Christmas trees….

We got the tree out of the garage last week and Vicky got it out of the box during the week. Sadly the top section was causing the built in lights to fail 🙁 The tree came from Costco 3 years ago so a quick call to Costco and boom, take it back for a full r fund they said 👍

So, we head out this morning with the trailer and three in tow, stopped at the Seed Room in Middlestown for breakfast with Grandma and Grandad and then on to the co of the cost.

The r turn took all of 5 minutes with a full refund placed back onto Vicky’s debit card – the icing on the cake being that they have the new version of the same tree in the Leeds branch so we popped one in the trolley – at a total cost of £15 – since the new one is that much more expensive than the previous one.

We also bought a real tree while we were there since we bought one last year and it was the best real tree that we have ever had – this one looks just as good although we are leaving it a few days before dressing so that it acclimatises to hate room 🙂

So there you have it – a total result all around it seems – take a look at the Disney tree in the snug – in fairness the snug has become the Disney room but is it too hard to capture this in a photo.

< he lounge setup is still work in progress while the tree acclimatises….

Bathroom leak located – it’s not great news…

Daddy finally got the bath panel removed and has located the leak under the bath. It is confirmed as being the waste from the bath, only it has been chewed…. Yes reader, it appears that we have a small mouse based issue in the bathroom. While there appear to be none of the little buggers present tonight, they have most definitely been responsible for chewing on the waste and it now leaks out a lot of water – maybe as much as 20% of all water that drops through it. The very fact that it happened so quickly means of course that the chewing took place recently.

Mouse traps have been ordered – standby for updates…

Holiday at home

Daddy is on holiday this week and Olly was out at Joe’s for the day, so Elliot and daddy had some time in the garden burning the bags of leaves that we have collected as well as collecting up yet more leaves. Elliot rode the mower to collect the freshly dropped leaves from the garden after daddy had raked them out of the shrubs.

Then, after lunch we headed out to get some th8ngs from the DIY store to build up a couple of compost heaps – after over £100 (☹️) and a few hours of moving leaves and old grass clippings around, we now have two large compost areas at the end of the garden.

Hopefully, they will begin to produce appropriately and next year will not have the same challenges as this year with regards to overrunning the area with grass clippings. We will need one more compost area so that we can manage all of the requirements -there is certainly one more required to handle what we already have. We will therefore need to burn more leaves etc as well as as the existing bush clippings that were left in that part of the garden from times gone by. So, that is a few more days of burning required 😀

Lawn hoover and Rugby

The back garden had a huge amount of leaves that are amassing so daddy decided that it was time to rake them up in easiness for burning / composting. 20 minutes of raking was beginning to form blisters so daddy decided to see if the mower would collect the leaves quicker – lifting the cutting blades up so that they would not actually cut the grass and BOOM – a handy sit on leave vacuum cleaner 👍

25 minutes later and all the leaves were collected up and in a handy pile by the burning bin. 15 minutes later and the mower was away and the leaves bagged up ready for whatever will happen with them next 😀 RESULT

That was yesterday – today we took the boys down to the Huddersfield Rugby Club to checkout the junior squads. Oliver literally got stuck straight in with the under 9’s while Elliot was adamant that he was there just to watch this week – he has promised to get involved from next week onwards.

They have what looks like a great setup, so we are hoping that they really get involved and get a bit of fitness as well as enjoyment. The slight downside is that Hugo is not allowed near the pitches so we won’t be walking him at the same time as we had planned… ☹️

Lawn hoover and Rugby

The back garden had a huge amount of leaves that are amassing so daddy decided that it was time to rake them up in easiness for burning / composting. 20 minutes of raking was beginning to form blisters so daddy decided to see if the mower would collect the leaves quicker – lifting the cutting blades up so that they would not actually cut the grass and BOOM – a handy sit on leave vacuum cleaner 👍

25 minutes later and all the leaves were collected up and in a handy pile by the burning bin. 15 minutes later and the mower was away and the leaves bagged up ready for whatever will happen with them next 😀 RESULT

That was yesterday – today we took the boys down to the Huddersfield Rugby Club to checkout the junior squads. Oliver literally got stuck straight in with the under 9’s while Elliot was adamant that he was there just to watch this week – he has promised to get involved from next week onwards.

They have what looks like a great setup, so we are hoping that they really get involved and get a bit of fitness as well as enjoyment. The slight downside is that Hugo is not allowed near the pitches so we won’t be walking him at the same time as we had planned… ☹️

Lawn hoover and Rugby

The back garden had a huge amount of leaves that are amassing so daddy decided that it was time to rake them up in easiness for burning / composting. 20 minutes of raking was beginning to form blisters so daddy decided to see if the mower would collect the leaves quicker – lifting the cutting blades up so that they would not actually cut the grass and BOOM – a handy sit on leave vacuum cleaner 👍

25 minutes later and all the leaves were collected up and in a handy pile by the burning bin. 15 minutes later and the mower was away and the leaves bagged up ready for whatever will happen with them next 😀 RESULT

That was yesterday – today we took the boys down to the Huddersfield Rugby Club to checkout the junior squads. Oliver literally got stuck straight in with the under 9’s while Elliot was adamant that he was there just to watch this week – he has promised to get involved from next week onwards.

They have what looks like a great setup, so we are hoping that they really get involved and get a bit of fitness as well as enjoyment. The slight downside is that Hugo is not allowed near the pitches so we won’t be walking him at the same time as we had planned… ☹️

Worms

The wood type…. sadly we have endured a small infestation in the lounge beams – once we figured out where the little beetles were coming from, we were able to call a few pest exterminators and £800+ later we are once again peat free (well in he beams).

It has certainly taught us about storing wood in the lounge in preparation for burning – it is not going to be something that we continue to do indoors and we might just find some weaker solution to spray other wood around the house – although it has been nearly two weeks since the team came in to sort it and there are no more beetles to be found so fingers crossed, we are all set 👍