever he wants tomorrow, for a donation of a few quid, and i have heard rumours that biscuits/cakes need to be produced for some sort of sale.

Hope you managed some baking/making. Just dress them up as you - wrangling three little ones makes you a super hero to me!

pandabob said...

You are very kind to say such a thing Greg :-)

I have hopefully achieved two costumes that will pass inspection and a few cakes but I'm sure there's something I've missed that will lead to a mad shopping dash later ;-)

I hope the rain is staying away :-)

tresta said...

What day is tomorrow? Must be a UK thing, but it sounds like a lot of fun. Another chance at costumes after Halloween.

Greg Lestrade said...

It's 'Children in Need' Tresta. It's a day dedicated to raising money to help kids who are in some sort of need - poverty, illness, disability, disadvantaged in some way. Lots of workplaces and schools encourage fundraising by dressing up or doing sponsored activities. Most schools let the kids go in mufti for a small donation.

tresta said...

Awesome. We don't have one of those in the US, but we really should. Gathering coins for UNICEF while trick or treating was a bit before my time, but probably the closest we come in the US. You'd carry around your treat bag but also a little box for UNICEF and the adults would put coins in it.

Also may I say I am amazed that you didn't comment on my article about plants with naughty names? Are you feeling okay? :-) I didn't know how to link to the page directly but it's actually a British website so hopefully the brits on your blog can cut and paste and get there okay.

How is Maf now? Is she about 6 months old?

Greg Lestrade said...

Sorry, I haven't been home since I saw that comment, and didn't want to open it up at work, just in case!

Am now in the supermarket, buying everything you could possibly decorate cakes and biscuits with, as Sal's told me I have to bring some in to work as well...

I will look at home!

We're not sure how old she is exactly. John has a better idea than me. We've had her for...ever? More than 6 months, anyway, and she was probably a few months old when she found John in the street hanging around some bins ;)

tresta said...

*laughs* Oh, I see. That makes sense. I don't think it's NSFW but good to be cautious. It does mention Sticky Willie and Stiff Cock plus a few others. Apparently SC has a few other rnames... and mentioning it by one of those names got a gardening show on the BBC in trouble.

i wish I could see some of the pics you must have of her sleeping on top of John. I adopted my Delphi when she was 11 weeks old (very tiny) and she decided she wanted to sleep draped across my neck. It was sweet (my theory is that it calmed her to hear/feel my heartbeat) and she was a feather, so no problem. I would wake up and find her draped across me. However, when she was a bit older and heavier I had to discourage her from laying on my neck though she still wanted to. Now she's just turned 2 (so she's still quite young) and she loves to cuddle me by sitting on my chest when I am in my recliner. She'll drape herself across me. It is sweet and very cozy. She also sits in my lap but she usually starts off a cuddle up on my chest.

And like Maftet, Delphi likes to lie (lay? Mycroft) on my computer keyboard. As you say, when you wrote something similar about Maftet and John, she gets to be close to me, and the latop is warm!

I make quilts and Delphi always wants to be near me when I'm sewing. This developed into her sitting on my laptop while I was at the sewing machine. Not ideal and not something I wanted to encourage, I knew the draw of the computer was twofold; proximity to me and warmth. I first got D a bed so she could curl up next to my machine and be with me. That helped some but what really worked was a heated cat bed. Hers is a donut shape, like others, but has a heating pad built into the bottom of it. She loves it. And it is a heating pad made for pets so is safe for her (human heating pads get too hot).

I will include a link to the bed for anyone interested. Lestrade and John, you may be able to find these on amazon.uk. I bought mine from Amazon.com (in the US).

I love to read about Maftet, both because I love cats and because I also have a young one and I see a lot of Delphi in Maf.

The bed:http://www.amazon.com/Thermo-Kitty-Fashion-Splash-Heated/dp/B00403MXBM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1415914724&sr=8-5&keywords=heated+pet+beds+for+cats

Ours is navy blue. There are other styles, including one with higher sides called a "cup" but Delphi has always liked the donut style with the lower sides.

Sorry if my message is too long; I do love cats!

tresta said...

And in case y'all wondered, Delphi does sleep with me still. In the fold behind my knees usually and often under the covers with me. The latter is a little unusual for a cat. The covers bit, not the sleeping with me bit.

