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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2018 12:26pm (May 7th 2018)
     
    I'm laid up at the moment so contented myself with giving Eric little jobs to do when he was bored. He's hung up new coconuts and cleaned out the water feature/bowls and put new batteries in some of the solar doodahs. It's possible that our garden can now be seen from space after a sunny day...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2018 8:16pm (May 7th 2018)
     
    Batteries in the solar doodahs - isn't that a contradiction?!

    We have 3 big dogs the other side NN, and like your neighbours they seem to bark all the time. It doesn't bother me at all, but really annoys everyone else in the house. They're the ones that have just sold up though, so I'm sure whoever we get instead will bring different problems. It is strange the things that push our buttons.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2018 9:55am (May 8th 2018)
     
    Oh CC I hope you are feeling heaps better today, Is the sudden heat getting at you? I went to bed mega early last night as I felt really headachy and drained thought I would watch TV but just went to sleep feel good this morning thankfully. I have a huge pile of ironing to get through before it gets to hot today, But Hencam comes first !!! I brought all of my solar doodahs and string lights in to re-vamp as I have had them out all weather for a couple of years. I got a few good ones but will have to get out and choose some new ones. I do so love my garden lights xx Hopefully Phoebe's MOT wont cost to much then I can get them this month xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2018 3:51pm (May 8th 2018)
     
    Posted By: KatebBatteries in the solar doodahs - isn't that a contradiction?!

    Nope, they are special batteries which get charged up by the sun, but they get old and give up (after a long while) so need to be replaced. Most solar doodahs have them, but I don't think people realise and then just chuck them out when they stop working,
    Ta, NN - the heat and pollen has got to me and I haven't been able to go out since Friday, except to do my Sunday gig. But I'm going to see the Prof at the hospital tomorrow so let's hope he has something in his cupboard that will sort me out.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2018 11:30pm (May 8th 2018)
     
    Wishing you all the best with the Prof, CC.

    I'm hiding inside at the moment because of the pollen as well. But only for a headache-not inhibited breathing. I've never seen pollen like this ever. Big clouds of it blowing around.

    Your gardens sound so beautiful. Mine is just a series of muddy deer trails but I'm happy. Although strings of solar lights on the deer would be cool.

    Good luck with the new neighbor, Kate.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2018 2:27pm (May 9th 2018) edited
     
    Hope all has gone well with your visit to the prof. today CC and his trusty cupboard has a remedy for you xxx The lights would be really cool on the deer Diane, be like fire flies resting on them. We had a light rain yesterday evening it brought a lovely relief to me the air cooled and smelt so fresh and wonderful. Then there was a rainbow ....Simply magical
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2018 5:14pm (May 9th 2018)
     
    What a beautiful picture, NN; that HAS to be a card, and I WANT ONE!
    Two weeks of steroids & antibiotics, I'm afraid. Can't be given any new drugs until I'm stabilised. And I've never been known for my stability...:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2018 9:46pm (May 9th 2018) edited
     
    We all seem to be at various states of debilitation!
    I've noticed in myself the various areas that are deteriorating.
    Biggest prob is osteoarthritis hips and knees. I attend a weekly class to build up muscle and also teach how to be able to get up off the floor after a fall.
    Hypothyroid complicates everything as I am always so very tired and just opt out of everything. I call it "Cannot be bothered". Even applies to preparing meals! (That sounds rather fatal!)
    Lately noticed brain isn't working like it should...

    This all sounds bad but I'm happy and getting a little help from the medics - when they have time to see me!

    Now that was too much of a big moan and I sincerely apologise. But I'm not going to delete it 'cos that
    wouldn't help.



    I'm sure some of you are not unloading your probs.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2018 12:57am (May 10th 2018)
     
    That is a GORGEOUS photo NN!

    My stuff isn't physical Ollie. But living with a US presidency as scary and horrible as the one we have had for almost 2 years takes a big emotional toll on the majority of Americans, including me. And I am among the people who are activists, fighting against him is every way we can think of. Which means I cannot just ignore what this sick mobster and his cronies are doing. Thank goodness for my animals, my friends, my beautiful home. Living with this kind of extreme has definitely taught me how important it is to be grateful for everything I do have!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2018 3:20pm (May 10th 2018)
     
    Posted By: ollie in UK
    Hypothyroid complicates everything as I am always so very tired and just opt out of everything. I call it "Cannot be bothered".


