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  1. Thank you Santa!! My photo doesn’t do it justice!! but it’s amazing! ❤️❤️
    8 points
  2. Beautiful gifts! Thank you so much. And gorgeous packaging!
    7 points
  3. Look who Is having a sleep on my Cyclamen
    6 points
  4. Had my 6 girls since October and today we’ve had a 6 egg day 😎. Dippy eggs for tea tonight 👍👍
    6 points
  5. Finally managed to get a picture of one of them.
    6 points
  6. My lovely crocheted scarf, thank you so much secret Santa. It will keep me warm especially on my weekly walk with @gahoop.
    6 points
  7. I forgot to attach the photo.Peter
    6 points
  8. Totally awesome! Thank you!
    6 points
  9. Thank you so much to my secret Santa - my scarf is so beautiful - I cannot describe it and the photo doesn't do it justice -everything was so beautifully wrapped - Cody would also like to thank you for his present and it was so thoughtful to add his presents and the Christmas treat - Thank you again I absolutely love it. Merry Cjristmas Everyone xxxxxxxx
    6 points
  10. Bizarre wildlife encounter yesterday... I was in my work van driving into Plymouth, approaching a large roundabout with about 6 lanes of traffic approaching traffic lights. People in front of me in my Lane kept leaving the lane for no reason that I could see, but when I got almost to the lights, in the middle of this busy road, was a sparrow hawk plucking a pigeon!! I got to within about 3 feet of it in the van and it just glared at me and then went back to it’s plucking!! I was about to do what everyone else had and go around it, but then I thought...’What if the next person doesn’t care about wildlife and just drives over it?’ So I put my high viz jacket on, turned on my flashing beacon and got out. I very nearly touched the hawk before it finally flew off looking very cross. Then I thought I’d better fling the dead pigeon to the side of the road in case the hawk came back, so I picked it up by the tail and felt it twitch (which was a bit grim), but flung it over the car next to me (hmmm - sorry to that person!) - and then as the pigeon got to the top of the arc - it flew!!!!! I hadn’t looked at it very carefully and actually thought it had no head!!! My face must’ve been a picture because all the people in cars around me were killing themselves laughing 😂
    6 points
  11. Look @Columbian, you clearly follow a very different view on Covid to most of ours. That’s fine and your choice. But please don’t come here and try and cause a scene. The people in this topic are clearly not your audience, as most of us are vaccinated out of free will and follow our local rules and guidelines. And that is our choice. Please respect that too. I advice you to find a different platform to discuss your views with more likeminded people. Otherwise maybe just keep it to chicken related topics.
    5 points
  12. Still here but not on forum for some time! All a bit hectic here - renovations have started and I nearly have 3 walls to the new sewing room. Needs a roof though! Kitchen extension under way so hoping for January. Seems we have had family on and off since March and I am definitely nevereverever going to run a B&B! I need a holiday afterwards! I haven't done much at all this year - I have finished my daughter's wedding quilt but it needs binding (her 1st anniversary today!) but will be having the deferred celebration place in a couple of weeks - I need to get my act together. I too haven't been feeling creative this year. Seems a blur of veg (not brilliant but some late successes) and ducks and loads of tea making for builders! Trying to get my act together, but I will miss out this time. Thankies for thinking about me though - I didn't get any notifications! I notice the forum has changed around again. Or maybe my memory is failing - not difficult as I had a head start when I was young! Shame about customs - even if it is a gift? I can understand purchases, but a present shouldn't be charged. Postage is daylight robbery now, worse for overseas. Nice to see some of you still enthusiastic and it will be lovely to see how you get on.
    5 points
  13. I've started making my own reed diffusers. They're nice and easy if you have the pre-made base mix. I started after I found a really nice 'designer' one in a garden centre the other week which was *amazing* - but cost £28!! So I just started making my own for a third of the price! lol Well, here's the Peckingham Palace update. All built and ready. We re-used some of the panels of the MK1 run to create the enclosure at the front. And a nice big new hen house means that I'll be getting a few more hens too. Planning on collecting them this weekend. 🙈 🙈 🙈 😂
    5 points
  14. This is Nellie. She just looks like a giant cupcake dusted with cocoa powder and icing sugar This is Peggy. I think she is the youngest. She is very calm. This is Dottie. I think she might be the oldest. She is also very calm. DS's friend asked if he could name one so he called her Dot but that is a bit too short so got changed to Dottie. This is Nancy. Such a pretty little thing. Th This one is Hazel. Also one of the youngest I think but just a teeny bit older than Peggy. They are all such cuties ❤️ They haven't really used the shelf in the guinea pig house but they do seem to like having a siesta under it so I'm going to leave it in there for now. And thank you to my DS who took all the photos for me.
    5 points
  15. I want to get some dart frogs too... but I think I've been banned from buying anymore pets. Well, there's no frog pics yet - but I have completely re-done their tank to make it much more naturalistic. I made vines and all. And I also made it bioactive (which means it is self-sustaining and I don't have to clean anything save for wiping down the glass). I think it looks pretty good!
