Monday, 27 April 2009

Oops I've worn her out again !!

A trip to the library and to the park proved too much for Juliette who fell asleep the second we got home - she'd sleep anywhere !!

Awwww time to say goodbye already !!

The first two puppies - Eléonore and Elia - are off to their new homes on Wednesday morning so I thought I'd better take loads of photos to remember them by before they go !! Sorry there are so many but I was trying to make sure I got at least one of each of the seven ! They look like reall little dogs now and they're all starting to look different.

General free-for-all

One of the females - always looks sad !

Another female - cheeky chops !

Juliette's still in love with all of them !

But she likes the little ones (mainly females) best of all

one of the big fat lumps (males) !

the biggest one of all - weighed 900g two weeks ago when the other weighed about 600g !!

play fighting

some of them don't mind being used as soft toys !

Life is suddenly going to get a whole lot quieter and calmer (and maybe I'll actually get to sleep through the nights again !!)

Thursday, 16 April 2009

It's a (baby) dog's life !

A couple of weeks ago, I won tickets for the whole family to go and see the film 'Marley and Me' at the cinema - it was Juliette's first ever trip to the cinema but she was totally unfazed by the dark and the noise !! (Obviously braver than Sophie at her age !) If you've never heard of the film, it follows the story of a golden labrador called Marley, from his early days as a boisterous little puppy to the end of his life when he's old and worn out and has to be put down. *cue tissues and all the grown ups snuffling while the kids just watch totally unaffected !!!*

Anyway, there's a scene in the film where he's left in the garage on his own and a storm breaks out and he goes totally mental and trashes the joint. Well, if the puppies had been any bigger, that would have been our house last night ! They whined and barked and howled non-stop from 11.30pm to 6am this morning because of the rain and the thunder. I came down at 11.30 for 1/2 hour (and some milk from Vicky) and again at 1.30 (more milk and cuddles) but there was no stopping them. Somehow everyone else slept through it but I got about 1 hour's sleep last night !!

They went to the vet's on Tuesday for their jabs and microchips. I ended up having to stuff them in big jute shopping bags with a towel shoved on top of them to stop them struggling out because the laundry basket idea, courtesy of the vet, lasted all of two seconds before they were squirming all over the floor !! I asked about weaning - he said to put a dish of puppy food in their enclosure, at first they'll show no interest whatsoever but every now and then, they might start taking one piece of food in their outh to play with and get the idea of eating it. Tried when we got home ... they all went totally mad, climbed all over the dish and each other and scoffed the lot in ten seconds flat !!! What do vets know anyway ?!!

And slowly but surely, they're all getting new homes ... but not too far away from us !! Two are going to a woman from the dog groomer's (who is planning on staying in touch and looking after Vicky for us when we go on holiday !!) - one is going to a work colleague of Mike's ... now our next-door neighbour has decided she will take one too ! (Her two boys and she wanted one, her husband didn't - sound familiar ?!! But he gave in after a half day of pleading !!!) And now the old lady at the end of the road is going to ask her son if he wants one !! So there are only three left, maybe two if we convince Mike to keep one !!!

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Get clicking for Juliette please !!!

Juliette is in this months top 25 selection !

The baby with the highest number of votes wins so get your friends and family to help too. Using your Facebook, MySpace and Bebo page is also a great way to get more votes for your baby.

It's only one vote per person, they can check to make sure it's a valid email and can disqualify you if the person doesn't reply within 24 hours, so only use emails you check regularly !

Thanks in advance !!

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Juliette's work for Easter

Yes, it's real grass they grew !! And real choccie eggs (that have all since been eaten !!)

Feeling fruity !

If you go to the market right at the end and say the magic words "what have you got that needs shifting quick ?", who knows what you'll end up with ?!!

1 crate of over-ripe bananas and mangoes (not to mention the strawberries (Juliette) and pineapple (Sophie) that the girls had chosen to buy before we left !!)

Start of fruit salad - extra ingredient, a bit of hair for added flavour !!!

Even Juliette wants to get involved in the chopping now !!

Right, that's dessert sorted then !

Yumm mango muffins !

and banana bread ... mango jam ... mango brown betty (which is just crumble by another name, if you ask me) .... frozen bananas (ready for smoothies) ...

Cookery lesson for the day ...

Don't make jam tarts with flaky pastry !! They turn inside out when you cook them so you end up with a very sticky oven to clean !!

Juliette's school carnival

All dressed up and ready to go - the little boy dressed up as Noddy sitting next to her has the same red and blue glasses and they both love being cheeky and sticking their tongues out at each other !

The little Indian boy is Killian, who is in Juliette's class ... and his big sister Kathleen is in Sophie's class !

Fabienne, Juliette's teacher

And we're off !

Time to jump !

The musicians come out, like for the real carnival bandes !

Back to school - everyone's a bit tired and grumpy after all that walking and jumping !

Ah, Noddy's back !!
What are we waiting for Mum ?

Aaaahhh pancakes !

And drinks

Juliette's classroom