Greg Lestrade said...

There certainly are a lot of dodgy plant names.

Maf, now she can get on the bed on her own, enjoys wandering off in the middle of the night to charge around the flat a bit, before trampling all over us again to get back to snuggling up to John's bonce.

I've just finished some sort of icing marathon. Lucky I have a nice firm grip for that piping bag - the benefits of, er...working out? ;)

REReader said...

All in a good cause!

Is Sherlock planning on going to school in costume tomorrow?

Greg Lestrade said...

No, just in normal clothes, I think. Although he might accessorise with some wings or sometihng - who knows!

REReader said...

After all, if one HAS wings... ;)

Anonymous said...

Pandabob, you ARE a superhero. I only had two to deal with when they were small - going past the point of having a hand for each is a HUGE leap.

I've learned a lot today. Hadn't heard "bonce" before & hadn't heard of either "Children in Need" day nor heating pads regulated for cats. I am going to assume I *didn't* learn anything about your "er...working out" for icing bag technique as it might be related to your husband's er . . . participation. ;-) Because reasons.

fA

REReader said...

Educational indeed, fA! And so an unwasted day. :)

Oh, and tresta, you were right--it's "lie". In present tense, you lie down if you want to take a nap, but you lay down a thing--a hen lays an egg, I lay down my sword and shield.

tresta said...

L: Re icing bag... hee! Well, you are diligent about your workouts.
Re Maftet's nighttime activities: She's probably very active between the hours of 5 and 7, both AM and PM. Cats are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at "twilight" hours. That is certainly true of Delphi! I don't really get up that early, but like you and John have trouble sleeping through the night (in my case pain related) and if I do wake at those hours of the morning I enjoy watching Delphi hunting her toys and tearing around the house. She gets really active between 5 and 7 in the evening too.

Does Sherlock like Maf? If he does, he might enjoy observing her behavior at different times of day, among other ideas. He could even compare her behavior to the hounds because they are also driven very much by their canine nature. Which is different, but equally special. Though I guess the hounds aren't living at home just now. Better for them to be close to Mycroft, devoted as they are. And better for him too.

Sherlock can also see some differences in dogs and cats if you watch the Puppy Cam and Kitten Cam at Animal Planet's website. At late hours (No Sherlock then, but you and John can watch) and early morning, the kittens are wide awake and playing while the puppies are sound asleep. And other times, the puppies are active while the kittens sleep. It's sooo cute but also interesting if you are fascinated by animal behavior.

And finally, for fA and others who didn't know about heating pads/heated beds for cats; you can get these for dogs, too! Older dogs especially enjoy them because they often have arthritis in old age. Dogs that feel cold easily, like greyhounds also enjoy heated beds. The style differs from cats, of course but they also have the pet-safe heating pad inside.

tresta said...

And re the grammar, thanks, RR. I thought I was using the word correctly, but it's good to have confirmation.

Small Hobbit said...

We used to have a cat that liked sleeping under our covers. Especially when he'd just come inside from the rain.

Anonybob - hope your family enjoy a costumed Children in Need.

And L - glad to hear the icing went well ;)

Greg Lestrade said...

I assure you my strong grip is all to do with motorcycle riding. Whatever else did you all imagine??

Sherlock wore his biking gear and wings to school. And took enough sugary food to cause all the teachers no end of stress all day. Although i imagine they're wise enough to only sell it at the end of the day...

REReader said...

Sherlock wore his biking gear and wings to school.

There has to be a joke about Hell's Angels in there somewhere...

Anonymous said...

Sherlock in biking gear and wings must be the most (avert your eyes, Sherlock) adorable thing imaginable. Hope you got a photo for his mum. Not to mention blackmail opportunities a decade or two into the future.

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

John is distinctly hairy.

Maf is distinctly furry.

Sherlock is distinctly curly.

I am grey.

pandabob said...

Thanks SH, I think my attempts at costumes passed inspection and everyone got cake so a successful day I think ;-)

Sherlock's attire sounds spending Greg, I hope he had fun and hasn't been on too much of a sugar high this evening :-)

Becca said...

We had a heating pad for our rabbit for years before he passed away this spring. He loved it, and often groomed it to thank it for it's warmth.

Joolz said...

