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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2015 10:48pm (Apr 27th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Has Lyle been posting on the forum telling tales again?! :_oh_really:

    :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2015 12:01am (Jul 21st 2015)
     
    We keep seeing something interesting - Tabby keeps bringing back eggs. I think they're pigeon eggs, and they're usually intact but with a sort of star crack on them where she's probably dropped it. No idea where she's getting them from and at first thought they'd maybe been knocked out of the next but it's too frequent now. So far the count is up to 4 - one of them was quite developed but the others have been quite fresh I think. The grandkids saw her bring one of them back and tried to 'save' it by building it a nest, but when we found Caitlyn trying to sneak it up to her bedroom (it was stone cold and cracked so not a good prospect to find in a week\s time!) I persuaded her to bury it. I asked if they wanted to say a prayer and they said they didn't know how because they don't go to church. (Do schools not do the lords prayer any more?)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2015 12:48am (Jul 21st 2015)
     
    No, it's probably regarded as being offensive to our Jewish/Muslim/Hindu friends. Who, in my experience, don't give two hoots!
    Perhaps Tabby wants to go veggie and is trying to tell you gently? :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2015 12:15am (Jul 22nd 2015)
     
    Could be - it's an improvement on last year's water hyacinths. They scared the bejesus out of me - looked like some kind of alien when they were left on the patio!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2015 10:56am (Jul 24th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Kateb They scared the bejesus out of me - looked like some kind of alien when they were left on the patio!

    Hahahaha! :rolling:

    Our Primary school used to make us do the lord's prayer, it was introduced when I was about ten. I hated it. I wasn't religious, so I refused to do it, why should I? Everyone else would bow their heads and murmur and I would stare straight ahead, mouth tight shut. Then they started making you recite it, alone, as punishment. Still know the bl**dy words fifteen years later...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2015 10:32pm (Jul 31st 2015)
     
    http://youtu.be/-LMgkGesoVI

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/-LMgkGesoVI

    Don't know if the above links will work (they are both for the same thing). Fantastic pair of rats having a lovely time doing tricks and assault courses!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2015 11:15am (Aug 1st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sooooo cute!

    I loved the one where the rat recognised the words and acted accordingly...I want to do that with Kasper! Pulling the rope on the car as well... :heartsabove:

    Some of those tricks must have taken some serious shaping...I mean the 'thief' one, where the rat takes the money...you'd have to reinforce several times the opening of the bag, going in, taking out the wallet, opening the wallet, taking out the money AND bringing it to the owner!! That's some really cool training! :smile:

    I saw another awesome rat training video where they 'rescued' a teddybear by hauling it up a rope, it was hilarious! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2015 10:15pm (Aug 3rd 2015)
     
    Rats are highly intelligent and once they've leant a couple of tricks I'm told it gets easier to teach. Saying that I never managed to teach my rats anything other than taking tissues from me!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 10th, 2015 3:17pm (Aug 10th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So far Archie knows to touch a target with his nose (a pen) and he's also learning to accept things touching his body...I'm wearing gardening gloves just in case :rolling: although 's been fine so far. He still gets scared immediately after I open the cage door, but once I've fed him a few treats he regains confidence and can do his tricks :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 10th, 2015 6:14pm (Aug 10th 2015)
     
    Not long before he sits on your hand then!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2015 12:45am (Aug 11th 2015)
     
    What a darling video of the rats. You'd have to take a lot of time to train them like that girl did. I loved the part where it takes the money..LOL
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2015 9:18pm (Aug 12th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hopefully, CC! Bit worried about getting him out of the cage and him making a run for it, so we'll have to start that slowly...but no, he's doing great
    :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2015 4:00am (Aug 17th 2015)
     
    Well this is cool I just got here on my smartphone. I didn't know it could do it. I guess I like it a bit better now.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2015 10:43am (Aug 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Awesome :) My last mobile phone was really good for being able to use the internet on it, it was just like a mini laptop!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 11:43am (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    Oh nearly forgot to tell you. Sootz has alerted us to the frogs arriving in the pond all plumped up and getting ready for the mating season. He is a little sod to get away from the pond night times. His front legs are all wet and he makes himself as heavy as possible, hoping we are unable to lift him. He just pushes them back under every time they pop their heads up for air. This morning the Koi are all gathered up one corner waiting for eggs. Poor froggies what a difficult life for them.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 4:22pm (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    Reminds me of that toy where heads pop up and you have to push them down again, NN - can't you buy him one of those to keep his paws dry?:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 5:16pm (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    Ha ha thats a good idea CC. He loves water so he isnt worried about wet paws I am though as he always wants to dry them stamping about on me.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2016 7:35pm (May 21st 2016)
     
