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Sunday, 12 March 2017

A Sprinkling Of Snow, A Wedding & Valentine's!

When I last blogged a month ago I was just starting my week off. I say week off but I had so many jobs to pack in within the week that didn't really feel like it!

Firstly as I mentioned in my last post our little Florrie had the first of her vaccinations on the Monday, so most of Tuesday was spent with me milling around the flat getting jobs done whilst making sure that she was ok and that she didn't have any side effects. Thankfully though she seemed absolutely fine and got over the whole ordeal pretty quickly, but it did make her a bit more clingly than usual towards me for a few days.

The rest of the week then flew by as it was spent with me getting both the flat, myself, the hubby and Florrie all ready and organized, as both my hubby and I were going away for the weekend with my parents for my second cousins wedding. Plus as my sister wasn't going we conveniently had a bunny and flat sitter at our service! 

We left on the Friday afternoon for our journey up to Northampton, but typically on the morning that we were due to leave I woke up with my first full on head cold in well over a year! It just appeared from nowhere but it hit me pretty hard and I felt awful!

Having never been to Northampton before we looked up the journey and it said that it should take about two hours to get there, but with all of the motorway traffic on a Friday afternoon it ended up taking more like three. It was a pretty cold and dreary day when we left and the skies threatened snow for most of the way, then as we arrived at our hotel for the weekend the sleet that had started along the way turned to snow.

Below left you can see a rather blurry photo that I took out of the window of the car on the way, showing one of the wind turbines with the sunset trying to to poke through the snow clouds in the background.

When I see wind turbines on journeys are always a bit of a novelty to me as we don't have anywhere close to us that has any, plus they always remind me of holidays in Cornwall as they have a lot of them down there too!

The pic below right then shows the snowy view that greeted from the window of our hotel room when we arrived. As you can see we had a lovely view over the hotel golf course.     

Below you can see that our hotel room that we had for our two night stay was just as lovely.

The following day bought the day of the wedding and as you can see below we woke up to a further dusting of snow. As I have mentioned before I love snow, so with there being snow and a wedding it made the day feel extra magical despite how awful I felt!

Sadly the snow didn't last long though as on our forty minute journey to the childhood church of the bride where the ceremony was being held it had begun to rain, and by the time that we got there wasn't any snow left at all!

Despite the on off rain throughout the day it was still bitterly cold, but the wedding ceremony itself was lovely and the bride looked just beautiful. This was then followed by refreshments in the church hall to warm everybody, before we then made our way to the reception venue which was held about a twenty minute drive away within a gorgeous converted barn.

We has such a lovely time and it was really nice to spend some quality time with my parents whilst we were away, and to catch up with family members that we haven't seen for some time.

There was also soo much food! Which consisted of a starter of goats cheese and onion tart, a main of pork, that was carved by a designated member of each table with cheesy sweet potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sugar snap peas and baby sweet, as well as roast potatoes and lashings of gravy! This was then followed by a dessert of bread and butter pudding and teas and coffees! It was all lovely despite the fact that I couldn't really taste any of it, but I honestly don't think that I have felt so stuffed after a wedding meal as I did that one! So it was a good job that in the evening they had a traditional Scottish Ceilidh band (pronounced Kaylee,) teaching us dances to help us burn it off! I had never heard of or participated in ceilidh dancing prior to this, but it got people up on the dance floor and my cousin and I had a great time learning a few of the dances as my hubby doesn't do dancing! 

So all in all we had a lovely weekend away and it was also nice to go to a region of the country that we have never visited before too.

Below you can see a small selection of images from the day.       

The Tuesday after the wedding marked not only my first day back at work, and the first day that I had started to feel half normal again after my head cold, but it also marked Valentine's Day.

As usual my hubby and I just had a quite night in with our annual M&S meal deal, which this year consisted of a starter of Tai fishcakes, a main of steak with rosemary potatoes and peas, and a Desert of millionaire shortbread with chocolate heats. All of which was gorgeous and was washed down with a bottle of Cava.

Below you can see our valentine's efforts!  

We don't usually do presents for valentine's just cards but this year my hubby bought me my favourite strawberries and cream Lindt chocolates and a beautiful bunny charm to go on my Pandora bracelet. Whilst I bought him a chocolate note slab, which came with a transfer sheet so that you could write a personalised note onto the chocolate.

Below you can see the charm that my hubby bought me and our Valentine's cards to each other, (the chocolates didn't hang around long enough to be photographed though!)