Not even distinctly grey, Greg? ;) Plus I'm sure we'd all have to disagree with that, John most of all. :)
How are you both enjoying the hairy addition, are you past the itchy stage yet, John, does it tempt you to give it a try yourself, Greg.

Well done on your excellent costume, Sherlock, it's nice to feel you've done your bit for CIN & you got cake out of it so it's a win/win really. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

Not even. And no, not tempted.

Glad your costumes went down well, Anonybob.

tresta said...

John is distinctly hairy.

Lestrade said: John is distinctly hairy. Maf is distinctly furry. Sherlock is distinctly curly.


Maf is orange and white, right? Does she have long hair?

Not sure what to say about John's mo', so I guess I say nothing. ;-) Except that he's not orange and white, L, so at least there's that. Unless he's got redhead (ginger) genes from the Scottish Watsons? Still too young for white hair though. As are you!

I have to agree with fA's opinion on Sherlock's outfit for Children In Need; I love the image of S in his wings. No matter what else he wears. The wings and shorts during rugby a few years ago sounded utterly adorable! And his curls... I kind of want to stroke them. Not that S would let me, I'm sure, but it'd be tempting.

Though I imagine it's a different set of wings? Didn't he get the first set at age 5?

Sherlock: if you see this, I hope you had a wonderful time. I was about to ask you about your plans for Thanksgiving, but then remembered that to you that will just be Thursday!
But whatever you end up doing, I hope your day is fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Becca, I love the image of your rabbit gratefully/affectionately grooming his heating pad. Hope you have a good weekend.

fA

tresta said...

Me too, Becca! That is sweet.

tresta said...

Also, Becca, how are you getting around these days? I hope you're doing well and able walk and stand without pain.

Greg Lestrade said...

Much of my hair is very definitely white. Or colourless, as Sherlock will correct me.

Maf's got short fur, and yes, she's ginger and white. Very soft. Like her owner.

Sherlick's still in the same wings, but he could do with some bigger ones. We've adjusted the fittings already. And I don't think big wings are good for school. Compact wings are better.

Becca said...

I mostly am getting around without pain. Unfortunately, I have a pretty substantial (read going up my calf) brace that is keeping me from rolling my left ankle. The current plan is to wean out of it in two months, see if the problematic rolling continues, and then when it does, go in with more surgery.

But now is ok, so I'm grateful for that.

Greg Lestrade said...

aaahhh, finished for the day, now off for three days!!

£32.6 million raised yesterday for Children in Need, by the way - and that's just the stuff that's been pledged/paid to the organisers on the day. Not all the bits raised by people all over the country which they'll pay in over the coming days. Amazing.

tresta said...

L: Maybe the same size wings with fittings sized for him? I agree that compact wings would be best. That 's what I imagine anyway: (Sherlock, avert your eyes) the "fairy /butterfly"type of wings rather than large wings like an eagle or something. Bet you all can manage something.

Don't know if Sherlock will mind what I called his wings in the above paragraph (I hope not) but one of the greatest things about Sherlock wearing his wings is that he does it cause he likes them and how they look and doesn't care about any other factor, nor should he. Neither does the rest of his family (all the people he lives with and all the people he loves). And that is so AWESOME and completely BAMF. The world should follow your example. Hope my words convey how very wonderful I think it all is.

Becca: I am glad for you. Sorry you have to wear that brace; I can relate pretty well to how uncomfortable that must be, but I am hopeful it won't last longer than the two months you have left.

Lestrade said: (Maf is ....... very soft. Like her owner.)

I love that John is both soft and BAMFy. A man who knows the strength of being gentle. The kind of man who took on two special boys who needed him so much, and gave them such love and stability. And years later did the same for a little kitten who was alone, scared and hungry.

You are also strong and nurturing, gentle and BAMF. You and John both have my respect.

tresta said...

Here is the link the the live feed Animal Planet Kitten Cam I mentioned upthread: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/too-cute/games-more/kitten-cam.htm

The live Puppy Cam is here:
http://www.apl.tv/puppies.htm?_ga=1.146731197.823830848.1415988828

Kittens on cam are littermates AFAIK. (Right now they're an all black litter: three tiny Delphis!) Puppies are different ages and sizes so may not all be related to each other. The babies in the rooms change periodically as adoptions occur.