    My friend has that, Ollie, she calls it CBA Syndrome. I was alarmed at first until she explained it stood for 'Can't Be Arsed'. I'm sorry you're having such a time of it, but it's lovely to hear from you. Come and have a moan anytime - you're one of the Originals, we need you! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2018 4:40pm (May 10th 2018)
     
    Ollie, do the medications work very well? Or at all? Yes - you are one of the originals and very valued here.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2018 10:29pm (May 10th 2018)
     
    Ollie, it's not moaning it's sharing, and we're here for you to share whatever you want!! I've unloaded lots of times and you are all always very sweet and supportive. I think I'm OK physically, but my brain is uncontrollable most of the time. I googled yesterday and if completely fit the criteria for GAD - generalised anxiety disorder. Drives me mad that I let things get to me, but sadly the brain doesn't have an 'off' or 'reset' switch! Hopefully once work settles down and I get used to Mic not being here it'll settle down again. I need to be busier at work to give the brain something better to think about!!

    CC, I hope you can get your meds sorted out soon. Seems you 're all struggling with the hot weather in one way or another. Seems we wait ages for it to arrive and then ages sorting out the problems it causes!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2018 6:43pm (May 11th 2018)
     
    We're here for you too, Kate! :heart::face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2018 8:07pm (May 11th 2018)
     
    So good we can all share the good the bad and the funny things with out feeling a nuisance. xxx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2018 2:52pm (May 12th 2018)
     
    Here as promised is my latest fence art I call it Bird wharf
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2018 4:56pm (May 12th 2018)
     
    Birdy skyscrapers!!! So clever...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2018 8:06pm (May 12th 2018)
     
    That looks fantastic NN! What a great idea!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2018 8:29pm (May 13th 2018)
     
    Thank you it does look better in real life. The sun was so bright the colours didn't come out so good xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 6:52pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    I LOVE your "Bird wharf", NN. What a clever idea to use fence posts.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 7:12pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    Thank you Lynn I got two more projects on the go at the moment. I had to raid G/N's rubbish bin in the shed for one of them. Luckily he don't empty it non to often so I was able to find just what I wanted. He loves helping me with my crazy ideas and says he can not believe what crap I think up. Ha ha I took it as a compliment. Pictures will follow so keep watching this space xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 7:29pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    I'll be watching, NN:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 4:06pm (May 17th 2018) edited
     
    Here is what I have been messing about with its down the bottom of my garden and is badly in need of a good cheer up. We had some old red currant bushes there and they got so over grown and straggly I cut them down last year. I had an old venetian blind on my to be dumped heap or make and do pile !! So I had one or jam jars with lids in the shed then I raided G/N rubbish bin and found some old paint pot lids, and here is the finished result. It will look better when I get some plants in. But its a start. The small ones I did with wine bottle screw type caps. I got loads more slats so will have to think of something else to use them up so any ideas would be welcome
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 4:39pm (May 17th 2018)
     
    Brilliant! Grow something climby (technical gardening term. No, really...) round them and they'll look as if they grew there!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 5:21pm (May 17th 2018) edited
     
    yes good idea CC I had thought of a honey suckle but might sow a few climbing nasturtium seeds to be going on with as they will romp away like crazy there. I also use those gardening terms its easier than learning a load of old dead Latin ha ha......... I can not believe the whos on line thingies Me and 41 guests whats that all about pity some of them don't join us for a chin wag after all I got coffee and biscuits
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 5:25pm (May 17th 2018)
     
    Right gotta go G/N is going to cut grass and I have to move a couple of tubs, back later xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 5:55pm (May 17th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    NN I love them, they look awesome!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 7:55pm (May 17th 2018) edited
     
    Thank you Red its so good to make something out of old rubbish. This type of decoration costs so much in the shops. The blue blind had sat out since last year. I needed a bit of cord from it and as I was cutting it off I got thinking what a shame the slats are a nice thin metal. Then the idea came to me.xx
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 8:21pm (May 17th 2018)
     
    Wow, NN...they turned out great..love them!!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2018 2:58pm (May 18th 2018)
     
    Thank you Lynn...... Today I noticed this cute little web, high lighted by the saw dust from G/N power saw. Its even got a titchy little spider in the middle. Its only about an inch and a half across.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2018 6:09pm (May 18th 2018)
     
    Lovely pic!
    I think some of the 'guests; we see online are actually robots. Or bots. Can't remember the actual term - if Red or Neil see this they are computer savvy and will tell you properly!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2018 9:46pm (May 18th 2018)
     
    They look amazing NN! You have fabulous ideas!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2018 8:49pm (May 19th 2018) edited
     
