I’ll get to the rabbit in a minute, but to warn you that this is one of those ‘what me and the kids got up to today’ posts, so I’ll start at the beginning.
Pretty much an average day today, still lovely warm weather. The morning was still me trying to put some semblance of order back into the kids room, it’s slow going. I was trying to grab sneaky chapters of my latest read; Sophie King’s School Run, I saw her speak yesterday and so far it’s a really good book, indicated by the fact that I keep on trying to find a few minutes to read it, a book I’m finding hard going and you won’t find me doing that during my average day. I have to precise my glowing praise by saying School Run really is one of those books that you’re only going to probably like if you have kids yourself, but if you do, you’ll find a lot of sympathy for the characters.
Afternoon was of course nursery for Girl Lacer and shopping for me and Boy Lacer. Boy Lacer really needed some summer shoes, however shoes are a tricky issue with him, with his hyperextension he really does need support in his ankles, however summer shoes don’t really do that. He has a pair of clumpy shoes (so clumpy I think when he trod up my foot two days ago he managed to break my toe!) but they’re very hot (his socks after he’s been wearing them in those boots, extremely sweaty, yeuch) and also a pain to put on, he walks round the flat barefoot most of the time, but if he wants to go out in the garden I do an inward groan because it means I have to struggle with his boots or if he just needs his shoes on to do the nursery run. So although they’re probably not the best shoes for him, I’ve got him some Clarks Doodles, he is extremely smitten with them, they’ve got a lion on one and a monkey on the other. He’ll still wear his boots if I know he’s going to do a lot of walking, but I know that me and his have very similar feet and there’s one thing worse than painful feet, swollen, hot painful feet, so it’s a case of weighing the pros and cons.
We were in the shoe shop for a while, so didn’t have much of a chance to do much more shopping, however we needed to go and find a new Mister Rabbit for Boy Lacer. You see Boy Lacer, historically, has never really been one for cuddly toys, however he’s recently developed an extreme attachment to one of Girl Lacer’s toy rabbits, he even gave the (as far as Girl Lacer was concerned) nameless rabbit a name, he decided to call it Mister Rabbit. However, you know how it goes with kids, as soon as one of them shows an interest in something, the other suddenly thinks that thing is way more cooler than they had previously thought, so Girl Lacer had to be coerced into letting Boy Lacer sleep with the rabbit, but that couldn’t continue, so I had to search for another rabbit, ideally the same one. Unfortunately as the rabbit in question had been brought over Easter it was a seasonal thing and not available anymore, however we did find something very similar and thankfully Boy Lacer has taken it to his heart as Mister Rabbit and it is already a true little boy’s toy, covered in dirt (from being dragged around outside, rabbits are good for dragging due to their long floppy arms and legs and ears) and snot from Boy Lacer’s nose as he’s snuggled into it. Mister Rabbit has had a ride in the pushchair with Boy Lacer, a ride on the toy car and been fed lots of ice cream (a toy boiled egg).
In other news; we’ve had another complaint about our Russian Vine, it’s currently invading three other gardens and committing rose-icide in one. It was a ‘nice’ complaint, which of course made me feel guilty, so we’re cutting it down. That russian vine has been a bane of our gardening lives since we’ve moved in, we’re constantly cutting it back, ok in August – September when it flowers it is pretty stunning but when it’s not it’s nothing but hard work. I cut it back majorly over last winter, in the space of literally the last week it’s now like I did nothing at all. A quick google of Russian Vine removal just now found lots of references to ‘not for small gardens’, so whichever eejit planted it originally in our ‘small garden’ needed their heads seeing to. So this weekend (by which time it’ll have probably grown another metre), we’ll cut it right back to it’s roots and let the existing growth (which is really difficult to remove) die naturally. The fence it’s on is about to come down anyway (once we’ve agreed who’s fence it actually is, yes we’re still disputing that). I know to remove it completely we should be trying to dig up the roots, but it’s a very old, very established plant and trying to dig anything out of our soil is a nightmare, so I doubt our ability to do it properly, so um we won’t bother. So yes, I know it’ll be a problem again at some point, we’ll just see how quickly it does grow back, the lazy so and so in me says maybe it’ll next become a problem long after we’ve moved out of here but if it does grow back too quickly, well we’ll have to try and dig it up (don’t want to use chemicals as I do try and garden organically).