    Wow! We have grown another camera!
    Lovely, lovely.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 10:00pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    Did anyone see Rescue Dog to Hero Dog (or something like that) on Channel 4 last night? It was really good! Two trainers chose two rescue dogs to be support dogs for two people with disabilities. One man had tourettes and a lady had narcolepsy and cataplexy (or something like that). Her muscles would spasm and collapse so she sometimes had trouble walking, and she would collapse for between 20 secs and 2 mins where she knew everthing that was going on and could see and hear, but couldn't move.

    They used clicker training and positive reinforcement, and basically taught the new owners how to train them for the first couple of weeks and then had them at their home to refine their training. The tourettes dog (a beautiful black lab) did SO well and was such a quick learner. The other dog (a boxer cross) who'd lived as a stray for several months, was more difficult (lots of pent up energy) but she got it just in time and was fantastic! Keep an eye out for it on catch up or repeat - it was well worth a watch. I sat here sobbing!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2016 5:37pm (Jun 10th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebThe tourettes dog (a beautiful black lab) did SO well and was such a quick learner.


    I love the image of a dog swearing incessantly. :D

    Woof! F###ing b#####ds! Woof! sc##w your dog biscuits!!! WOof give me some f####ing steak!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2016 6:22pm (Jun 10th 2016)
     
    It was fabulous, Kate; I loved it. And the fact that two dogs found their forever homes was wonderful.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2016 7:29pm (Jun 10th 2016)
     
    Neil: I'm crying wi laughter! Fab image-glad I didn't phrase that very well!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2016 7:13pm (Nov 20th 2016)
     
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2016 11:58am (Nov 21st 2016)
     
    I saw that Kate and was very tempted as we do miss our hens they are such lovely pets. Also we didnt waste that much food as they always ate what we didnt want and turned it into the most yummy golden yolked eggs. We took hen house apart now and with me off traveling every so often its difficult to fine someone that can look after them.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2016 4:05pm (Nov 21st 2016)
     
    I was just reading it, said nothing, but LSE looked over my shoulder and said 'NO!'
    Spoilsport.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2016 4:40pm (Nov 22nd 2016)
     
    Ha ha just what G/N would have said although he would have rambled on a bit about the why's and wherefores to be fair
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2016 7:25pm (Nov 22nd 2016)
     
    I know people dip in and out of Hencam all the time so thought maybe someone might see it. Wonder who they supply - can't believe they want the flock changed every 13 months!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2016 12:56pm (Nov 30th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A lot of backyard hen keepers change their hens every year - I was shocked when I found out too! Comes down to the fact that after a year they don't lay as many eggs, so it's 'more economical' to eat them and replace them with young hens each year. When we were looking for our first hens we asked at a little cottage which had an "eggs for sale" sign and he said he didn't have any spare hens as he'd just 'changed' them...

    Obviously these people aren't keeping them as pets. :)

    It sounds a bit horrible but it's still a better life than 99% of chickens have I guess.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2016 6:46am (Dec 3rd 2016)
     
    I know a lot of people over here do that too, Neil..My hens stay here till they die of old age...I can't even eat the eggs my girls lay..I leave that up to Don. I'm not much of a farmer. I love my girls and could never think of eating one of them..Ewwwy!:ack2:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2016 2:25pm (Dec 3rd 2016)
     
    I'm so glad you said that, Lynn; I get ribbed mercilessly because I can't eat the eggs my girls lay! I can now say that I Am Not Alone.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2016 10:47am (Dec 18th 2016) edited
     
