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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2011 9:19am (Sep 14th 2011)
     
    My Best is a ten day trip starting today with a load of other midwives of all ages, to our "Retreat" that we have every September.
    This time we are in a converted barn in Devon (near Hugh Fearnley-Whittinstall's River Cottage - VERY expensive at his place).
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2011 3:02pm (Sep 14th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Enjoy your trip Ollie :)

    Thanks for the good luck wishes everybody...it paid off!!! :tooth: The man we met with was so helpful, and we're all set and ready to go now! Once we've set up a website and sorted logos and packaging, we're ready to begin selling - starting off with a market stall!
    :crazy:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2011 3:04pm (Sep 14th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, another best thing: the TV repair man said out TV couldn't be fixed...rubbish seeing as it's not that old and we'd only had it 3 weeks! But then the guy said he'd give us one he was giving to a charity shop FOR FREE!! And it's apparently a designer brand (?!) but best of all it works!!! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2011 4:28pm (Sep 14th 2011)
     
    Have a nice jolly, Ollie!
    Well done on the business and the telly, Red!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2011 11:56pm (Sep 14th 2011)
     
    Enjoy your retreat Ollie, can't believe its that time of year already!

    What fab news Red! Don't forget us when you're a famous entrepreneur and opening a huge factory to produce your dog treats! When you get your market stall maybe you should have little 'taster' samples like they do in M&S in case anyone brings their dog along!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 3:26am (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    Red, that is wonderful news, just what we all had hoped for..a market stall is a great idea. I know you and Lyle will do well with this venture..I just know it will be a grand success.

    Kate, I'm sorry the job didn't work out so well for Danny. There is no sense in him killing his back for a minimum wage job with no future, retraining sounds like the best thing for him.

    Ollie, I hope you have a great time on your trip, it sounds like fun.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 3:19pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks everybody! We're very excited - yep Kate we're going to have free tasters! My dad's helped us design business cards today and is printing them, we're picking them up tonight :smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 4:09pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    Well done Red and good luck with all the doggy treats.

    Kate I do hope Danny can find a job that will suit as his back pain can be so liniting and debilitating.

    Ollie have a loverley time with the gals.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 5:25pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    My best thing; just agreed to buy two sablepoot (!! no, realy!) Millefleur yellow bantam hens...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 11:43pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    You're making that up CC! Either that or your fingers have got muddled up and you can't type properly! :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 11:45pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    OK, I had to google it. Curiosity got the better of me because I know Red will post to say how lovely they are etc etc. OMG, they are fantastic! What beautiful birds!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 11:46pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    My best for today - we had the fence done on the right hand side of the garden. (Yes, I am easily pleased!) It has really finished it off and made such a difference!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2011 6:11pm (Sep 16th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC, they are lovely ( :001_tt2: Kate!) nah seriously though, they're very pretty, a booted bantam too! Did you say you were getting lemon ones (the page has turned and I'm too lazy to check back :P )? They're very rare, where are you getting them from?! Supposed to be good layers for a bantam rare breed too!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2011 7:11pm (Sep 16th 2011)
     
    About ten miles away. I was going to introduce them at night, popping them in with the others. Good idea or not? Help! Never done this before, only introduced Livia to Onion, one-to-one.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2011 4:21pm (Sep 17th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, that's a good way to put them together. You might want to do it a few nights and keep them separated in the daytime, before leaving them together 24/7. A little fighting is fine, but if it gets serious distract with treats or chuck water over them! If anybody winds up bleeding they will need separating too until healed, but it shouldn't come to that :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2011 4:22pm (Sep 17th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: going to see my Aunt, Uncle and their grandaughter :) Haven't seen them in ages and we got to give Chip, their elderly Doberman cross who's very overweight, some of our treats!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2011 8:27pm (Sep 17th 2011)
     
    Well, I carefully put them in the henhouse with a trellis separating them from the others...but Trinny and Susannah squeezed through the gaps! Sinead is outraged, Onion's not bothered and Lemon is traumatised - he's not sure what they are as the poots speak a different language (beep...beep... it's like being in Sainsburys!). When I looked in to check, there was an invisible line down the middle of the henhouse - them and us!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2011 8:36pm (Sep 17th 2011)
     
    I may take them some time to get use to each other, CC...as long as they don't come to blows, you're off to a good start. I just put 10 black Austrolorps in with our old girls and they are getting along fine now. First few days the old girls stayed away from the babies, but now they all stay together when they are out in the grass messing around. Wishing you good luck with your new girls.:face-smile: They sound lovely!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 12:05am (Sep 18th 2011)
     
    If only CC knew how to put pictures on here we could all see just how cute they are [sigh]!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 12:12am (Sep 18th 2011)
     
    OK, my update from cat rehoming today.