Following Valentine's both my parents and my hubby caught my head cold which I was none too popular for! It also meant that I ended up sleeping in the front room with Florrie from the middle of the night onwards on more than one occasion due to my hubby's snoring! On one such occasion I was trying to get to sleep and had my ear plugs in but I could hear this animal like noise. I got up concerned that it was Florrie, but her ears were all pricked up so she could obviously hear it too! On hearing it again I went to the kitchen window and opened the blinds to find to my surprise two foxes play fighting on the grass right in front of me. I've seen and heard foxes many a time before but the noises that these foxes were making were a lot more low pitched than usual, so I stood and watched then for a bit but it wasn't long before they got spooked and ran off.

Below you can see a few pics that I managed to catch of the foxes even though they are not of great quality!

Since then the last few weekends or so have been a mix of quiet ones and busy ones! We have also just gone two and a half weeks with no heating and hot water as we have had major issues with our boiler, which have thankfully now been fixed after numerous setbacks! So we will look forward to that bill coming though! Anyway the busy weekends consisted of us having our neighbours around for a catch up and drinks a few weekends back, which ended up with us staying up until the early hours as usual. We then ended up having them, their lodger, and the hubby's best friend around last weekend so that the boys could watch the boxing whilst the girls went out on the town. We weren't sure how Florrie would react to having other people around for the evening for a bit of a party, so we were ready to move her into the spare room in case she got too distressed by the noise but she was fine.

However I took this photo of her the following morning which I found quite amusing as it looks like she has had a bit of a heavy night!

Talking of the little monkey, her weight has gone up yet again! I weighed her a week or so ago and she is now weighing in at 1.7kg, so I am hoping that her weight will level out from here as she is now the size of a Lionhead bunny! Plus even though still pretty long and skinny is getting a little bit of a pudge to her, so I will have to keep a track of it. 

As always she continues to amuse and has been quite playful over the last few days especially! She has also got into a habit of chewing the bars to her hutch even when she has had plenty of exercise or doesn't want to come out, so we have started to put cardboard tubes into her hutch which she loves to chuck about. We have avoided putting them in there much until now though as she will just sit there and eat them like they are food rather than shred them, but we are keeping an eye on how much she is eating! We have also got her a loam gnaw bar to chew on too as we don't want her hurting her teeth or mouth on the bars, plus yesterday invested in a bunny pen for her so that she can have a bigger play area for when we can't have her out. I just need to get some suitable flooring for her now so that she doesn't slip about on out wooden floors, which is why I can't really let her run free in the front room.
She is also getting a bit better at being picked up from the hutch even though it is still on her terms!   

Below you can see her having fun with her cardboard tube, but the photos are a little blurry as she doesn't sit still when she plays with it! 

You can also see a few other pics of Florrikins from this month. Below left you can see that apparently toys make good pillows! Then below right you can see Florrie in her lazy chilled out mode!

Plus this month after shedding her fluffy bum it has returned as fluffy tufts like a little skirt!

There has also been progress on the Bobby Bunny front as I have now finished the new design that I mentioned in my last blog. The design that you can see below is for a first Mother's Day card, and will be available in my Etsy shop in the next few days.

Thank you for visiting as always! I hope that you are all well and have had a good weekend! It's been a quiet one here with me working yesterday and chilling today, as the weather has been pretty wet and drab in contrast to the lovely spring like days that we had here both yesterday and on and off over the last week. Let's hope that there will be more bright spring days to come rather than rainy ones, and no more storms like that of Dorris from the other week, which I hope that none of you were too affected by! Thankfully we didn't really see any damage here, but it was just rather windy! x

Monday, 6 February 2017

A Gig and Bunny Things!

Hello everyone! I hope that you have all had a good few weeks!

Things have been relatively quiet here which I am quite happy with to be honest! Work in my retail job is  ticking along but is rather quiet and mundane at the moment, and so far the dawn of a new month doesn't seem to have cheered the weather up much as you can see below! Due to this I have quite enjoyed hibernating and pottering about at home when I have had the chance!

There has been a little activity here and there though!

A couple of weekends back we spent a lovely evening visiting one of my childhood friends and his wife in their lovely new home along with a few other friends. They cooked a lovely meal for us and it was great to have a catch up with them all, as it had been a fair while since we had all been free to meet up.