    Thank you all for your kindness...... I want to share this little bird with you today. we have had them nest in our bird box for the last three years. They are called great tits and real good name for them as I think they are fantastic, I mean look at the size of that spider it has caught, I can not abide spiders so this little bird is my hero. Mind you I get the shivers thinking about the baby bird having it stuffed down its throat !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2018 5:44pm (May 20th 2018)
     
    Waaah! The very thought of swallowing a spider... Such beautiful clear pictures though, NN. We have bluetits in our nest box and the poor little things are zooming in and out all day - they must both be exhausted.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2018 3:22pm (May 21st 2018) edited
     
    Thanks CC, The pictures always look a lot better when they are the normal size. I have to make them smaller to fit on here. I know what you mean poor little things they must be back and forth hundreds of times a day its non ending. I do soak meal worms and put some out mornings and more for the evenings to help them. Plus loads of water sources. So far the black birds and sparrows have mainly been hogging them, but they need help also so don't mind, They still have the fat balls and seeds to go at when needed. The Great tits would rather feed spiders bugs and caterpillars so that's splendid. There must be plenty of them about as they have beaks full of them. The babies make so much noise but as soon as one of the cats go down the garden they go quiet, so as well as get food the parents keep a wonderful eye out. They are used to me being in the garden and I try not to go too close to their home, so they just carry on as usual which is lovely for me to be able to watch them.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2018 4:44pm (May 21st 2018)
     
    We put out coconut halves, full of seeds and fat. Everybody goes mad for them and the lesser spotted woodpecker was stuffing his beak so much today he made me feel quite ill. Then he flew home to feed the babies, I presume.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2018 6:33pm (May 21st 2018)
     
    I'm worrying about the local birds as they've started to check out the lawn for worms and the cats are checking them out! I try to keep them in first thing in the morning when they're most active.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2018 7:59pm (May 21st 2018)
     
    Oh wow CC I haven't seen a wood pecker since we moved here. We used to get a couple when we lived in London. Lucky you they seem to be so exotic and special. I was pulling weeds down the new orchard area this afternoon and the squirrel came sprinting along the fence. He didn't know I was there and almost fell of the fence in shock when it realised. Made me laugh to myself
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2018 8:25pm (May 22nd 2018)
     
    I saw a woodpecker a couple of weeks ago when we went for a walk from work. It was only because my friend said she'd been out walking a couple of days before with another friend who is really in to birdwatching and had told her they were about, and there it was in front of us! Don't get them where I live - too urban i think.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2018 6:10pm (May 23rd 2018)
     
    We did a Barred Owl rescue a week or so ago. The poor thing had just been sitting on a fence outside my friend's house for the whole day. I called a friend who owns a parrot sanctuary and she and her partner rushed the owl to a rehab place (PAWS - Lynnie, in Lynnwood) on the mainland. I hope it made it.

    I have four kinds of woodpeckers. They really are wonderful birds, aren't they?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2018 3:33pm (May 24th 2018)
     
    Yes they are wonderful birds I had never seen one up close until we moved to London even though I lived in the country most my life up to then. You would here them drumming on the trees though so there were plenty about. Its wonderful how they adapt themselves to the environment. So happy you knew someone to help the owl Diane, I so hope it survives. I haven't heart a cuckoo for a couple of years now any one have one in their neck of the woods ?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2018 3:36pm (May 24th 2018)
     
    Oh PS I forgot to say my baby birds have fledged now, they went Tuesday and I could here them up in the trees at the back of the garden, One parent kept coming back and checking all around the nesting box so I had a quick look and there was one on the ground dead. Looks like it had fallen. Poor little mite. How sweet that the parent didn't give up on it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2018 5:51pm (May 24th 2018) edited
     
    What was wrong with the owl, did you find out? That poor little fledgling; I am always torn between anticipation and terror when they fledge. (Is that a word? Or did I make it up?)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2018 9:47pm (May 24th 2018)
     
    I'm glad the other babies have fledged successfully, but how sad for that baby and for the parents who tried to help it. We think that animals don't care, but they really do.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 2:25pm (May 25th 2018)
     
    I know what you mean CC I get really nervous about it as that's the time cats are most likely to nab them. I remember years back when some black birds fledged almost in front of me and the were all on the ground and my cats were out, I kept picking them up and tossing them on the old gazebo roof and they kept coming down what a palaver still I managed to save them all. We have aslo had a blinking magpie coming to the garden they are worse than the cats Horrid things, I hate them even though I know how beautiful they are... but so cruel. Yes Kate it is amazing how animals will help each other.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 6:20pm (May 25th 2018)
     
    We have lots of magpies around - I think they've chased off everything else.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 6:24pm (May 25th 2018)
     
    A magpie and baby have been visiting to finish off the old catfood - but they soon shift when the crow visits!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2018 4:57pm (May 27th 2018)
     
    We don't have Magpies here. I don't think I've ever seen one in real life. In addition to cats, it is crows and raptures that are the danger for baby...anything here. I have had all kinds of hawks and owls in my yard. An eagle has never landed in front of me in the twenty years I've owned this property, but they fly over a lot.

