Great weekend but now it is DARK at 5pm…. :-(

The boys spent the weekend over in Halifax at Grannie Cuckoo’s – well until Sunday morning that is as they had a birthday arty to attend in Denby Dale.

Mummy and Daddy were out on Friday night at their favourite restaurant (The Hepworth near Holmfirth) and they were not let down – the usual high quality service and food was delivered – and a pianist in the bar to boot 🙂  The good news is that we are heading back for another meal there in under a month 🙂

Then on Saturday night it was Sheffield’s Motor Point arena again, only this time with David and Julie to see John Bishop’s show.  We had a nice meal in Pizza Express before heading in – the delay in getting food to the table meant that more beer was consumed than ideally should have been – thus Simon was not feeling that cleve by the time the night was coming to a close.  A trip to McDonalds helped apparently :-s

This weekend was the end of the summer as far as the clocks are concerned, so we all enjoyed an additional hour in bed – hence it is now lighter in the mornings BUT darker in the evenings.  So, as I look out of the office window, it has been dark for the last 20 or 30 minutes now 🙁

Also, the COLD weather has really picked it up a notch over the last week or so – we are now almost at scraping windscreens in the mornings and the house definitely is feeling very cold during the nights.  The thicker duvets will more than likely be making an appearance in our rooms very soon…

Great weekend in the Lakes

We have just got home from a fab weekend in the Lakes – the weather was absolutely stunning – perhaps the last good weather weekend of the year maybe??

Brockhole – TreeTop Trek – October 2012

Check out the above video (20Mb – as a note this is an M4V file hidden as an AVI to make it stream OK – would not play as native m4v for some reason :-() for quick action shots from the TreeTop Trek setup in Brockhole Visitor Centre – it is really cool but slightly expensive to ride – i.e. £26 for the full gig just felt like a lot of cash….

We have of course grabbed a few packs of Gingerbread from Grasmere GingerBread and as alway are wondering why we do not go more often.  If only we had more time and less Children’s Birthday Parties 🙂

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Windermere with the Box’s

This weekend we are enjoying life up in the lakes. We set off yesterday morning once we were all up and ready. Mummy had been out at a charity do with the mums from school on Friday and daddy and the boys got an early night in 🙂

We got here for about 1pm and had lunch at the Sun Hotel with the Box’s. Then we head over to Brockholes for a couple of hours and then on to a play park in Grasmere (will be heading back for some Gingerbread on Monday prior to heading home 🙂 )

The weather has been nice with lots of sunshine – although it is v clear that it has done a LOT of raining in recent days / weeks – ground v waterlogged…

The air is (as usual) wonderfully fresh and we are hoping to enjoy a full day out in it today, then head homeward tomorrow afternoon sometime 🙂

Harvest Festival, Pepsi has been signed off by the vet and Olly still unwell :-(

This morning we had a treat in store for us as it was the Silcoates Junior School Harvest Festival assembly in the school chapel.  The children brought their baskets of fresh produce (from Year 1) into the chapel and placed them at the front.  Then we were treated to a wonderful show with signing from each of the years, a little story along the way from the year 6 children and a couple of hymns thrown in for good measure.

Then, we had to take Pepsi in for another checkup at the VET.  Mr Duncan was very pleased with his recovery so has effectively signed him off and he returns to the usual painkillers with no additional goodies.  So, hopefully the whining will now stop – he has whinged on and off for the last week or so – we believe because he did not want the bandage around his chest and back (holding the two skin attached pain relief suppliers on).  Tim took it off before we went in to see the VET and it seemed that the whinging almost completely stopped upon its’ removal.  We just need to (clearly) keep an eye (or ear) on him to see how he gets on without the additional powerful pain killers….

Then onto Olly – poor little mite is just not getting any better it seems.  He has slept for a couple of hours again this afternoon.  He has absolutely been knocked off his feet for a week now 🙁  It looks to stay this way for a coupe more days sadly so he is not going to school – I don’t think he would make it through a day at school right now.  He is playing the I’m too poorly to eat / walk / go to the toilet by myself.  Hopefully he will be better in the morning and so on.  Keep your fingers crossed for us 🙂

 

Great night out to see Michael McIntyre and car woes

Mummy and daddy managed to get out to the MotorPoint arena in Sheffield last night to see Michael McIntyre. It was a fantastic show that lasted just shy of 1hour 45 minutes. Grandma came round to watch Olly since he is still not completely right again following his week of illness. The boys were supposed to be spending the weekend at Grannies Cuckoo’s but Olly is just not up to being away from home so Grannie is coming over to ForkHall this afternoon and will stay here with them. Mummy and Daddy are heading to the charity dinner tonight and staying over at the venue.

As it happens, Olly is still not out of bed and it is now 11am !!!!

Dave the car dent guy has been around this morning and fixed up the little ping on Emily’s roof (she came with it) but could not easily perform his magic on Bruce as his wings are double skinned – hence would need to drill a hole in it etc. At which point, it may as well have a proper job including painting doing, so Simon is going to take Bruce down to Grant next week to get it professionally dealt with 🙂

Poorly household day 2…

A particularly bad start to the day today – while daddy was taking Elliot to school, Olly decided to self medicate some calpol and ibruprofen 🙁 Somehow he managed to get the child proof lids off both bottles, and when mummy went upstairs to see if he was awake yet, he was found in his room trying to clean himself up…..  So mummy went into our bedroom (where the three of us had slept) to find calpol and ibruprofen all of the bedsheets, pillowcases and towels (placed on the floor in case of night time sickness – to protect the carpet).  Clearly Olly had decided that he needed medication and had got into BOTH bottles…. 🙁

Vicky knew that at the most there was 20ml of each in their respective bottles, but that this was 4 times the allowed single dose of EITHER – and they had to be staggered.  Hence this one could be bad news.  The saving grace being that there was a LOT of it on the bed etc.  So, Vicky rang NHS direct to get advice, rather than us panicing and heading straight to A&E !!!

It turns out that even if he had taken all 40ml, he would not have a massive issue, just that he would likely have a stomach ache and get either the runs, vomiting or both.

As the day has turned out, neither happened causing us to believe that he was probably unsuccessful in getting ANY of the drugs in the first pace 🙂  The very fact that he has been pretty hot for most of the afternoon also backs up this theory – however safety is WAY better than being sorry after the event.

Pepsi is likewise not doing as well as we would have liked in that he whined most of the night (Vicky sat with him for over an hour during the night) and most of today.  He was taken to the vet for a quick check up at 10am, and they basically said that the painkillers that he was on was basically putting him into a bit of a trance so he probably did not really know where he was, and hence the whining.  Poor Pepsi.

He is back at the vets in the morning again for a check up to see how he is settling from the painkillers.  He definitely seems to be walking better today, but he does not want to eat or drink.  We have had to persuade him with chicken, sausages and cake in order to eat.  Most unusual for our Pepsi – he is usually not picky at all about what he eats !!  The vet today ensured that we heard that he is getting close to the last stages in his time with us, so we are thinking that one through – clearly we don’t wish to prolong his pain etc, but if there is something that we can do to give him extra time without the pain, then…