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  1. 8 points
    Finally put up some Omlet art! ❤️
  2. 7 points
    People are so lovely; I stopped yesterday to give first aid to a bloke who had taken off a big strip of his scalp when he collided with a road sign. While I was kneeling on the ground beside him, stemming the bleeding - two ladies came over to offer assistance. One walked the man's distressed 9 year old daughter home to her mum, the other brought water and blankets. Then a police officer stopped to help, and when the ambulance hadn't arrived after 40 minutes, he ferried the injured man (and me, compressing the top of his head) to A&E. Made a bit of a mess of his patrol car! The injured man's wife has just called round and given me a JLP gift card as thank you, they are so sweet...... he has a monumental headache. Faith in folks restored. Karma will bite the bum of the youth who saw the accident, laughed and walked on by.
  3. 7 points
    This made me smile - removing one of the broodies from the nest, to go in The Cage of Shame, and she balanced in my hand by fanning her tail like a beautiful flower. She's a gold pencilled wyandotte bantam
  4. 6 points
    My lovely crocheted scarf, thank you so much secret Santa. It will keep me warm especially on my weekly walk with @gahoop.
  5. 6 points
    All I have are the cats, the chickens, and the fish. It's not like I've asked for an aviary, pygmy goats, a puppy, tree frogs, a tortoise, and some mice or anything... *nervous laugh*
  6. 5 points
    I’ve seen some really fantastic and thoughtful present s from Secret Santa’s here! I never thought rhythm keeping chickens could have such wonderful results! It’s not just about chickens on this site, it’s also about community. Thank you all for being beautiful people ❤️❤️❤️
  7. 5 points
    Hello, remember me? Just thought I would say Hi from sunny France, where we relocated to almost 4 years ago now. The renovations at La Ferme Sauvage are still ongoing - we spent 2 years in a caravan but now have the luxury of a proper bedroom, running water.....................and soon we will be cracking out The Cube & chickening ourselves up once more, I hope. It is Fox central here, so we will have to build a Fort Knox pen to keep the little sods out, as well as making it wild Boar proof...should be interesting While he builds, I crochet....a new skill that has helped my anxiety & general wellbeing an awful lot. I was asked to post a photo of a blanket I made for our new bedroom, so here you go. I know a few of you follow us & our adventures in The Dordogne on Facebook (Hi Christian!) , & it anyone else is interested in what we are up to, here is a link to our Blog page there. https://www.facebook.com/fermesauvage/ A bientot, Sarah x
  8. 5 points
    Buy the biggest run you can afford for the space you have. Plan to cover it as that will sometimes be necessary if we get an Avian Flu outbreak. A couple of years ago we had to keep them in the run 24/7 from December until April. Best to think ahead even if the eventuality seems remote at the time.
  9. 5 points
    Run within a run! There is a badger here so I'm more concerned that he would make light work of the wire (half inch weld mesh). It's had more adaptions using pallets inside since then to make it more windproof - need to make it a little more waterproof.
  10. 4 points
    Looooooong time since I posted this originally, but the froggos are no longer the size of a thumbnail and are now all about 2" long. I haven't taken many pictures, but I saw one of them was out and about tonight so I snapped a pick of him.
  11. 4 points
    AndyRoo one of my friends sent me this that she saw on Instagram 🤣
  12. 4 points
    You can use a broody cage, like a wire dog crate. Prop it up on some bricks, so it’s off the ground. Pop her in for 3 days and 3 nights and it should sort her out. Do provide her with plenty food and water and keep it her in sight of the others. If possible inside the run itself.
  13. 4 points
    This just tickled my giggle button
  14. 4 points
    To my total delight we now have at least two hedgehogs feeding in our garden. There may even be three tho' we've only seen two at any one time there does seem to be a marked size difference between all of them, hence our thoughts on there being 3. We have some hoggy food which we have been putting out - more ordered on the Tesco delivery for Friday - and a big bowl of water. Am beyond happy - I love these gorgeous little animals and was quite upset to have to take a baby one to St Tiggywinkles last Autumn.
  15. 3 points
  16. 3 points
    I'm not keen on lentils - but we have those most of the time now - OH's diet. He's lost so much weight since he was diagnosed pre-diabetic and he's now not diabetic but needs to keep on top of things. I said I'd join with him. Easier to just do one meal for us both. But I like potatoes. Nope - I looooove potatoes - which is one of the things he has cut back on. Neither of us eat bread now. I've also lost a fair bit of weight but not as much as him - a slow progress but I'm happy that I can get my wellies on and off easily! And trousers in the wardrobe that were OK to stand up in, I can now sit down in them. Most embarrassing the other day - they started falling down while we were out! Good job they had some cord to tie it with. I never bothered before! Had to get OH to hold my stuff so I could hoik them back up to the waist and pull those strings!