Sherlock said...

It's SO unfair I want to be over 18 NOW

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/events/programs/nhm/crime_scene_live_-_after_hours_event.html

REReader said...

I can certainly understand why you would feel that way about it, Sherlock.

Are you doing something fun today?

Sherlock said...

I'm learning The Knowledge so I know everything about London.

REReader said...

Do you mean what London cabbies have to master? That's a big job, and always changing--quite a challenge!

Sherlock said...

yes like that so I can always find my way and know where everything is.

REReader said...

Awesome! I can see that it could be very, very useful in a number of different circumstances.

I know my way around Manhattan pretty well, but that's also because most of it is a grid, which makes it easier. (Where it's not a grid I do have to look things up if it's not a place I go to regularly.)

Sherlock said...

Lestrade says it takes people YEARS to learn it but I bet I could learn it faster if I tried but also he said he doesn't think they'd let me take it until I was older.

Kestrel337 said...

That's very ambitious. I don't tend to learn street names very well, and give directions by landmark. Thank goodness I have a GPS and a lick of common sense to get me where I need to go.

Greg Lestrade said...

we like ambitious plans. They make for quiet Sundays ;)

REReader said...

I heard it takes years, too, and I believe it! I think you would need a driver's license to take the test--but that doesn't mean you can't start learning the information now, if you want to, and then you can take your time and learn it thoroughly. (Me, I learn things better that way anyway.)

Ambitious is always good! :)

Anonymous said...

You'll have such a head start on so many things, Sherlock, compared to others, if you continue to learn what you can now, even if the system is not really set up to acknowledge it till you're older. There is nothing like time and experience, thoughtfully considered, for making all the many bits of knowledge come together into understanding.

I don't think you'll ever lack for something to think about.

fA

Anonymous said...

Kestrel, I not only confuse street names, but the delusional (meaning I know they're wrong but hold them sincerely) beliefs about how directions in my head track to the map, are embarrassing. I get around fine, but don't ask me for directions.

fA

Greg Lestrade said...

You don't need a driving licence for the Knowledge - although it's a bit pointless having it without ;) It just involves sitting with an examiner and being quizzed about locations and how to get from one to another. But you do need to pass a taxi driving test, if you wanted to actually drive a taxi.

REReader said...

Interesting...

Greg Lestrade said...

we've given up on such lofty pursuits. Last thing before bed we danced around the room to Gangnam Style. Well, Sherlock and I did... John and Maf looked at each other with matching airs of despair.

REReader said...

Where's a [LIKE] button when you want it? :)

tresta said...

I'm picturing Sherlock behind the wheel.......

Anonymous said...

Oh, how I'd like to see you & Sherlock dancing to Gangnam style. (Says a lot about Sherlock's energy level that that's a before-bed activity.)

Don't know about Maf, but I'd bet John's air was of mock despair. If you settled down he'd lose so much free entertainment!

fA

Joolz said...

Were John & Maf's expressions matching because they're now both furry? ;)

Hope you have a fun day together when you've dropped the dancer off at school, do you have plans out & about or are you staying in the warm, nice & cosy. ;)

Have a great day everyone. :)

Greg Lestrade said...

It's miserable and rainy so we are tucked up warm :)

Unknown said...

Cold and wet here too. And I haven't finished cleaning up the yard for winter yet. :(
fA has described my geographic troubles almost to a T. I can picture a state map in my head just fine, more or less, and a very local map, but in between those scales I can easily get turned around, forget how things connect up, and I can never remember the names so I'm terrible at giving directions without a map in front of me. Familiar routes become a series of visual landmarks which I can hardly even describe so someone would recognize them.
But I love maps, I enjoyed poring over paper maps since I was a kid, and all the zoomable maps on line are the best thing ever. Not just for actually getting places, but for pretend-visiting via satellite view! :D
Memorizing London sounds very ambitious indeed, starting now probably means Sherlock will have it down by the time he's old enough to get a driver's license.

Unknown said...

oops, that was me S, forgot to sign.

pandabob said...

How was school Sherlock? And how do you and John cope with the early dark after school? I'm interested in any ideas that aren't cover the house in every toy and book available ;-)

Being tucked up warm sounds fun Greg ;-) I hope you made the most of your day ;-)

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