    Thelma and Louise, 2 black cats that have been there since December, have finally gone to a home! They were collected this morning and it was great to see them leave - they were lovely girls who were very aloof and wary when they first arrived, but became very friendly and relaxed as time went on.

    Foxy, a 12 year old, is reserved. Max, an FIV boy, has gone. Buffy is now reserved again too (which made me feel better about showing a family a cute long hair which they adopted!) Best news of all is that my absolute favourite, James, is reserved. (see pic!) He is an FIV boy but has such a wonderful sweet nature. He can only go to a home with no cats or other FIV cats. I was saying to the manager what a shame it was I couldn't take him and she said someone was coming to see him. The lady duly arrived. She had rehomed another FIV boy (Samson) in April, 4 days before James arrived. I spent a lot of time chatting to her and she was absolutely lovely! Lets hope James and Samson can be friends. She's collecting him next week so said I'd be able to have a cuddle with him next Saturday before she takes him. I'm going to go down and do a couple of hours tomorrow (well, today as its now Sunday) as they're really short staffed this weekend.
      James the cat.png
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 3:27pm (Sep 18th 2011)
     
    Good news about James! They have to be indoor cats, don't they? I wish more people knew about that - so many imprison perfectly healthy cats in a house and never let them out. If they want to do that, an FIV cat would be ideal.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 11:41pm (Sep 18th 2011)
     
    Yes CC, or have an enclosed garden so that they don't come in contact with other cats. Another FIV cat has been reserved - they seem to be very popular at the moment! Patch is still there though - he's FIV and bad tempered with it. He clawed my leg really deeply a few weeks ago.

    I went down and helped out again this morning - the people that've reserved Buffy were there and they might change their minds and have kittens instead. Part of me felt a bit angry about that, but then if they're not sure about her its better to change their minds now than bring her back in a week. She's been messed about too much already.

    There are 2 new girls on the corridor, Candy and Poppy. They're owner was an old man who went into hospital so they went to a cattery. 4 months later he has died so they're being rehomed. Candy is a dead ringer for a Maine Coon, and Poppy is a huge tabby and white girl. I've never seen such bit females before! Poppy hides outside and Candy is either fussy or growling. Can't make her out yet. I also saw 2 girls on the admissions corridor yesterday - they are a very unusual colour, the same as one of NN's cats but I can't remember which. They're not Maine Coons, just long-haired tabbies. I haven't had chance to meet them properly yet.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2011 7:49pm (Sep 20th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenGood news about James! They have to be indoor cats, don't they? I wish more people knew about that - so many imprison perfectly healthy cats in a house and never let them out. If they want to do that, an FIV cat would be ideal.

    I could never keep a house cat (unless there's a reason such as FIV) :( My friend has four cats all kept inside, and they're all really miserable and always try and bolt out the door...letting cats outside lets them behave as nature intended, Nelly loves going outside and climbing trees and hunting, although she does spend most her time inside being spoilt :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2011 9:10pm (Sep 20th 2011)
     
    I've heard that in america there are people who also have the claws removed from indoor cats to save their furniture!! :gasp: Also de-voicing dogs to stop them barking.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2011 11:30pm (Sep 20th 2011)
     
    I agree Red, and you are right CC. However, I would consider my cats 'indoor' cats, but it's their choice - the door is open and they sit in the garden but never leave it. If I hadn't had them their whole lives I'd put it down to age, but even as young cats the furthest they went was the garden at the back of our house because it was completely overgrown so they could hide in it. Emmett got stuck up the tree at the side of our house when she was a kitten - maybe that put her off adventures!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2011 4:48pm (Sep 21st 2011)
     
    That's up to them - like me never going on holiday! But they have the option and choose to stay near you - you should be flattered!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2011 11:17pm (Sep 21st 2011)
     
