Monday, November 22, 2010

Another baby?

We have new members of the family to introduce.

First up is Spike, who I think we can all agree, is about as cute as a puppy can get. Currently taking on cardboard boxes, Eva's soft toys, old bones and everyone's ankles, we hope that as a bona fide Jack Russell he will later resolve any rodent issues at home and in Chuiba once and for all.

Next up is Sally (the boys are naming the dogs BTW), who turned up at our gate absolutely starving. You could count every single rib and notch in her spine. She was desperate to be let in and so very friendly that we relented and started feeding her then adopted her once she was givben the all clear by the vet. She's still a bit hectic and jumps all over me when I get home (I think she can't quite believe she's got a family for good), but she's an excellent guard and has woken up our two old ladies who were getting so laid-back pretty much anyone could have walked into the yeard and out again with all our most prized posessions with nothing more than a wag of a tail as acknowledgement.

Next week, we take in a half-dozen cats and an iguana.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Taking Halloween by storm

On Saturday we celebrated Halloween at Joaquim's school. We forgot our camera, which is a shame, as Joaquim won the prize for the funniest costume. (Also I was wearing a much-admired outsized witch's hat, and plenty of black eyebrow pencil, lipstick and wart to accessorize.) On the other hand, it's not such a shame, as he was wearing his alien costume again (see party pics below), only with new hands as he had popped the last lot, and eyeballs rather than pan scourers on his antennas. I rather over-inflated the hands this time which is apparently what clinched his win.

On Sunday night we had the first storm of this year's rainy season. Huge downpour, loads of dramatic thunder and lightning. Cue plenty of bed-hopping as the boys woke up and got scared: first Sebastian came to our bed, then Joaquim got scared so I went to his bed, then I couldn't sleep so I moved to Sebastian's bed, leaving Sebastian to sleep in our bed. Eva showed great sang-froid. She woke up at the beginning of the storm, drank her bottle of milk and slept through until 6.30 the next morning; as we all did.

That's called a lie-in in these parts.

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