There's thunder and lightning going on outside, with hailstones as large as Maltesers...well, maybe not that big but they sound huge. The Cow is hiding his head under a plastic bag that had some knitting in it and the Wolf is on the sofa (where she's not allowed), shaking like a leaf. Half of the sky is an ominous charcoal and the other half is blue with bright sunshine. I'm enjoying the moment by knitting Norwegian socks for a 3 month old. Very cute! I know they look a bit Christmassy for May, but they can't be resisted!
The Cow'n'Wolf have been in the wars recently: stapled wounds, limps, arthritis...just to name a few. The Cow is quite young so repairs quickly after injury but our ol' Wolf needs a bit more care, so she's been going to a doggy day spa! Not really a spa, a proper canine hydrotherapy centre.
This is Sian the dolphin trainer (yep, only the best for our girl), finishing the session with the 'cuddle and dry' - the Wolf's favourite bit. The first part of the session is the underwater treadmill where she walks gently in water up to her shoulders, then she has a warming dip in the 38 degree spa, then the cuddle and dry. She couldn't be happier, especially as edible treats are involved.
We deliberated long and hard about her having hydrotherapy as it's not cheap but it turns out her pet insurance covers most of it and so far it's made quite a difference. She's a little more mobile, sleeps better and is starting to build her muscles up bit by bit.
The warm sun has helped her a lot too; she's been snuffling about in the garden as I've potted up flowers and started the greenhouse sowing. Occasionally, she'll sit in the greenhouse with me but mostly she's with the Musician Husband wherever he is, sitting at his feet, being adoring.
I try not to feel left out and tend the plants instead. I'm pleased to say we had our first batch of greenhouse chillies this week; I just love it when the whole growing thing starts.
I've managed to get quite a bit done so far this year, earlier than usual too. And, thank goodness we drank all that Prosecco...the tops make great bamboo covers so no-one gets their eyes poked out when they bend down to pick the fruit.
Apart from tomatoes, I've ambitiously planted Turk's Turban, butternut squash, Italian trombone and Crystal Apple courgettes, watermelon, mini cucumbers, gherkins, red and green basil, French breakfast radish and golden beetroot. Yum!
The weather's been so good that sitting out and eating has become a lovely part of our working week. There's nothing nicer than getting a few things together with a bit of French cheese and tucking in as the dusk descends. We have wine on a Friday and talk, listen to music and generally unwind. I wouldn't miss it for the world.
The Cow'n'Wolf give up part way through the evening and head indoors to their bed.
To me, they're as cute as Norweigan socks.
Edit........Monday 26th May....
Too cute...and they make good bookmarks!