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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2011 10:42pm (Oct 19th 2011)
     
    Yes NN, it is good to meet some of the new owners. They are usually lovely people and it is only occasionally that you meet someone and wonder if they should be having a cat!

    Well done Ollie! You must feel really proud of yourself. I can't even get around to trimming my little bushes at the front of my house!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2011 8:06pm (Oct 20th 2011)
     
    I do love spring bulbs, but every time I plant some the hens dig them back up. I think I might get some new ones for the patio tubs though. Thanks for reminding me Ollie. Next door to me has a stags horn tree it keeps sending up shoots in our shed it is amazing how strong plant roots are.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2011 8:14pm (Oct 20th 2011)
     
    I forgot to say my best for today was finally getting my oven cleaned. It looks lovely now. It is a job I really hate and I have been putting it off for weeks. It has been a lovely day here real warm and sunny. It has turned real cold tonight though. I hope it is a clear sky tonight as we are supposed to have the Orionid meteor show for the next few days.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2011 8:38pm (Oct 20th 2011)
     
    Did you do it yourself or get a firm on, NN? I have customers who get a man in a van to come to the house and do their cookers for them! :gasp: Nice work if you can get....someone else to do it!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2011 10:52pm (Oct 20th 2011)
     
    I've considered paying someone to come and do mine - it's always a big job and I don't get chance to do it with the kids here every weekend. I reckon even CC would rather play with kids than clean an oven! Wonder how much they cost and if they do a good job or just a passable one. Well done NN!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2011 5:50pm (Oct 21st 2011) edited
     
    Posted By: KatebI reckon even CC would rather play with kids than clean an oven!

    Ummm...no. :tooth:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2011 8:16pm (Oct 21st 2011)
     
    No CC I do it myself I can not afford to get anyone to do it for me unfortunatly, thats why it don't get done that often I hate doing it and would much rather play with Aurelia any day of the week.
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      CommentAuthorBellmactom
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2011 10:01pm (Oct 21st 2011) edited
     
    You could always do what I did tonight and have a Harvester take out.......that way you don't dirty the oven :-)

    Best thing for me today, breaking up from work for a whole week and so far nothing planned :cheer:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2011 10:08pm (Oct 21st 2011)
     
    I have a self-cleaning oven, just need to wipe the floor from time to time.
    The previous oven I had like this needed to be turned up to top temp and burnt off, it worked but scared me silly.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2011 12:15am (Oct 22nd 2011)
     
    I have a self-cleaning oven too, Ollie.. I don't like it much, as it gets TOO hot. It is better than having to get inside to clean it the old way though, even if it does use a lot of electricity.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2011 8:08am (Oct 22nd 2011)
     
    Posted By: BellmactomBest thing for me today, breaking up from work for a whole week and so far nothing planned


    Nice one Mac its a great feeling planning nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2011 5:16pm (Oct 22nd 2011)
     
    I didn't know Harvester did takeaway!! I love their salads, but can't take Eric as he's an embarrassment; he builds the bowl up to twice the size using a tomato, buttresses of celery and lettuce, then applies his knowledge of building to construct a mighty tower.Now the salad's unlimited he might not have as much fun...
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2011 5:43pm (Oct 22nd 2011)
     
    When they say its a takeaway you order it by phone cc and you have to collect it yourself it makes a change from the usual takeaway though
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      CommentAuthorBellmactom
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2011 10:17pm (Oct 22nd 2011)
     
    You can go in and order, then have a cheeky Guinness while you're waiting for the food, the salad might cause an issue for you though CC, you have to serve yourself but it's in one of those little plastic salad boxes like the super markets use so you have to be able to close the lid, not exactly conducive with celery scaffold.

    I've only had their take out twice but it's been quite good, ribs and spuds makes a nice change from chow mein or dansak.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2011 11:39pm (Oct 22nd 2011)
     
    Where's the nearest Harevester Mac? Is it the one by the little bridge in Coleshill? Been there a couple of times and it was always really nice food and good service. My son LOVES a carvery so we tend to go the Wagon and Horses on the Cov Road, but we don't get there very often - just makes it more special though!
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      CommentAuthorBellmactom
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2011 9:54am (Oct 23rd 2011)
     
    Yes Kate, I think the one on station road by the bridge is nearest to both of us, it's walking distance from me. The white swan on Coleshill high street do pretty good carvery too if you ever fancy a change. I think it's only about £5.95.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2011 10:00pm (Oct 23rd 2011)
     
    Sounds good! A friend runs a cafe in Coleshill but I've never been there. My boss makes (or used to make - not sure if she's still doing them) the cupcakes he sold. Very tasty! I think they've just moved to bigger premises.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2011 10:03pm (Oct 23rd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Lyle has been a sweetheart today after I've been rendered useless with a killer hangover :bigsmile: Unfair considering I didn't drink that much! He walked the dog on his own in the morning, bought me some nice food to eat (when I thought it was safe!) and did all the washing up and everything...aw bless :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2011 10:09pm (Oct 23rd 2011)
     