  17. 3 points
    I'm having a wonderfully amusing morning envisaging a set of circumstances that could result in that youth colliding with a traffic sign in such a way as to bite off a strip of skin from his hairy backside in karmic payback.
  18. 3 points
    Look at Patrick’s wattles swinging as he comes around the corner 😂😆😍
  19. 3 points
    Here's one to cheer us up:
  20. 3 points
    Specially for you Valkyrie - one of the galumphers, though she's not galumphing here - and she's no longer this clean and sparkly - she now looks more like a rug that's been bog snorkeling
  21. 3 points
    Even if the cat toys don't last too long at least the cats have had huge fun with them and you have also had the fun of watching them! Happy Christmas, Cats!
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  23. 3 points
    I did this one a little while ago and really want to draw more chickens! I keep getting distracted by other animals though - new camera on its way so I will use my girls (and William) as inspiration again soon I think......
  24. 3 points
    Hot in Japan so they made a temporary baby bath in a cool bag. He looks so content.
  25. 3 points
    Handsome dude there Luvvy. Loads here - cheeky ones jumping up on bird feeder (ladies - the boys brains are in their pantaloons). This little madam was happily preening herself! I love the snow tracks though - dragging his tail behind him! Then the last one where he's landing and the tail is still fanned out.
  26. 3 points
    Finally finished the crocodile stitch on my blanket. It has taken forever and two whole balls of wool. Hoping that slight puckering will stretch out as the blanket progresses
  27. 3 points
    Sorry for such a depressing note but Today has been surreal and one of the worst days of my life.. Please, please make sure that you have next of kin details in plain text, in a wallet, purse or your phone case. We all think that we don’t need to worry about it until we are old whatever that may mean. My brother was found dead yesterday and being modern times all his contact info was locked in his phone. It took over 24hrs to convince officials, miles from home, that I’m next of kin to get details. I’m not looking for condolences. Please take the time to make sure you have these details on your phone or accessible in case the worst happens for the sake of your loved ones x
  28. 3 points
    Wintery for me too. 7 inches here but in the drifts, otherwise 5 inches. Most of the snow was blown away overnight so easier to trudge around - beautiful though. I love sparkly snow when the sun shines on it.
  29. 3 points
    Our three Light Sussex bantams were Korma, Kiev and Casserole. We also had an adorable, tiny dwarf Russian hamster called Fang and two Chinese hamsters called Wun Tun and Hoi Sin. I am desperate to call our next hamster Richard Hammond!
  30. 3 points
    Hi Everyone Haven't been here for a few years - was always a reader rather than a poster! Have kept Silkies now for about 8 years. March this year I was down to one (Frank) don't ask, my OH named him after Frank Lampard - in fact all my chickens up to now have had boys names hence I always refer to them as he!! Anyway some uming and ahing should I get more blah blah blah, I decided yes as I worried Frank would be lonely (he's six) so bought 4 beautiful silkies, a partridge called Fusco (he's as daft a brush), a white splash called Fluffels (I've never known a chicken that enjoys a dust bath so much), red pyle called red (or lil s**t) and a red called meep meeps (who has the most amazing eye brows ever seen on a chicken). I'm convinced they think they are dogs - always underfoot and come when called but mostly don't need to call they see movement! - I'd like to think its love but realise they call me cupboard behind my back!. Anyway, just wanted to say hi, love the forum taught me all I know!!.
  31. 2 points
    At my school, one of the children said they had sent a parcel to relatives in Liverpool because he wouldn't be able to see them. Another one added that they couldn't see their grandparents because they live nearby and there were too many family members for them all to meet up. The first child then pointed out that the rules could be bent. I really told him off and told him the rules are there for a reason. I pointed out that the kind of people that bend the rules are the sort of people that went to the beaches over Easter when the rest of us stayed at home. It makes me so cross. Not only that, it probably wasn't his idea to bend the rules, but suggested by a parent instead.
  32. 2 points
    Yes Campines are generally quite slender. That's a brilliant and very helpful piece of advice SeramaSilly. Thank you for your support and good wishes. I hope it goes well, we are all really looing forward to it. I've wanted to do this since hatching chicks were bought into my class when I was 6! So happy to be trying it with my children and to have nice homes lined up.
