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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 4:04pm (Jan 29th 2018)
     
    Such a nice sunny day so I ventured out into the garden, Just managed to get a picture of this sweet little one singing for its supper
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 4:06pm (Jan 29th 2018) edited
     
    Then I though whats that splash of yellow in the grass such a delight to see early crocus and some pollys
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 4:10pm (Jan 29th 2018) edited
     
    I then remembered to check one of the pots that always has an early snowdrop and wasn't disappointed and also found a slightly different type in the long grass
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 4:12pm (Jan 29th 2018) edited
     
    awe look, even a rose bud and a very determined carnation
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 4:13pm (Jan 29th 2018) edited
     
    My Christmas rose is beautiful this year so elegant and one of my favourites
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 4:16pm (Jan 29th 2018) edited
     
    Some of the daffs we planted in the new orchard area are just waiting for a few more warmer rays and yummy yum look here we will soon have rhubarb
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 4:19pm (Jan 29th 2018) edited
     
    This beautiful clematis has been in bloom for several weeks now and look at my little red hen plant she has her chicks all gathered tightly round her
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2018 6:31pm (Jan 29th 2018)
     
    You have a lovely garden NN, thanks for sharing it with us. xx
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2018 9:22pm (Jan 30th 2018)
     
    Yes you do!!!! And you are a great photographer.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2018 9:51pm (Jan 30th 2018)
     
    Were you using your fancy macro lens thing, NN? The close ups are beautiful.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2018 3:05pm (Jan 31st 2018)
     
    Thank you so much for your kind words. The garden is never at its best during the winter months and at the best times its more like an organised wilderness !!! I dont care for the twee over tended look but love coming across little explosions of beauty and secret nooks of splendour and delight. There are times when I have to really look for the best but am usually rewarded for my efforts. Yes CC I did use the macro thingiemajig for a couple of the pictures.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2018 6:27am (Feb 2nd 2018)
     
    NN, your garden is beautiful and it's so nice to see flowers instead of dead weeds..It's only 7 more weeks till Spring..I can hardly wait!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2018 6:22pm (Feb 2nd 2018)
     
    I have mud, as far as the eye can see. And holes. Sort of a Somme re-enactment situation. Waiting for a sniper to pick me off one morning as I slip and swear my way to the henhouse.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2018 10:26pm (Feb 2nd 2018)
     
    LOL! Have visions of a hen in a tin helmet now!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2018 5:22pm (Feb 3rd 2018)
     
    Oh CC you do make me laugh sorry about the mud and holes but its the way you explain it all and Kates vision of a hen in a tin hat just totally did me in Luckily I had put my coffee down before started chocking with laughter xxx
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2018 6:14pm (Feb 9th 2018)
     
    Do you have a special outfit you wear when you venture out there, CC? I have two pairs of pants and a goat chewing proof coat. And two sets of rubber boots - one for the dog yard, one for the goat pen. I am thinking of bottling the smell of the goat pants...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2018 7:22pm (Feb 9th 2018) edited
     
    I take it you mean trousers...pants evoke a very different (and strange!) mental image...:scared::rofl:
    Normal outdoor apparel in the morning is a nightie and scruffy clogs, evening wear is jeans, t-shirt and same scruffy clogs. Vogue are pestering me for a fashion shoot but so far I have turned them down.
    What would you use the bottled goat trouser fragrance for - chemical warfare of some sort? You could put it in delicate glass vials and lob it at the Trumpet should he ever deign to visit.:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2018 7:15am (Feb 11th 2018)
     
    I don't envy you at all, Diane..I spent years smelling like a goat after doing morning chores. I was ever so glad, when my daughter stopped showing Goats. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2018 5:42pm (Feb 11th 2018) edited
     
    Men wear trousers on this side of the pond, Ms CC.

    I think you should accept the Vogue invitation. Think of the rest of us - we would get to say we know someone famous. Or at least infamous...

    Lynnie, all the friends who have had the pleasure of smelling me in person have been very complimentary. "Oh I just loooovvvveee the smell of goats." The first time, I didn't know what she was talking about. What smell? Lol.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2018 9:53am (Feb 12th 2018)
     
    Ha ha I did have to laugh re goats smell. I remember going to a wild life park with my boys and my sister who about sixteen many many moons ago. They had a petting park with goats and one really took to my sister and she was fascinated by its wattles (them long things on its neck just in case some one gets the wrong idea !!!) I told her they were scent glands but she took no notice until we got in the car and she realised she got the scent of contented goat on her hands..... took days to get rid of.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2018 9:55am (Feb 12th 2018)
     
    I didn't know that's what they were for! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2018 10:05am (Feb 12th 2018)
     
    Ha ha just dont fondle them if you get to see a goat !!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2018 3:45pm (Feb 12th 2018)
     
    I never knew that either - we are woefully undereducated in the goat department, NN. I think you and Diane will have to take us in hand. After you've washed them...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2018 6:18pm (Feb 12th 2018) edited
     
    Wattles are like skin tags in humans. They have no apparent purpose and aren't the source of the smell. That source is probably something worse. ;) If it was a billy goat anyway. Billys pee on their beards, because they persist in thinking that this is attractive to the ladies.

    My guess is that this particular goat peed on it's wattle. Not a sentence I ever thought I would write...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2018 6:59pm (Feb 12th 2018)
     
    Posted By: DianeonWhidbeyMy guess is that this particular goat peed on it's wattle. Not a sentence I ever thought I would write...


