Saturday, 10 April 2010

Second for Olga, and a day out tomorrow for Lara & I.

Olga's choice in the Grand National - Black Apalachi - came second, and was the only finisher out of the six horses we backed! Luckily, none of us had King Johns Castle, the one that didn't even make it to the first fence, although I will admit that I was looking at that one before I chose Arbor Supreme. Jackson got the booby prize for picking Eric's Charm, the only faller at the first. If you're wondering how he and Mishka (Beat the Boys) picked their horses, in turn I gave them a pen, they held it in their mouth, then dropped it on the centre-page pull out from the Mirror, and where the nib of the pen pointed, that was their horse. It worked first time for each of them. Mad? Me? Noooooooo. Lara picked her horse (Flintoff) by pointing to it on the pull out when I asked her which colours she liked. For the record, Luda had Mon Mome, without knowing it won last year at 100-1.

Tomorrow Lara and I are going on a railway adventure, to a station close to Bristol, which is close to where Auntie Catherine and Uncle Nick live, because we're going to Cousin Elizabeth's 3rd birthday party. It's 90 minutes on a direct train from Reading, so I'm making sure I have enough toys and food to keep Lara going for that time. Hopefully she'll sleep for the return journey in the evening!

We had a lovely afternoon in the garden today, the weather was perfect. Lara learnt how to roll down our steep garden, Luda continued turning the veg patch into somewhere that vegetables might choose to grow, and Olga and |I continued to reduce the untidy pile of cut branches into either logs for the fire or twigs for the tip. I even powered up the mower (a friend had serviced it for me) and cut the front lawn, along with almost everyone else on our street.

Finally time now for a beer and Match of the Day, hurray.

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