Saturday, 14 April 2012

Bow Wow Wow Kernow!

As our gorgeous friend Heather (Mother of our God Children) said to me, "In the last blog you say how much you miss your Hubby while he was in the USA and then, only two days later, you bugger off (she didn't actually say 'bugger') to Cornwall without him!". Erm, well yes, this is sort of true, I DID go to Cornwall on my own, however I still missed him....honest! ;-)

It was a small plane!

On the Tuesday evening before the Easter weekend, I flew from Gatwick to Newquay in a little propeller plane ( are brilliant!) to spend a couple of days with the God Children in deepest, darkest Cornwall while Him Indoors was at work - he couldn't get the days off and so I saw an opportunity for a long weekend in Cornwall and quite frankly I pounced on it......wouldn't you?!?!?!

The view from my bedroom window

For two entire days I had the FGCs (Fairy God Children) all to myself which was absolutely splendid. We had tons of fun, we played, we laughed, we rock-pooled, we watched films, we ate sweets, they beat me up, they woke me up in the morning by bashing me over the head with a plastic baseball bat, it was blissful. 

Off to The Mount.....

Early on Good Friday morning we were all joined by Hubby and Max and Millie. The other FGF (Fairy God Father) had arrived and the Easter weekend fun could truly begin. The dogs LOVED the beach and ran, played and generally had the best time. Millie is now off the lead more than she is on it and it continued whilst in her little bum went while she explored every rock pool, every pebble - Millie had fun!

Millie and The Mount

Maximillian Sydney has been visiting Cornwall since he was a little puppy so the beach held no surprises for him, but all the same he showed renewed enthusiasm for a game with Daisy (the official FGC dog) or annoying Millie, as is his way. Both dogs were brilliant and it was marvellous to see them both off their leads running around having lots of doggy fun!

Max and Daisy on the beach

While we were in Cornwall I experienced a first in my life, something I have never done before and something I really want to do again.....

The FGCs have a 'Secret Garden" 

In the Secret Garden there was a bonfire

On that bonfire we toasted marshmallows
OMG!!!! They're marshmallow-tastically amazing.....YUM, YUM, YUM!!!

Give me that Marshmallow Jemima!!!!!!

As it was Easter, we decided that on Easter Sunday we would find a suitable place and have an Easter Egg Hunt (because Easter is all about worshipping the God of Chocolate, non?!). The FGC parents identified a truly wonderful place called Prussia Cove (which is incidentally where they got married - it's a beautiful, romantic place!). We walked for a while along the cliff edge, watching Fulmars skimming past, spotting seals and of course letting the dogs have a good run around.


We reached a 'point' on the cliff that used to be a chapel (just ruins now) and we 'hid' the eggs for the FGCs to did not take them long! I am of the opinion that children have a built in radar for all things choccy-related and will find them instantly.....the FGCs sure as hell did! 

To the victors, the spoils.....

When we go to Cornwall to visit the FGC Family we always, ALWAYS have a brilliant time. There's always fun to be had, adventures to have and tons and tons and tons of love being shared in abundance......

Says it all really.

I'll leave you with my current favourite record from the brilliant Gossip...

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Home Alone

What is it they say? 

Absence makes the heart grow stronger or some such nonsense?! 

Well, let me tell you, it doesn't make it stronger, it makes it ache and ache and ache. The Love of my Life, Mr. McEllis has been working in California for the last 10 days and he's HOME TODAY! It's been a long, long, long 10 days - He is the effervescence that fills our home and without it I am like a beanbag without the stuffing....flat (apart from THAT video on Facebook but that's a whole different story....I blame vodka!).

Awaiting Hubby's arrival...

In His absence, I have been ably looked after by a number of friends (Thank you Kay, Mark and Paul for the garden centre trips and the alcohol both of which are VERY necessary in life!!!). The weather has been nothing short of wonderful and it has been a joy taking the Kids out to the park in the evenings/weekends for walks in the unseasonably warm Spring sunshine....much fun they have had too....!

Millie-Moo gambling like a (fat) Spring Lamb...

Once again it's Millie that takes up much of this chapter. With Dad No. 1 being away she has all of a sudden realised that there's another Dad in the house. I have never had so many cuddles, licks or so much love and attention in all the time we have had her (which will be 2 years in August!). It will all end with the return of Himself tonight, but bask in it I have and will, until he crosses the threshold and Millie once again forgets who I am and I revert, in her mind, to 'the Lodger'.

Pile On!

Walking with Millie just gets better and better and she is getting braver and braver. I now let her off every time we're in the Park unless there's a situation that makes me less confident and then they remain on their leads - too many other dogs, football players by the hundred, etc, etc. She has been brilliant this week without Him Indoors and I now know that she will obey commands given by me. Only the other day a fox crossed their path in the cemetery and they both shot off at full pelt after it. I shot off at full pelt after them screaming their names.....Millie stopped, sat down and waited for me....Maximillian Sydney Bruiser McEllis did not!

There's a fox behind that tree!

Something else that has come out of Millie's improvement and being off the lead is how many other dogs walkers have noticed and have commented. There has hardly been a day recently where someone hasn't said something along the lines of "Oh wow, she's off the lead, how fantastic"....very heart warming it is and it just makes me even more proud of her (have I told you I'm very proud of Moo and how brilliant and fantastic she is?!?!)...

My wonderful, marvellous, fantastic 'Kids'...!

Little Maximillian has been his usual mad, loony, crazy self. He's never been short of cuddles and love and has continued to hand it out in abundance. It may be my imagination, however in Dad 1's absence Max has turned up the cuddle-o-metre and I've almost been smothered on a daily basis. Not that I am complaining of course - getting a cuddle from one of my dogs is heaven on earth.

Daddy's Little Cuddle Monster

I mentioned above that Millie will have owned us for two years in August. Well, in February Max passed his 2 years with us (I can't believe they're both 3 this year!!!!!!). As he gets older, Max definitely gets more gobby, confident and full of himself, he's a brave little soul and has no real fear - he'll protect Millie and Us at the drop of a hat. He is Max, hear him roar!

Maximillian at 5 months-ish...

All in all, it has been a brilliantly successful weeks with the Kids. I was dreading letting Millie off the lead on my own but I did it and she performed excellently. I really am going to bore myself with this soon but Millie IS amazing at the moment so apologies for the constant references, I will get over it eventually - I'm just so bloody happy for her! It will be interesting to see how she performs next week when we are on a beach in Cornwall with the God Children (we're VERY excited and can't wait to see Jemima and Ferdi) and their dog, Daisy......will she keep up the good work??? *Watch This Space*

Our FANTASTIC God Children.....and Us.

Now I need to go and prepare the home for my Hubby's imminent arrival....Me and the Pups are all very excited....M&M have taken up their places in the front window already!

I shall leave you with Max and Millie's favourite YouTube video: