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MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

October 26th 2013 12:40 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

Guess what Merlin? Your diary has been chosen as “One of today's picks.” I am so proud of you my boy.

Its quite a nice day today my boy, there is some cloud but its nice and sunny, quite warm and thankfully a nice gentle breeze, so it should make quite a nice run and play day for you my boy.

Today I've got to earth up some of my potato plants and get rid of the weeds. I'm surprised how well they came along all of a sudden, its like they got a sudden growth spurt. The runner beans in pots I've got to use string to train them to climb up the bamboo poles, I'm really hoping that we get a nice crop, apparently with this variety as long as I keep picking the beans the plant will keep producing flowers which in turn produces runner beans.

Melissa my daughter is trying out her sandwich recipes and making muffins to see how they turn out, and then costing them out. She is really serious about this, I really really hope that she makes a success of it, if she doesn't it won't be because she is lazy. That girl is a worker, and I am so darn proud of her. I wish Mike my son had her gumption, I really do. Melissa saw a gap in the food industry and she went for it. Quite a few people have said they will support her.

I suppose its time that you went and had some more fun with your buddies.

I do love you so much Merlin and I miss you every single day.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

October 24th 2013 11:09 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

Its fairly overcast today but its very warm and humid, very humid indeed. It would make a good run and play day for you as long as you were careful not to get overheated. Yesterday was quite hot around noon, I had to sit in the shade it was so hot.

The potatoes (the ones that have started to grow) have come along in leaps and bounds, so I intend to earth them up this weekend and try and get rid of the weeds and stones. The second batch of runner beans I planted into pots seem to be doing very well, so this weekend I intend to tie string around them to train them to climb the bamboo poles. I really hope I can pick some beans and dig up potatoes fresh from the ground for Christmas lunch, the taste of shop bought runners beans and potatoes just doesn't compare with those freshly picked/dug up. I always pick the runner beans while they are quite young, the same for the potatoes, if they mature a lot of the taste is lost. My mouth is watering at the thought of it.

Molly is so sweet Merlin, she is so full of love and I know if you were here you would love her too. She has really gotten better as time passes, she's still full of mischief but its playful mischief.

I guess its time for you to have some fun with your buddies.

I love you so much Merlin

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

October 23rd 2013 11:52 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

Its a very bright and sunny day today, not a cloud in the sky, quite warm already and very windy, although it has died down a bit now, its so warm I've got my desk fan turned on. Even though its warm, it could be a good run and play day for you my boy, a long a you didn't overheat.

Molly was snuggling up this morning and I stroked her head and meant to say “I love you Molly,” but what came out instead was “I love you Merlin.” Then I began to think about our time together, remember the time Bella was guarding the rubbish bag and growled at you every time you tried to get past her. You gave a plaintiff little bark as if to say “Help me Daddy, please.” I went out to the scullery saw Bella snarling and growling at you, I told her off and got you past her. Oh Merlin, you were such a little treasure my boy, so very very sweet. I don't think Bella will be with us for much longer, she is looking decidedly ill, but having said that she could hang on for years, as long as she isn't in any pain. I am in two minds whether to get another GSD when she crosses the bridge, this time a boy and name him “Merlin Junior,” if I do he wont take your place Merlin as I was thinking of getting him for Mia. Molly is with Mia all the time, but Molly does get over excited and I thought a baby GSD could grow with Mia. We'll see.

I guess its time for you to go and have some fun with your buddies.

I do love you so much Merlin

Your ever loving Daddy

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

October 22nd 2013 11:59 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

Its quite a nice day here so far, there is some cloud cover, but mostly its bright and sunny, warm with a very gentle breeze. Yesterday was quite hot around midday, I sat outside with a cup of tea and it was getting very uncomfortable, so I came inside, but as usual the dogs were running around.

I was highly annoyed with Molly yesterday, she dug up one of my potato plants, I was really furious with her. I told her off in no uncertain terms, mind you she did look a bit guilty and very sorry for herself. I did plant another seed potato as well as pulling up the dead runner bean plants and planted fresh seeds. I might plant more seed potatoes this weekend when I can get help, because of the pain in my back I cannot bend over to plant the seed potatoes. I've got to water the crops this morning, hopefully they will start to grow more quickly. I've never known potatoes and runner beans take so long to grow, perhaps I'm planting the wrong varieties for this region.

I often talk to you during the day (I wonder of you can hear me?), I tell you how much I miss you and how much I love you my sweet and so gentle giant. You really are the best friend I ever had Merlin, we had a bond so tight it was impossible to break. I told your mum that if we went back to England I was taking you with me, there was no way I would abandon you here alone my boy.

I guess its time for you to go play and have some fun with your buddies.

I love you so much Merlin

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

MERLIN MERLIN MERLIN.

October 21st 2013 11:24 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant. Its a very nice day today, nice and bright and sunny, very little cloud, quite warm and thankfully no wind. Yesterday was very windy and when I tried watering my crops the water went everywhere except on the potatoes and runner beans. Somehow I think the first crop of runner beans are a failure, some of the plants are simply falling over dead and the ones that aren't falling over are not climbing. The second crop I planted in pots look a lot healthier, but they too are taking their time climbing. I'll see how it goes as Christmas gets closer.

Your diary has been picked as "One of today's picks." Well done my boy I am so proud of you.

Those two Belgium Shepherds next door are really nasty and vicious, one managed to bite your mum. I told her to find a piece of wood and hit it over the head. I'm worried that Mia will get too close, because they will tear her to pieces. Personally I think they are dangerous, if they manage to get through the fence I know for a fact that they will attack anyone who is outside.

