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Published: January 29th 2010
Out walking the dogs
Henry on the left, Daisy on the right
Day 276 - Box Hill
We wake up this morning feeling rough around the edges, for the first time in months we had a bit of a blue and didn’t resolve it before bedtime so we’ve both slept uneasily. It just goes to show that we’re tired and could probably do with a couple of days down time as once we bother to talk things through this morning we sort things out in no time at all.
It’s enough to convince us that we might just hang around here for the rest of the day though and get back on the road tomorrow. Plus of course we love the extra time we’re managing to spend playing with the girls, they’re lots of fun to be around so as long as we can convince Grant & Anna to let us stay on their driveway for another night we shouldn’t have a problem!
Anna’s already up, the girls are making good use of the last day of the holidays by playing on the Wii and Grant’s catching up on some sleep!
Darryl eagerly gets back into the breakfast preparation routine with a visit to the bread and paper shop!
The full routine will get underway tomorrow, the first day of school but whilst it’s still the holidays within reason anything goes so icy poles are high on the requirements list this morning!
The girls need to collect all their school stuff so Darryl bundles them in the car and sets off. He returns with not just their school stuff but a whole heap of gum nuts and acorn lids so we can all make Gumnut Babies later on today. What a great idea.
While this was going on Anna and I had taken the two dogs for a walk as we felt we needed to stretch our legs and get some exercise. The walk goes well and the dogs are both off the lead coming through the local park, Bushy Creek Reserve. Then disaster strikes, Anna remembers albeit seconds too late that Daisy’s favourite spot is a muddy pond hidden in the middle of the bushes. She goes in a beautiful powder puff white and comes out black from the nose down! I’m laughing so hard that I’m no use at all in terms of recapture and poor Anna is distraught. We raised a few eyebrows on
the walk home, there were a few knowing smiles shot in our direction from fellow dog walkers - Daisy clearly isn’t the only one to have found the pond!
Back at home poor Daisy was banished from the house and then washed off in the pool but she just jumped straight into one of the flower pots again and then dived into the mud in the garden. Maybe she just likes being a dirty girl!
Anna was very impressed with Darryl getting the Gumnut Baby supplies, it meant we had plenty to do with the girls as we’d also borrowed the handheld GPS from Bill to create the girls very own Geocache. Today wasn’t going to be quite so lazy afterall.
There were other things for us to get involved with too, all the school stuff that Darryl & the girls had collected needed to be branded with their names, there was general shopping to do, we needed paint & glue for the gumnut baby production line plus the girls needed new school clothes. For a while it was pretty hectic.
Amy had me in hysterics looking for sandpaper in the garage. With the same sweet
question of 'Is this sandpaper' she first came back with a sponge, then a roll of tape, then two rolls of tape, then she came back wearing a pair of protection goggles and holidng a wallpaper scraper but there was still no sign of any sand paper!
The gumnut production line worked well to start with but lost steam towards the end! Anna was chief ‘put together er’ plus face creator whilst myself, Amy and Charlotte were the painters and felt collar designers. Working together we at least got two completed gumnut babies by the end of the day but it’s not quite the ‘Made in Box Hill’ sweat shop we’d anticipated!
With both Anna and Charlotte feeling under the weather the rest of the evening was a quiet one although me, Darryl and Grant somehow managed to be up til quite late but that was me getting carried away with blogging again - there’s a concerted effort being made to catch up so stand by your laptops, the blogs are on their way!!
Dar and Sar
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