On the same day an opportunity also came up for me to go to a gig at the O2 London the following day, as one of my Download friends had a spare ticket going. It was a bit spontaneous, but it was for a couple of bands that we had seen at Download Festival before and that I rather liked. I had considered getting tickets at the time but didn't get around to it so I thought why not I don't do things like that very often, plus I didn't have work the next day either! Anyway I am soo glad that I went as we had an amazing time! The supporting act that I didn't know well were good, the next band was fab, and the main act were amazing! The crowd were also a lovely bunch as were the security team. Getting back after was a bit of a nightmare as the train timetables had changed from the morning meaning that there were no trains for me to get home until the following morning, but we had half expected this being that it was a Sunday and with the way that Southern rail trains are at the moment! So I ended up crashing at my friends for the night and she dropped me off the next morning. My hubby would have picked me up from hers but it was about was about 1:00am by the time that we got back, plus it was also extremely foggy and icy! So much so that when she dropped me off the next day it was still foggy and icy come 11:00am!

Below you can see a few pics from the night.

Last weekend was then spent with me going down to see my Nan with my mum on the sat as I had the day off, and my hubby went to take one of his nephews to his first football match along with his stepdad and one of his brothers.

Sunday was then a chilled one as the weather was pretty wet and horrible so I decided to spend the afternoon sketching little Florrie, which I really enjoyed doing as it has been a fair few years since I drew anything life like. Below you can see the result, which I am pretty happy with considering that I am rather out of practice.

This weekend just gone was just filled with me working on sat, before having a girls night out to catch-up with best friend who has just got back from her honeymoon. Needless to say after partying until the early hours of Sunday morning, yesterday was a quiet pj day filled with chick flicks.

On the Florrie front the little monkey is just that, but we wouldn't change her! She is still more often than not being difficult to get out of the hutch and def knows her own mind as one minute she won't come out and the next she will, so things are on her terms in that department at the moment the little madam! As I mentioned in my last post though she loves coming to say hello and be stroked, and has a right old time binkying and being very playful on "her" sofa once she is out. My cushions now have more holes in before, as does the throw that has now officially been adopted by her. She has also established "her" seat on the sofa which so happens to be where my hubby sits, so if he is not there she will be straight there and if he moves she will be straight there too! She has also grown back her fluffy bum which is all tufty, plus is now weighing in at 1.5kg! To be honest though that isn't really surprising being that when I went back to where we got her from the other day for hay supplies I saw that they still had one of her sisters there and she is now huge! They had also changed the sign from "Netherland Dwarfs" to "Netherland Dwarf Mixed Breeds", as she too is clearly not a Netherland Dwarf!

Florrie has also decided that there is something that she hates more that the hoover too, which randomly is me doing my workout DVD! I did it for the first time since having her the other day and she spent the whole hour stamping her feet! I thought that it may have been where I was jumping about as she is more than used to having music on and it doesn't bother her at all, so I tried covering one half of her hutch up so that she could shelter more but it didn't make any difference until I turned it off! Today she was much better with it, but we still got a few stamps! Strange bunny! The only other time we have stamps, squeaks or grunts are when she is having a tantrum about me not giving her food stick quick enough rather than her being scared!

Below you can see Florrie with her sister just before we got her below left, and just how big her sister is now right and below!

We do love our little bunny though as you may have gathered, so much so that I found myself waking up in a panic the other night as I thought that we had left her out. I woke my hubby up in the process and even when he told me that we hadn't I still had to check in my half asleep state! What am I turning into! I feel like more of a parent now that I did when I had Milly & Molly, which I think is due to her being a single bunny and a house bunny. Talking of which madam had her first vaccinations this afternoon! I was a little apprehensive about taking her as I didn't know how she would react, or whether she would have any side effects being that she had never been to the vets before. I also have never had a bunny vaccinated before as it wasn't really about a much when I had my last bunnies, and you had to have ten people wanting it in the area at a time to have it done then as it's a live vaccine.

She was however pretty well behaved! I took her in her cardboard box that she came is I thought that it would be easier to get her out from than a carrier. She was understandably pretty scared when we got there and was covering in the corner, but a bit of dandelion mix bought her out of her shell. Once out of the box she had a full check over and was weighed before having her vaccine. She kept trying to climb up off of the table onto me for safety, and at one point jumped so high that she nearly jumped over my shoulder. But when it came to having the actual vaccine she was soo good and didn't even flinch!

Since being home she seems to have settled down very quickly and has been munching and letting me stroke her still, so I think that I am forgiven! I will keep an eye on her, but hopefully she won't have any side effects!

Below you can see a few pics of our little monkey from the last few weeks.

 Me cheeky! Never!

