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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2016 10:34am (Feb 2nd 2016)
     
    Our street is usually very quiet... But this morning its a mad street. Chain saws two houses down buzzing like huge angry wasps. Crikey its only eight o clock. Heavy banging and Men working opposite side to that. From the side window I saw two huge removal vans Lucky its a sunny day and not raining I thought to myself. Opening the front curtains, two more removal vans.... they can not all be for the same bungalow can they? Oh maybe they are waiting to move in as soon as others have moved out? Who knows? Would be better than an empty property. I hope they are nice as they will be side on to our garden. What the??? now there is a huge cement lorry with one of those revolving thingies on the back.... Hey we are only a small narrow street how the heck did that get down here? Five minutes later a scaffold lorry comes and turns round with engines struggling and wheezing, then you can hear the poles clanking and getting manhandled round to the back of someones house They are in a hurry usually it would be afternoon by the time they had had a fag break and a cuppa. Would you believe it now the police helicopter is buzzing over head, Ok who did it ? wasnt me..... I am as quiet as a church mouse after all Granddad North is trying to sleep after a nights work !!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2016 2:49pm (Feb 2nd 2016)
     
    Wow NN, can't wait for episode two!
    -if you're still around, that is...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2016 5:33pm (Feb 2nd 2016)
     
    The coppers might have been after her for being a peeping Thomasina!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2016 7:14pm (Feb 2nd 2016)
     
    Poor GN! No fun trying to sleep with all that going on outside, but keeping you well occupied NN! Hope the new neighbours are nice - bake them a cake or some cookies and you'll be their favourite!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2016 10:52pm (Feb 5th 2016)
     
    Back for follow up hopefully tomorrow been away to Suffolk xxxx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2016 10:28am (Feb 6th 2016)
     
    I can not tell you much about the rest of the happenings that day as I was quite busy reorganising the kitchen cupboards they were doing my head in as they had got so disorganised so it was the ideal day for a spring clean in there. I did however notice that who ever was moving in must be a garden fanatic as there were many pots and tubs of trees and plants bristling along the side and fence. When G/North is on nights I seem to notice any noise more than usual although he rarely complains. Next day however I went out to put our bin out and had a deco down the street. It was normally quiet, the road was shining with the residue of the nights rain and a weak sun glinting through the dark clouds. Most houses had a blue bin neatly standing guard by the side fences but something had changed but what was it I thought. The wind gusted up and I shivered my bare arms broke into goose bumps as I realised with horror that the huge beautiful Magnolia tree was just a pitiful stump. I felt a tear in my eye, I had always loved that tree .... last year it had even managed to flower twice.... Maybe it had known about its fate who knows?. It was such a shame but it had grown so large that you can not really blame the people who lived there as it must have blocked so much light from their windows. We have to park Phoebe right in front of our front room window and although she is bright yellow she does block a lot of light and the view. Ginny appeared from no where and rubbed himself against my legs. He was ready for a bite to eat. I will tell you all about him next time. Have a good day xxxxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2016 4:08pm (Feb 6th 2016)
     
    I hate it when people chop trees down...philistines! Was it the new lot who ad just moved in who did it, NN? Sounds unlikely if they like their garden...or perhaps they wanted a space for a car or something. I often see unfinished stories on our footpath...like the man who went past the house frantically unwrapping a large wet fish...or the otherwise smart lady walking down in one blue shoe and one black one (though I have days like that)...or the dog walking past alone with a golf club in his jaws...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2016 8:05pm (Feb 6th 2016)
     
    Sorry to hear about the beautiful Magnolia tree being cut down, NN..it is a shame, but I guess some times it just has to be. I hope they put something else in it's place that will be pretty. CC, I'd love to hear the story about the dog with the golf club in his mouth. LOL
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2016 11:00am (Feb 7th 2016)
     
    No it wasnt the newbies CC it was further up the street, It was a pretty little garden in spring with huge clumps of snowdrops growing round the base of the tree with polyanthus and primroses then a bit later there would be bluebells of all shades and to keep all safe there was the tiniest little picket fence. Most of the front gardens have been paved or laid to shingles for cars to be parked on, I did ours with slabs but did leave a small edge for a couple of shrubs and rose bushes, Just to let the surface water drain away really. The shingles are a right pain as the stones get all over the pavement and road they are best avoided if you got tender feet !! I was thinking that I might get a magnolia and plant in my back garden. I did have a scented stellata type in my garden when we lived in London. It had the sweetest smelling flowers but looks so different from the Grandiosa that I remember from my Granny's garden as a child. Please DO add your stories and tales about your street to this thread its meant for all of us to share. It looks like CC has a few gems. I wonder if the chap was in a hurry to unwrap the fish and get it in his creel so he could show off as to what he had caught, or had been a naughty boy and just wanted "evidence" he had been fishing !!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2016 4:28pm (Feb 7th 2016)
     
    It's wonderful in our front room - we're invisible from the footpath as we look out so see some funny sights. Today i saw a chap practising cricket with his rolled up paper, after he had had a good look behind him to see if anyone was watching, and there wasn't - except us!:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2016 10:36am (Feb 8th 2016)
     
    Ha ha thats funny CC I must admit if I slip or drop my shopping or some such in the street I always have a look round to see who is looking.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2016 10:48am (Feb 8th 2016)
     
    This is Ginny
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2016 11:10am (Feb 8th 2016)
     
