Saturday, 20 January 2018

Project 365 week 3

Been a long hard going week between one thing and another. For those that did not spot my post yesterday we got a new dog last Friday, did not put her onto the blog until we were sure I was not allergic to her. You can read my post here 

I toyed with the idea of seven pictures of Dixie, but seemed a bit silly when she has her own starring role in a blog post already.


Sunday

Been using up some odds and ends out of the cupboard. Eeking out the dregs of the wages to get through to payday. One of the things I made was a chocolate krispie base with a tin of oranges layered across the top and then a nearly set milky jelly poured over the top. Very nice it was too. You can see my post and other ideas here.




Monday

We had Dixie out for her first walk today. She has never walked on a lead before this, or seen street or walk passed moving cars.







Tuesday

We have had some snow here, not half as much as other areas of Ayrshire but enough to be unpleasant. DD1 did not want to drag Spud back out in the cold again and SIL1 was stuck at work as he was struggling to get out for the snow. So I went and picked the twins up and got bombarded with snow balls on the way home.
They were loving the snow.






Wednesday

DD1 needed to register the twins for starting school in August but her car is off the road. The plan had been the other grandpa would run her in while I watched Bob and Spud but their wee village was snowbound with no passable roads so Bob came up here to stay with granddad and I took DD1 and Spud to town. We played in the puddles and the light layer of snow until she came back out.

We got back in time for me to pick the twins up from nursery while DD1 put her shopping away.




Thursday

Sadly one of the mums of a school friend of Fifi's died recently. She wanted to go to the funeral to be there for her friend, to show her her support. I thought that was very mature of her. So I picked her up from school and ran her to the funeral, took a wander round Dobbies while she was in there and then went back picked her up and brought her home.
We had some nice conversation in the car, she was feeling positive about the results of her English prelim she had taken on Wednesday,and was looking forward to her art on Friday.
We were also talking about our funerals when they come. We both want to be cremated, I want " the wonderful thing about Tiggesr" played as I go through the curtain, she wants some popcorn kernels added to her coffin so she can go out with a bang.
A fellow comper had these samples of material that he was nice enough to send to me for using.







Friday

The baby blanket is ready for handing over. The yellow is towelling, the white and purple fleece and the elephant material is padded.






Saturday.

Following on from last weeks Giggle Knickers it got me thinking. So to reduce my impact on the environment I decided to buy some reusable towels. No more going to landfill from me. Not tried them yet but will let you know what I think of them next week. Not quite sure why they make the bacl of them from silky material, will be interested to see if they move.





Friday, 19 January 2018

Dixie's first week.

For those of you that follow my blog you will know we have been looking for a new dog. The problem with this is my allergy issues. The one we rescued from the Dogs Trust last year had to go back after less than twenty four hours as he seriously affected my breathing. So as it is not only very difficult to "try before you buy" it is also distressing if it does not work out.

A friend of mine knew how desperately we wanted a dog and she also knew of a friend that was looking to rehome one of her young dogs, and kindly put us in touch with each other and last Friday we went over to meet young Dixie. We were allowed to bring her home on the condition if it does not work out for any reason now or in the future we have to take her back to the lady that was nice enough to let us have her.

So on Friday we drove over to the farm to meet Dixie. She was bred by the people who owned her and so they knew her history and we knew she was a pedigree Jack Russell and so we seriously hoped that I would be fine with her.  I know we normally only go for rescue dogs but this was too good an opportunity to pass up.  After hubby had spent time cuddling Dixie's gran who he wanted to smuggle home as well as Dixie, and we met her mum who had more pups three weeks ago, we headed home with Dixie.

Friday ( Day 1)

We got Dixie home and let her out the back door to have a snoke around, we have a fully fenced in garden so we knew she would be safe. We then let her explore the house and we left her to wander around downstairs as she felt like it. This is all very strange to her as she has only ever known the farm she was born into, has always had other dogs around her as well as children. She has never walked on a lead as she has never needed to and she is not use to roads and traffic either.

