Wednesday 24 December 2008
Saturday 20 December 2008
We had a bit of stress with the chicknes the last few days. I was watching them tuck into their afternoon treats when I noticed a fairly big bloody patch on Sybil (our white hen). I actually took a sharp audible intake of breath when I saw it. I thought people only did that in films! To cut a long story short, Lettuce had plucked out several of Sybils feathers. Ouchie. I just wanted to scoop her up and bring her into the house. Obviously that wasn't practical, so I set her up her own space inside the shed right next to their coop, to let her heal (chickens can get to like the taste of blood!). The next day I checked on her to find a scene that looked like a massacre. It looked like her area had been burgled and there were spots of blood here and there! She had gone crazy in the night not being able to be with the other girls, trashed the place and injured her comb, which was bleeding. So I cleaned her up and put her back in with the others. I'd hung a cabbage in the run to distract Lettuce and they all loved it! What was the first thing Sybil did, when her legs hit the run floor? She shot off into the nest box and laid an egg. She'd hated her 'sick room' so much she'd refused to lay her egg there.
Beary news! I have actually finished a bear! Just have some beading to add to his collar and he's all done. Will post pictures when I get time and the right lighting.
Festive hugs, Sarah x
Monday 8 December 2008
Two of our chooks laid their first egg today!
Above is Dotty's, which strangely has come out dotty! Sybil sadly squished hers. Considering Sybil is a rather scatty hen, I shouldn't have expected any other.
I was rather in awe of Dotty's egg. Also rather proud (?). Hopefully there will be another two tomorrow and Sybil will be a bit more careful!
Hugs, Sarah x
Saturday 6 December 2008
This is a rather belated 'Snow Post'! Those of you in the UK will know that the snow has been and gone! It has been rather icy this week though. Eeek! I think I practically broke all the bones in Robert's hand on our walk into work. Although I wear flat boots, I might as well have had a sheet of glass for soles. If I'd tried running, I'd have gone nowhere and would have just been spinning legs on the spot.
I' d have liked to have seen what the chickens thought to the snow, when their eyes first alighted on it. As I am nowhere near being a morning person, it's usually (ok, it's always) Robert who lets them out into their run.
Do you see the feet marks going around the run? Thats our resident racing pigeon. I think he thinks he's a chicken now. They'll be clucking and he'll be cooing. Bless him. Really must ring the man who lives nearby, as it's most likely one of his.
Anyway, must go. Housework to do (yawn). Plus.........there's a bear in creation!!!
Yes, I heard the thud as you hit the floor........
Hugs, Sarah x
Thursday 13 November 2008
Thursday 23 October 2008
Thursday 2 October 2008
She was boney and deaf due to old age, but still had the most willing of purrs. You only had to smile at her to set her off.
Outwardly I may seem fine, but I still have that lump of sadness within me. I'm still teary, but keep looking back at what a wonderful cat she was.
Lily had come to us a sickly and feral kitten. A week after we had got her my Dad died suddenly. She helped me through it. My focus went on her. The vet was doubtful she would make it. She was riddled with cat flu and ear mites. I remember studying her nose one day and discovering it was actually pink not black. It was covered in solid dirt.
When she was younger she would cuddle up in bed with you, head on the pillow beside you purring. She would sleep in the bed just like us humans, head and front paws on the pillow with the rest of her down under the covers. She even got to know the word 'bedtime' and would dash upstairs ahead of anyone who was retiring for the night. She also knew the word 'birdies' and would fly to the window to watch the birds devouring what had been put out for them.
I'm biased I know, but she was so very special.
There's a light on her grave the comes on when it gets dark. I like to look out and know she's there sleeping.
Farewell Lily my lovely, I'll always miss you.
Sunday 24 August 2008
All the pigs at Church Farm smile!
Photo trickery! - The donkey on the left is 32
Buff Orpington - He was being followed around by one of his wives, but were hard to photo together
Brahmas - the cockerel was about 3 feet tall!
Trevor the Cockerel - He shared his home with Brian and their ten wives!
