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♥Jul. 5th, 2015 // 04:30 pm
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I seem to have been failing to post very much lately. I have been doing things, though. Here are some of them:

- Killing horse flies (nasty little buggers. At least they're easy to squash). Bugsy has already trashed his (brand new) fly sheet, and is now wearing Baby's old one, which mostly fits him. They both have lovely posh new fly masks, which they are mostly not removing and leaving at the top of the field.
- Making Interesting Drinks, such as elderflower vodka and wild strawberry vodka.
- Having several sets of Lovely Visitors.
- Working on my quilt, which is still not finished on account of Busy. It's only the actual quilting part that still needs doing, though.
- Looking at orchids: we've now seen early purple, common spotted, pyramidal, lady, monkey, fly, butterfly, man, fragrant, musk and twayblade orchids, mostly at Park Gate Down. The orchid twitchers are very helpful, as they comb the place methodically, plant book in hand, and you just have to wander over when they start getting excited to see what it is they've found!
- Ragworting. Bah.
- Going to Finland for Archipelacon, which was a very laid back con for us. Had some lovely dinners (turns out that our hotel restaurant was the best in town), tasty ciders and several nice walks around Mariehamn, which has very variable ecology that's mostly about six weeks behind here (daffs in one garden, and lilacs everywhere) and which never seems to get dark.
- Being Much Too Hot, which I suspect wasn't helped by coming back from Finland (c20-23C) and into The Hottest July Day Ever (c34C here). The Aga is now firmly off. This afternoon is much nicer, after a very wet morning (which we really needed).
- Boggling at the way that the garden has exploded while we were away. The first tomatoes are ripe, and the wysteria is taking over the house, patio, and several adjoining shrubs. There are some lovely cornflowers and poppies in the orchard, which is nice.

And now we have a day off between sets of visitors: just long enough to do laundry and tidy the house....
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♥Apr. 22nd, 2014 // 12:09 pm
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We have Eastercon'd, and now we are home.

There was a deal on Business Parking at Heathrow, so we got to use the Pods. Very cool, if deadly:

We had a nice time at the con, though, even with the frequent outbreaks of smoffing, and there was barely *any* drama at all, which was just peculiar.

Glasgow was bizarrely warm and sunny all weekend. It was terribly disconcerting, especially in the period of time before we'd figure out how to work the Newsletter Office AC. It was only as we came home that this started to happen:

and it was raining by the time we got off the plane. Still, good for the grass....

Jodie was very pleased to see us, which was nice. The sitters seem to have had a lovely time with her and the boys, and were very pleased that we'd marked the good wildflower patches on their map. On the down side, GB's (and, to a lesser extent, Baby's) feet were full of bloody rocks gravel (they're obviously not used to barefoot horses, which wasn't an issue last time as they didn't take them hacking), and GB's bed was nasty where he'd kicked dry stuff over his wet patches and they'd not seen them. We'll have to have a couple of little demonstrations next time they come, in August. Plus, with both written and verbal instructions about which rugs to use, they had them both wrapped up too warm overnight. And who knows what possible reason they had for using GB's warm raincoat....
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♥Jan. 22nd, 2013 // 03:44 pm
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Although it wasn't, in the end, a nightmare journey, Friday was probably not the ideal day to drive from London to Chester, nor Sunday the best day to drive back again. Still, all of Mike's Mother's descendants made it with relatively little travel trouble. Mike spent the entire weekend driving around saying "I can't believe there's this much snow in Chester...".

Back at home, [livejournal.com profile] vgrumpybastard has been stuck in his stable for five days, now, other than a couple of half-hour breaks in the snow-covered sand school (I dread to think how long it's going to take for the school to be back in use, now that it's been churned up and the snow compacted!). I had hoped that I'd be able to get him out today, just for half an hour of plodding around the flatter local roads, but I was stymied by the fact that there is a couple of metres of completely smooth compacted snow to get over, around the gates, between the stable yard (mostly cleared, or at least crunchy) and the road (a bit icy at the edges but fine in the tire tracks). I'm not at all sure that I'm going to be able to get up the lane for my lesson tomorrow, but I really think he needs to get out and move around so I'm going to go out a bit earlier and see if I can do anything with a shovel and some grit. I have reasonable hopes that I'll be able to get a path through the owner's driveway (which we aren't normally allowed to use), particularly as it's thawed a bit this afternoon.

(I totally stole the grit, but I'm treating it as payment: no one else bothered to grit the entrance to our flats, so after I'd done it I took another bag full out of the grit box and stuck it in the car, Just In Case.)

(I actually think, if I could get there safely, that I'd be absolutely fine to hack him out in the woods: no one else dares, because horses with shoes don't cope very well with snow on account of getting lumps of ice inside their feet, but that's not a problem with him! Sadly, I'm fairly certain that that end of the lane will be a sheet of ice by now, with people driving over it.)

On the plus side, he had the chiropractor in today, and she said he was doing fabulously, so at least he's not stiffened up entirely with standing in.

Mike had a second go on Andrew, on Monday night, and pronounced himself quite happy with him. I might start making vague enquiries about price.

Despite riding on Monday night and pilates this morning, I'm feeling distinctly underexercised. Bleh. May have to get the wii fit out.
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Two more things

♥Jun. 6th, 2012 // 08:03 pm
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Points, sadly, for me for Ray B. I am embarrassingly far in the lead.

Last week, I had an email that is (according to the US immigration service's website) entirely genuine but looks incredibly like spam. Tsk, you'd think that they could do better:
From: "ESTA-SYS-SUPRT@cbp.dhs.gov" <esta-sys-suprt@cbp.dhs.gov>
Subject: ESTA Expiration Warning

ATTENTION! The travel authorization submitted on July 2, 2010 via ESTA will expire within the next 30 days. It is not possible to extend or renew a current ESTA. You will need to apply for a new ESTA. Please reapply at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov if travel to the United States is intended in the near future. If there are 30 or more days left on the old authorization you will receive a warning message during the application and be asked if you wish to proceed.
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