Saturday, 20 February 2010

Quick mole Update....

Stiggy 5 - Moles 0

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Beautiful day

Well, after my Birthday, I got a chance to pop out into the garden and do a few chores.

First off, further to my adventures with my local mole population, I checked the traps I had set yesterday. I find hunting these little menaces a real challenge, although the challenge is getting less as I find myself being more successful in catching them.

I had set two traps in the main runs leading to the latest molehill, approximately 6"-8" away from the edge of the mound. One had been totally filled in which is unusual for the Dufus trap, but I checked the other one anyway and found it had a mole inside. Strangely, there was an extra tunnel beside the full trap, implying there is still yet another mole roaming free in our garden, so I reset the traps.

After that I spent some time looking at our Snowdrops. Now we are lucky enough to have a lot of Snowdrops in our garden, and I thought I'd take a shot to show.

In the afternoon I took Kane to the local agrigultural machinery and hardware center to see if they had a drive belt for my Westwood ride on mower, so that my grass/leaf collecter unit would work again.

Kane had a great time looking at all the toys they had there, and we both learnt about a machine that picks sweetcorn called a 'Cornjerker'. I was pleased to discover they had a belt in stock, and after the salesman gave me advice on lengthening the use of the belt, Kane and I left the shop and headed for home. The belt will be put in place early next week.

When we got back, we put 'UP' in the DVD player and relaxed while we watched it - we love that film!

All in all it was a very successful and enjoyable day!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Kane's 7th Birthday!

I just can't believe how fast the time has gone. It only seems like yesterday I was holding our new born son in my arms in the hospital, right after Jo had given birth to him. I was the first person he ever saw, as he opened one eye, looked at me and closed his eye again, as if to say;

"Hello Dad, you'll do, but now I need some sleep"

So it's amazing that after another blink of an eye, he had his 7th Birthday on the 31st January.

We asked Kane what he wanted to do - Jo gave him some choices, but in the end it was up to us to try to help him choose, as he wanted to do everything we suggested!

Kane decided he wanted to go bowling in Brighton Bowlplex, then go to Pizza Hut afterwards with a few of his friends.

While I designed his Birthday card, Jo started work on a simply AWESOME cake - Kane's into Club Penguin - she made a sponge cake, then set to it making the extra pieces to make it into an Igloo, once they were put on top of the cake, Jo started on carefully putting the icing over the whole thing and working her magic to make it into what you see below - STUNNING is all I can say, and I worked MY magic on the little paper things you see around the cake.

Here is a picture of the front and inside of the card I made.

I took Kane and two of his friends straight from school, and we met another two of his friends at the Bowlplex. The game was great, with all the kids (mostly) behaving themselves and having a great time!

Once the game was finished, we rushed to Pizza Hut which was only about 200M away, to our reserved round booth, and ordered our pizza. Again all the kids were remarkably well behaved considering it was a party, they were given chefs hats to colour in while they waited for their food, and they all wrote really cool things about Kane on them, such as 'Rock Kane' and other phrases - Kane just lapped up the attention!

Talking about lapping - as the kids all went up for seconds with their ice-cream bowls (errrrm yours truely included!), Kane discovered that his spoon was frozen underneath his blob of ice-cream, which he tried to eat in one go!

The waitress then brought out his 'party' Birthday cake, and we all sang Happy Birthday, then myself and my good friend Martin cut the cake up and put it into party bags Jo had all ready sorted out.

After all the kids had been collected or taken home, Kane and I had a chance to sit down and relax - building one of his Bionicles, which, to be honest, I absolutely loved too! It was VERY cool!

I can't think of a better end to Kane's 7th Birthday!