She attached herself to hubby and followed him everywhere, did not leave his side. She did not eat or drink much and was reluctant to go into the garden, so we coaxed her with pieces of cooked chicken.  She did dirty at the top of the stairs before bedtime but we had expected accidents so was not surprised by that.

We tied getting her to sleep by herself but she did not settle so hubby spent the night with her, she is not use to being alone and it is all very strange to her.

She is the most gorgeous shade of brown, with a wee brown nose and hazel coloured eyes.



Saturday ( Day 2)

So we now have a bed in the living room for her near the heater, a cushion behind the couch in case she wants to go out of the way, one in the computer/sewing/ironing room up the stairs as well as a cushion in the dog cage that is in our bedroom, the door stays open on the cage. We like a dog to be comfortable going in and out a cage in case they need to go in it for some reason.

She still not eating much,  but that does not matter. She is drinking water so cant expect much else.
We weighed her to keep an eye on her weight to make sure she is not being overfed and putting on weight.

We have a rule in this house any dog we have is not allowed to scrounge and is expected to go in their bed while we eat. Now this training has to start somewhere, so today I have been encouraging Dixie into her bed by calling her into it, rewarding her with a piece of cooked chicken and saying "bed" when she gets in. It is the only way she will learn the word bed.

I have also been teaching her to come to my call by calling her through the kitchen and when she comes rewarding her with a piece of chicken again. I feel dogs learn well by reward. The same with getting her to go down to the bottom of the garden, reward reward reward.

We have had two  small accidents in the house today but again less than we expected



Sunday ( Day 3)

Had another No2 on the top landing, none in the garden off of her so far. Hubby has picked them up and put them down the bottom of the garden where we want her to go.
Today I went and bought her a harness. I am not a lover of walking a dog on a collar. The idea is to build up to her having it on it the house so that she feels comfortable with it before we attach a lead.
First of all she was for none of it, not wanting to walk with the harness on at all. So I went through to the kitchen and shouted her through, she has learnt if I call her from the kitchen she gets chicken, so through she came.

Also bought her some treats, Pets at home do a pick and mix dog biscuit selection, a great way to see what she likes and what she doesn't before I buy big bags of things.

Later on we did the same but with her on the lead and hubby holding it. She is doing really well indoors,

Still does not leave hubbys side and if he moves anywhere she is right beside him. We need to get use to having a dog again and she is so small need to look before we turn round. She is also well matched colour wise to the hall and stair carpet so need to be aware where she is.

Eating well today, Ate all her breakfast her tea and pieces of chicken. Have cut her meal size down to allow for the treats she is getting.



Monday ( Day 3)

Have to laugh at her when she barks, she does a wee low growl and then gives the short high pitched bark, quite comical really.

Today she met the dog next door (Layla) , she has seen her through the fence a few times and not really bothered with her overly much. Hubby opened the gate between the two gardens and let them meet. They had a sniff at each other and pretty much ignored each other. Dixie went for a nose round next doors house and Layla came into our garden,

This afternoon we thought we would see how well she might walk on her lead, was not fussy if we only got a s far as next door or along the end of the road, but no she happily walked on the lead, sniffing and smelling everywhere. But it was all about getting her out and introducing her to a new experience. She managed fab, took us about 15 mins to get round the block, a walk you could do in about 3, but nothing much seemed to phase her, she ignored the other dogs, not overly keen on walking through the front door when we got back.

She did her No2 down the bottom of the garden where we want her to go today, brilliant step forward. She is also getting quite good at taking herself away while we eat, today it is on the other couch, but we can live with that. Really a quick learner.
Still right behind hubby where ever he goes.





Tuesday ( Day4)

Today we had snow, did not seem to bother her and she was quite happy to go out in it.
Also been taking herself off to day to lie in her bed/on the couch but not on top of hubby all the time. Another great step forward, we expected these stages to take much longer.
She was great at going into her bed while we were eating. Did not stay there the whole time we ate but did not scrounge. Really pleased with her progress. She is learning like our last dog that once we have finished eating and put our forks down she gets shouted across and gets a reward off our plate. Then they know when feeding time is over and that they can come out of their bed.

