Hi all apologies for the absence, the whole face as a brake incident knocked he stuffing out of me for a while there. The minor concussion really wasn't nice and I had some interesting cuts and swelling.
All systems normal again here at Casa Doust, too many beasties, the weather has now cheered up, we had a 3 day mini heatwave last week which had me breaking out the summer dresses and my walks with the pups are so much less muddy now the ground has all dried up.
We made a small start on filling in some of the pot holes on the lane that the winter had gifted us which has made the neighbours very happy a couple have volunteered to assist with the next round of filling (it might have something to do with the fun you can have swinging a lump hammer and sledgehammer to beat the hell out of something)
Gareth and I last night went to Pilates together for the first time and it was actually really good, very relaxing and I'm not busted today as a result of it which is a relief. I did discover that my core isn't in bad shape, my legs not too bad overall either, but my arms apparently are not quite as weak as new born kittens but they certainly aren't as strong as I'd thought they were so that's going to get some attention.
I made my first Wholemeal SourDough bread this week from scratch - I can honestly say it was an unmitigated disaster, it didn't rise properly, the air bubbles were tiny, quite doughy in the middle and worst of all tasted very much of the starter rather than the nice gentle taste. It went straight in the bin. I will have another crack at it later following the strict guidelines of the lovely Hugh Fernley-Wittingstall to make a white one and see if I can manage to not arse that up.
It was Gareth's birthday last week (not an excuse for not having posted for 3 weeks) we went for a lovely meal at L'Ortolan down the road from us as part of the celebrations of him now only being 7 years younger than me for the next 43 weeks.
Bella-Puppy-Dog has settled in well, she's house trained and apart from some minor cat bothering she's the perfect addition to the family. Craig the most awesome trainer in the UK is coming up next Wednesday to do a little work with us on being calm (and not cat bothering) I'm also hoping that given the timing we've planned that perhaps a little refresher for Winston might be on the cards as The Postman (also known as Armageddon) should arrive at approximately 30 minutes after Craig does.
All in all life is awesome, the MonSter is in hiding, I'm happy and relaxed and loving it.