    Cat rehoming update! Most of the ones that were reserved last week have now gone. I helped 2 sisters choose a cat (Twinkles - they assure me they'll change her name!) and a family couldn't decided between Ben 10 and Burty. In the end they chose Burty, a fantastic black cat (who'd only moved to rehoming this week) who was very confident and friendly. His previous owner had had to move to a flat where pets weren't allowed, but he was phoning every other day to see how he was. They were lovely people and I'm sure will give him a good home. Then another couple chose Ben 10, so he didn't miss out either. 2 more cats were also reserved, plus a couple from the admissions/maternity side, so it was a very busy couple of hours. The other good news is that 'evil' Candy is now free-roaming (well, she's in the office with a child gate across it!) and seems to be doing OK (she hasn't savaged anyone - yet!)

    The cat they put into Candy's pen, Clarice, seems to have taken on her mantle though. I saw her cowering under the steps in her run so decided to put a bed in there for her. As soon as I opened the door she bolted and escaped into the walkway. I went to pick her up and she decided to climb the enclosure at the far end. I got there when she was half way up and she decided she didn't want to be picked up by me, clawed me (leaving a claw in my hand) and climbed to the top. I had to get Matt to get her down (I felt really bad about it all, but he said not to worry, it happens to them all. Bet it doesn't, but I appreciate him saying that!) She was like a wild thing when he took her back to the run - I hope she calms down eventually.

    Lucy Locket is a new girl - she's brain damaged and when she walks looks like she has mild cerebral palsy (or pawsy as Danny called it!) but she is very loving and literally leapt into my arms! She's extremely pretty too. There's a black cat awareness day nationwide on the 27th Oct as the black/black & whites always seem to get overlooked.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2011 9:22am (Oct 24th 2011)
     
    Oh dear pussy cats, I feel quite emotional every time I read your rehoming stories Kate.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2011 4:43pm (Oct 24th 2011) edited
     
    Yes, and makes me think i ought to get another (homeless) cat...

    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: Red</cite> I've been rendered useless with a killer hangover.Unfair considering I didn't drink that much!</blockquote>
    Well that's yer problem Red - you don't get enough drinking practice in! :D That Lyle's a goodun - I'd hang on to him if I were you!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2011 5:59pm (Oct 24th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I suppose he's alright, in't he CC :tooth: *sigh* I am an incredible lightweight, I can be drunk from a double vodka...so maybe when you take that into account, three doubles and a shot is a fair bit :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2011 7:26pm (Oct 24th 2011)
     
    But at least you're cheap to run...:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2011 10:54pm (Oct 24th 2011)
     
    He walked the dog, provided you with food, AND did the washing up?!! Are you sure he's male Red - I've never heard of a man managing all that in one day before! :wink:

    There are lots of homeless cats just waiting for the right person CC ... and lots of people just waiting for the right cat! I must admit, I don't know how people choose. I know them so well that I could take soooo many of them home!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2011 8:30pm (Oct 25th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, I have him well trained Kate ;) True CC, good job too as it cost about £5 per drink in Bingley :ack2:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2011 2:11pm (Oct 28th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: yesterday we had a meeting with a company and WE HAVE INSURANCE!!

    We can now get a market stall - we just have to get in touch with people running the market now! We spoke to a man running a stall the other day, and asked him for advice. He said the guy who we have the number for is absolutely useless, and gave us another number to try (but this guy is on holiday for a week!). Hopefully we will be able to have a stall soon though :smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2011 3:18pm (Oct 28th 2011)
     
    This is brilliant news Red I am really pleased for you both !!!!!!!!!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2011 5:05pm (Oct 28th 2011)
     
    Remember us when you're tycoons...:)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2011 5:46am (Oct 29th 2011)
     
    That's great news, Red..I hope you get everything going quickly and can have your market stall up and running in the next week or so..make some Christmas cookie looking treats, you'll sell a million of them.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2011 7:03pm (Oct 29th 2011)
     
    My best; driving through the beautiful beech woods with all the leaves turning. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorBellmactom
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2011 8:50pm (Oct 29th 2011)
     
    Good luck Red, hope it really flies for you !

    My best. Bustle laid her first egg today... I went to clean the coop (Saturday is bedding/litter change day) and she was in one of the nest boxes, gave me quite a telling off for interrupting :-)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2011 9:05pm (Oct 29th 2011)
     
    Congratulations on the egg, Mac! CC, the leaves are turning around here now too, it is so lovely to see.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2011 5:59pm (Oct 30th 2011)
     
    Congrats to Bustle!!