Her character is starting to come out now. She is playing with her teddy and her tug toy I got her. She is a wee monkey for picking things up. Hubby was getting socks out of his drawer and she put her front feet on the drawer and picked out a pair of socks, took them away and dropped them. She also picked up hubbys glasses and took them into her bed.. While hubby was ironing she spent ages snuffling around the shoe cupboard upstairs.



Wednesday (Day 5)

I had to nip into town with DD1 so Bob came up here to stay with Granddad. She was not happy she woof and yelp and went seriously nutty. Wasn't aggressive or anything but seriously unhappy about him being in the house. He is the first visitor we have had since we got her so it may be at the moment she just feels uncomfortable with other people. Hubby put her in her cage behind the couch and she quietened down when she could not see him but started barking at him again from a distance. We will need to work on having visitors in.
We also appreciate that she has come into heat this week which is a hard time for any dog,  but for one that has such upheaval we feel she is doing amazingly. We know it is the wrong time to be trying to teach her new things so still a slowly slowly approach.
We went for a walk around the block again. She is not keen on cars passing her but the noise of the snow might not be helping that.






Thursday

Today she went into her bed without being told to when hubby came through with his lunch in his hand. She has learnt this really quick. She also stayed there the whole time he ate, and then gets shouted out and rewarded. Really pleased.
She also stayed in her own bed in our bedroom last night and I only had to say to her a few times to go back, she cant quite manage up on our bed unaided in the dark so slides down while trying to get up.
We registered her with the vet today.Her behaviour was brilliant, proves she likes people, just not them in her new house at the moment.  Also have her on pet insurance for her as well. Same company as last time, did not even look for another company as can not fault the level of service we got.
Took her for a walk while we were at the vet so somewhere a bit different than round the block. Many more walks to come in many more areas over the years.
Got the eldest granddaughter to visit to see if she would be the same, and yes she was, at the moment it really unnerves her.

I spent some time on the phone last night to her previous owner as I had videoed her distress and barking. She agrees it is a guarding instinct and not aggression.




Friday

Another peaceful night with her.
This morning I see her again settling in. Normally when hubby leaves the room she wants to go with him. Today he has left her while he goes to wash the dishes and she has settled for some of the time he is not in the room. All small steps in the right direction.
She plays chase with the ball now, not bringing it back, picks it up and runs to her bed with it, and we are firm believers a dogs bed is a safe place so we do not go and take it back.
I am going to be working on the guarding behaviour over the next few days and weeks. I plan to
 start by taking Dixie down to their house when the three younger ones are in bed and seeing how she copes with them in their own house so she gets to know them. Once she is comfortable with them and I will get them to come for a walk with me and the dog talking as we are going and her getting to trust them. Once we have done this a few times then I will meet them for a walk and bring them back here with us and see how she fairs with them then.
I am sure a lot of this will calm down with time and once she has finished being on heat. One step at a time for her.

Lots more updates to come.












Dealing with feeling the pinch.

It is January and I think most of us will be feeling the pinch of Christmas,we get paid early and so it is six long weeks between being paid in December and the next pay at the end of January. So we all need to find ways to eek out what we have  to tide us over.

There are many ways of doing this, from treats like these cheap Cadbury deals  to looking for bargains in the supermarkets and utilising the freezer.

I had gone into the supermarkets before Christmas and one was doing a kilo of carrots or three leaks or a kilo of parsnips all for twenty pence each. I also did some shopping on Christmas Eve and braved it purely for the knock downs - peppers, courgettes, potatoes, and butternut squash for pennies. These were all prepared and popped into the freezer, keep them in good condition and make them easier to use and means no waste at all.



