Monday, 1 June 2009

Saturday at the Green

What a lovely day Saturday was! Barely a cloud in the sky. The morning was Mishka's - one of the neighbours brought her 9 year old female German Shepherd round for a play date, except this grand old lady wasn't in the mood for a 2-and-a-half year whirlwind to mess her about. It was very interesting to see her put him in his place from time to time when he got a little rough or overly personal. The plan had been for the dogs to run off the lead in the "Dog" part of the garden, while us humans were watching from the upper decking, where we'd installed Lara. However, Tequila, the German Shepherd, was quite content to stay in the shade on the lower decking, which meant that that's where Mishka stayed, and so did we. For the 20 minutes or so that we were down there, Lara played perfectly happily on the top decking, without attention-seeking once, which was very encouraging.

Another highlight of the morning was I managed to get the hammock tied up between two trees, in a good place that won't always be in shade, which is the problem with where I put it last summer. I had a quick 10 minutes relax in it before cricket, and even Olga had a quick go too. It really is a great place to relax, we can just watch the red kites circling above.

Lara got her reward in the afternoon, with a trip to Littlewick Green to watch Papa play cricket. Our camping friends, the Fullers, who live on the Green, had a great kiddies play area set up in their back garden, so Lara passed a good part of the afternoon playing with the other kids on the mini bouncy castle and in the paddling pool. The plan had only been for Olga and Lara to stay for the first hour or so, and have a picnic lunch, then come back to pick me up later on, but it was just sooo nice there, and with the Fuller's playground on hand, that they stayed all day, even though our game dragged on until 8 o'clock! Then we just had to go to the pub on the Green for a drink, where Lara again charmed the locals, and astounded the other parents with her ability to remain happy and bouncy past 9 o'clock. Needless to say though, she went out like a light once she was put in bed at home!

Oh, we lost the cricket, since I know you were wondering... Olga was well looked after by the other cricket-widows, and I hope that continues for the rest of the season. I've always enjoyed playing there, but on a day with perfect weather, having your wife and daughter there too just made it all the more special.

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