    5 points
  16. 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 ❤️❤️❤️
    5 points
  17. Apologies to my swappee for this late picture of the fantastic present! Problems with my dying iPad unfortunately. It has now had a brief revival so here they are. I am set up for the year! Thank you SO much xxx
    5 points
  18. Thank you to my secret Santa, I recieved a beautiful scarf. Picked to follow later
    5 points
  19. I am BEYOND delighted - thank you SOOOOO much to my wonderful secret Santa, you made me cry! Whoever you are you read the brief so carefully and matched up my passions and hobbies in THE most perfect and special way. A truly thoughtful set of gifts that had me in tears; I am welling up just typing this. I have a gorgeous traditional wreath, a beautifully embroidered bag for beachcombing finds and a shoulder bag with the sweetest embroidery of a group of hamsters.......makes me smile every time I look at it! I will post pics later (I can't do the 'putting them on the computer thing!!!)
    5 points
  20. Finally finished my windows this year!
    5 points
  21. Well. I think I probably need to have another go at this - I struggled with the crust - maybe didn’t knead it enough and it was so crumbly! I managed to roll it out between no it’s of cling film in the end. Then I wasn’t paying enough attention and have slightly burnt the apricots on one side. Sorry swappee and Thankyou for sending me enough speculaas spice to have another go! All that said - it tastes delicious and I’m taking it for a team meeting tomorrow 😀
    4 points
  22. I made Granny Boyds biscuits very nice and already disappearing ....haven't got the chocolate for the brownies yet
    4 points
  23. Just picked up two new chickens. A 10 week old Sebright and an 11 week old Barnevelder. The Sebright is so tiny, she managed to squeeze through the run wire within 30 min and was in with the big ones and then out in the garden! Managed to scoop her up again and now fortified their part of the run with small gauge bird wire. She is a little cheeky hen! The barnevelder has some wonky toes, but has done well up till now, so figured she’ll be fine. Both are silver laced. No great photos yet, but they have retreated in their little rabbit hutch for now and have had a good little feed drink.
    4 points
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  25. Have made this unicorn as a gift for a former student who will be getting her diploma tomorrow. She made me a little crochet chicken when I left the school last year!
    4 points
  26. - Feed (grower pellets to start with, layer pellets once they start coming into lay) - treats (no they don't need it, but hey we like to treat our selves too!) - Feeders (and sadly the Omlet ones are pretty useless - Drinkers (again, Omlet ones are just tooooo big) - Something for in the nest box (no hay/straw. I use woodchips) - Something on the run floor (forget grass, it won't last! Put the whole thing on paving slabs and fill the run with wood chips or aubiose if your run is absolutely dry) - A plan for worming chickens. (some do a worm count first, others worm every three months or so. And no, Verm-X isn't a wormer...) - Cat carrier (If you need to take a chicken to the vet, it's much more handy than a box) - comfy chair and a cup of tea (to watch the chickens!) I probably forgot something... But their will be others along shortly!
    4 points
  27. Thanks to whoever sent me these lovely decorations! I shall eagerly await Christmas and pop them on the tree. Yummy chocolates too and a sweet blue tit card. Everybody’s gifts look super. Thanks to @Luvachickenfor organising.
    4 points
  28. This isn’t even all of this years 🙈
    4 points
  29. OH got a call from our surgery yesterday at 3. 40pm as they had a spare dose and were ringing round. This is his second dose only 5 weeks after his first jab. Having been really rough with the first dose he has sailed through this one with only a sore arm (although it is, apparently, VERY sore and, from the amount of moaning, groaning and arm rubbing, may well fall off!)
    4 points
  30. We need lots of photo updates on this! I think it’s mandatory! 😂
    4 points
  31. The chicks from my latest school incubation project came home today They’re a mixed bag of hybrids and Sussex x Vorwerk and Appenzeller so will be interesting to see what they end up looking like!
    4 points
  32. Well seeing as my Cafe is closed until May 🙄 I spent all of last week clearing the allotment and weeding. Just one bed a day to save any back issues but it’s 90% done and looks great. Had a bit of an issue with a resident who faces my allotment, telling others that mine was ‘disgusting’🤬 - it wasn’t disgusting, just an allotment over winter.... she gave me lots of plants to put at the front facing her house when I started the plot to make it pretty for her. I applied to swap with another plot holder but the parish council said no. Because they can. No reason given except it’s ‘against the rules’ - a copy of which I have and nothing in there says you can’t swap plots. So....I’ve dug out all of the plants she gave me, and found good homes for them. I didn’t really want that many flowers (of her choosing) on the plot anyway. I’ve put up a massive bean wigwam at the front, along with my artichokes and sweetcorn that I’ll be planting there, I’ll have a lovely tall, green privacy screen to stop nosy, interfering neighbours. 😀😀 I finally managed to pick up some greenhouse shading and clips, which only took 10 minutes to do. So much better than the white fleece and tape ive been battling with for 4 years 😂 Another plot holder gave up his plot and told me to take anything i wanted. Huge mistake 😂 I dug up a red gooseberry bush, took his netted bed covers which are really solid, some plastic pipes to use as supports for enviromesh and a wooden table he’d made. I gave him lots of eggs as a thank you! I managed to get my kelvedon wonder peas planted, along with 2 types of beetroot. Plus pelleted autumn king carrots. So much easier to see the seeds when they are pelleted (and white)! £1.50 for 300 seeds so not bad at all. And spaced properly! Lots of work there last week has paid off. I just hope that when I’m back to work at the Café I can keep it up. I plan to get home, feed the dog and head straight down there most days. It’s only a 5 minute walk and if I get into the habit of going straight down when I finish work it will become second nature. I do love spending time down there.
