Rough few days again.
Back at the hospital for our eldest*.

So some kitten therapy happened this evening.
He is able to go outside, but not roam until he is neutered. So he adores his moments of play in the garden and the vast array of new sensations.

(Cat eye contact)

*(She is home and OK-ish, for the time being)

Was out picking earlier.
Lots of nice boletes and chanterelles.

However, the warmth and rain have brought out a huge variety of fungi.
The fly agaric is one of our favourites, especially when it is first breaking through. A little riot of colour.

(Not for eating, unless you want to mess with your sense of scale like Alice ๐Ÿ˜‰)

We have a few of these tote bags.
Cheap from Flying Tiger, so when we go to the shops there is a couple spare on the back door or in the roof of the truck.

Anyway, youngest brought these to us and said "Spot the difference".

Quite how they managed that in production, we are not quite sure. ๐Ÿ˜†
Only one of the four or five we have is out of order ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

So while cleaning the kitchen this morning, we have been gifted a discarded sword ๐Ÿคฃ

Strange tip to leave.

But we guess the girls had fun when they went out last night.

(They are sleeping in, until they do the charity shop shift in a couple of hours, so the tale awaits)

Finished (near enough) breathing life into an old mud kitchen to actually get used now by primary school children.

Needs a bit of deck oil in places where we have since added wood to make it all look the same. But, we used wood from old pallets, so it is about the same age/weathering and you will never know once it's done.

Should last a while and now actually get some use rather than rotting at the back of the school garden ๐Ÿ˜€

Laurits is now jabbed enough to be outside.
Stuck on a lead until he is neutered and can be safely allowed to roam, but progress. ๐Ÿ˜ป

Now, we should not be surprised, as this is how it *should* be. But when you have experienced lots of friction/resistance, and so have those in similar situations, it is pleasant, but still surprising.

Anyway, just had a text message from the bank. Confirmation of our name change after taking in our home made deed poll which we based on and just tweaked the layout in Open Office.

Staff were lovely, accepted everything with no issue and we didn't need extra paperwork ๐Ÿ‘

Just a few fungi this morning.
We need a break from processing* today, so resisted picking anything that wasn't to be used today ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Penny bun, puffball, scaber and the very first of the entheogenics. (Surprised they are out this early in that spot)

*(Could easily pick several kilograms of chanterelles within a couple of miles, but picking takes way less time than cleaning and preparing ๐Ÿ˜ so sometimes it's good to remember that.)

Nice collection of penny buns on today's walk. Enough to load *all* the trays on the dehydrator and still slice some into salads.

Was a welcome relief after yesterday's trip to the city. Which although required for lots of reasons, all family members had stuff to do, wore us all out.

Did have a very smooth and pleasant interaction with the bank. Deed poll presented and names changed. Awaiting confirmation of all systems updated and new cards, but that's a major positive. ๐Ÿ˜€

Halifax did good ๐Ÿ‘

Out foraging in the wet.
So warm, but then huge downpours, and warm again.

This amphibian didn't seem to mind the moisture at all though ๐Ÿธ

Not had much time to look at what photos were on the camera.
Just done an import.

A couple from a batch we have to go through.

Yesterday we sat outside the hospital, as they decided to run another ECG before letting the eldest child out. So could not retrieve her until they were done.

The bench we found is part of a bicycle repair station.

A cool selection of tools, a big track pump and a stand. All bolted/wired into place.
All with posters of basic fixing and safety check information.

Rather cool idea.
When we trained as a Sustrans ride leader, we heard of them, but this is our first encounter in the flesh ๐Ÿ‘

Came across a lighthouse sculpture outside a charity shop in a local town earlier today.
Seems that according to the local press, there is going to be a bunch of them around.
Have to say some designs are much more vibrant than others. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Quite like the one we found though.

Fifty stunning lighthouse sculptures are being installed this week, ready for the launch of Clan's spectacular Light The North art trail.

Not been about much.
Far too busy and overloaded.

Fell of a small cliff*, been travelling, built some stuff, hacked together lots of tech, climbed and swam new spots.
Lots of other stuff in there that has drained us utterly.

To top it off, eldest is in hospital after coughing up blood. Should be fine, asthma + panic attack, but being x-rayed and bloods done.

Holidays are exhausting, so have a shrew ๐Ÿญ

*(All good, only about 15ft onto a steep slope with associated tumbling. Walked out fine)

Yay to picking 1.5kg of chanterelles.

Boo to having to clean and prepare 1.5kg of chanterelles.


Still got about 500g left to do...

Hello down there, may I be your friend?

(Kitten approaches our adult cat for the first time)

When you want to be the same as your best friends, but at the same time want to make small statements ๐Ÿ˜€

Guess which pair of trainers belongs to our child ๐Ÿ˜†

Wasn't planning on foraging while in the woods this morning, but when presented with some lovely mushrooms, we can change our evening food plans ๐Ÿ˜€

Some really nice scabers and a penny bun ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ„

Deck of the den sanded back and given it's first coat of oil.
Given the temperature, it will be dry soon enough ๐Ÿ˜€ Not that we intend a second coat until tomorrow.

The rest of the den is getting fresh paint later on. A brighter blue over the existing, and covering the cream with a bright yellow. Going for the beach hut look a bit like those on the Norfolk coast. Was tempted to go stripey, but our patience for painting is not that great.๐Ÿคฃ

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