I have been making cheap meals in the last few week. We have a local place that was doing chicken thigh pieces on a BOGOF deal in the month of December and so as I had let my freezer run down I went and bought eight bags for the price of four, so for a mere £10 I got enough chicken to do us an average of twelve nights.

On Saturday I did chicken in a jar of korma sauce in the slow cooker. I cooked ten pieces, we ate three each that night and I left the other ones to go cold. When I had taken the chicken out I added some carrots,peppers broccoli, leeks and parsnips and left them to cook until bedtime in the left over korma sauce, made a great lunch in this snowy weather. I shredded one of the cooked pieces of chicken through it when I reheated it for lunch.





With the other three pieces of chicken the plan had been chicken omelette and chips, so on Monday night while I was doing the gymnastics run hubby dug out peppers courgette and sweetcorn from the freezer, chopped an onion and whisked up four eggs. I fried off the vegetables for five minutes before adding the eggs , grated some cheese over the top which I melted under the grill and dished it up, it was at that point hubby reminded me I had forgot to add the chicken.....so we ate it cold along side the hot food. I do wonder about my memory at times. It tasted great anyway.


DD1 had been in the supermarket the other week and had picked up twin packs of ready rolled pastry for 25p as they only had a few days to go so with this I decided to make a meat and potato pie. The pastry freezes and being individually wrapped so I only needed to take one out of the freezer.

Brown off the mince and onion, this works better with cheaper mince with the higher fat content as it has a better flavour to add to the vegetables and potatoes. Add stock as per your families taste, and I popped in carrots, peppers, butternut squash ( all taken from the freezer)  and some diced potato, cooked for twenty minutes until all the veg was soft, poured it into a oven proof tray and topped with a sheet of pastry. Cook at 170 oC for about 15 mins until the pastry was cooked. A nice easy all in one meal that did one night on its own and another night with a few roast potatoes and some veg. I have a halogen oven so no need for the big oven just for a few potatoes.


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I also have some rice krispies to use up as DD2 had bought some when she was here over Christmas, and when clearing out my baking cupboard I had found some bars of dark chocolate that I use for baking Again nothing posh about them, basic white label dairy free 100g for 30p in the sweet aisle.. So to start it was just melted chocolate with the krispies and spread them into a flan dish and left them to cool.

Meanwhile I made a sugar free raspberry jelly with only a 1/4 pint of water, and then topped it up to a pint with soya milk to make a milky jelly. When the jelly was on the point of setting I covered the krispie base with a tin of drained broken mandarin segments but basic peach slices or fruit cocktail would have worked as well. Then I poured the jelly on top. So you have a nice compromise here, healthy milky sugar free jelly full of calcium with some fruit to combat the chocolate in the base.




So how are you handling feeling the pinch? Do you have any hints or recipes to share, please add your links in the comments.



Saturday, 13 January 2018

Project 365 week 2

Sunday

Took advantage of the crisp afternoon weather and went for a walk along the river at Auchincruive. Needed to nip into the town to buy some wood to sort the shed that is being moved so combined the two into one. Not sure why these were running free but they were certainly slowing down the traffic flow.





Monday

The school are back and so the after school activities are back. Bob does gymnastics in the next village so makes it easier for DD1 if somebody else takes him. Some days I go for a walk, some days I sit in the library, but today I decided to sit in the car I watched an episode of Quantico I have downloaded on my kindle and took a flask of hot chocolate with me. I am sure somewhere we have the keep warm cups so will need to find one.





Tuesday

A casual conversation with a neighbour over something totally different leads to a new pine bed frame for the front bedroom. Less squeaky than the metal frame that was there. It is the spare bed and only used when DD2 comes to stay. One spare black frame in excellent barely used condition now looking for a new home.

Spent a few hours going through various blogging sites applying for any compatible opportunities. Those I did not feel I could do justice to I asked them if they would want to collaborate with me and supply a competition prize come April. Nothing ventured nothing gained. Really being organised and adding them to a google document so I can keep track of what and when I have applied for.