    4 points
  33. I bought a new sewing machine at the start of the year after getting my Mums ancient one working in the first lockdown and I have loved making these - the chicken holds an easter egg - both were made from pictures off the internet - so I was so happy that they actually stood up as I had to draw my own pattern.
    4 points
  34. Thank you all so very much for my birthday wishes 😊 This was my first Lockdown birthday and I had a wonderful day - even if it was in school. I took my phone, which I don't usually do, and showed all of the children in my little class, my new chicks. They really liked them. They asked so many questions about them. At breaktime, the children hummed me Happy Birthday and one of them who has Down's showed me how to sign it - she was fab - my signing skills were rubbish though. A bit of a chilly day but so beautiful to see some sunshine. Hubby had the fire on for when I got home and then we phoned our local pub and ordered some dinner, perfect. Thanks again x
    4 points
  35. This beauty was in front of the school today!
    4 points
  36. The rules for the swap, which I'm sure most of you know, are that You must be an Omlet member for 3 months before you can join in. All names of Omleteers and addresses to be received by 18th February. Please remember to post your swap in good time and it is a good idea to get some form of proof of postage but you don't have to. If you find that you can't complete your swap, there is no shame in withdrawing, but please let me know in good time so that I can sort something else out instead. Don't forget to send the organiser a PM to say that you have sent /received your parcel and post on the main page that you have received it - that way the person who sent you their parcel will know it has arrived. Please try to keep up to date with swap news, by checking, and even posting on the thread regularly. Remember to take a photo and post it on here to say Thank you Most of all, please reply to any PM's you might be sent, as this makes life so much easier (thank you 😊 ) It is mostly a craft swap but you can add little extras if you want to make your parcel a bit more. Bear in mind some postal charges have gone up as of January and postage costs might be more than you think.
    4 points
  37. I forgot to add that twenty minutes after Zelda laid her daily egg, Karen applied what she had learned from her view of Zelda, and laid her very first egg
    4 points
  38. This is my 9 month old silkied serama pullet that I hatched last year chillaxin with her buddy on their favourite pebble cushion.
    4 points
  39. Here are 4 of them 😊 There is also a little chocolate one but she likes hiding under the others.
    4 points
  40. IT ARRIVED!!!!! I repeat: MY SWAP ARRIVED!!!! It’s a belated Christmas miracle!
    4 points
  41. Well, I didn't think my vaccine would come so quickly, but it seems that being classed as a key worker has paid off! I'm having my first vaccine on Wednesday!!
    4 points
  42. 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.
    4 points
  43. I have a couple of blackcurrant bushes at the plot Daphne and they produce really well. Been in for 5 years now and I had kilos of berries last year! Ok, so I left the well known airline I worked for (20+ years) in September and took a pittance in voluntary redundancy! At the end of September I opened a Cafe in my village!! It was going really well until the November lock down, great in December and then we had the Boxing Day lock down so I’m closed again. Probably won’t be allowed to reopen until March I believe, but we’ll see what happens? it’s hard work, but only a 2 minute walk from home and I love it!!
    4 points
  44. Thank you Secret Santa X A beautiful present somehow Santa knows I love wood x
    4 points
  45. A few years ago my husband was so excited about the present he had bought me (we don't normally bother and only get token presents) - he made the children wait as I opened this present - so very excitedly I opened it - a box of nutty breakfast cereal !!! he was still so excited - i am looking at it confused - "You used to eat it everyday when we first met - you loved it " - Me - "I don't like nuts and would never eat nutty breakfast cereal " Husband - "If it wasn't you who was it ???"" He then spent most of Christmas day trying to work out what ex it was - we had been married 10 years at the time - Luckily I found it really funny and it is the joke of every Christmas day since. The following year I received a washing basket 😂😂
    4 points
  46. This swap is perhaps the most exciting thing happening to me this Christmas! Thank you all and one xx
    4 points
  47. Those are amazing Cat tails x These are the last posting dates now so hopefully the last parcel has been sent or is about to be 😊 Either that or someone has forgotten to tell me they sent it already 😎 Friday, December 18 for second class mail. Monday, December 21 for first class mail.
    4 points
  48. Just settling into their new home.
    4 points
  49. Back in March, I mentioned how my work promotion exam had been cancelled at short notice. They finally rescheduled it for the end of November and I have recently found out the results... I passed! It also means I have been promoted too!
    4 points
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