rural traffic by jantan

rural traffic

Well, I say if you can't post a few lamb photos on Easter weekend, when can you?

A morning of chores, including collecting and storing two trailer-loads of straw and hay bales. As I mentioned yesterday, lugging these bales up a steep slope to our hay store is just about my least favourite outside job. Somehow, today I managed to get away with it because Angus was slightly less grunty and unhelpful than he has been of late and agreed to help. The cynical side of me thinks that that that had something to do with him wanting lifts to and from a party an hour's round trip away, hopefully I am mistaken...........

Our group of friends don't usually need much of an excuse to plan a Saturday afternoon (or Friday Evening or Sunday afternoon for that matter) meet-up in the local pub and today was no exception. Today's excuse was that it was Basil's birthday. To be honest, I am not sure that Basil would have exactly been mortally offended had we not all turned out to celebrate, given that he is a Jack Russell, but we didn't want to take any chances. In honour of the occasion I bought a pack of bone-shaped doggy biscuits when I was at the supermarket and wrapped them in tissue paper to present to him.

I had to go back into the house after we had left to get my camera in case there was a sufficient break in the crowds surrounding the canine Birthday Boy to take a commemorative photograph (alas no.) When we got to the pub I realised that I had left the biscuits on the kitchen worktop, but Sam very kindly said he would dash home and get them. He returned empty-handed saying that our damn dog had eaten at least half of them. I thought that he was joking, but sadly he wasn't. So poor old Basil didn't get his gift, but we all had a nice time celebrating with him.

I dropped Angus off at a party that he was staying at in the evening. The first one where although I was told that there would be adult supervision, I haven't really had a full grip on all of the arrangements (if in fact there were any,) and where I have not known the family of the host. I suppose this stage had to come around at some time, but it didn't stop me going to bed with my mobile and the house phone under my pillow!