Wednesday

DD1 needs to register the twins for starting school in August. She has her reasons for not wanting to use the local one so I watched Bob and Spud while she and SIL1 went to look at an alternative. DD1 realised that her MOT had run out on her car as I needed to bring her and her shopping back from the town so took the kids to play in a local park. At the moment Spud has the same attention span as Minky had at that age, ten seconds on one thing, six seconds on another.
Had a physio appointment in the afternoon, got signed off as now just need to keep up with the exercises and get back to work.





Thursday

Had a plumber out on Tuesday as we have been having hassles with water backing up into the shower and not running away overly freely since Christmas Day. Our plumber cleared the pipework in the house but could not clear part of the outside drain. We phoned Scottish Water to take a look as hoping it might have been in the shared pipe in which case the sort would have been for free. No such luck, but a sort from them was sub
stantially cheaper than the drain clearing companies, so it is not sorted.  Turns out when the drains were originally laid somebody had left a chuck of wood in there and everything had got caught in it.




Friday

A day of using some ingredients in the kitchen for tea. Made a mince beef and potato pie and I used up some rice krispies DD2 had bought when she was here last time, Blog post to follow sometime soon,




Saturday

I saw an opportunity from a company called Giggle Knickers, loved the name so went for a look at their website and applied for a pair to review.

Giggle Knickers® are a New super-soft, light weight, washable cotton knicker with a hi-tech protective panel that gives you total security without the bulk or bother of disposable pads.
Giggle Knickers Ltd® was developed to create a normal looking washable pair of knickers for the thousands of women out there with a sensitive bladder.

Now these suited me as they are what are commonly called Bridget Jones knickers, the only design they make at the moment, but there is an option on their website to choose  to -  help shape their future - you can opt for boy shorts, high leg, bikini or thong, personally not sure the thong would do much of a job but each to their own. 

Being a woman of nearly sixty I admit I tend to wear a small incontinence pad most days, rarely do I need them but any of us can have a hard cough come on or we need to run after a grandchild or jump like a bunny with them. So having worn them twice since I got them  I have to say I find them very comfortable you really do not notice any difference than with my normal Bridget's. I felt clean, dry and fresh all day and had no discomfort at all. Nice to not have a disposable pad on and think of the positive effect on the planet. They are currently on sale at £12.99 a pair which may sound quite expensive but not only will they save money from having to buy  disposables  all year, they will also help to save the planet with less rubbish in landfills. Only time will tell how well they wash and wear. 











Saturday, 6 January 2018

Project 365 week 1

A short sentence for those coming across my blog for the first time through this project. The Grandchildren are Fifi (15) Bob (11) Minky and Dinky ( boy/girl twins of 4) and Spud (21months) they all belong to DD1 and live just round the corner. Ziggy is DD2's only child and is 16 months, they live approx 2 hrs away in Oban. DD3 does not have any children, the two sons ( and the seventh grandchild)  choose not to appear on the blog.


Well here we go again, will I complete another year?...only time will tell. Toyed with the idea of stopping blogging last year as really my blog is boring, but decided to carry on and see if I can be bothered to make something more of it than just 365. My blog will be seven in April, so going to keep it going until then but after that who knows. Started putting out feelers for prizes to run some giveaway for my anniversary.

Have given myself a shake this week, got to the stage with not working I am in a rut of " I will do it later" and later never comes. So feel better for having been out for a few walks, tidied some cupboards and spent some time in the kitchen making decent food, cold cooked pasta with oven cooked veg ,pots of soup and a few sugar free cakes

Also done some cross stitching and quilting, need to be pushing the arm to see how it goes as I so want to go back to work when my sick line runs out in two weeks. Hoping I can book in some of my holidays that need using up before the end of March and should be able to get one day every weekend off to ease myself back in slower.


Monday

We went down to Irvine to watch the New Year Big Dip. Very brave people indeed, I was cold stood watching. Here is a collage of the people in the sea. Link to my first blog post of the year here if you want a read. 