    Sadly, they euthanized the owl. Just got word yesterday. Appreciation for any type of spiritual thing you do to help someone pass on their way. Sob. Kate, I don't know for sure but it seems like it was poisoned. :( It was unresponsive, although sitting upright all day on the fence and it was drooling
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2018 7:41pm (May 27th 2018)
     
    Poor Owl we have lost loads over. People poison the rats and mice poor old owl sees an easy meal and takes the poison that way so sad. They are so special and majestic xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2018 6:47pm (May 28th 2018)
     
    I'm in Wales at the moment and we saw a dead owl on the path yesterday. Don't know if it had been hit by a car or if it was poisoned too, but it's very sad to see. I'm so sorry about 'your' owl Diane. Such beautiful creatures but treated so badly.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2018 5:32pm (May 31st 2018)
     
    I have been messing about with photo shopping and managed to do this one of Mickey
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2018 5:33pm (May 31st 2018) edited
     
    Few more pictures of some of my flowers after the rain yesterday
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2018 5:35pm (May 31st 2018) edited
     
    every thing looks so fresh and new
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2018 5:37pm (May 31st 2018) edited
     
    My favourite is of the lily with the drip on the spur
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2018 6:19pm (May 31st 2018)
     
    Beautiful pictures,NN!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2018 2:30pm (Jun 1st 2018)
     
    Thank you Lynnxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2018 9:49pm (Jun 1st 2018)
     
    Lovely pictures - the rain has been really heavy at times, I'm surprised it hasn't battered the poor flowers. Just shows that nature takes care of itself and builds things to last!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2018 10:16am (Jun 2nd 2018)
     
    thanks Kate to be fair we haven't had it as bad as most. No storms just the usual sort of rain. It was heavy rain when I got up this morning but has eased and is quite bright now and starting to feel a bit humid.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2018 9:09pm (Jun 14th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Beautiful photos NN! And CC you were right, a lot of the guests are bots :bigsmile:

    You're like me NN, I hate throwing things away & if anything can be salvaged from it I will!! We were throwing out an old baby carry sling we bought for Toller when she was on crate rest, & I was able to turn it into a dog treat bag & keep all the extra buckles for dog collars :rolling:

    NN have you ever tried making things out of paracord? I got into it a few months back & it's really easy yet fulfilling!! Only problem is if I do too much I tend to twist/dislocate my fingers, but I can usually finish a 6+ft lead in two sittings!

    My favourite thing to make are multifunction dog leads, I looove being able to choose how many D clips the lead has and where they should sit :bigsmile: I'll try find some pics of my creations...okay the first pic is a harness for Toller, the second is a 7ft lead, and lastly some collars (:
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2018 10:31am (Jun 15th 2018)
     
    Thanks Red, The paracord leads and collars are superb and look so durable and strong they would probably cost loads bought from the shops. Shame we are not closer as I could see many crafting afternoons spent comfortably together with some cracking ideas taking shape. Ive not used paracord, but I can see why it would be uncomfortable to use after a while, it a quite heavy medium. I am into more arty stuff at the moment and have been designing and making up Christmas ideas, I even converted one half of the shed into a painting area but when its nice I am happy sitting outside where the light is so much better. I was thinking of having a little stall at a craft market all being well later in the year.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2018 5:47pm (Jun 15th 2018)
     
    They're brilliant, Red: you should sell them on Folksy or Etsy. Or post some to NN to sell on her stall!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2018 5:27pm (Jun 18th 2018)
     
    Yes! I agree with CC. They are awesome.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2018 6:57pm (Jun 19th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah that would be fun NN! (: I'm way more 'crafty' than arty, purely because I'm terrible at painting/drawing :rolling: But that does mean I get to try lots of different crafty hobbies...I love needle felting but don't seem to be very good at it haha. Paracording is my favourite because it creates things you vacant actually use!