I love Church Farm. I could happily live there. One of the barns would do and the food is delish!
Hugs, Sarah x
Friday 22 August 2008
Hugs, Sarah x
Monday 11 August 2008
Tuesday 5 August 2008
Well previously I had a Pigeon Post, so I had to have a Pickle Post didn't I?!
Above on the right, is Pickle, who will be travelling to his new home this week. On the left is Forest, who will hopefully be going on ebay.com this coming Sunday. I hope to get Forest's listing page designed this week. It's been a while since I did a layout or listed on ebay, so hopefully I can get into the swing of things again. If not, it'll be the following Sunday ;) Hopefully.
Our conservatory has turned out to be a great place to photograph bears! Must be all the light. Outside in good fine weather, the light is great, but when it's raining or overcast it's not so great!
It's nice to be posting something beary! I still haven't got organized to start sewing again. I think I will have to get set up in the dining room temporarily until the study is redecorated. It will be so nice to be getting things out of boxes! Joy! Sewing materials and such, right at hand! Sigh.
Anyway, I'd better make a start at the layout for Forest.
Hugs, Sarah x
Thursday 24 July 2008
I once looked out and saw eight, sitting in row on the pigeon loft. Thankfully the 'extras' didn't stay. I woke up the following morning wondering if I'd dreamt it.
I must admit, I have grown quite attached. They wait on the house roof in the morning, until they see me heading down the garden, fly above me, land on the patio and if I'm not arriving quick enough, walk to greet me, turn round and walk back to the patio with me. They then have their breakfast, pecking away at the pigeon food in my hands. I'm not daft, I know that I am the object that feeds them, but it's the building of trust that's tugged at my heart strings.
Did I mention the others? There's Amtrak, who was collected by courier and flew back here in a couple of days, Bully (who no longer does) and Pink Ring (Amtraks on/off girlfriend).
Call me a big old softy, you know you want to......................
Hugs, Sarah x
Tuesday 22 July 2008
I got an award from the lovely Babs at Simplycats . How lovely! Its rounded off my day beautifully.
The award is the Arte y Pico and is awarded to people whose blogs inspire others with their creativity and their talents, also for contributing to the blogging world. When you are given this award it is considered a special honor. I'm terribly chuffed!
The rules for passing this honor on:
1) Pick 5 blogs that you would like to award this honor to.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
I've decided to pass this award on to the people whose blogs I visit most regularly.
Contents of a Fried Brain - Sindie is always positive and cheerful, whatever life throws at her. An inspiration.
A White Cat - Babs has already awarded this blog, but I couldn't resist! Beautiful cats and brilliant photos!
Rachael Rabbit - Lovely crafts and cute knitted animals!
Wild Thyme Originals - Gorgeous bears and humourous insights!
Bearing All - More gorgeous bears and fellow British bearmaker!
So there we are!
Thanks again Babs, I'm still chuffed!
Hugs, Sarah x
Tuesday 8 July 2008
The repeat visitor has opened my eyes to the harsh reality of pigeon racing. Apparently if the said pigeon can't be broken in, basically his neck will be rung, as, as the new onwer said to Robert, " It'll be of no use to him". He suggested as a deterent, putting them both in carrier bags and shaking them or letting our cats have a go at them. I read someones blog yesterday, who had found a stray racing pigeon and luckily found a 'forever' home with a lovely couple. As she said, sadly some enthusiasts just see them as tools in a sport.
I'm praying that all my striding up the garden and flapping an umbrella at them will do the trick and they'll go home. It's wearing me out, but the thought of the repeat visitor being collected Friday to possibly meet it's death, I don't think I could handle.
Wish me luck with my umbrella flapping..............I think I need it.
Hugs, Sarah x
Wednesday 18 June 2008
Weeeeeell I'm back! Miss me? ; )
We moved to our new home on the 23rd May and I'm still rather shattered from it. Plus I started a little part time job in the morning which gets me out of the house and brings a few more pennies in. It's a 20 minute walk there and then 20 back and probably a few miles walking in my job, so eveything aches and my feet are stiff in the morning. My feet actually make snapping and cracking noises first thing in the morning. Did I mention I'm still 'only' 37? I think I shall be like the Bionic Woman when I am a little old lady. New hips, kneecaps etc.
