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merlina

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  1. I only use liquid eyeliner - always found pencils horribly draggy Technique depends whether it has a brush or fibre tip - personally I massively prefer the former, but these are harder to find now. If it's a brush, I start at the inner corner and do a very quick line - it's much easier to get smooth finish if you're v quick (and you're less likely to blink and paint your eyeball! ). Even in older years end with a tiny up flick at the outer corner or the effect can kind of drag your eye downwards/be ageing Fibretips I kind of lay on their side and 'pull' the line along that way. There's unlikely to be enough product to do a continuous line if you try and use it 'straight on' like a pencil. If you've never done it before you'll need practice - and a pile of tissues/wipes If the flick doesn't last that's often down to oil around the eye area or a product which crumbles off if there are wrinkles - putting shadow over the top can help to 'set' the liner and help it wear better
  2. I have friends, including a farmer and a biologist in Sweden who have hens. They had an outbreak there - although quite a way from where they live. Interestingly they've not had any government/similar instructions at all and aren't keeping their hens in. On symptoms - apparently this strain is very harsh - if your bird is alive after 24 hours - the symptoms aren't bird flu
  3. I would suggest getting some more hens - but different from your last group - so there is no sense of 'replacing' them. Perhaps some ex-batts so you can feel like you are doing a good thing? As others have said, the catch sounds dodgy (and a wily fox, which you may well have in your area, get get past all kinds of catches) Because I'm not of a 'handy' persuasion, when I has an ark, I had a large concrete pole wedged against the door that some nimble critter would have had to move to be able to get at it (no idea if it worked, but never had any mishaps) Sorry about your chooks. That must be very upsetting.
  4. The mechanic says go with the Panda - less trouble than a Corsa. Am surprised!
  5. A friend had a Panda rather older than the one you're looking at and I hated it. It was a proper tin box on wheels and scared the bejeezers out of me on the motorway. He loved it and talked endlessly about how economical it was. It was also trouble free for the 3 years he had it (handy as parts are strangely pricey). Personally I'd definitely rather have the Corsa - more comfy, cheaper parts, easier to work on Will ask SO who is a mechanic when I see him next for any words of wisdom tho
  6. I have the northern nights feather one from QVC Utterly fabulous! Like sleeping on/sinking into a big pillow Wouldn't be without it (I'm on my second or third - have upgraded/put older ones on the spare bed) It's less sticky warm than a memory foam one I tried I think it would be enough on a pokey bed, but couldn't swear to it
  7. My mother used to make loads of what we would probably now call 'country' wine. They were mostly fabulous - especially the dandelion (rather like a saunternes) There was also elderflower and elderberry and sloe and occasionally rosehip and blackberry and plum and a few others. There was always a demi john bubbling away in the airing cupboard and a dark corner The recipes were just the fruit/flower, water and sugar - no yeast - apparently natural yeasts work on their own I tried to copy her a few times. Never worked. I suspect my mother's rather casual relationship with hygiene may have helped....
  8. I too could never get on with varifocals and also got very very frustrated with having to put specs on and off every few minutes. What I now have is specs which are 'computer distance'. This actually means they work from about 2ft away to a long way away. The only place they don't work is *really* close up and distance. This means I can wear them bimbling around the house with no problem - I can read, do housework, go on the computer - all the stuff I do. I can walk around in them, but wouldn't want to 'go for a walk' in them, if that makes sense. My distance vision is fine and if I want to do close up reading I have cheap reading glasses (for reading in bed where I tend to fall asleep with them on and squish them) or roper prescription reading specs (which I almost never use) I am sooooo pleased with my Specsavers computer specs! Something like that might be a worthwhile compromise for you? Something else I have learned as I've been getting used to 'middle aged eyes' - shoving your specs on your head is a good way of getting them out of your way - whatever the optician says about this being bad for them.This is what I do all day at work where I need to wear them most of the time in classrooms etc, but want them 'off' to look at students etc. So specs that have the little bobbly nose things (whatever they are called) are no good because they get tangled in my hair and yank it out (ouch). Specs on chains are annoying. So now I buy specs in a smooth design I can shove on my head when needed. This way I am making peace with my ageing eyeballs
  9. I 'inherited' a kitchen with a (very old) induction hob. Swore that I hated it and would never get used to it. A few years on and I would never go back to gas. Yes it's as quick, I think (but I use heavy pans so nothing is *that* quick) It seems to retain more heat than gas - so perhaps less responsive in turning heat down (but this is 20+ years old, theyve probably improved) I love the cleaner lines, ease of cleaning up, cleaner saucepans, no flames up the side of pans etc
  10. Not as a parent (cos cats don't count ) but as a Uni lecturer, I find this very odd indeed. Most Uni accommodation is academic year only, for eg, - is she going to sleep on the sofa all summer? What about Xmas etc? It sounds like she's been left with nowhere private at all - Uni accommodation is rarely that. Most students get homesick. Almost all talk about going to the sanctuary of home, of being back in their rooms and how important that is to them. The ones who don't have that tend to be the ones who drop out or who have difficulties and spend a lot of time with counselling and support. Of course there are a few hardy/independent types to whom none of that applies at all. But if I knew that was one of my students I'd be keeping a very close eye on them indeed
  11. From Emma at Rainbow egg: "We have had some valuable rare birds stolen from our farm last night. This has been a targetted theft and the thieves have known exactly what they are taking. (They are high percentage Malaysian bloodline young serama and they have stolen one male and 4 females). We heard some movement the night before last and we believe this is when they have looked round then come back last night avoiding all sensors. If any one is offered any serama birds for sale, or has suddenly acquired these birds please let us know. We can prove they are ours. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks." This is their facebook page if anyone has info https://www.facebook.com/groups/327411700627016/?fref=nf
  12. It has to be your call based on what your neighbours are like and what kind of relationship you have. But I tend to bear in mind the adage of an old boss of mine that it was much easier to ask for forgiveness than permission
  13. Sorry! It made me sniffle too reading it again. I still miss Edna. I wasn't brave at all - I certainly didn't feel it. I mostly felt that I just ought to do it that way. But I also gave myself permission to back out and take her to the vet in the morning for them to do it. I would feel much more confident about doing it again - although it would still be hard. I don't think I could go on a course and kill hens that didn't 'need' to be killed to learn.
