Thursday, 24 February 2011

A full day in Patouland

No photographs with today's blog. I am on the 'new laptop' which doesn't have many images on it and, well to be honest I just can't be arsed to get Sue in a headlock and hurl her off the other computer. No seriously, I am aching a bit and need a rest, we have had a very busy day today.

Sue was working so after walking the dogs and checking the alpacas Angus and I were back into the Airfix workshop. A Supermarine Spitfire Mk IV and a Messerschmidt 110 were in need of finishing off. A bit of a paint 'touch up' followed by strange stickers that had to be soaked and floated off their backing prior to mounting on the aircraft, brought back memories of my childhood I can tell you!

After this the Airfix workshop table was cleared to reveal the table tennis table that it is (Sue maintains that it is a kitchen/dining room table, but me and the boy know differently, it does have a net afterall!). We then played table tennis with much of the usual hilarity for 30 minutes or so, or until it all got a bit silly if you like. There is a time and a place for a full blown smash I told Angus and it does have to be sort of aimed at the table.

Angus and I then travelled down to a hospital far, far, away to visit an Old Rooster (no need for any further description), we went with gifts of nuts and chocolate and it was nice to cheer someone up. He's out tomorrow so we had to be quick.

Upon our return, via somewhere that sold rather nice bratwursts in rolls, we joined up with Sue who had just returned from work. No resting though as we were out with the alpacas to round them up for a photographic project. Our photographers arrived and I posed with the beautiful Millie who behaved impeccably.

Next we went into 'microchipping mode' which went extremely smoothly. We have changed tactics on chipping this year after Sue heard about a good chip site at the base of the ear in a nice little flap of skin. All chips successfully inserted and checked with the scanner. Nice job, if I don't say so myself.

After chipping we were off halter training which sort of went well. There was quite a lot of running around afterwards, chasing alpacas who were still wearing halters which I have promised not to talk to Angus about anymore, if you get my drift.

It has been a spiffingly bright and sunny day with a high of 14C. The grass is growing and spring is just around the corner, no doubt about it.

Right enough of this drivel, it would appear to be beer o'clock.


Debbie, Barnacre Alpacas said...

I remember having a table tennis table like that as a little girl, and I seem to recall similar conversations with my dad about smashing the ball at the table!!

We too have had sun today which makes a nice change :-)

Knapper Alpakka said...

I used to play a lot of table tennis a few years back. We have to play some time, Mark!

Being less active these days I'm more of a snooker type now ;-)

Mark said...

Rolf, you and Nina are welcome here any time!