  33. 2 points
    Do you like pekins Luvachicken? You should’ve said 🤣😂😉😘
  34. 2 points
    Very slow to get things done here, but I'm gradually getting things in. Squashes are nearly all in - butternuts were my priority. The wind still does nothing for the beans. Out of all the runner beans (packets from last year) only one Greek Gigantes has struggled. I am convinced it is not the compost - it has to be the bean seeds. Perhaps it was a rotten year to harvest the seeds. But hey ho - I have some dwarf Borlotties struggling in the wind and some Purple Teepees looking great, but need to go in. Leeks are pricked out and we are harvesting some sugar snaps. The soft neck garlic looks puny compared with the garlic we grew last year. It has bent over and went rusty, but I guess it is time to harvest anyway. The garlic grown last year was so good that I ordered double the quantity this year and it looks really strong. The winds haven't bothered them at all - mini chunky telegraph poles! Shallots are looking great and the early onions are filling up nicely. Going up the plot, broad beans suffered a bit at first but looking strong in spite of the winds. Ready to pick a few by the looks. Blackfly did race me but I had lots to deal with. Next to them are the celeriac and I still have a lot to put in. Next bed is the sugar snaps and beetroot boltardy. Parsnips are better than last year but the flea beetles munched the radishes - some are going to seed, but I like the seed pods to eat anyway. On the other side of the parsnips the Purple Top Milan turnips went to seed - so much heat so soon! A couple of prepped beds spare and the we have calabrese, cauliflowers and kale. Not grown caulis here, so it'll be interesting. Opposite side are beds of spuds. The main crop is very slow but the others are coming on well. Then it is spare where we had the compost delivered. Next bed over is one big one and I'm planting in rows at right angles to the other side. I may adopt that on the other beds next year - still only the second season so learning and adjusting all the time. That bed is my squash bed. I'll be planting sweetcorn in that section too. Sweetcorn is hardening off ready to go. On the far bed is still the remaining bit of bought compost - not much left now, and the compost we made last year in the hay bales. It's looking super but we aren't doing the bales this year. All compost bins have been replaced in the veg patch which I now refer to as "The Killing Field" - because of all the rabbit legs left all over the place. In April we lost one of our ducks to Mistress Vixen, but a week later her wing appeared in the field. Now that was rubbing salt in the wound - so her "remains" which consist of her wing tip and lots of feathers will be laid to rest with my rhubarb plants. Of the strawberries I had a refund for the 20 plants that didn't grow, while the others were in the greenhouse and we had a small crop from them. They are a repeat plant, but they need bigger pots now. I saved 3 Casablanca spuds for my daughter, but lockdown stopped that and so they are now popping up in a deep tub near the greenhouse. Raspberry plants suffered too from the late planting even though they had been watered - the early crop is doing fine and making suckers which I'll plant up. From the mid-season I saved a sucker at planting time. Those plants also looked fine, but after the frost killed the tops, they look done for. Still the sucker plant is growing in the greenhouse in a pot and looks fabulous! As for the Autumn Bliss, all are sticks and never did much even thought the roots looked healthy and there were buds on most. Never mind, the beds are good enough and mulched so a few weeds popping up, but not the end of the world. Back in the greenhouse I've reorganised the paths and planting. At the south end we have 2 melons and aubergines. Along the west there are lots of peppers. Interesting that a lot of sun dried toms germinated so I've saved the bigger plants, two are on the north end by the door and when the remaining squash plants and gherkins are dealt with then there will be space for the tomatoes. Also self germinating is a purple chilli plant. I've already potted one up, but they are small so I don't expect anything from them this year, but will be overwintering in the house. In the centre bed are the tomatoes - two of each apart from the sundrieds and one Idli plant which is covered in little yellow flowers. A seed swap and an experiment. In between those I have space in the centre so I have two rows of different carrot varieties - one of which we grew last year in the greenhouse very successfully! With a rocky bottomed floor I didn't expect much but was pleasantly surprised! Spinach went over really quickly so am attempting some dill inside and sown some in modules/root trainers. Leeks are coming on nicely and have been pricked out into the rootrainers. The Ailsa Craig onions are almost ready to transplant and while the red onion seed was poor at germinating, they are picking up where they've been transplanted. I've saved some leftovers for the back of the aubergines, seeing as I had a little bit of success with my one unknown variety of onion last year! Also new are soya beans which should be planted out, but I think they need supports. Have pricked out the tops and they are shooting out from the bottom. I also have cabbage and sprouts to go out, some more beetroot - Burpees Golden and will be sowing some Chioggia as OH really liked that variety best. I'm also planting more French beans, and I've forgotten what else! Oh and we have 3 ducklings - one is the offspring from our foxed girl, so the little mixed trio will not be going for the chop! They are now 7 days old and growing fast. I think the darker one is a boy - but who knows!!!! Mum is Peppermint Patty. She is a little frustrated that they shovel their food up like little urchins and not refined like her. And why don't they scratch when I tell them! I can't wait to see what happens when I give them a little pool to play in on Monday. We have saved some strong plastic covers from our new smoke alarms - ideal for tiny paddling pools. I also can't wait for better weather so that they can play on the grass!
