The little dog whisperer

the little dog whisperer - Bubbablue and me

N loves dogs. In fact he loves the animals on the farm in general, wanting to help out, going to speak to the cows at the fence, looking at the piglets.  It always amuses me that if I take him to a farm park though, he won’t join in with feeding the animals at all. There’s always dogs on the farm and most are for working purposes.  My father in law has a pretty ancient black labrador who ventures out… Continue Reading “The little dog whisperer”

Pocket money or wages for a four year old

carrying the milk bucket to feed the calf

N isn’t old enough yet to get proper pocket money. It’s obviously different for every child, but we’ll probably do similar to what my mum did and agree that he can get pocket money on the assumption that he’s kept his room tidy (it’s not looking optimistic for the future at the moment!) and he helps out around the house doing the usual things like putting his stuff in the dishwasher and helping put clothes away etc.  Anything essential he… Continue Reading “Pocket money or wages for a four year old”

Living Arrows 2015 week 34 – bubble gun

Bubble gun and looking through the fence - Living Arrows

Like many children, N loves playing with water.  It can be in a bowl, in the bath or shower, in the pool, or simply a water pistol. I bought him a bubble gun recently because he’s pretty rubbish at blowing bubbles – still.  But the bubble gun was a failure.  It dribbled, it half blew a bubble, but really it was pants.  What a waste of 2 batteries. But that didn’t matter, N still liked waving it around, and he’s… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2015 week 34 – bubble gun”

Living Arrows 2015 week 31 – tractor fun

Tractor rides on the farm - Living Arrows

N does love a tractor, unsurprisingly.  Real or toy, he loves to get involved. This week’s Living Arrows photo is taken from this weekend, where he’s been cutting the grass with his scissors, and collecting up the windfall cooking apples in his trailer. Thankfully he also listened to my advice that wellies were really too warm to wear, and not suitable to wear without socks.  So the camping crocs were brought out to wear.  I’m not a fan of crocs,… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2015 week 31 – tractor fun”

Fun with friends at a non-birthday party

Friends and fun at a non birthday party

With N’s birthday being in January and having amongst about 10 other friends’ birthdays, it’s nigh on impossible to a) find a date that works and b) to not have to spend a fortune on a venue versus being able to do something at home. There’s no way I want 10 kids+ running round the house. Last year we won a party at N’s day nursery’s tree house and did a party in May, this year the plan was a… Continue Reading “Fun with friends at a non-birthday party”

Living Arrows 2015 week 27 – boy and his dog

One boy and his dog - on the door step

With all the hot weather, like so many people we’ve been spending a lot of time outside. This year I’ve rescued my mum’s old wooden garden table and chairs, and am going to sand it and paint it. Last week, N had a go at sanding along with me (good job I bought 2 blocks) but afterwards he insisted on having an ice pop. He’s loving them at the moment so I have to keep the freezer well stocked with… Continue Reading “Living Arrows 2015 week 27 – boy and his dog”

Following the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s Banbury Run

following the vintage motorcycle rally

Every year, there’s a Saturday when hundreds of motorcyclists from the Vintage Motor Cycle Club come biking past the farm. The Banbury Run for this year was a couple of weeks ago, and I decided that we should go out of the farm gate and watch them go past for a bit. The Banbury Run is for bikes made before 1931, and most riders (and their passengers) dress up in old motorcyle gear as well so they look the part.… Continue Reading “Following the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s Banbury Run”