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Wednesday
29 Apr
2009

Grand Rapids

As usual I check the blog to see what Suzy has broken whilst I am away and this year she has excelled herself by breaking the fridge. That’s something for me to look forward to when I get back.

Grand Rapids is going well. Interesting journey via Chicago which involved a 3 hour delay sitting on the tarmac in a thunderstorm. Lots of visitors from Mexico at the show; everyone’s watching them to see if they sneeze.

Having a good time sinking a few (just a few mind) beers with Pete.

Tuesday
28 Apr
2009

Training off.

Drove all the way to Knutsford to find training off due to poor weather. Will we shrink in the rain? Walked round the park and watched the ducks then returned home.

Andy phoned; gave some great advice regarding fridge… switch it on and off. I wonder how I manage surly Andy; you shouldn’t really leave me to my own devices.

Andy are you going to blog sometime soon? Louis enjoys me reading to him he thinks you don’t care, or are the keyboards incorrect in the U.S. of A.

Tuesday
28 Apr
2009

Freeloading Louis.

Louis’ asleep on the sofa settled after helping me sweep up.

We’ve had a wonderful morning walking on the valley and visiting his grandparents depositing some sprout seedlings and half a bag of dried chillies.

Mum wanted to take Lou for a walk to the paper shop so off we trotted. I did make mum walk the long way round and a little faster than she would normally go, Lou loved it, he walked beautifully between us and managed not to push her about.

When we came home Lou still needed a walk so we wandered round to the village and nearly bumped into a choc lab. Lou hates this dog with a passion and usually wants to eat him. Today he totally ignored him much to my surprise.

As Andy is away the first thing to go wrong is my inside fridge.  I’m afraid it’s kaput, luckily I have one outside and haven’t got much food in. Lou has benefited and for lunch he enjoyed chicken and sausage, tonight at training he will have cheese for his treats. Andy is bound to blame me as I put lots of hot jellies in to set. Should I wait to buy a new one? The freezer is still OK.

Not long till Andy comes home and makes everything alright.

Sunday
26 Apr
2009

Marathon Walking.

Louis is pooped, after a cram packed fun filled walking playing and gardening day.

We started off lead down in the Valley for our morning walk; meeting Cassie and her owner. A little misty and cold this morning so scents were strong and Louis followed a few, always returning for his sausage. Play time on the flat field was a little short as I had to put Louis on his lead after I spotted a jogger in the distance; he still thinks they’re fair game.

This afternoon I got into the spirit of the marathon and decided to walk through Bramhall up to Poynton, past the sports club and pool and along the mad mile to the Fiveways pub. The longest part of the walk seemed to be from Hazel Grove, past the school and farmer’s fields to the roundabout even though this is the only downhill section. Louis did exceptionally well walking to heel for most of the seven mile walk. I will try to do this walk three times this week depending on the weather, Louis won’t enjoy it if its too warm.

Andy is on a mission to buy me some American size fours. I realize how hard this is as he has phoned several times; it may be a mistake but I have requested he buy me something he would like to see me in.

Louis’ last walk round the estate was slow and steady we haven’t managed Story-Ville yet but tomorrow I think we will.

I’ve planted more mixed herb salads and rocket, as usual Louis always at hand to assist with soil distribution.

Our neighbours from the back came round to collect a ball; luckily Lou hadn’t spotted it so Thomas the Tank engine ball lives to play another day. The guy is called Tom and his son is Lennie I think, he is 3 and a 1/2 and loves Lou. His dad obligingly holds his boy up over the fence to see the dog, makes me cringe every time. Lou has settled down and has stopped jumping at the fence trying to eat him.

We miss you Andy, tomorrow I have work,  weight watchers and the usual walks with your boy so hopefully the day will fly by and you will come home in six days.