    Hmm, I think it's more that they're just too damn lazy to go anywhere especially now they're elderly!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2011 4:49pm (Sep 22nd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's totally not the same if they decide. My friend's cat once got out the attic window (four storeys up!!), managed to get down to the ground and disappeared for almost a month. They found her heavily pregnant and she gave birth to just one kitten that died, it was very sad :C
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2011 11:38pm (Sep 22nd 2011)
     
    That's a shame Red. Did I mention that the black kitten that had been in my car engine with its sister has disappeared. Mommy cat (Lola) and the tortie kitten are still around, and it continues to climb up into car engines to hide. Just this week I saw it go up into the car at the house opposite, and 2 mins later the car had gone. Don't know if the kitten went with it or not.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2011 11:22pm (Sep 24th 2011)
     
    This probably shouldn't be in the 'best thing ...' thread. I went to the rehoming centre today and James had already gone! :face-sad: So had Bourbon and Biscuit, and Professor Digger. Still, its a good thing they all have homes. There's another lovely FIV boy, Tustin, and several of the torties are still there. I hadn't met Pippa before, but she was lovely! Very keen to be fussed, kept licking my arm and nipping when she got excited but not hard enough to hurt. Margaret who's worked there for many years, took us to see Wilbur on the admissions corridor. He is so much like James but without the FIV! He had lived with an old lady who died. He is just so very very sweet and I am sorely tempted!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2011 7:49am (Sep 25th 2011)
     
    Posted By: KatebHe is just so very very sweet and I am sorely tempted!


    Go for it, Kate.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2011 5:13pm (Sep 25th 2011)
     
    Go on...you know you want to!:face-smile::face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2011 11:22pm (Sep 25th 2011)
     
    But I know my girls would NOT be happy, and I'm already feeding 2 strays so must seriously consider the extra expense. If he makes it over to the homing corridor and doesn't get snapped up before then I'll spend some proper time with him and seriously think about it.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2011 1:53pm (Sep 26th 2011)
     
    I would be terrible if I was there I would want more cats as well. Mind you I think the ones I already have would be mighty cross there is hardly any room on my bed nights as it is.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2011 4:05pm (Sep 26th 2011)
     
    Well if you will be so selfish as to get on the bed yourself, what can you expect??? If you and Grandad North slept in a basket in the kitchen, there'd be plenty of room. Tch. Selfish...:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2011 11:43pm (Sep 26th 2011)
     
    2 of the cats in there NN are the same colouring as one of yours - I just can't remember which one. The very dark one. Anyway, they've been homed and returned 5 times so far. They aren't lap cats, and one of them will only ever be a cat that lives in your house (the other one is slightly friendlier so there's a slim chance it'll give a human some attention!) but people see how beautiful they are and think they'll 'change', but they don't so they bring them back saying "they won't sit with me".
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2011 1:01pm (Sep 27th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Lyle got a new laptop charger, I HAVE INTERNET!!!!!! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2011 10:49pm (Sep 28th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: the Kasper's Kitchen website is now live and it all makes sense! All the pages have the right text, pretty much, and all the links work, hurrah! Now we just have to bake and photograph all the treats, and then work out prices. From now on is the fun part :smile: :smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2011 7:39am (Sep 29th 2011)
     
    Red this is fantastic i cant wait to see the new site :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2011 5:29pm (Sep 29th 2011)
     
    Well done - it's all happening!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2011 7:45pm (Sep 29th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks, we're both very excited and have been showing off our snazzy new site!! :smile: Gotta get cracking with the baking now and work on our icing recipe!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2011 9:27pm (Sep 29th 2011)
     
    My Best =
    Saw my Consultant today and after showing me a very grizzly Xray of my hip, has promised me a new one in the early New Year. New hip, that is, not a new Xray!

    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2011 11:50pm (Sep 29th 2011)
     
    New Year ... new joint ... hip hip hooray!!! (sorry!) I hope it gives you lots of relief Ollie. Are you suffering pain in the hip or is it your back/knee that's been feeling it? I wish I had the nerve to get my bunions done - my feet are agony most days now but I'm a complete coward.

    Red - are you going to be selling on the internet too? Once you're up and running we'll have to share your site with our doggie owning friends!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2011 1:46am (Sep 30th 2011)
     
    So Pleased about your new hip news Ollie, I bet you are relieved to know you haven't got to long to wait for it.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2011 7:02am (Sep 30th 2011)
     
    Ollie, I'm so glad to hear they are going to do something to help your hip. GREAT NEWS. It's going to make your life so much better not having the pain in your hip anymore.:bighug:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2011 9:55am (Sep 30th 2011)
     
    It's all been so quick too. I have had a bit of a prob with hip for some time, then older friend said to get an early referal and not wait till very bad.
    This last three weeks it has become more painful.
    Backache, as I tend to stoop and it reminds me to straighten up.
    Knee and down leg pain is just "refered" pain and nothing to worry about.