    Well we call him Ginny he has many different names from what I can gather. Next door calls him Ginge, I have also heard him called Tubs, Booful and That cat. He dont care he is so laid back. He is our street cat. No one knows where he lives or who owns him. As far as he is concerned he is his own person and we are all lucky to have him. He looks like a fat bottomed girl at the moment with his big ole winter coat on. He saunters from house to house swinging that wedge shaped butt. He doesnt say much just a little voice then he resorts to just opening and shutting his mouth so you have to lip read to know exactly what he wants. Sometimes its just a fuss and a hello. He gets a dish of biscuits and a pouch with water to drink at mine. Next door gives him ham and a occasional thin slice of corned beef. Some one else up the street is in charge of his personal grooming he is always well turned out. In the summer he is sleek and slender and loves to sun bathe in the middle of the road. He does go into peoples homes but only stays long enough to see if anything has changed and a quick forty winks, then he is restless so off he goes to check the rest of his manor. Other cats are not worried by him and are quite happy to share with him. He checked Daisy out one time when she was asleep in her bed. She hissed at him then realised who it was and promptly went back to sleep. I have no idea where Ginny sleeps at night, but He is happy and has many friends so there is no need to worry, he has all that he needs and more he is free xxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2016 6:16pm (Feb 8th 2016)
     
    He is a beautiful cat NN and looks very well cared for - but then he should with a whole street pandering to his every whim!
    At our old house my neighbour cut down the tree outside his house (which had been there many years but was still quite small) so that he could park his ugly big American style camper van thing in it's place.

    The beautiful husky that lives in the corner of our cul-de-sac ran across my garden and looped around to go back to his home this morning. I went out to make sure they knew he was out - I've never seen him off lead before - but had to make sure the door closed behind me as i didn't want a cat meeting him! My neighbour has several bricks and a wheelbarrow outside his door so I think they might be having it paved (they have 3 cars and parking is at a premium in our road). We have considered it too, but the cats hide in the very ugly bushes from the neighbours dogs. I don't see much of what goes on as the kitchen is at the front and I'm at work most of the time - love to hear your stories. Why did the dog have a golf club I wonder?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2016 7:34pm (Feb 8th 2016)
     
    I've no idea; I can only think his dad was going to do a bit of swing/putting practice in the park and the dog was his caddy, but coming down the path faster than his dad...
    Gin is absolutely beautiful, NN, what a handsome chap! I can understand his 'It doesn't matter where I came from, your house is MINE for the moment and you're honoured to have me...fetch me salmon' attitude!
    I wish people would think of wildlife before paving their front gardens. It's what has contributed to the sharp decline of the hedgehog.:face-sad:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2016 11:37pm (Feb 8th 2016)
     
    Gin looks a lot like my old Chelsea did, NN..except she was black and white..sure do miss my old kitty.:face-crying:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2016 11:32am (Feb 9th 2016)
     
    I also read that about the hedgehogs CC. Thats why I choose a few shrubs when I paved our front garden. They are fairly tatty old things but do offer shelter. G/North moans about them from time to time as we do have to park Phoebe off the road as Kate said parking is at a premium in narrow streets, and three cars to a family seems to be the norm nowadays. We only got Phoebe now G/North is retired, He just has a little part time job now for a few extra pennies. He had to have a company car before that which was nice but we dont miss it we have more fun with out Phoebe.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2016 11:55pm (Feb 9th 2016)
     
    I've seen a hedgehog outside in our horrible bushes too - I'd forgotten about him/her. Maybe I won't have it paved over!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2016 12:06pm (Feb 11th 2016)
     
    Our Jo has a couple that come every night. They have a right feast at her house and have a little feeding station and sleeping hibernating quarters. Jay fitted up a movie camera that comes on when it senses movement He made it all himself using a raspberry I am sure Neil will know what that is all about but it isnt the fruit !!! The hedgehogs have gone into hibernation at last they were very late this year and Jo has been worrying about them. I had to block the hole up in our fence as Sootz got the idea of using it and he has no road sense and would go off with anyone. I will get a couple of pictures for you to see when I got a minute xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 1:19pm (Feb 12th 2016) edited
     
    Found a picture for you of one of Jo's hedgehogs. Look at its real long legs xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 6:37pm (Feb 12th 2016)
     
    Its sweet! Looks really healthy too. Always makes me laugh at what noisy eaters they are.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 6:44pm (Feb 12th 2016)
     
    That is such a cute picture, NN..I thought hedgehogs had much shorter legs than that..it's adorable.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 7:25pm (Feb 12th 2016)
     
    They're usually low-slung, Lynn, but if needs be they pick up their skirts and leg it!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 8:21pm (Feb 12th 2016)
     
    Posted By: chief chickenThey're usually low-slung, Lynn, but if needs be they pick up their skirts and leg it!


    Are they fast runners? LOL
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 9:37pm (Feb 12th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnW
    Posted By: chief chickenThey're usually low-slung, Lynn, but if needs be they pick up their skirts and leg it!


    Are they fast runners? LOL


    They can move really fast when they want to Lynn!!

    We used to see LOADS at an old house, used to drive Kasper bonkers. I was forever carrying them off roads and dropping them off in safer places. We've only seen a few where we live now. I remember once we thought our next door neighbour's cat was dying (it was really old) and we were panicking - ran and got a torch and shone it into her garden, it was a hedgehog snuffling about!!!
    Look, here are some photos from a rescue 'hog a few years back :)

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 11:56am (Feb 20th 2016)
     
    awwe thats a tiny little hog so good you were able to rescue it xx