Greg has caused frustration and delight in our household today…….

…. and all done without setting foot in the place….

A week or two ago he mentioned he experienced the beautiful sound of a Range Rover Sport SVR on the motorway recently and how awesome it sounded.

Fast forward a week or so and we can confirm the impending delivery of a beautiful silver SVR on Tuesday next week.

Literally See You Next Tuesday you awesome beast – we are of course sorry to see Reggie leave us, but this is a dream that needed to be realised.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Wishing all a wonderfilled day, whether it be with your loved ones or dreaming of loved ones that you are unable to be with today. 殺❤️

We are enjoying some Sterchi’s wonderful chocolates and relaxing in front of a crackling fire.

The weekend has passed us by quickly (as they all appear to be doing of late) and we managed to get out for a walk before the rain – the rain may be the sign of warmer weather 爛

More trees to cut 🌳

Steve and Simon took down 5 more trees on Saturday – 4 sycamores and an acorn tree. All we roughly 40 feet high so not quite fully embedded but all we’re at risk of pushing a garden wall down.

We have a nice amount of firewood now available that has been placed in the log store at the bottom and back of the stack – THAT was definitely a bit of a back breaker 😔

We also planned the next stage of the cut back where we need to rent a cherry picker type of device to get high enough safely to cut back the bushes. We will also require a wood chipper as we are out of storage options behin the container for the smaller branches etc.

It already looks way better but sadly the existence of the ivy (also mainly removed) has caused a pretty significant impact on the trees and bushes that is now more obvious. Hopefully over time this will fill in.

Online education with Silcoates

This week has seen the start of the Zoom school lessons for the boys – well only Elliot so far but Oliver’s start on Thursday.

It has to be said that the teachers have done a brilliant job translating over to video lessons, with Elliot’s English teacher leading a particularly impressive lesson yesterday. She totally commanded the virtual room and kept all that were online, attentive and on point – great work Miss Smith.

Later in the day, Simon had not been aware that Elliot was in a lesson, and the ensuing flatulence was not a particularly welcomed noise for the virtual lesson….. whoops

All joking aside, the education from Silcoates through this tough period has been really very well put together and has kept both boys engaged and on point. Oliver has needed more extra motivation in order to get going and keep going but Elliot has taken to the approach like a duck to water.

We are fortunate that the boys both have a laptop and that there is space in the dining room for it to become a virtual office during the day – shame that the real office in the garden is not yet finished with the renovations as that would make it better still – hopefully we will be finished down there by this time next week – the photos below should demonstrate the current progress – we are waiting for the plaster to dry. (ignore the bikes, they are just being stored in here short term since all of the office furniture is in the container, hence there was no room for the bikes