    Kate - I'll have to remember that "hip hip hooray!".

    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2011 10:09am (Sep 30th 2011)
     
    I liked the hip hip hooray as well Ollie and as you are leaving the house that day you can also say I am just nipping out for a joint !!!! Joking apart thank goodness your friend mentioned asking for an early referal. I often think we are all a bit shy at putting ourselves forward so tend to miss out.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2011 6:56pm (Sep 30th 2011)
     
    Best:i have another Hen rehoming this Sunday so looks to be a hot one we will not be going to the farm this time but are meeting up on junction 2 M40 to pick up 350 Hens to bring back to Cranleigh for rehoming,cant wait.
    :face-smile: :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2011 8:55pm (Sep 30th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's great Lee! And Ollie having a date must be a relief :)

    Kate yes we're selling them on the internet, we just need to make up a list of products, ingredients, pics and prices!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2011 7:13pm (Oct 1st 2011)
     
    Lee, zip up to J4 and come and see me!!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2011 7:13am (Oct 2nd 2011)
     
    would love to CC but we have a very tight schedule !! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2011 8:57pm (Oct 2nd 2011)
     
    Rehoming was great again. Quite a few cats had gone - ones that had only been on the rehoming corridor a week or so! There was a new volunteer too so I didn't get to see as many of the cats as I'd have liked, but I did get to go down the admissions corridor again and see Wilbur. There's a very sweet kitten down there too - Mitzy - she's grey and white. I had a grey and white cat once and i adored her. Thing is she hasn't quite decided whether to be domestic or feral, and though she starts off friendly she is soon biting and scratching (though its not bad from a little kitten). Apparently the owners surrendered her because they were worried she'd bite their 1 year old child.

    Apache is my granddaughter's favourite. Every week Caitlyn insists on giving him a brush and he is always more than happy to let her. I would so love to take all of them home!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2011 9:28pm (Oct 2nd 2011)
     
    Well done Kate i always love reading your cat rescue stories,and always amazes me how stupid some people are

    Posted By: KatebApparently the owners surrendered her because they were worried she'd bite their 1 year old child.


    Why would you not think about these things before hand !!! it makes my blood boil:rant_red2:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2011 6:17pm (Oct 3rd 2011)
     
    I'd keep the cat! :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2011 10:53pm (Oct 3rd 2011)
     
    Likewise CC! Or, how about keeping the 1 year old away from the cat (like we do with Shaun v Foggy!) so that it doesn't get hurt (or the baby!) Some of the reasons for abandoning cats are truly terrible, but the centre just look at it as the cat is better off without owners like that. There's always someone else for them eventually.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2011 11:50am (Oct 5th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Kasper's behaviour today ^__^
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2011 11:34pm (Oct 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: my dad has spent hours with us tonight sorting the website, even though he's poorly with a cold, and it's finally pretty much done! Well, people can order from it now anyway :bigsmile:

    There are a few products that need finalising so they're invisible at the moment, and we need to update when we'll be at market (once we find out) but it's all up and running now...the dog treats page has a description and photos, it's fab! Feel free to have a look ^__^

    http://www.kasperskitchen.co.uk
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2011 11:45pm (Oct 5th 2011)
     
    It looks great Red! As you know I don't have a dog, but both of my neighbours do, as do my 2 colleagues at work. Can I make a suggestion? Don't know if it'd be practical or not, but what about a 'taster' selection? 2 or 3 of each treat in a pack (can't remember how many you do) plus a business card as a reminder of where they came from. I'd happily buy some to give to my dog owning friends (including the in-laws!) - if their dogs like them they may come to you to buy in the future. If it's not practical, maybe I'll buy a pack of each and make up my own selection boxes!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2011 12:26am (Oct 6th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Kate :) That's a great idea! I'll write up some blurb for a taster pack, and then my dad can add it to the site as soon as he's recovered from tonight :smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2011 7:50am (Oct 6th 2011)
     