This house caught us by surprise. We were adamant we were going to live in a village and we've ended up on the edge of the town we originally lived in. BUT, if we walk 100 yards up the road we are in a village. The clincher for us was the tree lined avenue and the 203 feet by 35 feet garden we have! Plus all the houses original 1928 features. We have a lime tree outside our house at the front and if I opened our bedroom window I could hold it's leaves! We have two mountain ash trees in the garden, a silver birch, a cherry and a laburnum. The silver birch is taller than the house and the others aren't far off. I adore them all, despite the leaves we will have in the autumn!
We have squirrels too, that visit regularly. Sometimes three at a time, in a group, foraging for the peanuts they're hidden in our lawn!
The cats settled in pretty quickly. Hopefully when we have the rest of Mum's cats (3) they will too. Although there will be the introductions to ours to deal with too! We will certainly have to re-do the conservatory in the future, with 7 cats there'd be no room for 'people' furniture!
I'm itching to get bearmaking again on full throttle. It's a case of finding everything first!
Toodle pip for now! It's nice to be back.
Friday 9 May 2008
I was watching Hattie having the time of her life, dashing in and out of the tubes and arches in their run at high speed (with a little jump in the air for good measure!) yesterday evening and felt my heart sink thinking of the guinea pigs I left behind in the pet shop. I hope they all (about 6) find a good home soon.
Fran is off to the USA! Hello Lori, if you are reading this!
We complete on our 'new' house on the 23rd of this month! After nearly 7 months renting the Vicarage it is time to start packing. Where did the 7 months go?
Wednesday 30 April 2008
Friday 25 April 2008
Wednesday 16 April 2008
Friday 11 April 2008
Friday 4 April 2008
I have this evening uploaded my new website - or new website design I should say.
What do you think? I feel its so much better than the dark brown I had and much softer visually. Although I liked the dark brown, I didn't feel it fitted in well with my bears. There's so many styles of website I like and so many colours, etc, that I'll always feel, should I have done it this way and that. But I'm happy with it and I can always change certain pages as the mood takes me. My two new bears are on there, Pickle and Forest. I love the way these boys turned out! So very different in character, yet the same design.
Thinks are looking up on the house hunting front. We've viewed one twice and may be putting in an offer! It's scary but exciting. I'd forgotten how nerve wrecking it can be!
Have a lovely weekend everyone! Lets hope the sun keeps shinning!
Wednesday 26 March 2008
Friday 21 March 2008
Thursday 6 March 2008
Tuesday 4 March 2008
Thursday 21 February 2008
Thursday 7 February 2008
Wednesday 30 January 2008
Thursday 24 January 2008
We got the news a few days ago that she had had another stroke (she had a mild one 8 years ago). It's made her weak on her left hand side and slightly lopsided, though her speech and mind are fine. She was completely 'with it' when me and my partner Robert saw her last evening, so different from the evening before when she was rather confused.
The hospital are saying she really needs to be in a residential home as does her doctor. She had a couple of weeks stay in our local hospital for physio and rehab a few months ago and they were saying the same, but when she came home she was getting on fine with carers four times a day, who she is fond of.
Mum loves her home and doesn't want to go into a care home, so it's very hard knowing what to do. My dread is that she goes into a care home and improves so much that she needn't have gone into a care home at all.
At the moment I envy Sleeping Beauty. To sleep time away and wake to find everything well again.
There's still house hunting on the go too. Our renting period for the vicarage ends at the end of April and we still haven't found anything to buy. If we end up with Mum's four cats as well as our three, its going to have to be something special!
I'm sure I'll look back on this blog entry in time and wonder what I was fretting about. I really HOPE I do!
To end on a positive note - Nanuk sold and is hopefully now in London, bless his little heart.