The dog, having eaten a shed load of stolen bone shaped biscuits spent the whole night projectile vomiting.
Love the POV and perspective here ... and it even looks like spring!
April 1st, 2013  
Love the photo & the daily tale :)
April 1st, 2013  
Love your stories and this shot. FAV
April 1st, 2013  
What a lovely scene with the misty backdrop. Projectile vomiting dog? Not so lovely ....
April 1st, 2013  
Love this photo so much! The composition and light is wonderful! fav
April 1st, 2013  
"Over the hill & away we go !! ""- Lovely shot Love the misty haze in the back ground
April 1st, 2013  
What a beautiful scene!! Wondeful composition and light!! Love your stories too!! Fav!!
April 1st, 2013  
He he way cute. Just enjoying some nut roast myself... Fav
April 1st, 2013  
great shot and loved the story..
April 1st, 2013  
Oh my! The photo is wonderful...the story made me laugh...and the oh my is for the dog!
April 1st, 2013  
I love this shot!
The projectile vomiting, well that one I can do without! heeheh
April 1st, 2013  
This is gorgeous! Love it! Fav!
April 1st, 2013  
Just too too funny your stories!! Oh dear poor you though, dog + son= sleepless night !Wonderful shot of the long walk home, just heaven fav
April 1st, 2013  
Great pov love the photo
April 1st, 2013  
The mental picture of you lying wide awake all night, clutching your phones, and listening to the dog puking in the kitchen - priceless! ;-)
April 1st, 2013  
lovely shot Jan, the pov is fab. ugh dog puke
April 1st, 2013  
OMG ....the cutest ! FAV for me ....thanks for sharing !!!
April 1st, 2013  
I know they are completely different animals, one pigs & these are sheep but this photo reminded me of Pigling Bland....must be the sign post!!!
April 1st, 2013  
Ps. Fave for the story & photo!!
April 1st, 2013  
Love the pod and classic rural shot. That one is a cert for the wall
April 1st, 2013  
Beautiful shot.
April 1st, 2013  
I love it.. beautiful.. serene and lovely colours..
April 1st, 2013  
too wonderful for words!
April 1st, 2013  
This is just the most wonderful shot Jan. Breathtaking and an instant FAV
April 1st, 2013  
Can I just say a big thank you for sharing this sweet photo and not of your kitchen the next morning? Particularly like the title!
April 1st, 2013  
This pic is good but the narrative was even better - I have been through the kids scaring moments and thankfully that's all behind me. It did give me a little laugh though reading your bit about the party etc. etc.
April 1st, 2013  
Very funny story. I'm already worrying about the after-prom party in a few weeks time.
April 1st, 2013  
@dh not even let myself think about that one! Hoping he wont want to go..... some chance
April 1st, 2013  
Oh no - I suppose the dog didn't worry about the packet being eaten as well. I hope nobody else in your family was projectile vomiting because of over-indulgence ;0) It drives Nigel crazy when Adam goes off to parties and we don't have even an address half the time - we make him text it to us when he arrives but how do we really know he's there? And he goes on the bus or wit friends so we aren't even dropping off 'to see'. My friend just hosted her son's 17th and said she heard two phrases she didn't want to hear, 'That bucket's already got vomit in it' and 'X is in the garage sh****** Y'. My party-averse daughter was very stress-free - goodness knows what we've got to look forward to!
April 1st, 2013  
@jantan I think I've got several of them staying at my house afterwards. Which I've allowed on condition that I have all the parents' phone numbers and I reserve the right to phone them if I think anyone is dangerously drunk.
April 1st, 2013  
I knew you'd understand Judith. @judithg On the way to the party he was telling me that this time last year one of the girls from the year above him in the girls' equivalent of his school had to have her stomach pumped. Very comforting I'm sure. (I am selectively forgetting what I used to get up to at his age.)
April 1st, 2013  
@dh You are one brave woman! I get anxious enough having four 12 year olds to stay over
April 1st, 2013  
A spring shot wonderful, love the POV. Your misgivings...... Been there,,,,done it and worn the tee shirt, don't worry it passes:(
April 1st, 2013  
@jantan Yes well I'm regularly informed that the girls are the worst. Not, luckily, in our house because Rachel is Mrs Sport not Mrs Party - although now she's an university she's had to succumb a bit.... Adam did get brownie points from some parents at a party last year ( age 15) for holding a girl's hair while she vomited. Good to know I've brought him up right! As I remember it we drank pretty young but less...mostly because the options available were so revolting!
April 1st, 2013  
This is a gorgeous shot - so well caught. I love it. Fav
April 1st, 2013  
@judithg You obviously didn't ever try pernod and blackcurrant Judith
April 1st, 2013  
@jantan Not if I wanted to get out from under the table!
April 1st, 2013  
Congrats on the PP.
April 1st, 2013  
This is a beautiful shot! I don't think i could ever get my sheep and lambs to walk that calmly down a road.
(Did you edit them into this picture?)
April 2nd, 2013  
what a amazing shot... love the POV and composition
FAV
April 2nd, 2013  
great shot!FAV!
April 2nd, 2013  
Congrats on the PP. I honestly think this will make the top 20 it is just so fantastic
April 2nd, 2013  
Just love this shot and great title! Fav!
April 2nd, 2013  
@lucypics Thanks so much Lucy. I was really pleased with it, and TT would be lovely but it doesn't exactly leap out of the page at you on PP.
April 2nd, 2013  
Wonderful. Your photo made me smile.
April 2nd, 2013  
Such a sweet family - don't you just hate dog vomit. I had a lab who was such a glutton and almost always when he was on his holidays with friends would manage to find their Easter egg stashes or the choccy biccy cupboard and make himself so ill!!! The beach in summer was another nightmare and country walks !!! He could eat for England!
April 3rd, 2013  
@moirab haha, that's labs for you! Our dog's (not a lab) worst habits are eating the bits of hoof the farrier cuts off the donkeys feet and throwing them up about three days later, and once she ate so much donkey poo that she threw it up all over the living room carpet - fortunately I had gone away on a girly weekend and my husband who was already looking after two small kids had to deal with it.
April 3rd, 2013  
Yuck and Yuck! With Danny sometimes it was the secret gobbling and finding a ginormous poo on the kitchen floor in the morning before we all had to have breakfast and leave for school!! I do miss him though. Kind husband!!!
April 3rd, 2013  
So sweet! Fav
April 5th, 2013  
Aww, love your sheep pics, but this one is even extra awesome. Big Fav.
April 28th, 2013  
Oh, isn't that precious. It's so cute how the babies stay so close to mom. :-)

Dogs who projectile vomit? Not nearly so cute.
May 28th, 2013  
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