The dogs are too quiet for my liking, I'd better check on what they are up to. Back. Molly and Spud were sort of play fighting, but not very energetically then they had a bark at a dog across the road.

Melissa is waiting on her business registration so she can open her little sandwich shop. I really hope she gets it going and keeps it going, she deserves it. I wish Mike had the same get up and go, as his sister.

I suppose its time that you went and played with your buddies.

I do love you so much Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

October 20th 2013 11:16 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

Yesterday late afternoon it began to rain and rained most of the night, which was helpful as I scattered plant food pellets over my potatoes and runner beans and the rain washed the pellets into the soil, hopefully now my runner beans will start to climb, although one or two bean plants have been decimated by something, probably a snail. I really hope the potatoes and runner beans will be ready in time for Christmas dinner, there is nothing like freshly dug up potatoes and freshly picked runner beans. Shop bought potatoes and runner beans just don't have the same taste. Its not raining at the moment but its very wet outside, there's about 50/50 cloud/blue sky but no wind, just a very gentle breeze rustling the leaves on the tree's, so it would make a good run and play day for you my boy, you could chase Spud all that you wanted to.

Its been over 10 years since I made a loaf of bread from beer, I have no idea where my cast iron bread pot is so I decided to use the oven in the kitchen. I heated the oven and put the dough mixture in a baking tin, in a cast iron bread pot it usually takes an hour, I had to bake the dough in the oven for 2 hours, the last 10 minutes or so under the grill to brown the crust on the top. I must admit it didn't taste too bad, although its far better when baked in a cast iron bread pot over hot coals. I had steak last night, so the bread went very well with the meat. I might make another loaf next week.

I guess its time for you to go play and have some fun with your buddies my boy.

I love you so much Merlin and I always will.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

October 20th 2013 12:52 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

Its a nice bright sunny day today, very little cloud cover but very windy, it been windy all night as well, I suppose as long as its isn't raining it will make a good run and play day for you.

More and more of my potatoes are pushing through the earth, I've also bought some plant food to give the potatoes and runner beans a bit of a boost. I can't understand why the runner beans are taking so long to start climbing, maybe its the variety I don't know, but I remember when I planted runner beans previously they started climbing well before now.

This morning I'm going to make a loaf of beer bread, I haven't made one in over ten years, so I'll see if I've still got the touch. Its a lot more expensive then buying from a bakery, but it is so nice with steak or bacon and eggs for breakfast. Its a lot heavier then shop bought bread and its got a hard crust, its so nice covered in lashings of salted butter. Teetotallers refuse to eat it, but what they don't realise is that the alcohol evaporates during baking. I'm having steak for Sunday lunch so it will go down really nice. YUMM, I'm getting hungry now.

I guess its time for you to go play with your buddies and have some fun.

I love you so much Merlin, I think of you often my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy.

October 19th 2013 12:54 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

Its a nice bright sunny day, although its extremely windy and has been all night, but it will still make a good run and play day for you my boy. I don't like high winds, it takes my breath away.

I feel a lot better then I did yesterday, although I still have some stomach cramps, I feel a little weak and a little sick, but all in all those “Probiotics” have done their job. I don't know what this stomach bug is, but its nasty, very nasty.

Mike my son has said that he wont go back to England until after Christmas, probably well into the new year, I'm glad because if he had gone before Christmas he would have upset a lot of people. He did say that he would come back here every year at least once, I hope he does because a lot of people are going to miss him, I know I will.

I guess its time for you to go play with your buddies.

I love you so much Merlin, you are on my mind so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

October 18th 2013 1:49 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

I am ill again my boy so I don't know how long I can make this my boy. I was sick again this morning and I feel sick right now, I feel light headed. I've taken the “Probotics” again this morning, as I think its another gastric attack, your mum is also feeling sick as well. Whatever it is, its nasty.

Its a beautiful day today my boy, not a cloud in the sky and just a very gentle breeze. I'll probably sit outside for a while after I've done all my emails and stuff, nothing like a nice bright sunny day to make someone feel better.

It looks like Mike my son is going back to England soon, perhaps before Christmas, I don't know if he will ever come back here. I'll miss him and so will his niece Mia.

I'm sorry Merlin I have to cut this short, my stomach feels like its doing somersaults.

I love you so much my boy, never forget that OK.

Your ever loving Daddy

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

October 16th 2013 11:25 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

It looks like its going to be a nice sunny day today. It did start off cloudy but it looks like the cloud is being pushed away, so it could be a nice run and play day for you my boy.

All day yesterday I was expecting it to rain and save me watering my potatoes and runner beans, so I guess I'll have to water them today. Problem is as I said before, Molly likes to attack the water coming out of the hose so she gets soaking wet in the process. If I try and spray Spud he runs a mile. That boy is such a wuss at times. When Molly was a tiny puppy she lunged at Spud who literally went vertical, straight up in the air. As I said, he can be such a wuss.

I still keep checking my potatoes and runner beans, more potatoes are breaking through the soil, the runner beans seem to have stalled, I don't know if I am not giving them enough water. I usually water them twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, sometimes I water them from a watering can in the early afternoon. I hope they start to climb soon and start producing flowers and then runner beans. The seed packet did say they can take 90 days until harvest, I planted them 25 days ago so hopefully they will be ready in time for Christmas lunch.

I guess its time for you to go play and have some more fun with your buddies.

I do love you so much Merlin, so much my boy.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 
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