    Brilliant Red well done to you all its great i love it i will be getting some bits for Dodger fur sure
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2011 4:20pm (Oct 6th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lee! We will send any hencammers that order from us a few freebies too of course :bigsmile: Kate, your fab idea is now a product and is on the site - 'Special Selection Box'! We're hopefully picking up the final bits for the Lucky Dog Drops tomorrow, so will crack on making them and get them on the site too!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2011 4:38pm (Oct 6th 2011)
     
    Well done Red a fantastic idea. I have a Halloween Dog biscuit recipe you might be interested in. I will whisper it to you !!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2011 5:24pm (Oct 6th 2011)
     
    My best thing for a month or more has been my orchids, they have been so beautiful this year. Apart from the pink one they are rescues and only cost a couple of pounds or less because the flowers had dropped off or the pot was broken. I have only just started having plants again as the Maine coons wouldn't leave them alone before !!!
      orchids.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2011 5:57pm (Oct 6th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They're beautiful NN :)

    best: IT WAS SNOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were walking the dog on Thornton viaduct and it was absolutely freezing, with rain falling in sheets. Then I said to Lyle a bit of the rain looked thick and white, and it progressed into fine snow! It wasn't snowing in the village, but it's still the best best :smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2011 10:28pm (Oct 6th 2011) edited
     
    I hate folks that worship snow - especially when it isn't even really winter yet here.
    Pretty to look at but pretty awful.

    Bring on the sun I say....

    It must be my ancestral Continental blood, I just have to be warm/hot.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2011 10:39pm (Oct 6th 2011)
     
    Great Red! I'll be having a look soon and making an order!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2011 11:09pm (Oct 6th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKI hate folks that worship snow - especially when it isn't even really winter yet here.


    Well, in contrast to that I hate hot weather, especially when summer's been and gone! Each to their own I suppose.

    I can't wait for the snow to fall in earnest and settle; the deeper the better! Will love taking the dog out and going sledging in it!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2011 4:22am (Oct 7th 2011)
     
    Ooo, snow - lucky baggage! I would have given a lot to roll in snow last week, I was soooooooooooooo miserable being hot. However, I got off fairly lightly this year through the summer...
    The website is brilliant - and I'll be getting a selection box or 2 nearer Christmas!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2011 6:37am (Oct 7th 2011) edited
     
    Red, I love your new website. Too bad you can't ship to the USA. I'd love to try your treats on my dogs.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2011 11:09am (Oct 8th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lynn we're thinking about purchasing a vacuum sealer so that the treats would stay fresh and be able to be sent to other countries easily.

    best: we spent a whole day baking yesterday from start to finnish (with the exception of three hours' for dog walks!) and all but one of our products are finished now...just waiting for my dad to put them on the site! Our iced cookies look fab, I'll have to post a pic :smile:

    CC, that weather last week was absolutely horrible, just because it was so out of place. We were ecstatic when we saw the snow because surely the hot weather is over now?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2011 7:43pm (Oct 8th 2011)
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: Red</cite>
    CC, that weather last week was absolutely horrible, just because it was so out of place. We were ecstatic when we saw the snow because surely the hot weather is over now?!</blockquote>
    'Fraid not, kid; they say it'll be upper 70s next week. Boo, hiss...
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2011 10:26am (Oct 9th 2011) edited
     
    Best:Last Sunday was another great Hen rehoming we rehomed 312 Girls and all went very well indeed this time I had to drive to Junction 2 on the M40 to pick them up as they had come down from Sheffield so a long and last Sunday very hot day,all went very well we got back to Cranleigh for 2ish and started rehoming at 3 there were lots of us this time and i took my work colleges wife Trish to help for the first time and she really got into it although it is always a very tiering day for all concerned here are some pic,s from the day they loved the water !!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2011 5:59pm (Oct 9th 2011)
     
    They look well feathered, Lee - they weren't battery hens then? Or were they?
    Another excellent day's work!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2011 7:46pm (Oct 9th 2011)
     
    You are a hero Lee, wonderful work well done. Poor old things had a fair journey Sheffield is up near me. I was suprised to see them in the water as hens and water dont mix that well. Still I suppose no one has told them that poor things.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2011 11:17pm (Oct 9th 2011)
     
    Rehoming of cats seems to have been very slow this week - only one or two newbies there and they were desperately trying to find reserves that could go to their new homes early but there weren't any. They are full to bursting and need the space. Pippa, the 9 year old tortie, is still there. She is so fussy and sweet, I can't believe no one's had her yet. Rosemary is the double of Pippa, but at only 1yr 7 months is slightly more appealing due to age to the masses.

