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  1. Valkyrie

    Hello Devon - We're Home!

    Well without too much ado we packed up this morning and left Daventry behind. Both went separate ways - OH via Solihull I guess to get onto the M5. I went the scenic route and got on the M5 at Tewksbury. A good run and I arrived just after he had collected the keys from the estate agent in Wellington and then to the house. Couldn't resist a walk round first! But only the garden. We unloaded the cars and then wandered around. We found deer poopies and fox yukkies. The sheep are in the lower field and 4 are in the field next to us. Alphonso Pheasant was miffed at being disturbed. I have to do a bit of cleaning here, the old lady eyes misses some icky things. But I have a week to plan. 2 bedrooms done. Kitchen and bathrooms tomorrow. Internet is up and running (hey priorities right!) of sorts. But better than nothing so far. The mattress is up and ready for bed. DD made us some takeaway dinners for today (noodles and veg - she whipped it up last night) and although it was cold, we ate it outside on a bench. Our lady has left cushions for us to sit on the benches with so that was nice. A bit drizzley, sunny, warm and windy sometimes but lovely now. Unfortunately she hasn't left the key to the padlocks for the garage - and left the light on in there and we can't get to it! Luckily OH has a dremel and will be zzzzing the padlocks and replacing them with new ones tomorrow. And we have tons of apples! There are plum trees but quite poor, but the apples are laden! We also found blackberries that are yummy and sweet and lots of elderberries. No sign of sloes but perhaps it was a rubbish year for those considering they are related to plums. But hey ho. Next is to sort out where the chickens and the greenhouse are going. I think the funny little building was perhaps a pig sty at one time. There is a fishing net hanging in there at the moment! Oooh that reminds me, the pond has waterlilies and we have seen some huge dragonflies, as well as blue, speckled wood, gatekeeper, peacock - and the blooming cabbage white flutterbies. Will pop some pics on later after some yummies. DD made cinnamon fairy cakes for us to eat on the way - she even took the paper cups off so we didn't have to fiddle with them while we were driving. Needless to say OH scoffed all of his and I munched them for dessert. I did give him the last one though.
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    Hernia

    My grandmother wore a girdle to keep her hernia in place. She was always digging in the garden and lifting things! My dad had a double hernia but he had to have an operation. Hope you can get it sorted.
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    Oooh roast the chicken take the rest of the meat off the bone and freeze in portions - you can have chicken pasta, chicken curry, chicken enchiladas anything at a later date. It doesn't take long when it's already been cooked. Then you can either freeze the bones to make soup and stock later or do it after the roast. Oh yummmmmmmmmm! Oooh chicken so versatile - you can dooooo anythinnnng! I fancy roast now!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Vile all day. This evening going out to put the girls to bed (putting OH through his chicken sitting chores) it actually felt warm! A wet wind that was warm! We both commented on the difference!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    I don't bother getting up and looking outside the window now - I already know. There is a constant hum through the wires and the solar panels with plonking drips on the window ledge. Last night was even more disturbing as I could feel the vibrations and hear it through the pillow - then I remembered that we aren't totally protected as the extension only covers part of the wall. We do get trapped wind in the corner there and probably putting the sealing to the roof to the test. I guess it's Gareth's indigestion. Seems no let up today or tomorrow either - Sunday looks calmer. Then we have a promise of sleet - joy! March has been a very depressing month. The chickens are going stir crazy. If it wasn't for lulls in the afternoon and fleeting glimpses of the sun they'd be stuck inside all the time - the pekins like the tussocks under the walnut tree while the big lumps go for a stroll into the garden. Very scary to have trees uprooted so near! That must have been one heck of a thunderclap for those directly underneath!
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    Easter swap 2019

    I've decided what to do for Christmas! Soapy - you can always pop in to that one!
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    Pecking block

    Ahhh eggies! Much better!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Lol at whingeing pekins. They do let you know when they are displeased. I had to look up grue - I could only think of Despicable Me! So wow! Awesome! We have 3 feeding stations and the pheasants run back and forth between them all. When we sit down for lunch the birds are usually having theirs so it's like watching a tennis match with the pheasants running one way and then the other because the goldfinches are so messy and turf bits out that they don't like - we did have a tray to catch the stray bits, but it gets wet and unpleasant, so the ground feeders can clean up now. Ajm - I'm hearing more people have Hashimoto's immune disease. I'd not known of it recently but yet another auto immune title - seems there are so many nowadays. Or perhaps people were never diagnosed in the past.
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    Pecking block

