MR INCREDIBLE is an incredibly reluctant blog star.
He is also a long-suffering superhero who can ride a horse, fix a fence, lift heavy objects, save wayward dogs and clean out a blocked cistern like a professional.
Plus he’s a babe. (I married him so I should know!)
VIOLET is nine going on 29 – sweet and dimpled and not to be trifled with.
Her powers include a special force field known simply as the Black Frown, which can (and has) stopped grown men in their tracks. She then flashes her dimples, magically removing all memory of The Frown from her victims. (Not unlike the similarly named character from ‘The Incredibles’).
She rides Sandy these days – who, like his rider, is a palomino with attitude.
DASH is a true superhero – he is a heartkid, is a world champion daydreamer and is generally considered invincible.
He is eleven years old and CAN run extremely fast for short bursts (although not on water, despite a great deal of practice on the Shrek swamp) … as long as a caramello bar is waiting at the finish line.
He is very huggable, eats mountains of food, yet remains in search of a real backside.
He is Chimmy’s rider, and adores fishing, Indiana Jones and sharks…
Trooper - Mr Incredible’s main partner-in-crime/work (besides his ever-lovin’ missus). Sometimes referred to as Trooper Looper by kids, as in Abba’s “Trooper Looper, lights are gonna find me…”). He is tall and handsome too.
Rob Roy – named for a feisty little Scottish bloke who wouldn’t back down. Adores terrorising kids but can be sweet if he knows he’s beat. He’s a full-on Thelwell version of equine evil, wrapped up in a very cute, fat chestnut bow.
Pickles* and Sandy – described above already as Dash’s and Violet’s mounts (respectively) their place in the Granite Glen menagerie is paramount. And they know it… both adore attention and snacks over the house fence. (Pickles is no longer with us and we feel his absence every day).
Jill – utterly fabulous in a not-so-cuddly way, this is BB’s usual steed. Also regularly ridden by Pagi (BB’s Dad), Salina and Mr I’s whenever a campdraft is on. She’s one HECK of an allrounder. Also mother of General.
There are many more horses galloping the ridges at Granite Glen… too many to list here. (Search under ‘horses’ if you are curious!)
THE HOUSE PETS
Axel: Large and ludicrous, Axel (Rose-berry the First) entered our lives as a nine-week-old puppy in 2009. He has since completely taken over the front porch, our hearts and lives.
He is, however, constantly reminded that he is NOT top of the pecking order by our cat..
Middy: Our midnight-black witch’s cat is half-wild, half Angelina Jolie. She already owned the Granite Glen house when we moved back here three years ago. She still does. Axel never stood a chance.
BB is not really a babe, but does live in the bush and has already babbled on about herself here.
She is not all that keen on having her own photo taken or navel-gazing, and really, this place is supposed to be about her world. She is much more at ease when she shuts up and gets busy with that camera… she understands that the REAL star of this blog is this:
(Mother Nature, in case you missed it!)
There are, of course, many more characters included in the Granite Glen archives: Pagi (BB’s Dad), Nana (BB’s Mum), Jeanie In Paradise (BB’s sister) Salina (Jeanie’s horse-mad daughter) and Paris (Jeanie’s baby girl) and my brother ‘Pig’ are among ‘em… no-one in my family is safe, in fact! They are remarkably patient with the whole blogging thing really.
If you have a favourite you haven’t heard about in a while, feel free to contact me and ask for an update!