    One cat, Cindy, had only been on the rehoming corridor for one day and was selected and taken straight home on Saturday! She was a very friendly black and white cat. The couple who had her had already looked at Rosemary, Meshow, and then her. The lady loved all 3 but apparently the man was instantly smitten with Cindy. If only that could happen more often or some of the long-stayers could get homes. I sometimes feel very sad that they are overlooked.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2011 12:21am (Oct 10th 2011)
     
    Posted By: RedLynn we're thinking about purchasing a vacuum sealer so that the treats would stay fresh and be able to be sent to other countries easily.


    Please let me know as soon as you are able to ship the treat this far, Red!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2011 12:32am (Oct 10th 2011)
     
    Lee, you and Kate are truly heroes for doing what you do for the chickens and kitties. I do so love to hear that the chickens and cats have new forever homes, that will love them. You two are making the world a better place.:clap::clap:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2011 7:09am (Oct 10th 2011)
     
    Posted By: chief chickenthey weren't battery hens then? Or were they?


    They were Battery hens CC some are just worse than others these were quite calm to.

    Great story again Kate it always amazes me how many cats need rehoming !! :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorBellmactom
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2011 8:07pm (Oct 11th 2011)
     
    Lee, what a fantastic way to spend a Sunday !
    Excuse my ignorance but not been around long, how did you get into rehoming the hens ?

    Best thing happened to me today.. FIRST EGG :-)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2011 10:58pm (Oct 11th 2011)
     
    My best was harvesting the pears this morning. They are huge and look so beautiful. We got plenty of apples picked as well. There are still loads on the tree. I wish I could give them away but no one seems to want them nowadays. We all love fresh baked apple pie.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2011 12:05am (Oct 12th 2011)
     
    Not as many cats as hens Lee! I am always amazed at the numbers too - over 200 cats all waiting for a forever home is very sad, so us volunteers make the most of the rehomings that we hear about! (Think the regular staff all take it in their stride now).

    One of my colleagues has been bringing in apples and pears but you're right NN, no one seems interested. We're all too lazy (me included!)
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2011 7:47am (Oct 12th 2011)
     
    Posted By: BellmactomExcuse my ignorance but not been around long, how did you get into rehoming the hens ?


    When I got my first caged Hens I had to sign up and fill in all my details to be able to get them and in doing so subscribed to there monthly newsletter which i still get and is free this keeps you in touch with the trust (British Hen Welfare Trust)and they were looking for volunteers in my area so i signed up and i love it.

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2011 7:17pm (Oct 12th 2011)
     
    Almost every customer I go to is offering me pears/apples/tomatoes at the mo!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2011 8:03pm (Oct 12th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: having my nana come visit! She'd dropped Joe off at hockey so came over for half an hour and it was great just to sit and chat to her, she is fab. The dog LOVES her too, he sits in front of her staring up at her, and jumps his front paws on her knees if he's not getting enough fuss!! She deals with it really well though and never gets annoyed with him :smile:

    Kasp had just settled when the gasman came and got him giddy again! Then he got too silly and had to go away to settle, and we've left him sleeping in his crate for a while now!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2011 2:37pm (Oct 13th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: we walked up to Keelham Farm Shop today, which is about 45 minutes away. I hadn't been since I was about 10 and it's grown since then! We bought two bags full of fresh organic veg (so much cheaper than supermarkets too) and also went around the small petting area they now have. There were Kune Kune pigs, goats and chickens...they had some gorgeous Sebright banties! Oh and some massive rabbits too.

    They also gave out free dog bones which we thought was brilliant, and got a massive one for Kasper!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2011 7:13pm (Oct 13th 2011)
     
    Ooo, I love Seabrights...the black & white ones look like cartoons that haven't been coloured in.Good news about the cheap veg too; our farm shop do a winter veg offer; 5 kilogrammes (about 11 pounds in real money, I think) for £2.50. You could make yourself sick on soup for that!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2011 9:40pm (Oct 13th 2011)
     
    Cor I wish some one would offer me some tomatoes CC. The ones I grew both in the green house and outside came to nothing this year. First year I had a failure with them. I have never seen such scrawny plants and was well annoyed especially lugging cans of water about for them. I ended up buying some but was lucky to get a good price.