    Yep, that's where the fragrance comes from alright..I never had a *Billy* for that reason..ewwwwy smell. :ack2:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2018 7:22pm (Feb 12th 2018)
     
    Thanks for the update on the wattles Diane and Lynn. It was my Mum who told me to never touch them as they were scent glands so naturally I always thought that was what they were. My Granddad used to keep goats and I used to love watching them play and get up as high as they could. Mind you I was just a tot back then. Glad my sister didnt know it was goat pee she would have be mortified ha ha
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2018 8:24pm (Feb 12th 2018)
     
    Do goats practice yoga too so they get into a position to make that possible?!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2018 9:11pm (Feb 12th 2018)
     
    They don't need Yoga, Kate..they have it all worked out how to do it..and the smell would gag a magot.:_puke:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2018 11:21am (Feb 13th 2018)
     
    We sure so chat about crazy things and it is a real learning curve.... done in the best possible taste.....Remember Kenny Everett any one? I so laughed reading Diane's Not a sentence I ever thought I'd write. Then totally lost it with Lynn's the smell would gag a magot.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2018 4:18pm (Feb 13th 2018)
     
    I pity the poor innocent googler looking for hints on their January garden... there may be a little old lady gardener who has fainted over her computer.:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2018 5:37pm (Feb 13th 2018)
     
    But once she wakes up, she will realize she learned something.

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2018 7:04pm (Feb 13th 2018)
     
    I'm crying with laughter here!!! The way our threads ramble off onto different topics has always amused me. I occasionally google ideas of how to do things in Microsoft excel, and if someone DARES to ask a second or new question in a thread the moderator is straight in there telling them off. Can you imagine how stressed any moderator would get with us!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2018 7:51am (Feb 14th 2018)
     
    I think it's what made us seem like a family on here, Kate. I'm glad we never had a moderator.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2018 3:10pm (Feb 14th 2018)
     
    That's so true Kate, I don't do any other site nowadays thats apart from a knitting and crochet one, I rarely look or even post nowadays as the people seem to be showing off about what big stocks of yarn they have and they all seem to just make the same things over and over and discuss how much to charge for their items then its how many things they got on the go at the same time !!! I get fed up with that. Hen cam is much more fun and we all share so many varied topics.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2018 3:37pm (Feb 14th 2018)
     
    Neil's the moderator...but I think he gave up trying to keep us in line a long time ago, bless him. Anyway, goat wee MIGHT have a tenuous link to NN's lovely garden. Perhaps. Well, probably not...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2018 5:45pm (Feb 15th 2018)
     
    Goat PEE, CC. Not wee. Don't sugar coat it. lol

    Remember back to when Neil used to have a hassle with the moderation aspect? I think at one point there was a group from Iceland, of all places, that had decided to create havoc here. And then just new people not really getting it. He set up some threads for those folks. It amazes me how this current family, which I feel it really is, has been here from the start or close to it. All of us. Makes me miss Ollie, Julie and Shobhna, as I write this because they are definitely part of that family. And Red, but she is on facebook quite a bit so I still feel a connection that way.

    Does anyone know how Ollie is?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2018 7:59pm (Feb 15th 2018)
     
    urck sugar coated goat pee that sounds awful just as bad as runny poo. It is such a shame there are so few of us nowadays. Yet its odd as sometimes when I have been on there are thirty five or so guests that never show themselves.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2018 3:40pm (Feb 16th 2018)
     
    I'm still here NN.
    I drop by frequently but rarely say so..

    I also follow Red's blogs........
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2018 4:56pm (Feb 16th 2018)
     
    Hello Ollie so good to hear from you, I hope you are keeping well. We got a new baby due this month Ollie a girl dont know what her name will be yet. She will be a step sister to Mallory. It doesnt seem possible that its over six years since I posted Mallorys first picture for you to see. She is growing up so quickly and such a treasure to me.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2018 7:18pm (Feb 16th 2018)
     
    Ollie! How are you doing? Any more mad midwife reunions? And how are your hips these days?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2018 11:39am (Feb 18th 2018)
     
    Glad you still pop in Ollie, hope you're keeping well!

    Congrats on the new addition NN!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2018 5:31pm (Feb 18th 2018)
     
    Hi Ollie !!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2018 6:28pm (Feb 18th 2018)
     
    Hi every one. It feels humbling to be so missed.
    Hips doing well, it's knees now.
    Have physio exercises that are easy enough. Just waving legs about when sitting in a chair!
    The folks thought I am at risk of falling (true) so I go to a "Falls" class!
    Mild exercises for easier movement but most important - how to get up if you do fall.

    Hypothyroid is dreadful. I just can't be bothered to do anything.

    Loving reading about all your escapades.
    I'll be back....
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2018 7:41pm (Feb 19th 2018)
     
    I didnt know they did a fall's class what a brilliant idea. Hang on in there Ollie just pop in when you feel like it all love xxxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2018 7:24pm (Feb 20th 2018)
     
    The NHS fund those in our area - they're very good and if it prevents falls and broken hips and such like, or ambulance calls to pick people up, they're a real money-saver. Though the less enlightened keep trying to cancel them as a money saving exercise. Hope you're finding them worthwhile Ollie!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2018 2:59pm (Feb 21st 2018)
     
    They are brilliant classes and meant that my friend Ethel managed to stay independent until the end of her life aged 94. She maintained that now she knew how to fall (although the object of the game had been getting up!) she might consider being a stuntwoman.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2018 8:11pm (Feb 22nd 2018)
     
    Awe thats an lovely tale CC, she sounds as if she was really Jolly.xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2018 7:49pm (Feb 23rd 2018)
     
    She was wonderful; I want to be like her when I grow up.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2018 9:05pm (Feb 23rd 2018)
     
    I think I'd like to be too. Sadly I don't think I have that positive attitude that seems to keep people going for many years.