    I think it's basically suet with grains - whatever is their tea-time norm. Best for winter though as the suet will keep them warm. Not sure how the manufactured ones are made as they are so hard and packed down. My lot don't like those! I do like to use a bird feeder for fat balls but instead I fill it with chopped kale or cabbage - they enjoy that. Poke a hole through a corn cob and hang it too - apples and whole cabbage can be used too.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Well we are back to soggy, but we have sun and horizontal rainy sessions. Yesterday we had snow, sleet and hail and lashings of rain. The wind had died down but picked up in the evening. Very gusty today. I wonder if this is "storm" Gareth? There are flying birds doing crab impersonations and going sideways - or flapping like mad and getting nowhere until they dive down low. From my safe spot indoors I can't help laughing at them. Poor things! I need to get my garlic and onions in the ground - they are almost pot bound! When OH comes back and the wind dies down (hah!) I'll get him to help me hold down the cardboard while I dump a load of compost on it so I can get them going!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Forgot to add they do roost in the trees. Many a time I've been sworn at when I've gone out a bit late to lock the chooks in and I've frightened them. So then they fly off to another tree!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    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.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Was a dark and stormy night - well it was windy and a bit rainy but this morning it was sunny. Still breezy but nowhere near as unpleasant. Didn't need a coat either. I did see some hailstones that hadn't melted - all stuck in the moss in the grass. Very pretty little beads. Not sure how long they'd been there as the paths were dry! The chickens had a jolly good explore in the garden and have found a nice new hiding place behind the garage between the bank hedge and some conifers - our secret passage! I just wonder if they will be visiting our neighbours garden seeing as their cat comes over to mine. He is like my little dog following me around. Sooo off track - we did have a couple of showers but all in all nice and sunny between the grey - and the ground seems to be drying ready for the next deluge!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Well girl, you be rockin'! LOL - took me ages to find the pheasant!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    The wind has dropped, but still 45+ mph gusts! In addition to horizontal rain we had horizontal hail. Lovely sunset through the hail, pretty golden yellow. Nice rainbow too. Feels quite cold and my hands haven't thawed out yet!
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    Heritage Breeds (TM)!?

    Gimmicks again - didn't they have a different name originally? I looked them up and they are only fed a vegetarian diet to keep them fit and healthy. They are also free range - so I doubt they stick to that vegetarian diet "ooh that's a worm - yum!" "Noooo, Mavis, that isn't vegetarian, we mustn't eat that!" Well, my birds scoff snails whole - shell and all! Goodness knows what else they chomp in the field!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    That's a lovely chair. Can imagine it with a nice cushion to sit on.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    I knew when the MET said expect 40 storms this winter that they were exaggerating, although not as much as we have had lately. Non-stop gales and wet stuff since that hint of spring a kazillion days ago (or seems like). But I don't mind when the sun shines with the wind - it's the horizontal rain and constant grey that's so depressing. I see there's snow on Dartmoor, Exmoor, Dulverton and Tiverton on the radar, hoping it doesn't get here!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Oh crikey! I'd go to A&E just in case as the doc is guessing! They'd whip you in pronto and wired for sound in no time! On the other hand - I love my rocking chair. I use it when I'm playing with the treadle - good tummy exercise at the same time. Then everyone likes to rock when they visit! Head banging sedately! LOL! Enjoy while you can - the rest of your family will soon take over! I always fancied a nice big porch with rocking chairs to sit and look at the garden. Looking at the weather today - I'm glad it's indoors! Hope you feel much better soon. xxx
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    Easter swap 2019

    😍
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    Easter swap 2019

    I'm so going to have to Ninja him!
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    Gardening thread

    Wow! The are lovely looking olive trees!
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Yet another horrid day. Brightened up in the afternoon but showers, more wind in between short sunny spells. Sounds calmer but it's much colder. The chickens were paddling but it drained very quickly thank goodness.
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    Gardening thread

    Your dad gave it a short back and sides that it needed! We had the same in the last house, trimmed bushes back and found 2 roses - one was very sad and didn't survive, the other was straggly but kept going! Loved my David Austin roses - best by far. I love the strongly scented ones, but my favourite had to be Golden Celebration. Big and beautiful and scented.
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    Easter swap 2019

    Poor Pimmsy Plum. It's that little kitten slurping in your ear! Those little barbs! Seriously those with lurgies, hope you are all fightn' fit soon. xx

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