Saturday, 13 October 2018

And then there were horses

My U.K.  sister, brother in law, nieces and great niece. together with my U.S.A friend Ashley did some horseback trail riding in Myakka State Forest last Monday

They did so using the Englewood FL based horse rescue organisation "A Bit of Hope" (clever name).

I did it two years ago and enjoyed myself, save for the three day backache which followed my equestrian adventure.

L-R  Niece Leah, Bro-in-Law Dennis, Sister Ruth, Niece Beth, Friend Ashley, Great Niece Bree.

Dennis, followed by Beth.

Ashley, Dennis, Beth

But dearie, dearie me.

Just before the end of the ride they had to go off trail and the lead rider stirred up a hornet's nest. Dennis and Ruth each got one sting. Leah had multiple stings.  Later in the evening she felt unwell so we took her to the ER/A&E at Doctors Hospital, SRQ for a check up. Leah's vitals were good, but she was on Prednisone for three days as a precaution. 

* Leah is fine.  

**  Care in the ER at Doctors was superb.

Hornets apart (the attack was anomalous) do consider taking your horse loving friends for a lovely trail ride with A Bit Of Hope.

Zion and the mail man are good pals

Friday, 12 October 2018


A roast in the U.K.  is not the same as a roast in the U.K.

Roast or Sunday roast in my native land refers to the great and traditional family meal eaten in the noontime hours or in the evening on Sundays. It's a tradition which is dying but is not yet dead.

Roasted beef, pork, or lamb, with roasted potatoes, good gravy and abundant vegetables.  OH SO GOOD.

I had a roast last year at the home of my brother Martyn and his wife Wendy.

Yesterday was Thursday not Sunday, but I had another roast, courtesy of my sister Ruth and my niece Leah who are visiting from England.

Roasted Lamb and roasted potatoes, with  parsnips, carrots, cauliflower, green beans. corn, peas and broccoli. (not forgetting the delicious mint sauce),

What a feast! Who dares disdain U.K. food?

My niece Leah tucks in

My great niece Bree (10) has a wonderful and healthy appetite.  She ate all the veggies and loved the meat.  (See her clean plate) Then she stripped every ounce of  meat from the leg of lamb bone!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Zion's First Report Card

My family members and I have just returned from a superb twenty four hours+  visit to the Everglades, more about that in a few days.

While we were away Zion sojourned at the excellent Bayside Pet Resort.  It was his first time there.

Here is his report card with comments from the staff.

How I ate   all of my meals

What I liked to do  I loved extra outside time

My behaviour was  Absolutely wonderful

My personality  I was tail waggin' and friendly

How I slept  I felt right at home 

My potty habits  I had normal potty habits

I am not surprised, but I was a wee bit apprehensive about his first time away from home.

P.S.  Thanks to my friends Charles and Mike who stopped by the resort with their dog Toby for some play time.

Zion and I had a joyful reunion.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Girl meets dog.

My ten years old niece Bree (visiting from Bristol, U.K.)  and Zion seem to like each other.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Family here

Family here  - sister, brother in law, two nieces, one great niece here after a week in Orlando.

Good afternoon and evening for lolly gagging, dog walking,eating and drinking.

Good times!