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Sunday
30 Oct
2011

Sleeping Beauty

There’s definitely one huge drawback to owning a bungalow that didn’t cross our minds when we moved. Louis now has an “Access All Areas” mindset such that he keeps pushing his way into our bedroom around 3 in the morning. Sue thinks he needs to water the lawn so gets up to let him out but he just jumps onto the warm, vacated space on the bed.

If he doesn’t get a decent share of the bed then he heads back to his sofa in the lounge. In the meantime I’m wide awake counting sheep and trying to get back to sleep.

We thought at first that he was waking up as we had been missing his evening walk due to all the work we’ve been doing. So we took him for a long evening walk – result – no difference. What’s really galling with this is that both Sue and Louis can get back to sleep in milliseconds whilst I usually stay awake until half an hour before the alarm clock is due to go off.

Anyway – here’s a nice close up of my furry friend doing what he does best – snoozing.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday
18 Oct
2011

All The World’s A Stage

Louis doesn’t appreciate being kicked off his sofa and having to slum it in one of his two dog baskets that live at either end of the lounge/dining room. There’s curtains between the two rooms which we close at night. Louis slopes off quite often to his dining room bed; gets his head down for a few minutes and then makes a re-appearance; sticking his head through the curtains.

It is funny to see this and we’ve tried to capture this on film but Louis senses the moment you are about to release the camera shutter and you end up with frame after frame of Louis’ backend; usually just his tail.

We got close with this one:-

Curtain Call

Curtain Call

We’ll persevere until we get the right shot; it involve Louis’ head just poking through the gap in the curtain, with his head tilted at a slight angle along with a puzzled look.

Tuesday
18 Oct
2011

Ready Shedy Go

We used to have three sheds at the old house so it was hard work trying to ram three sheds worth of stuff into a small 4′ x 4′ shed at the new place. Add to that the fact that the shed had a big hole in the roof and the pressure was on to get a new shed sorted.

I was happy to go for an 8′ x 10′ but was overruled by Sue and we ended up with a 10′ x 12′ monster shed. It was on a two week delivery so my leisurely plans to sort out a base were scuppered when the new shed arrived two days later.

A lot of digging later as well as 35 (bloody heavy) paving slabs having been laid by yours truly and we were able to build the shed this weekend.

Here’s the base:-

Shed base

Shed base

Basic frame:-

Half way there shed

Half way there shed

Inspection by Louis:-

Shed inspection by Louis

Shed inspection by Louis

Sue in action:-

Sue in action

Sue in action (high speed photography)

Finished article:-

Ready Shedy Go

Ready Shedy Go

It’s absolutely massive so we should be able to get all our stuff in there (plus some stuff out of my garage whilst Sue is not looking).

Wednesday
05 Oct
2011

Ridgeback Sentinel

We’ve changed all the locks, secured all the windows and generally battened down the hatches since we moved in and all is secure but you can’t beat a 4-pawed 24-7 patrolling security system such as a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Louis is constantly on guard…..

Ridgeback On Call

Ever Ready

To be honest I’m being unfair. Louis is the best perimeter control system I have ever seen. The unwritten deal between hound and human is that the hound makes sure that he looks after border control – Louis sees this as a perk of the job!