♫ At last our love has come along, our lonely days are over and life is like a song ♫
After what had seemed like an eternity, Lilly finally gave birth to her baby this morning. At approximately 10:15am a baby boy, who we have named Louis, arrived into the world weighing in at exactly 7kgs.
We had just returned from walking the dogs when we saw that Lilly was in labour, but by the time we had got our act together and reached her the deed was done....
As with Millie, a text book birth and within half an hour he was up on his feet and feeding!
Welcome to the world...
his first steps..
When Millie met Louis..
Not another one!
Millie - Not yet two weeks old, but already chewing the cud!
I appreciate that it is not Hurricane Sandy, but nevertheless a night of thunder storms and torrential rain have taken their toll on us and the local community!
We are hearing reports of a mud slide that has found its way into the village of Arriate, disrupting traffic and local businesses. The lower road is covered by stones from the adjacent fields and has already caused a traffic accident.
A continuous stream of water has washed the shingle off our drive....
Our neighbours olive grove is under water...
The excessive erosion of the track down to the village, caused by the heavy water flow, is hard to believe and quite scary. The weight of water in just a few hours has created huge trenches that in places are 2 metres deep. Apparently houses in the bottom of the valley have been flooded and when you look at the photographs below, you can understand why....
To think we were driving down this track a week ago...
Our dogs don't seem to be too bothered....
The Arriadh Hotel
A sea of rain water and mud converge on the Arriadh Hotel, owned by two of our dearest friends, Eduardo and Amina.
We have tried to contact them this morning without success, so we are praying that the damage has been minimal...
We have never seen our swimming pool so full!!!!
You will also be pleased to know that the rain didn't get into the house this time, neither did I fall through a ceiling.... All good news then!
We are pleased to announce the birth of our new baby girl....Millie
She was born at around 11am on the eve of Halloween and weighed in at 6:75kgs
Both mother Martina and baby are doing well. Millie was slightly premature, but she was up on her feet very quickly and feeding within half an hour.
We had been monitoring Lilly, who is also heavily pregnant, for the past couple of weeks, so when Lin discovered the baby in the stable yesterday morning, we assumed it was hers. Imagine our surprise when we realised it was Martina's
Millie is the first cria to be sired by our beloved Lorca, so we're really excited about that, especially as she is a little girl. You may remember that after mating with Martina, Lorca travelled to France, to hopefully fulfil his potential.
Sadly, he will not get the opportunity of seeing his baby, but he should be very proud as she is adorable!
We now await the birth of Lilly's baby, which we hope will arrive sooner rather than later, as there is quite a bit of rain forecast for next week!
Leah checks out the newborn baby..
Millie finding her feet for the first time..
Centre of attraction on her first day...
Luna desperate to join the party, whilst Jack looks on quietly...
It's hard to believe that almost 20 years ago to the day, I was standing on the par-three 6th tee of my beloved Brookmans Park Golf Club preparing to take my shot.
It turned out to be one of the worst shots I had ever played. I completely thinned it and the ball left the club like an exocet misile. However, to my amazement, it clattered into the pin at a rate of knots and dropped like a stone straight into the hole, giving me my one and only hole in one!
We were playing in a Ladies Invitational Day attended by over 150 golfers and I remember my first thought was 'Oh No! This is going to cost me a small fortune'