    I have just read a book about "The Shipping Forecast"
    I love the music that precedes it at 12:48am on Radio4.
    I(I know I've told you this story before) I first heard it driving home after my first "alternative" delivery.
    I was on such a high, l swung the steering wheel from side to side in time to the rhythm on this very quiet road.
    If you have listened to the "poetry" of the shipping forecast, you may be interested in "The Chicken Forecast"
    Google it....
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2016 5:38pm (Dec 18th 2016)
     
    ohh that sounds interesting will certainly Google it. Thanks Ollie xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2016 8:21pm (Dec 18th 2016)
     
    It's brilliant, Ollie - I never heard that before. I had to write an easy arrangement of 'Sailing By' for my friend when she was first marooned in america, as she was so homesick she wanted to be able to play it!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2016 10:22pm (Dec 22nd 2016)
     
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dFdas-kMF74

    Try this one for the music by Ronald Binge

    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2017 8:47pm (Apr 25th 2017)
     
    Just noticed those two eggs by the coop door.
    Or are they a couple of mushrooms?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2017 10:54am (Apr 26th 2017)
     
    Hi Ollie dont think they are eggs and the hens keep pecking at then.. could be a treat that you fill or something similar Well spotted though I didnt notice then till you said xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2017 6:53pm (May 17th 2017)
     
    Did you see the WW2 bomb they found in Birmingham? Apparently it was the biggest found since the war. - 500lbs. It caused traffic chaos but well done to the armed forces for their quick work. We're about 6 miles away but hubby heard the explosion. I was at work so just got stuck in all the traffic.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2017 6:04pm (May 18th 2017)
     
    Blimey...I hadn't realised they detonated, I thought they just defused it or took it away. But of course it'd be far too unstable for that, wouldn't it? Do you know anyone who lives near it, Kate?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2017 10:32pm (May 18th 2017)
     
    No, but I know people who usually come that way to work and had to take a big detour!!

    They usually do take them away or defuse, but when it was found they had to roll it over to get to the fuses, realised it was in a very bad way, and decided the safest option was to blow it up. They built a big sand enclosure (trucks were arriving through the night apparently) out of those huge bags like the builders have then kaboom!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2017 6:49pm (May 19th 2017)
     
    Eric would have loved that - I would have had to bring him coffee and sarnies as he settled in for the whole day to watch. Anything that goes bang!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2017 10:49pm (May 19th 2017)
     
    Wow..I didn't know there were still UXBs around. Dang, that's scary.:046:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2017 6:07pm (May 20th 2017)
     
    Plenty of them hiding in city centres still, Lynn; a few building sites reveal old bombs every year left over from the blitz. Postcards from Adolf, my gran used to say.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2017 6:27pm (May 20th 2017)
     
    :face-crying: That's awful
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2017 10:53pm (May 20th 2017)
     
    Two days after they blew it up they found another in a shed - assume it was a lot smaller as haven't heard any more about it. They believe there could be many more that people picked up in the war believing them to be harmless.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2017 9:06pm (May 22nd 2017)
     
    Wow, I sure hope not Kate. That would be horrible if one of them went off now.:face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2017 11:37pm (May 23rd 2017)
     
    I know! Hopefully the big bomb will encourage anyone who does have one to contact the authorities and have it disposed of.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2017 7:11pm (May 24th 2017)
     
    Such sadness with the terrible attack in Manchester. My heart goes out to all the poor souls caught up in it xxxxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2017 10:07pm (May 24th 2017)
     
    Likewise. My friend had tickets for the concert but they had a really busy weekend and the logistics to get there were too difficult so thankfully she sold them. The people that did this are monsters.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2017 3:30pm (May 25th 2017)
     
    But the stories of people helping eachother have been quite inspiring; when the chips are down, people can be quite heroic.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2017 7:30am (May 26th 2017)
     
    I don't know what these horrible people think they are going to accomplish with all these terrible attacks. I'm so very sorry for the people who were hurt and killed in this attack in Manchester. :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2017 5:32pm (Jun 6th 2017)
     
    Hi everyone.

    Checking in on all of you. Is everyone ok? I still think of you often.

    Much love,
    Diane
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2017 8:13pm (Jun 6th 2017)
     
    Yay its Diane and you are just what we need to help keep every thing on here going. There isnt many of us now xxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2017 8:27pm (Jun 6th 2017)
     
    Hi Diane, hope you are well! Like NN said it's very quiet on here now,

    My grandkids are 9 and 6 now - makes me feel old! Still have the cats, still working - in fact little has changed apart from getting older!

