We've made it . The first week is over and it has certainly been a very exhausting week. The English Bull Terrier puppy Thud has been giving us the run around as he is not yet trained(not quite what we expected). He is only 5 months old has not yet been castrated .He is very heavy and he challenges everything. He trys to dominate us , Roxy the 5 year old Rotweiller and Stuffing the cat.
He is a puppy but also a male and wants to be top dog. He tries to eat everything in site including Roxy and Stuffing's food as well as his own and you cannot leave him in a room on his own for a second without him getting into something. Focussing on work has been quite a challenge. Luckily he has an indoor kennel so we get some respite from him when we put him in there. We have been reading some dog training books to try to get him under control, but I think it could take a while before he picks gets the hang of doing what he is told. Roxy and Stuffing are a pleasure to look after , Roxy is very loveable and a big softy and Stuffing only comes in when she wants food or a cuddle although she came in the other day and spent 2 hours sat on Nigels laptop bag on top of the dining room table. We must have made stuffing happy as she brought us a present yesterday, a half eaten house with its head missing in the early hours of the morning about 4.45am. Not the best time to face that kind of thing.
On Sunday we went to church having found it on the internet which was a great lively church in Cefn Cribwr about 5 miles from us and it was lovely. It is called the Bethlehem Christian Life Centre with about 68 kids in the youth club and a congregation of about 100 lead by a very vibrant pastor from Bristol Elim Church which we attended once. At Cefn you could see the mouth of the river Severn I think or the beginning of the Atlantic ocean not sure which and I think it was Minehead we could see.
The countryside around Bridgend is stunning . We were both surprised as we imagined it would be really industrial, but its absolutely beautiful.Apart from one day of rain it has been really sunny with crisp cold frosty mornings. Getting up at 6-6.30am most mornings instead of the usual 7.30ish but we have been so tired some nights have been in bed by 9pm.
This weekend we will hopefully travel out to see the area more and maybe head towards the Gower Coast. At some point before we leave the area we would also like to visit the St Fagan's Museum which I visited as a child and it was great then . Apparently it has got even better.
Nigel is still feeling unwell and exhausted but he worked so hard on the lead up to our departure from Brixham that I think his body is protesting. he needs a good rest from everything.