Friday, March 12, 2010

Ali and Poppy Visit Part One: 11 March 2010


POPPY

I spent all of Tuesday cleaning, clearing up and making beds, moving clothes etc. Jim was in London for the day so didn't get back until late. I was worn out!

On Wednesday we finished off, put the cot together, found cot bedding and by the time we'd finished the spare bedroom looked a treat. Our bedroom, however, looked a complete tip! We assembled our new king sized bed then realised we didn't have a king sized quilt or bottom sheet! We left early to collect Ali and Poppy from the airport and called in at Dunnes on the way, where we were able to buy the missing items. Phew!

Soon Ali and Poppy appeared through the arrivals and I was so thrilled to see them both, as was Jim of course. Poppy talks non stop, repeating just about any word anyone says and is now really understanding what the words mean too. She has an amazingly cheeky grin and pulls some funny faces.

We wondered how Buster would react to our visitors and he was a bit of a pain the first evening, as Poppy was a bit grubby from the journey and all he wanted to do was lick her! However, we managed to keep him vaguely under control and Poppy says his name delightfully - he's now 'Busher' as she has trouble with her st sound.

I had plenty of new toys for Poppy to play with. I obtained them from Freecycle but they are all in excellent condition. The train huffs and puffs and goes along, a large frog talks and the bus on wheels sings any number of songs. She had a great time playing with all these exciting new things before bed. A quick bath, milk and into the cot, where she slept all night, apart from one little cry.

Today we walked down to the lake, the short way so that we could push her in the pushchair. She was tired but really enjoyed it and Kevin came out of his house to meet us. Buster caught the scent of a hare and ran right to the top of the hill like a maniac. We saw the hare rushing off in the opposite direction! Kevin told us that they often leave false trails to mislead predators. It certainly worked in this case.

I took a photo of Jim, Ali and Poppy:

Poppy was getting a little fed up, but cheered up when Buster came to see her:

We headed back and Poppy had a 2 hour sleep - we had worn her out. Buster did too - he was worn out from chasing that hare.


Jim entertained Poppy by shouting 'GOAL' and putting his hands above his head so Poppy did too. She was highly amused.

After Poppy's sleep, Jim and Ali took Poppy for a walk down to the orchard and up to the allotment - Ali said it's the furthest she's ever walked. Buster and Poppy are getting on really well and on the allotment she fed Buster lots of stones and leaves - which he obligingly ate!

I am so enjoying their visit - it's far too long since I saw Poppy. I had to cancel the last visit because of the snow. She is so gorgeous and funny. I haven't managed to get a cuddle out of her yet - but I'm working on it. We've had some great playing time though.

That's enough for today, we have a whole day tomorrow so will probably go to Coole Park and maybe somewhere else - it depends how Poppy goes.


Poppy says bye everyone.

21 comments:

Mildred said...

Poppy is just a darling child! I am so happy Ali and Poppy are visiting. Looks like everyone is having a grand time. Thank you for sharing pictures.

BT said...

Thank you so much Mildred. She if gorgeous, but then I'm biased of course! I hope you and Nalley are having success with your sale. xxx

Lisa at Greenbow said...

You are going to have a blast with these beautiful children visiting. Worth all the trouble no doubt.

Leatherdykeuk said...

What a delightful visit!

Jason said...

Sounds great fun. Poppy looks gorgeous, love the hair.

xx

jinksy said...

That last photo is super! Carry on enjoying yourselves...

Mim said...

she is one gorgeous looking child, I'd want a cuddle also! enjoy, enjoy!!!

BT said...

Well thank you everyone. It seems we're all in agreement that Poppy is lovely! She is being just as cute today. We're off to Coole Park soon.

Heather said...

Poppy is so pretty and growing up fast - she'll be a real heartbreaker when she's older. Enjoy the rest of their visit.

Bea said...

You have worked so hard on your house and now you can enjoy having your company come and visit and see all that you have done.
How Poppy has grown since the last photos. Have a wonderful time with them. I hope the weather is delightful and you get your snuggles soon. :)Bea

aims said...

Poppy is a cutie and what a wonderful name. I immediately thought of Icelandic Poppies which I adore!

Glad you are having such a wonderful time.

BT said...

Thank you Heather, I think you're right there.

Thank you Bea. We still have a lot to do but at least we're warm now! Ali and Poppy are off tomorrow morning sadly - all too soon. The weather's been crisp but dry so that's ok - no rain. Hugs to you.

Thank you aims, I love icelandic poppies too. She is actually Poppy Rose Giacomelli - what a great name, eh?

DK Leather said...

cracking post and lovely pictures.

Lovely to see Poppy & gosh how she's grown!

Look forward to pictures & tales from your day out together today :D xxx

marianne said...

She is a little girl! Before she was still a baby.
She is cute!

Love that new banner! Has a Japanese feel but I know it is Ireland ;)

Have a nice Sunday!

Cottage Rose said...

OH how sweet they are... so adorable.. looks like everyone is having a great time...

Hugs;
Alaura

Stampmaiden said...

Gina, here I am playing "catch up" and all I can say is wow. What a beautiful baby girl. She has such great expression. How wonderful that you have family visiting. What a treat this must be for all of you.
Linda

BT said...

Thank you so much everyone. I have been to the UK for 4 days and now I'm all behind! Lots of catching up to do so please forgive me.

Rima said...

Hi Gina, sorry to pester you on the blog again! Did you get an email I sent to your hotmail a couple of days ago? Or is the technology misbehaving again?!
Hugs x Rima

BT said...

Hi Rima, have replied to your email - I was away in the UK!

Heckety said...

Dogs and children go well together when the dog is amenable! I loved watching the interraction between our various dogs and the girls as they grew up and we have some awfully funny photos, and memories!It proves what a good nature Buster has though that he adapted to Poppy so quickly- even if he did think she was a puppy!!

PAK ART said...

The kids are just so sweet! I love seeing them. It's so sad when they have to leave though - hopefully you get to see them lots!