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  1. Daphne

    Sick chicken - advice very welcome

    Hello Mrsjohno, I can't think how I didn't see your message of 29th until this evening, but I just wanted to say well done for taking the right step. As Soapdragon says you feel bad if you do have a pet PTS and bad if you don't, its not easy. But Matilda was obviously a well loved hen and I think that is all any of us can hope to do with chicken, give them as good a life as we can manage, and they will repay you with good memories. RIP Matilda.
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    Glastonbury 2019

    The Cure have always been my favourite band, and although Robert Smith looked 10 times worse than Tim Burgess, the set was fabulous, and Robert Smith, aged 60, still felt every single word of every single song, some of them he has been singing for almost 40 years. I loved every moment. The worst news is that they are playing Lisbon next week, but we can't go as we have visitors. Bad planning all round!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Great photos! It must have been hard to get so close
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    Glastonbury 2019

    Anybody else watching? I have just enjoyed The Charlatans with a major trip down memory lane. However, Tim Burgess, what are you wearing?!
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    Mon emmenager en france/My move to France

    Sadly I don't have any chooks. Its far too hot for my beloved orpingtons; most people either have hybrids or naked necks. I'd go for the latter, but we travel too much at the moment, I don't have anybody I'd be happy imposing on to look after them. Added to which its a very alien environment for me, I am used to my chooks on the range with excellent pasture, but here I'd be forced to rely on hard food June/July through the end of September as there is no forage, its all dried out, and I can't quite get my head around that. Plus, I am not sure how to cope with snakes and eggs!
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    Mon emmenager en france/My move to France

    Lovely lovely Faverolles! And just look at that grass, being in Portugal I don't know what that looks like anymore! Hope you are still enthralled with everything French, and surviving the heatwave, it must be unpleasant for you and the fluffies. But it won't last forever.
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    Sick chicken - advice very welcome

    Hello Mrsjohno, I'm sorry your first post is about your unwell hen, its always difficult when a bird presents like this. It may be too late by now, and I do know how distressing it is when a bird can't breathe, but if your girl is still alive then I would advise taking to the vet tomorrow, and being guided by them. Respiratory problems can be hard to diagnose accurately and therefore treat effectively. Tylan is normally stronger than Baytril, particularly if its injected so it is fast acting, so that may be a course of action they recommend. Personally, having been through the trauma of trying to save a bird with very laboured breathing many years ago, I vowed never to do that again, and so I would prepare yourself and the family that it may be kinder to have Matilda put down. If she is a hybrid then 3.5 years is a reasonable age, and even if she is a PB then its not bad and you will always know she had a good life with you, which is all any of us want for our livestock. I wish you luck and courage.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Nearly! It does look a lot like a kumquat, but a bit bigger. I can't describe the flavour as its unique, at its best its sweet and juicy and fruity, it doesn't taste of anything in particular, just really pleasant. The stone in the middle often splits into 3, and its large, and the flesh clings around it, but the fruit are easy to eat. The texture is a bit like a non-stringy mango. They are often a bit tart and sweet at the same time, so they make very good jam (like a plum does). The trees grow tall and have large, quite leathery leaves, dark green in colour, which provide good shade. The flowers are small and white, and hang in clusters, and when you stick your nose in, they smell like baby powder. They grow well around here, we bought one which is young but fruiting, and I am growing one from seed as well. I am a big fan๐Ÿ˜€
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    We have lots of sparrows and other small birds, warblers, finches that sort of thing, and I am loving watching them hop about on the ground and periodically leap onto a long grass stalk for the seeds. There are a lot of goldfinches about at the moment, easy to spot! Although they are nesting under our tiles, I'm sure we haven't had 5 hatches, that must be some sort of record?! Yesterday we had an apricot, a loquat and a fig off our trees. The fig was an unexpected early bonus, the apricot was the best I've had this year (not saying a lot), but the loquat was superb. Its quite late for them, and this one was 100% ripe, very sweet.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Yes, good luck AJM. Still grey and vaguely wet here. We had that horrible humidity on Sunday, but its eased now.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Its 18 degrees here, overcast and raining. Unimpressed!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

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    The Weather Thread #9

    You are all having much better weather than me. Following 2 weeks of very average weather, yesterday and today are pleasantly warm, probably around 30 in the sun, but I am still in long trews and jumper on in the evening. I know this is all relative, if I was in the UK I would be finding 30 hot, not sure why. Tomorrow & Tues we have rain forecast which is highly unusual in normal circs, but it keeps raining this year. I think the heatwave you are all getting doesn't come down to us until next weekend and even then its below 40.
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    Updates from Devon

    Sorry to hear the weather has been so foul, even here we have had 2 days of rain this week which is unheard of in June, and the evenings are cooler than normal as well, in fact I think I have worn shorts precisely twice all year, although today is warmer as is appropriate on the solstice. Apparently summer in Portugal is officially 21st June to 23rd Sept. I don't know if that is a general rule? Perhaps I am lucky to be skipping toms and peppers this year. There were none to be had at the market on Monday, which surprised me as its held somewhere which is lower and hotter than us, and nearer to Spain. Anyway, on the subject of sprayers, I bought a 2l pump action one recently (you can get 1l or 5l as well) with a brass nozzle to spray the vines, and I am finding it much better than the traditional all plastic variety. It came from a builder's merchants.
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    Gardening thread

    My Charlottes are tasting good, although I don't think the yields are great, possibly more water was required during the season. They are ripening very quickly now, the first dig was a week ago, and I get a couple of meals worth every couple of days. I am having a bit of an exotic moment. A friend gave me a lemon grass last year in a long tom plastic pot. It bulked up over the summer, I kept it in the partial shade of a rose bush to try to preserve it from the worst of the sun and watered it most days. I divided it in the autumn into 3 pots, all looking a bit feeble, but they took and are growing away quite well. I cut some for Xmas pressies, and yesterday we used some young shoots in a curry, very tasty. I also saw some ginger in a shop yesterday which has started to sprout in a few places. So I have looked on Google and discovered it grows in hot and humid places, but you can grow it indoors. So I have soaked it overnight and am about to cut it into 3 and plant in pots, then I will alternate it between indoors and out, bringing it in for winter/spring. In the same shop I discovered some fig leaf liqueur, which Google reveals is often fig leaves infused in gin, so I am going to give that a go as well as I could paper a whole house with the number of fig leaves we have. Then last night a friend brought around a bucket full of loquats! I will have to look at Google again for something to do with them, because we have been drowning in cherries and are almost sick of the sight of them now and I can't face more stoning to turn them into something palatable unless it sounds uber interesting. Glut or famine. PS I didn't set out to mention the G word 3 times in one post. Other search engines are available!