Tuesday

My baking cupboard has grated on one to many nerves in the last week. So today I bought come cheap baskets in the sale in Sainsbury, good old Nectar points, with the intention of sorting it. Hubby decided to put in an extra shelf for me, so I pulled it all out so he could get a shelf in and I knew it would then have to get done. I have tried plastic tubs for ingredients in the past but I get lazy and just leave the stuff in bags.
Think I will need to look in Argos to see if they have a two step stool so I can reach up there, may as well use my vouchers. Need one for the stuff stored on top of the cupboards anyway so wont go amiss.
Hubby also sorted out the pen drawer as every time I go for a pen they never work, so all the pans sorted and the none working ones thrown away.




Wednesday

Got up just after 6 when I woke cos the mess had been left as was busy doing other things last night, and I wanted it sorted, took me just over two hours but it all got put away. I also had enough baskets left so sorted the rice/pasta/tea/coffee as well. Also made a pot of soup and cooked pasta to go with the roast vegetables from last night, not bad before 9am.

DD1 had phoned to see if I fancied going out with them, but was too wet for the hassle of loading them into the car and driving somewhere with them. So we just took a wander along the back road. Poor Spud ended up soaked and freezing and poor wee soul cried most of the way home. You can read our walk post here. Not much of a post but enough to be memories for them when they get older.



Thursday

Made a blanket for Spud's dolls pram that I was planning on making for her Christmas but could not manage. This is part of pushing my arm to see how it goes. Have halved my pain killers again this week though still taking the two tablets every night for the nerve pain. Just need to add her name to the bottom.

It has a padded back.





Friday

We change the smoke alarm batteries every new year, so today they were changed. That is them until next January.








Saturday

Hubby has been wanting to move the small shed from the top of the garden down to the bottom since we moved in, but we needed to buy the other shed to store the contents in until it could be done, so having got the new shed up and organised he decided today was the day to make a start. Luckily enough the neighbour helped with this.
Went for a walk along the river in the afternoon, cold but sunny.





Thursday, 4 January 2018

What we do on a cold wet day

Nothing worse for young children than being stuck indoors because the weather is awful  so what do we do on a cold wet day? We put on wellies and waterproofs and go out and embrace it.

SIL1 went back to work this week, he works for a holiday camp and they close for six weeks over the winter period, so that is when he gets his holidays. So having had him off for six weeks the children have got used to him being there and Spud in particular misses him. So DD1 is looking for things to do with them to get them out to distract them. We had toyed with popping them into the mini bus and going somewhere but it was just to wet to go to that hassle, so we decided to go for a walk, the park is waterlogged after so much rain, so we opted for the back road instead.

So dressed in waterproof suits with a jacket on top and wellies we ventured out.

It really was just a walk, we did not get overly far but the children thoroughly enjoyed it.

There was one point a van passed us and we moved onto the grass verge out of the way, and poor Bob was stood near a puddle, and yes you guessed it, the van soaked him.....drenched from head to toe, and the look on his face as he just stood there in total disbelief, and being the loving adults we are we could do nothing but laugh.....his face was such a picture. He then saw the funny side and starting laughing as well.

Bob runs to catch up with us

Spud peaking out from under her hood


Spud tends to forget she is still only one and tries to copy everything that Minky does.  This of course leads to her falling over or slipping and sliding. For half of the walk Dinky was holding her mum's hand, but Spud objects to having to hold on and follows Minky into everywhere.


where Minky goes Spud needs to follow, but was a bit rough underfoot for her 

Minky throwing stones into the river


Dinky then throws stones in the river 

Minky jumped across this small dip in the grass

so Spud tries to follow, and slips on the way up as she can't jump 

and oops lands on her bum in the water 

We passed a group of walkers who were rather wet and muddy, they had been for a walk to and round the woods. They were a bit surprised to meet people out for a walk and were laughing at the children's pleasure in puddle jumping.



the bench is a good place to stop and then turn back 

poor Spud is cold and had enough so got carried most of the way home. 