    I have been doing digital continuous line doodles recently though (for anyone who's never heard of it, it's exactly as it sounds, you're not allowed to take your pen/finger off the paper/screen!!). I'd never heard of continuous line drawings before, but find the challenge really fun!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2018 6:58pm (Jun 19th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC & Diane!!:heart: It's a fun little hobby, I'm always trying to think up more pet things to make from paracord :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2018 7:45pm (Jun 19th 2018)
     
    Those doodles are great!!!!!

    I want to learn tatting. I can do the basics, but I've seen some lovely designs I'd love to try but I'm not skilled enough. I always wanted to learn how to do lace making - the one with the cushion and the bobbins? Don't know who'd teach me though and I don't have time to work through a tutorial at the moment. Maybe it's one for when I'm older (but I'll probably be arthritic with worse sight than I have now so find it impossible!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2018 1:45pm (Jun 20th 2018)
     
    Look at your local adult education classes, Kate; it's amazing the stuff they offer.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2018 1:56pm (Jun 20th 2018)
     
    I like your doodles Red. I tried tatting with a shuttle Kate but didn't get on with it. Ive never tried Needle felting but have watched it being done and some of the results were amazing. I have been messing about with a bit of photo shopping recently and that made a change, I do like to have a go at something different every so often
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2018 3:37pm (Jun 20th 2018)
     
    I have just treated myself to a needle felted bumble bee from Etsy from a clever lady called Lavender something; it's beautiful, she's so clever. But my friend says doing it can give you RSI through the constant movements!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2018 10:15pm (Jun 21st 2018)
     
    I have looked before CC, but if there's a class I like the look of it's often in the day (sort of goes against the principle of 'evening' classes!). Never anything interesting in the evening. I'd like to do dressmaking too but I'm a pretty rubbish seamstress to be honest! Next project is blinds for Caitlyn's room.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2018 6:11pm (Jun 22nd 2018)
     
    A lot of people learn stuff from Youtube. Didn't Red teach herself to crochet that way? Worth a look...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2018 7:46pm (Jun 25th 2018)
     
    Yes I've got some instructions off the internet for the blinds. Just need to find the time to do them now as they'll take me ages I'm sure! I'm self taught with knitting, crochet, tunisian crochet ... took me ages to understand shuttle tatting. Needle tatting is easier but I need to go back and learn how to read a pattern. Craftsy is quite good - they have tutorials but are quite expensive. However, every now and then they have a free weekend so I download anything that looks interesting and watch when i have time!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2018 9:06pm (Jun 27th 2018)
     
    got some garden pictures will post some tomorrow all being well xxx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2018 5:52pm (Jul 1st 2018) edited
     
    At last I got round to sorting out some flower pics for you as promised
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2018 5:54pm (Jul 1st 2018) edited
     
    I got quite a few pots and tubs this year
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2018 5:57pm (Jul 1st 2018) edited
     
    The daisy G/N got me last year has bloomed beautiful again
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2018 6:00pm (Jul 1st 2018) edited
     
    This calla Lily is so pretty
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2018 6:03pm (Jul 1st 2018) edited
     
    The carnations have been beautiful this year and they smell soooo lovely
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2018 6:05pm (Jul 1st 2018) edited
     
    My Bottle brush bush is so lovely this year
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2018 6:09pm (Jul 1st 2018)
     
    Sorry the pictures are a bit jumbled but then again so is my garden, But I love it that way as do the birds that visit. Right I am off to pick some raspberries now they are plentiful this year and so lovely warm from the sun with a naughty sprinkle of sugar and fresh cream.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2018 3:34pm (Jul 2nd 2018)
     
    God, I hate you NN! :rolling: They're so beautiful!! I have spurge, thistles, nettles (ta, NN!), peanut plants (ta, squirrels!), teasels, moss and an unidentified tall thing with teeny tiny red flowers that the hoverflies and small bees love! New lawn being laid this month. But with no chickens left and having had to have Fred rabbit put down last week, perhaps this lawn might last a little longer. Until I cave in and get a couple of bantams and a buck for poor Roger as she seems bereft without Fred.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2018 6:16pm (Jul 2nd 2018)
     
    Please don't hate me CC I only show you the best bits. I got all the same weeds as you and no lawn as such its just grassed, and a bit yellow with the heat at the moment. I didn't want a manicured garden I like my little hidden spots of delight that you come across here and there. Would you feel a bit better if I did a few weedy area pictures.?!!!!! So sorry to hear about Fred I still miss my bunnies and hens and have thought about getting more, but it is so hard to get some one to see to the cats let alone any other animals if we need to be away over night and with Sootz getting old he hates us being away so don't want him fretting.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2018 6:19pm (Jul 2nd 2018) edited
     