    How're you? xx
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2017 1:20am (Jun 7th 2017)
     
    Wow, Kate, 9 and 6! Time flies. I have four jobs. And yet, I don't work very hard. My beloved kitty, Martin, passed away in October. His sister Maya and my sweet dog Holly are doing well. But, yes, everyone is older. I have a LOT of wild animals right outside my front door. About 20 deer (no kidding) stop by each day, 4 grey squirrels and 4 native red squirrels battle constantly for territory; woodpeckers; doves; quail; 4 rabbits (not sure what's going on with the number 4...). Lot of other birds. It's literally wild out there.

    Nanny N - when CC told me WHO was still on, that's when I decided to come back. My favorite people are still here! Awesome.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2017 10:43am (Jun 7th 2017)
     
    Time most certainly does fly by I can not believe I will be seventy one next month. Still keeping busy and flitting about here and there though. Do post some of your beautiful photos Diane. I have seen some of them on face book now and then when a mutual friend likes them. Next time I see some I will make it clear to you its me !! So glad CC gave you the heads up and you are here. Well done CC you are a real star. ( well we all knew that anyhow just didnt admit it thats all!)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2017 1:36pm (Jun 7th 2017) edited
     
    Hi there Dianne. Good to see you back. I don't come as often as before but do read thro' at least once a week.
    The hens are so funny. Have you seen their wonderful new coop, lt's magnificent!
    Red isn't well. She has frequent seizures which restrict her magnificent work of training their four dogs, and some of the other pets at times.
    She puts out an almost daily blog about them and sometimes adding about herself.
    Http://scarlybobs.wordpress.com.
    I did find some other of her blogs but lost them again. (Can anyone else help here please?)
    Hope to hear again from you....
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2017 7:35pm (Jun 7th 2017)
     
    Hi Ollie how are you? Hope all is well so good to hear from you xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2017 4:58pm (Jun 8th 2017)
     
    Yes, how are you doing?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2017 7:42pm (Jun 9th 2017)
     
    Sounds like the wildlife think you're a double size ark with the double pairs!!

    I'm so sorry about Martin. Emmett my oldest cat passed away last year - she was 22. Arthritic, one eye, and deaf, but up to the last week she coped well. She faded over a 5 day period, and passed away on the Sunday night, 2 hours after my eldest son-her favourite human - got home. I'm sure she waited for him. I volunteer at a Cat Protection rehoming centre which I really enjoy - it's good to give something back.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2017 12:47am (Jun 11th 2017)
     
    Hi Ollie!

    Yes, Red is one of the people I have been able to keep up with as she and I are both avid facebook users. I hope everything is well for you. How are you doing?

    Kate, it's beyond an ark at this point. At least four of everything but usually more. Wow, Emmett was 22, wow. It doesn't matter how old they are though. It's very tough to lose them. I'm glad your son got to be with her. That's a GREAT volunteer job for you. Awesome. Thanks, about Martin. Losing him hit me pretty hard.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2017 2:15pm (Jun 16th 2017)
     
    Phew a few days to recoup and then next house guests arrive. Its been busy but fun with Brittany from New Jersey USA and Alex from Australia. It is so quiet with out all the fun and laughter. Been busy sorting out the garden this morning. Still loads to do but we are getting there.I havent forgotten your nettle root CC will do it early next week all being well. To hot for long gloves and a thick coat at the moment Still bound to get stung though xxxxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2017 5:41pm (Jun 16th 2017)
     
    I hope not! There's no urgency, NN. I wanted to replant some nettles from the footpath but the council keep sending out the Naughty Boys who nuke everything before it gets a chance to grow! Who are your next house guests?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2017 8:18am (6 days ago)
     
    Ok CC will wait until it is a tad cooler then as dont want them to shrivel up in the post. Its been way to hot for me these last few days. Looks like another scorcher today as well. We get them round spraying also CC and they do right behind our back fence I wouldn't mind so much but the never seem to get the pesky bramble that grows a mile a minute, but endanger the grape vine on my side. Poor thing struggles on though. Next house guests are from Norway so there will be plenty of fun and the days will pass much to quickly.