  14. I posted this: http://club.omlet.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=100005 The first time I culled one of mine. You might find it helpful?
  15. I started with a wooden ark (not a very cheap one - I'd worry they were flimsy). Although I also now have a cube with its extended run, I still use the ark (currently for a couple of bullying ex-batts with a feather pecking problem if they stay with the rest of the girls). Never (touch wood!) had a problem with red mite. But I did coat the inside with diatom powder before I put chooks in it for the first time and have used it liberally ever since. Generally my hens have been very low maintenance. I worried *loads* at the start about every symptom. A few years on I'm much more relaxed. I have to be - I work long hours at some points in the year - the hens are just fine on 'benign neglect'. Like any animal they can get sick and that can take up a lot of time - but like any animal you'd be unlucky if that happened. I too thought about hens for years. I reckoned that I would get some when I was 'settled'. Then one day I was at a country show where there were hens and an ark for sale and, ooops a purchase seemed to happen. Never regretted it for a second.
  16. Some people think hybrids/pure breeds are a bad idea because the former will have been vaccinated and the latter may not. If that happens the former can shed virus which can be caught by the latter. BUT a) lots of people keep both with no problems and b) if you buy pure breed hens from many sellers they will be vaccinated. So, yes, there is a theoretical risk, but IMHO it's not likely to be significant. As for dispatching - no, I don't think you need to be sure you can do this! I certainly wasn't. A vet will put a poorly hen to sleep for you if you wish (obviously that's more expensive). I dispatched an elderly sick hen for the first time last year. I thought it was the kindest thing to do for her, and it wasn't too bad at all. Some people would never, ever do that. (many hens, thankfully, seem to pass away in their sleep) If you intend to breed, then, yes you need to know what you will do with the boys - which often does mean learning to kill them. But that's a different kettle of proverbial fish (and why I would probably never breed)
  17. Interesting question! I would start with a cube (which I now have, after having had a wooden ark and a Omlet Go). And a walk in run (which I don't have yet) I would also get a cheap-ish ark as a quarantine for newbies/poorly hens/persistent peckers I would get a variety of hens, some pedigree, some hybrid and some rescue/ex batts (there's nothing like the satisfaction of seeing the ex-batts thrive, although I don't think they're necessarily good for a real beginner - there's enough stress with healthy hens until you know how to recognise what 'symptoms'matter and which don't! ) I would probably put my new, setup on paving slabs to keep clean. I thought it would be fun moving them round to new bits of the garden. It isn't.
  18. Yes you can end the auction as long as there's more than 24 hours to go (I can't recall the acceptable criteria - error in listing should do it, I think) Ebay gets grumpy if you do it too often If you decide to relist, you need to put a reserve price on (I think the minimum reserve is £50) If you have an auction and buy it now, the latter always ends Perhaps put it/them up at a buy it now price (high) and be willing to accept offers (you can choose to accept offers or not)? Gumtree - a variable experience. Seems ok for cars & so on if you know what you're doing with them. Less so for other things.
  19. Nail varnish and perfume I tend to give to friends if I don't like them/they don't suit. We've had a couple of 'swapping parties' in the past for makeup etc that we didn't want - everyone gets to clear out their stuff and go home with something new to try I also use old nail varnish for marking computer leads (the one with a blue dab on goes in the socket with a blue dab on and so on - it's hardwearing stuff) containers and all sorts If it's higher end stuff you could try selling it on ebay - used perfume can get a respectable price, especially if it's discontinued If you have a women's or homeless shelter near you, you could also ask if they would be interested
  20. The ladder can put some hens off. Mine have an upturned washing up bowl as an extra step on the ground at the bottom, which helps If they don't go in - wait until it's dark then go and pick them up and put them in the cube - they usually get the hang of it from there on
  21. Not had one either (and don't think I ever have)
  22. Not been in a shop (other than the corner shop once every few weeks) for years Can't be doing with the crowds, ridiculously expensive car parking (some charge more than the minimum wage!!! ) and general hassle.
  23. I looked into this a lot - it was going to be my reward to me for quitting smoking But after much research I didn't go ahead The main thing that put me off is that I would have to wear a permanent metal bar in my mouth to retain the teeth in their new position (and experience with temporary dentures tells me I'm not at all good at having alien objects in my mouth! ) Also my teeth are a bit rubbish - they decay easily and seem brittle (currently having implants after one just broke off!) so the chances of the teeth breaking/needing implants anyway in the future were quite high. I do know people who've had it done successfully, but they've been in their 20s with excellent teeth (apart from being crooked) Not sure whether that rambling helps...
  24. Have you got a good lawyer? It sounds like someone should at least be arguing for a stay of x many years on the sale...
  25. But look how happy they are! And they are very pretty indeed.

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