 Like butter wouldn't melt
 Playful Bun!

 Sleepy Bun!

Claiming "her" seat!

Bunny Yoga!

In other bunny related news I have a few new bunny related items that I have added to my collection in the last few weeks or so. Firstly a rather lovely bunny cushion, which my mum treated me to on a trip to one of our local garden centres the other week. You can see it below, plus I hasten to add that this one will be staying away from Florriekins!

Then secondly I was so very excited to have my rose gold and dusty pink Olivia Burton bunny watch turn up on Friday, which I have been on the waiting list for months! I have to say that I am not a big watch fan and haven't worn a watch since I was about twelve, but I just couldn't resist this one when I saw it. It's soo gorgeous as you can see below and even nicer in the flesh!

Also in Bobby related news I have also sketched out a new design which should be finished and ready to show you by my next post!

I hope that you all had a fab weekend, and thanks as always for visiting!  x 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Christmas, New Year and A Florrie Update!

Hello everyone! I know that it is a bit late now but I hope that you all had a very Happy Christmas, New Year, and that you have all had a good start to 2017 so far!

We had a lovely one, but it did go oh so very quickly! Especially since as I mentioned in my last post I only had Christmas Day and Boxing Day off, so it meant that I had a lot to fit into the space of a few days!

Christmas Day was spent at my parents along with the hubby, my sister her boyfriend and our Nan. It was a lovely chilled out day as our Christmas's generally are which involved stocking opening, a lovely Christmas roast cooked by my mum which was followed by more present opening, watching the Queen's speech and chilling out for the evening to watch TV. Whereas Boxing Day was by comparison was pretty hectic as we spent it with the hubby's mum, step-dad, three brothers and their wives and partners, his sister and her fiance, two of his step-brothers, our three nephews and niece, his Nan and step-Nan plus Ralphy the dog in Croydon! Again it was a lovely day spent catching-up with family and his mum put on a lovely spread as always with soo much food! We did however have fun getting there and nearly didn't make it at all due to the way that Southern trains at the moment!

I have never liked the idea of driving to Croydon (even though I have had a license since I was 18) due to the all of the hustle and bustle and motorway driving, plus the hubby has only been driving for a year and isn't too keen either so as I say we normally take the train up there. On Boxing Day however we generally drive to my hubby's work and walk to the nearest station from there, as we often can't get trains there and back from our local station. So this year we did the same as we always do having checked that there were no rail strikes and that the trains were running. However on getting to the station after 20mins of lugging the Christmas presents to the station we found that trains were being cancelled all over the place and that it would be another good hour before we could get one there, and who knows if we would have been able to get back again! We were also running pretty late at this point as it was, since being that were both pretty knackered we ended up lying in and sorting out Florrie for longer than we probably should have done! So at this point the hubby was ready to go home and just chill, but it wasn't fair on him for us not to see his family over Christmas so I said that I would bite the bullet and drive there even though I really didn't want too! So after another 20min walk back to the car with all the presents and after an hour drive later, which went much smoother than I thought it would we arrived at his mums.

Below you can see a few pics from our Christmas.

The table all laid for Christmas dinner at my parents and their Christmas tree 

  My yummy Christmas dinner with a starter of smoked salmon and cream cheese on Bellini's, with a cucumber garnish and lemon for seasoning, a main of turkey with stuffing veggies, gravy and pigs in blankets, and a dessert of "Chocolate Bomb" with cream. 

The rather festive destruction that was left in my parents front room after we had opened all of our presents, Mum with her cuddly "Buster" from the John Lewis Christmas ad that I got her, and leftover turkey in sandwiches along with stuffing that was eaten along with my new favourite Christmas drink M&S Egg Nog Cream a few days after the festivities!

The bunnified clothes and goodies that I received for Christmas.

The day after Boxing Day the hubby went for Christmas celebrations around his Dad's and his partner, again along with all of his brothers and sister, nephews, niece, and their partners. Unfortunately I couldn't make due to work, but I did manage to catch-up with them after briefly!

Since then things have just been pretty hectic as I have been rushed off of my feet at work over the last week few weeks, and having worked all of last weekend too I have been pretty knackered. This meant that I seemed to brew brewing some sort of sore throat and coughing lurgy, which thankfully didn't really turn into anything in the end! It was due to be honest though as most other people at work have been ill recently, plus the hubby was struck down with something just before New Year too. Which usually tends to happen when he has a break from work.

