The Things

It’s only good manners….

…. to meet a new friend on their own territory.  (Or should I say IN their own territory?)  So why was I surprised to see the Things here?

Where else would you expect to find a snowman on a sunny day?  In the freezer of course.

I managed to persuade them that refrigerator was a much more suitable place, for short time, anyway, then it was back to the freezer for Mr Frosty, and the Things went to warm themselves up!

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All quiet on the Western Front

Well, to be truthful, that should be ‘the Northern Front’.  I decided that today had to be a quiet day, so I have taken our visitors in hand, and we have spent time in the garden.

It was warm and sunny,

so, where better to be than the garden?

First, we checked the new bronze growth on the tree heather.  It’s coming through nicely, and shortly will look stunning.

Next we looked again at the Viburnum.  It’s been flowering all through the winter, but it still looks fresh and pretty.  (Sorry about the lines)

It was important to  make sure that the standard rose had been properly pruned, too

Lastly, we made sure the birds had eaten their seeds before we gave them some more.

All in all – a quiet and peaceful day. :)

I should have known better…..

You know that we have visitors at the moment.  I should have known that it would be dangerous to invite them to a dyer’s house.


This was the view that greeted me this morning.

Somehow, those feet look very pleased with themselves.

and judging by this photograph it wasn’t just the feet that were having fun

I don’t usually mix threads and viscose in the same container, but I made a mistake of doing so, and guess what…..

I really should have known better

They love the garden, though

I’ve discovered that they see it as a means of escape.  But why?

Well, I should have guessed something was up when I found them playing with the beads

but that did not prepare me for what followed after their trip over the hedge.

  They had hoped to ask our neighbour to teach them the dance of the seven veils!

I don’t like to use the word ‘mayhem’, but….

On Saturday we were asked to babysit while our son and daughter-in-law went out to help a friend celebrate a milestone birthday.  Of course we said ‘yes’.  We arrived to find the grandchildren already in bed and asleep, so although we had taken Thing 1 and Thing 2 with us, ‘now’ was not the time for introductions.

We had expected a quiet evening.  Things, however, had other intentions.  I didn’t get a moment’s rest as you will see from the following pictures.

First, they found a pair of birthday shoes

They argued over who should wear them, but in the end they opted for one each.

Thing 2 soon found another distraction, though and went off on a harem scarem ride.

Of course, all that just made them hungry, they were found in the fruit bowl as you can see.

Sadly that was only a short distance away from this.  They didn’t seem to mind the sharp points, but I was really worried that they would hurt themselves, so I took them away to watch TV.  Now all was peaceful.

Then I realised that all was just a little too peaceful!  I WAS HORRIFIED AT WHAT I SAW

I thought this was bad enough, but…..

…. noise from the other side of the kitchen did not prepare me for what I found.  The bottle was empty, and I think that every picture tells a suitable story!

They were housebound yesterday, sleeping it off.  I have no idea who has set them such a bad example, but I hope they can contain their urges a little better over the coming days.

Taking my mind off things

Visitors are a useful distraction when you are facing something you’d rather ignore.  I realised earlier today that it’s only a month to my ‘op’, so the Things have been helping me to take my mind off it.

You can see from this pic that they are very pleased to be here, and by the fact that they hardly left each others’ side all day, that they are very close.  They were also very eager to show me how clever they are.

Look Mum!  All our own work.

Goodness, what have I let myself in for?

For various reasons I’m having to take things a little easier than usual.  Last week was not good, but this week promises to be better.  Today we  travelled across Salisbury Plain, it was an unpromising start, patches of thick fog which came suddenly.  Fortunately, towards the end of the journey, it began to lift and there was the promise of something better.

This was taken almost at our destination.  We were able to stop at the side of the road, so not a moving car shot, which is usually the sum total of my pictures on this particular journey.

The day went well.  At least, until we got home.  On arrival our eyes were drawn to this

Now, it may not seem much of a problem to you, but this morning when we left the space was firmly occupied by a door bell.  Now, however,

the said bell languished sadly on the doorstep.  What could have happened?

Behind the door was a stack of mail, dutifully delivered by our current postman (I say current because he is soon to move on and we will be left postmanless again).  In fact, the postman had even left us a personal note

At least we knew what had happened…….

There were a number of letters and packets, but one of them was a little chunkier than the others, and I was intrigued, especially as the postmark showed it had travelled from Zurich

I tried to open it carefully,

Two blue heads quickly popped out, and Thing One and Thing Two anncounced their arrival.

They are here for a holiday, having been despatched originally from deepest Canada.  Some of their past antics can be discovered here and here.  They were delighted to be in the UK and began to create mayhem almost immediately (I’m sure they must have been to blame for the bell incident)

They were eager to get ‘in’ on the action when I tried to edit the above photograph

and insisted on starring in this one.  I tried to explain the dangers of backlighting, but they were too excited to hear.

What HAVE I let myself in for?

……… Watch this space.