Hello! Did you have a great weekend? How nice was it to have the Bank Holiday!
I was super thankful for the extra day of rest having worked 12 long days, of course being a reporter at the moment means busy days around the country.
We’re now onto the fifth week of having Henry, our labradoodle puppy, and I finally have this sense of ‘this is how it is now’.
It may sound crazy but James and I felt a sense of sadness at losing our old routines and freedoms after getting Henry, it has been quite a big adjustment.
Now he’s older and we’re more experienced, we’re feeling so much happier and settled. I think sleeping through the night has a lot to do with it too!
Anyway, here’s a snapshot into what we got up to this Bank Holiday weekend – you’ll notice how much a certain someone features in our days now.
Henry does this every morning. We don’t let him on the bed but he always seems to want cuddles when he wakes up, so squishes himself against the mattress.
We went for quite a big walk in the morning to Clifton, where we used to drive Henry for his little walks in the first few weeks.
He visited the beautiful graveyard and met a few old friends, it was sweet to see how much they recognised each other.
Breakfast was a fabulous mix of banana pancakes, local bacon and berries. It was then time for chores before James and I did some food shopping.
In the afternoon, we picked up Rufus in the car and took both dogs to Ashton Court for an explore.
Henry really learns from Rufus, he’s so far developed a love of muddy water and stick chewing.
And Rufus is so tolerant with Henry! We’re just so happy we met Rufus, without him I don’t think we’d have Henry or nearly as much joy in our lives.
How could you not smile with those two in the back?! They grumble together like two old women when I wait at a red light or drive round a tight corner. So funny!
Dinner was a fishy mix of mackerel, cod, mashed sweet potato and steamed cavolo nero, asparagus and purple broccoli.
Henry took advantage of our attempt at a lie in and spent the time destroying his cardboard tube.
The worst part is that we can’t hoover up the cardboard pieces so each one has to be picked up by hand. But he is so happy doing it, I can’t bring myself to take it away.
Oh the weather was dreadful on Sunday in Bristol! We walked Henry and picked up some bananas and papers, we were all soaked through.
After breakfast, I left the boys to it and headed to Gloucester where my colleague and his wife were (very bravely) having a housewarming BBQ.
I picked them up a few goodies from Gloucester Services, still love that place!
In the evening, we took Henry to Leigh Woods for his evening trundle and checked out Luke Jerram’s new installation, Withdrawn.
I’d popped into Wholefoods and M&S in Cheltenham post BBQ so we had lots of goodies awaiting us in the fridge, including this lovely pork.
We have a grilling obsession at the moment, if you can’t tell haha!
Another morning, another attempt to make mischief by Henry! He couldn’t understand why we wouldn’t want this lovely plantpot, full of soil, in the house.
We’d bathed Henry on Sunday night and it was amazing to see how white he was in the early morning sunshine.
Breakfast was more pancakes, along with the delicious berries I picked up on offer at Wholefoods. We then headed down to Gloucestershire to meet my family.
Henry met my family horse, Bob! And I had kisses with Bob without any antihistamines, which gives me huge hope for my goal.
Mum put on a great spread for lunch and Henry quickly made friends with my aunt and uncle before we headed out for a walk in the woods.
The bluebells were stunning, they really did carpet the woods.
Dinner was quick and easy after the drive home, I left it simmering while we finished up the last of the chores.
So there you have it: good company, good food and good times. Now if we could just add good sleep in (Henry wakes up between 5 and 6 each morning) I’d be ecstatic!
* Do you use a grill? We’re really obsessed with our new George Foreman at the moment.
* What did you get up to over the weekend?