Sunday, November 12, 2017

Puppy Days














I thought I might have blogged more these last four months, with a cute puppy in the house. But no, it turns out that puppies are hard to photograph and take up lots of time. And for about 3 months there we were just dodging puppy teeth. At times I wondered what on earth we had done. But thankfully Cooper has stopped biting, on the whole, and we can now walk through our living room unmolested. Ah, the relief.

On top of all that, I've been studying and working and other stuff has been going on. There's never a dull moment, is there? Even when you expect one at long last.

So, here's a few photos from Cooper's 3rd-6th months, he's actually 6 months old today. He's grown from 8 kilos to 24 kilos in that time, and has plenty more growing to do. He can do lots of clever tricks - when he feels like it. He's a handsome boy, lots of work, but much loved, a lot of the time ...

Happy 18th, Laura















On Wednesday we celebrated Laura's 18th Birthday.

We found a beautiful spot by the water for a late afternoon present-opening picnic. (We gave Laura a golden retriever necklace, some pens for drawing, and will buy her some new bedroom furniture). Laura met a swan. Then we went to a Thai restaurant for a delicious dinner, and Emily made us each a personal dessert in a mason jar, trifle for the birthday girl and Steve, and vegan/paleo chocolate coconut creations for her and me, yum.

It's hard to believe that this girl of ours has been alive for 18 years. And what a character she is:














We love you, so much, Laura!


Monday, July 24, 2017

Introducing ...


... our new addition to the family, Cooper.

We brought Cooper home 10 days ago, and life will never be the same.

A few days in the country



















My parents generously hosted a family holiday at a huge house in the country. Actually, it was only 40 minutes from our home, but in an area I've rarely been in. The house sleeps 24 people, but there were 16 of us, my parents, siblings, and all our children.

It was just what I needed after a frantic few months. I taught in my regular library job for 4 weeks this term then headed to another school to be a student teacher again for 6 weeks. When the holidays finally arrived, we did a big overhaul of our stuff for a week in anticipation of a new arrival.

So a change of scene and pace was much welcomed. We ate, walked, read, played sports, card games, piano, drew with chalk, and hung out by the firepit for 3 days and nights, and just generally enjoyed the serenity and being together. 

All good.