Bob chasing the twins pretending to be a wicked witch with a wand 

Spud fell in the puddle that they were all playing in, the water splashed on her face so daughter wiped it off before wiping her hands. Was quite amazed the twins socks and clothes were still bone dry when we got back, unlike poor Spud who's wellies were full of puddles, her socks and trousers soaked as well as her jumper sleeves, no wonder she was cold. But she would not have wanted to stay in her pushchair had we taken in, she likes to join in. The older children would never have been allowed to splash in puddles at this age but very difficult to stop a younger sibling so close in age.



DD2 was laughing at the video, Bob has started calling me Grandmama when I phone, so now Minky calls me that as well but he had developed an English accent from somewhere and it is really rather comical.



Country Kids

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Our family second Christmas.

All new traditions have to start somewhere and our family started this nine years ago when Bob was only two and Fifi five. DD1 has just moved into her own house earlier in the year after living with us for nine months, and she decided that she wanted her first Christmas in her own house with just the three of them, so we respected that. DD2 and I decide that we would give them their presents from us on Boxing Day, and so our new family tradition was born. It has evolved over the years but the theme has always remained the same - to let us watch the children open the presents our side of the family buy.

Sadly we now live in a much smaller house than we did and the family keeps getting bigger with all the children having partners and having gone from two grandchildren coming to six of them here this year. So this year we took it back to its roots and had just us and DD3 and her partner, as they have no children, as we sent all the parents away as the children have more fun without them. 

So DD3 and I went down to pick up the local five and just as we were getting back DD2, SIL2 and Ziggy were arriving. They came in and settled Ziggy down, as an only child five noisy cousins running around excitedly can be a bit overwhelming considering she is not walking yet. So Ziggy was handed to granddad and we were left to get on with the day. 

Firstly Minky and Dinky started pulling the presents out from under the table, guessing what name was on them and handing them to anybody. They both recognise their own name now but of the others, not bad for just four. 

So  much excitement and paper tearing led to a pile of presents with none of them really knowing whose was whose or who anything had come from. Ziggy sat up with Granddad and he helped her open her presents.

After the paper was cleared up and there was room to move I sent Minky round the back of the couch on the pretext of bringing me the picnic mat we have. Underneath it was some of the Brio train track set up for them. No room to set it all up so I decided the gap behind the couch was a good place to set some up so they could play with it on the day. 


the opening begins. Minky pulled the parcels out from under the table 

Granddad helped her unwrap 

aaahhh cuddles 

Ziggy was quite good at dismantling the train track 

We played with the younger children and their games with the older ones joining in, Dinky was really good at the Disney pairs game I got her.

Ziggy and Spud colouring

the train set was set up behind the couch
    


After some playing I spread out a picnic for them, they all love a picnic and thought it was better to let them help themselves than try and make set food for them. I could not believe how much Ziggy eat, much more than she normally gets fed. 



a free for all picnic

As a surprise for them I had taken two pictures off of Facebook that had been put up on Christmas Day and used a voucher I won from Intercake and made a collage and got a cake printed with all of them on it. The older four were rather excited by it. 

Minky Bob and Ziggy with the cake 



the cake we got printed 


After cake we walked the younger children back down the road to drop them off to spend some time playing games with the older two. Back up the road and we played Bob's game first as DD2 had returned and had to leave the dog in the car until after he left as he is to allergic to the dog to be in the same house. The weather was approx -5 and so not fair to leave the dog for to long. Bob went down the road and we played a few games with Fifi and DD2.






We spent some time then playing with Bop it, DD3 got this for her Christmas. Have to say I wasn't very good, think I scored 45.



SIL2 playing Bop it


When DD3 and SIL3 went home DD2 decided to bath Ziggy. As we don't have a bath this is in the portable baby bath with a large plastic sheet and a towel under, she is just to big for the kitchen sink now. Had us all laughing as she climbed in and out of the bath with her clothes on pretending to go splash splash.