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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.

 

My sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin

October 16th 2013 12:00 am
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Good morning Merlin my sweet gentle giant.

Its a very overcast day, its not unpleasant its just not very bright and sunny outside. It would still make a good run and play day for you my boy, you could run around all you wanted to without overheating yourself. Usually I go outside watching the world go by with a cup of tea sitting in the sun, I don't know if I will be doing that today, I'll see what its like outside later on.

Melissa is getting her little sandwich shop ready, she's doing a bit of painting to make it nice and bright, then when she has done that she is getting a coca cola fridge in and other fridges as well as all the tools she needs to start and then she has got to buy her stock. She's pretty scared at the moment that she will fail, I've encouraged her all I can, I've told her that I have every confidence in her and she has the tenacity to succeed. My Dads estate was wound up recently so I was able to give her a cheque which was her share of the estate, so that will help her to buy what she needs without going into debt. I really am crossing my fingers for her, she deserves to succeed.

I've got some really lovely pictures of Mia yesterday afternoon, that little girl has brought so much joy and laughter into the house, she is so full of mischief and fun. I really wish that you were here with her Merlin, I really do. Molly does her bit herding Mia and trying to keep her safe, Melissa moans at Molly that she is getting in Mia's way, then I explain to Melissa just what Molly is doing, Molly is protecting Mia. Then the penny drops.

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

I do love you so much Merlin and I miss you, I miss you laying beside me and following me everywhere.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin.

October 14th 2013 11:41 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and gentle giant.

Its quite a nice day today so far, there's quite a lot of cloud cover but the sun is shining though, there is no wind and its quite nice and warm, not too hot at the moment, but it might get a lot hotter later. But at the moment you could run and play and jump and chase all that you wanted to my boy and have some really good fun. In some ways Molly is very much like you my boy, if she's outside, I'm inside and the front door is open she will poke her head around the door to see where I am and sometimes barks for me to come outside. As soon as I go outside she follows me everywhere, when I try and water my runner beans and potatoes she jumps at the water spray and then get soaking wet, then she rolls around on the ground getting dry. She really is a gift from you my boy, she is really a sweet little girl and he puts up with Mia my Granddaughter climbing over her. She reminds me of when you were so patient with your puppies, you knew they were babies and you took a lot of interest in them, it was so sweet to watch you.

I'm almost over my illness, not quite there yet, but getting close. What annoyed me, I enjoy my food, I was hungry yet I didn't want to eat I'd pick at my dinner and leave most of it. Yesterday was the first time I ate a whole meal and actually enjoyed it. Yesterday afternoon I wanted some French fries so I peeled some potatoes and fried them, added some tomato sauce and salt, it was really nice.

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

I love you my boy so much and I miss you.

Your ever loving Daddy.

 

Good morning my sweet and wonderful big boy Merlin.

October 13th 2013 11:50 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and gentle giant.

Thankfully I am feel much much better this morning, I was given something called “Probotic” which are some kind of bug that destroy nasty bugs in the intestine, I took one dose and I felt much better, well better then I was. Your mum got me some Lucozade which I haven't had since I was a small boy, my mum use to give it to me when I was ill, brilliant stuff. I'm still not 100%, I'm hungry but I don't feel like eating, I might try a small bowl of soup later.

Your son Spud really is a pain in the neck Merlin, I really you were here to sort him out, I end up chasing him with my walking stick but the monster keeps out of reach.

Yesterday wasn't very nice in the morning, it cleared up in the afternoon but then turned very cold last night. Today looks much better, its nice and bright, no cloud and a slight breeze and not too hot, so it should make a good run and play day for you my boy.

Mia is in a fantastic mood this morning, she has that really mischievous look on her face, oh boy Merlin, she is such a sweet heart.

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

I love you so much Merlin.

Your ever loving Daddy

 

Merlin my sweet and gentle giant.

October 13th 2013 12:49 am
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Good morning Merlin, by boy.

I'm sorry but I really don't feel too good to write in your diary, I was ill most of the night and I can't keep anything down and I feel so weak. I promise my boy that when I feel better I'll write better diary entries.

I love you so much Merlin

Your ever loving Daddy

 

Merlin my sweet and gentle giant.

October 11th 2013 11:30 pm
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Good morning Merlin my sweet and gentle giant, I hope that you are having lots and lots of fun and games.

I'm still not feeling too well, a bit better then yesterday but still feel sick and weak, so I'm going to keep this short again my boy. When I feel better I'll post longer and better diary entries.

I do love you so much Merlin

Your ever loving Daddy

 
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