We did however have a lovely New Year which, was spent with my best friend and her husband and another couple of friends who have all moved slightly out of town now. So with us all wanting to drink we decided to get a hotel room, start off at one of theirs and then make our way out to a black tie function that we had got tickets for at their local rock bar. We all had a fab time and it was nice to go somewhere different for a change as well as get all dressed up, especially since I have barely been out with my best friend since her wedding back in October!

On the Florrie front the little monkey continues to be a little pickle, and is still growing well! I weighed her on New Year's Day and she was weighing in at 1.3kg and again yesterday and she is now 1.4kg the little fatty! So I think that it is safe to say that she is going to be more Lionhead size than Netherland Dwarf, as she is now over the weight that a Netherland Dwarf should be. As I said in my last post she is long rather than chubby, but she is starting to fill out a little now. She is also less fluffy that she was having now shed her baby coat, meaning that her fur is now much shorter from her bum to her shoulders, where it then goes a bit longer and fluffier toward her head. She still has her fluffy tufts on her head although maybe not quite as much as before and she has now lost her fluffy bum! I'm not sure how much more she will shed her fur or grow, but I am hoping at now just over 4 and a half months that she is nearly fully grown otherwise she will outgrow her hutch!

Below you can see the size comparison of the first photo that I took of her when we got home, and one that I took a week or so ago!
The little madams nails are also getting pretty sharp but as of yet they are not long enough to cut so I have inevitably ended up with scratches mainly on my chest, where she likes to scrabble when I first get her out and get in her comfortable position of bum up towards my neck and her head down on my chest. On that point coming out is something that she is not to keen on at the moment as she is starting to get to know her own mind! She loves coming up to you for strokes whilst in the hutch and she loves being out and climbing on and being stroked by us when she is out, plus she's not too bad being held once she is out. But when it comes to getting her out she has taken more often than not to doing a reversing act when I go to get her out, which usually leads to her having to be coaxed out with a food stick once this starts.

She also enjoyed her first Christmas and opening the jingle ball that we got her along with the pet friendly Christmas cracker! I do have a video of it that I am trying to get onto my Bobby Bunny and Friends Instagram page along with her doing a little dance to the Christmas no.1, but as of yet I seem to be struggling to get them to upload! She has also continued her love affair with chewing as little bunnies generally do and has now taken to knocking over and chewing on her hay cart, so much so that I have now had to turn one of its wheels the other way where it has been chewed so much otherwise it wouldn't stand up!

On a related note we had slight bunny dramas the other day when it came to taking the decorations down on the twelfth night, as when I went to take down the Christmas jumper garland that I had hanging across the front room the drawing pin flew out and went straight into Florrie's hutch! Cue panic from me as I couldn't find the thing anywhere, which meant that she had to be fished out again after having just been out and the hubby and I had to set about dismantling the hutch and fully cleaning her out at gone 11:30pm just because we couldn't risk her coming to harm on it!

The little monkey is such a character and makes us laugh so much and we melt every time we look at her cute little face, even if she is being a pickle! I still can't believe how quickly she has grown and I don't really feel like I got that many pictures of her as a baby, but in reality I have loads! Below you can see just a small selection of the many pics that I have taken of her in order from when we got her seven weeks ago to now.

So that pretty much round ups up most things that I have been going on here on and since Christmas!

In terms of this week we had a bit of a snow storm that started here about 6pm on Thursday evening. It was pretty heavy at the time and settled even though it had been raining all day! I was just leaving work as it started and met my hubby on the way back. I love snow so was rather like an excited child, but by the time that we had made the 10-15min walk home we were drenched and I looked like a panda from where my mascara had run!

But by a few hour later it had stopped leaving us with a small covering of snow, but overnight it froze meaning that the roads and pavements were like an ice rink by the morning. Luckily I didn't have work the next day, but I took the hubby to work early meaning that it was pretty slippy out there until we got to the main roads. But then come the afternoon it was all gone as if it never happened!

Below you can see a few pics of the snow that we did get. Like I say it wasn't a lot, but enough to get me excited as it was our first snowfall in two years!

 The snow just after it started as I left work.
  The view from our window by the time we returned home.

If you had snow I hope that you all stayed safe and kept warm. I also hope that you are all having a good weekend too! Being that I worked all of last weekend off I have had this one off so it has been lovely to just chill with the hubby this weekend after a pretty hectic fer weeks! I was also fortunate enough to end up with Friday and Monday off too, so I have now ended up with a four day break and hope to get plenty done over the next few days!

Thanks as always for visiting! x