Jingle Balls

On Monday of this week, Hugo had an early appointment at Palmer and Duncan’s for a small de-balling operation – we also elected to have his rear dew claws removed at the same time since he would be anaesthetised, it made sense for the two jobs to be done together. His claws have been I growing on both legs and he hates having the clippers used to cut them back. We thought that would be a quick and relatively easy job…. sadly, we all know what thought did….

Anyway, we are now almost one week later and he has been back for rebandaging of his legs (his plums are healing beautifully and in honesty we think he hasn’t yet noticed the missing spuds due to his leg bandages) twice now. It seems that the cost for a single bandage on a leg is approximately £25 and Hugo really doesn’t like it – whatever paste they pop onto the bandage to help with the healing process (we assume) causes the little monkey a reasonable amount of pain for a few minutes. He can remove said bandage in under 3 minutes so we have had to keep an eye on him all week long – the nights are particularly painful as we need to sleep but listen out for that all too obvious licking noise that preempts bandage removal.

He has another appointment on Boxing Day so we are hopeful that this does not incur double charges – prob should have checked that when accepting said booking…

Anyway, Merry Christmas from Los, we hope the fat fella brings all that you wished for and that fun is had by all 🎉💃🕺🍾

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 😀


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 👍

Lights finally working

So after two weekends of effort, the back garden lights ar finally operational again 👍

We also have a new light with a sensor over the rear driveway to light that up should there be a person / car or other heat source wander up it 🙂

The three lights in the garden have been a painful situation but we now have operation in place with new waterproof junction boxes to hopefully rid us of the electrical issues that we have endured in the early apart of the year.

We have also burned more leaves etc although daddy is not allowed anywhere near the compost heap or the burning bin with warm / cold / anything ash… This is because last week Simon put the (what he thought was) cold ashes from the burn bin on the compost heap – the following day, when he was in Stockholm, Vicky noticed that there was smoke coming from the compost area – transpires that there was a reasonably significant burn taking place that took 7+ hours of effort to put out and rid us of almost 1/3 of the compost pile (will accept that as a small win out of the ordeal). We are monitoring the tree in the corner and the bushes earthed side as there is a lot of charring sadly…

Elliot’s Birthday Party tomorrow in the woods with laser tag and 17 other boys….