  35. 2 points
    All of you who say you don’t like beaches - I sort of get that, but maybe you’ve just always been doing it wrong!! Last August bank holiday I was working on, amongst other places, Polzeath beach. The lifeguards estimated there were 4000 people on the beach and another 500 in the water!!! It was practically standing room only - I genuinely couldn’t understand why anyone would have not got back in their car and left (well apart from the fact that the car park was totally gridlocked!) - it was just horrendous. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Even in Cornwall, even in the summer you can find quiet, out of the way spots. Ever since I was 15 I’ve picked the spot in the rocks at the side of the beach where no one can see me and I’m on my own, or walked around the cliffs to find an out of the way hidden platform with just the sky above and the sea below. There’s nothing better than that. Although, to be fair, I suppose strictly speaking that isn’t always ‘going to the beach’. And I agree, I can’t think of anything worse that packing up the car with deck chairs, sun break, cool box, plates and cutlery...kill me now! The most I ever have is my backpack with wetsuit, snorkel, fins and towel. Sorry - got lost in a fantasy trip there 🤣 Each to their own.
  36. 2 points
    Only three more sleeps till Christmas!
  37. 2 points
    your neighbours would have been horrified by the dogs' venison provision for Christmas dinner a couple of years back! Val - the squiggles don't even get a chance to get to the tree, let alone up it. M&M's Molly is obviously a lurcher in training
  38. 2 points
    Same here - we used to have to go to town to collect parcels, but they now go 5 minutes up the road to a little village stores - brilliant. And then we have lunch there too! They have 2 tables and the lady bakes her own cakes which I confirm are absolutely delicious!
  39. 2 points
    Our girls give us a mix of white eggs, cream eggs, normal brown eggs, blue eggs - and with these additions, hopefully we'll continue to see some olive green eggs and dark brown eggs too. My partner is incredibly excited at the prospect of taking a selection of 'rainbow' eggs in to give people where he works. In future I might just try and find somewhere that sells easter egger hens and not bother with other breeds and see what we end up with!
  40. 2 points
    I think that they are just divorced from nature and other species, and don't understand the need for empathy in that sort of situation, so they clothe it in 'humour'. Their lives are hygienic and sanitised.... no contact with 'proper life', death or understanding that life really is red in tooth and claw. In fact, I think they are afraid of death. They aren't cruel, just don't understand, and are therefore afraid. You have to 'be with' death to understand it, and thereby understand your own life and existence; I sat with my mother for hours as she passed, and then hours again afterwards, just talking and comforting her shell, doing her hair and washing her face. It is important to respect the end of life and there was no way that either of us could have let that wee fox pass unaccompanied or uncomforted.
  41. 2 points
    Thank you all - her Omlet Family She is currently interviewing with the BBC, Telegraph and Metro; I will post links when they are available. Lewis follows her on facebook, and I know there's a whole thread there with the official statements from the uni as well. She and her group are to be commended for their actions, and drawing in other groups to increase the sphere of influence. It is beyond the pale that the uni considered it OK to allow this guy to continue to work in the gym (where people normally feel quite vulnerable in their attire) and even sent on an expenses paid training trip, without any proper disciplinary procedure or suspension pending investigation. It makes my blood boil!
  42. 2 points
    Yes! The red stems is a gorgeous white peony! Love the flowers too! The plant has been established for a few years now, so it does flower really well. Don’t worry about the bird Patricia, I have trained it well! 😂
  43. 2 points
    Just a self indulgent thread (although please put your own on too 😊) of photo’s of chooks in the snow. Only three of my 9 were brave enough to touch the white stuff, and here they are...
  44. 2 points
    I don't often post pictures of my little bit of London. We're in an outer suburb which was dubbed Metroland in the 1930s due to the Metropolitan Line tube. I love my house, the people we bought it from were an old couple who had watched it being built. They lived in Chelsea and would travel out to the 'countryside' to see their new house. Anyway this is the walled garden of what used to be a Manor House built in 1500s. The area also has Battle of Britain bunker which is fascinating and has a new museum. This area is developing and discovering it's history which got a bit lost to be honest. It's nice.
  45. 2 points
    I agree about emailed receipts, Apple always do it and they’re so easy to find if you have a problem, especially for those of us living abroad. I’m back in India working with a charity neuter clinic so we get to do surgery every day. I’m the Student Rep at our uni for the charity and brought 12 of us out here for two weeks, then I’m staying for another two weeks after that with the next group.
  46. 2 points
    Best it ends in tiers......sorry!
  47. 2 points
    Finally got my new wheels today! After 6 years I was due a pink update!
  48. 2 points
    It's very addictive! Last night I was watching it hanging about over the Channel and whoosh - it hit land and went racing northwards! Lol cheers!
  49. 2 points
    Co***** set's off the word sensor C o a r s e
  50. 2 points
    B*gger! I thought you'd forgotten about me!
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