    Anyhow my best is getting a large round lacy pineapple shawl finished for Dan and Clare's baby. Pictures will follow in a day or so.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2011 11:33pm (Oct 13th 2011)
     
    Caitlyn is growing some tomato plants in the shed. They're huge! We don't know if we're supposed to do anything with them (any advice?) or just let them grow until something appears!

    My best: Short leg Tom was in the cat kennel today! He looked so cute. I don't know if he only claimed it because Long leg Jim was in the garden too, and he came straight out when he saw food but it's a start!

    Look forward to seeing the shawl NN!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2011 7:27am (Oct 14th 2011)
     
    Posted By: KatebLong leg Jim


    Love the name Kate!!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2011 4:12pm (Oct 14th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate we grew a tomato plant and all we ever did was water it...

    I think I like the brown Sebrights best CC :smile: They had a big RIR rooster too who was very impressive, but got scared when I waggled a bit of hay at him :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2011 7:22pm (Oct 14th 2011)
     
    They will die as we get the frosts Kate and if there is no fruit on them now, you won't get any I am afraid. All we can do it try again next year and hope we do better.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2011 5:04pm (Oct 15th 2011)
     
    My best today was a suprise visit from Tim, Becks and Aurelia. I was just making a couple of apple pies much to Aurelia's delight..... she heaved a chair into the kitchen and said "don't worry Nanny Chick Chick I here to help you !!!" So we ended up making gingerbread men shaped pastry cookies brushed with beaten egg then generous quantities of sugar dredged on top. She was so pleased with them that she scoffed four almost straight from the oven. The hens were a bit miffed as they usually have the left over scraps of pastry they sat under the window muttering darkly to themselves. I did save the day though and treated them to some salami and cheese munchies !!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2011 7:58am (Oct 16th 2011)
     
    NN, sounds like a lovely day...I'm glad you didn't forget to give the hens a treat..nothing worse than a bunch of mad hens:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2011 12:50pm (Oct 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: I finally got a laptop charger (not free of charge despite the warranty, boo hiss Amazon!) so I have my laptop back!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2011 6:20pm (Oct 16th 2011)
     
    Ohh, that's good Red we get to chat to you more often now.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2011 7:15pm (Oct 16th 2011)
     
    I'm glad you got your charger, Red. Hope you can post more often now.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2011 11:52pm (Oct 16th 2011)
     
    I think we're just growing non-flowering tomato trees Red, but Caitlyn is impressed. We're debating taping some tomatoes on so that she thinks they've produced them!

    "Nanny chick chick"! What a great name!

    My best was rehoming as ever. Several cats were reserved - Murphy (one of my favourites), Pippa (the very friendly tortie - another favourite), Beau (the brain damaged cat), Harry, Minnie who'd only just got to rehoming and was snapped up, and others! George (the tailless ginger and white) had already gone and Becky who I do Sat mornings with was devastated as he was her all-time favourite and we didn't know he was going. Then I met the lady who is having Murphy and she was so lovely! I told her the only cat that was friendlier than him was Pippa, and she said it's her that's having Pippa too! I told her she was just the luckiest person to get 2 super cats. She wanted Phoebe (another gorgeous favourite) too but her hubby said no more than 2.

    As ever they are full to the rafters, but so many of the cats are wonderful. Wilbur is ready to go now and he'll be taken really quickly I'm sure. I also met a heavily pregnant tortie and white who looked like she'd swallowed a football! Hopefully she'll deliver this week and all will be well.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2011 12:18am (Oct 19th 2011)
     
    Kat I love your cat 'tails' and the names for the strays, you are doing wonderful work all round.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2011 7:44pm (Oct 19th 2011)
     
    Good to hear about your time with the cats this week Kate. It is nice you get to meet some of the cats new owners it must set your mind at rest when they go to nice people.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2011 10:33pm (Oct 19th 2011)
     
    For the first time, for as long as I can remember, I have got ALL my spring bulbs planted.
    It has taken me two days. No, there weren't that many, it's just I had to sit down for a while after each third bulb!
    Job made more difficult by the roots of the Stag Horn Shumack tree. My, did I give those roots a going over with the clippers? I had intended pruning the roots at the other side to get better leaves next year but job done now.
    Looking forward to a good show.