    I did say I would put pictures up of the blankets I made after Christmas so here you go I found three this one is a virus pattern. Colour is peaches and cream
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2018 6:22pm (Jul 2nd 2018) edited
     
    This one is a baby blanket its worked in strips and then they are sewn or crochet together. I made two one for baby Evey and one for who ever wants one
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2018 6:24pm (Jul 2nd 2018) edited
     
    This Baby sized blanket took ages as all the circles are interlinked, I made it just to keep busy, but Im sure some one will want it eventually !!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 2:50am (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    Holy smoke. All this art is gorgeous.

    I'm spending my days preparing food for a dog, goats, kittens. :) Love it though.

    Keep up the fabulous art work!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 10:25am (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    Time we had some more pictures of your beautiful animals Diane, that's if you can get away from the kitchen xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 1:43pm (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    Virus pattern?? What a name for such a pretty thing! :rolling: Beautiful blankets - lucky kids!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 7:47pm (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    I missed that about Fred. :face-crying::face-crying::face-crying::face-crying: What happened?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 8:01pm (Jul 3rd 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    NN!!!! The photos and the blankets haha :heartsabove::heartsabove: :heartsabove:

    I loooove the last flower in the first post, & the 2nd + 3rd pics in the second!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 9:08pm (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    Wow NN, the flowers are sooooo beautiful and the blankets are awesome!!!:heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 11:05pm (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    The flowers are beautiful! The calla lily looks lovely - it doesn't look like it has a stamen(?) in the middle so assume its safe around cats? And your blankets are beautiful! The patterns are lovely-never seen the interlinking circles one. I'm thinking of just making some random ones - I know a few people who have either got married recently or are thinking of having a second child, so I'm sure they'd find a home. I sometimes look at making clothing instead but it always looks quite hard to follow. I have to really like the look of something. Have seen some very intricate blankets too - would keep me busy for a while!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2018 8:43am (Jul 4th 2018)
     
    Thank you for your lovely comments. I am getting on with the knitted blanket now. Took a while to get back into it even though it is a simple basket weave pattern and I even frogged it after doing six inches as I didn't like the size needles they suggested and decided its much better on a size smaller.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2018 2:48pm (Jul 4th 2018)
     
    One morning Fred couldn't use his back legs. They treated him for arthritis but then realised no messages at all were getting through to his back legs. They said there was an outside chance that 6 -8 MONTHS of cage rest might help but I couldn't do that to a rabbit who was already knocking on. I was in bits but I think it was the right thing. The vet thought so. If anyone needs Metacam for an arthritic animal I have a bottle with one dose taken from it.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2018 8:02pm (Jul 4th 2018)
     
    Poor Fred and yes you did the right thing it would have been awful for him after being free to suddenly being enclosed all the time. He had a wonderful life with you and I know how much you will miss him. Thinking of you with Love CC
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2018 10:24pm (Jul 4th 2018)
     
    It's that quality over quantity decision - better to have a really good life and then have to let them go than have the last few months of life being miserable, stressful and unhappy. It really doesn't make it any easier for the owners that love them though - we enjoy their love and companionship and then feel the pain and sadness of their loss. I'm so sorry you had to let him go but it was that last great kindness. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 5th, 2018 12:57pm (Jul 5th 2018) edited
     
    Thanks, everybody. I had a lovely sympathy card from the vet receptionist today - handwritten. I know it's perhaps normal practice to soften the blow of the subsequent bill but I appreciated it! Anyone got any use for the Metacam?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2018 8:03pm (Jul 6th 2018) edited
     
    Mickey is such a clown at times here he is knocking the birds water out of the apple tree and then doing his Elvis impression
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2018 8:06pm (Jul 6th 2018) edited
     
    He can be so clumsy at times its those long back legs they have a mind of their own
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2018 8:08pm (Jul 6th 2018) edited
     
    He does laugh at himself but lets you know when to stop with one hard stare ha ha
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2018 11:28pm (Jul 6th 2018)
     
    Such a gorgeous boy, just like my Jenson! He isn't very cat like at times either - he has to haul himself up the fence whereas the others can do it in a single bound.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2018 12:17am (Jul 8th 2018)
     
    Well, now I am certain that Hakuin (little tabby kitten) is a boy. Thanks for the comparison photo NN ;)

    CC BIG HUGS about sweet Fred. So hard.