    I've cleaned and sorted everything that's on view in the kitchen today. The top of the microwave and the small shelf above it tend to be a dumping ground for all the "don't know where to put it" stuff, so that's all been 'rehomed'. I also cleaned the microwave, kettle, toaster, hob and - wait for it - the deep fat fryer! I hate that job! (Haven't done the cupboards out - that's a spring job!)

    Haven't done the oven yet either - it will take a day by itself! Was going to, but I've got to timekeep the lads ice hockey game this evening. They're both ill - Shaun and Caitlyn were both sick all weekend and now the lads both have the runs/nausea. Hubby has a cold. I'm waiting for it all to hit me. Gulp! :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2011 7:25pm (Oct 30th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes, I'll let you know if we get a date :bigsmile:

    Congrats on the egg Bustle!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2011 5:17pm (Oct 31st 2011)
     
    Best:I have another Hen rehoming this Saturday and 2 in December :cheer: :cheer:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2011 6:57pm (Oct 31st 2011)
     
    Must be the weather affecting us Kate I have been busy with a cleaning session as well. Just got three more cupboards to do then thats my kitchen done.

    Well done Bustle on your first egg. Mine have all slowed right down as I got one broody, three moulting and two being down right lazy !!!!

    Good news on the insurance Red, lets hope you can get going in time to catch the Christmas customers as every one buys family pets gifts nowadays.

    Look forward to hearing all about the rehomings comming up Lee.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2011 7:03pm (Oct 31st 2011)
     
    Meant to say my best is still from Sunday hearing about the Baby. Also Tim, Becky and Aurelia popped in tonight for a while. Aurelia invited me to her fireworks next weekend. She is having the day with us tomorrow and is so excited, and wanted to know what we were cooking !!! She has ordered bacon and Brie eggy bread sarnies for her lunch tomorrow, cos thats my favourite and Grandads !!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2011 10:24pm (Oct 31st 2011)
     
    :666: Lots of fun this evening. My daughter and I dressed as witches and received trick or treaters on the back patio. Spooky lights and a disposable BBQ set on an old jam pan to look like a cauldron.
    Some of the treater's chaperones had also dressed up - one in particular had a VERY scary mask. Well, we hope it was a mask!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2011 10:38pm (Oct 31st 2011)
     
    Brilliant ollie i am glad you have had a good time its what life is all about !!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2011 11:47pm (Oct 31st 2011)
     
    Just a quick update from rehoming! Very short staffed this week, but lots of wonderful cats are there. Helped some people, did lots of cleaning, but thought I'd share this picture of a stunning new cat - Vulcan. Isn't he gorgeous?!!!
      IMG_0445.jpg
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2011 11:56pm (Oct 31st 2011)
     
    Vulcan is a very handsome kitty, Kate. I hope he finds a new forever home quickly. I wish I lived over there..I'd come and adopt this guy.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorBellmactom
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2011 12:04am (Nov 1st 2011)
     
    Ollie, glad to hear you had a good halloween, we try to go all out for the kids by us, we have a big black gazebo with sides which we put against the porch and inside we he have various spooky ornaments with little smoke machine and this year a shaking skeleton which jumped ( was pulled on a wire) out of big black bucket, it went down really well.

    Kate, I really don't know how you do it, not bringing them all home must be so hard.....Vulcan suits him so well, he looks quite intense but very cute at the same time.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2011 11:27am (Nov 1st 2011)
     
    Very handsome kitty Kate, I just want to hug him.

    NN tell me more about this bacon, brie eggy bread sarnie, sounds yummo, my mouth is watering.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2011 4:29pm (Nov 1st 2011)
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: nanny north</cite>Must be the weather affecting us Kate I have been busy with a cleaning session as well. Just got three more cupboards to do then thats my kitchen done.</blockquote>
    Get on yer bike and pedal down here then, girl; plenty for you to do here! :tooth:
    Well done, Bustle - go to it!
    Vulcan is beautiful...brood, brood, brood...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2011 11:29pm (Nov 1st 2011)
     
    I am very tempted by Vulcan, but I know that he will get a forever home pretty quickly as he's handsome, healthy and friendly. I feel sorry for the lovely cats who for no apparent reason get overlooked all the time.

    The thing that stops me bringing them home is the look of disgust that would be on my Foggy's face, and the reaction of homed cat to stray cats! My girls are old now - I don't think they would react well to an interloper!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2011 8:58am (Nov 2nd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: We have a market stall this Friday!!!!!!!! :cheer:
    :gasp:
    Wow, we are busy these next few days!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2011 10:12am (Nov 2nd 2011)
     
    Which market Red?

    My Dad used to work stalls at various markets selling drapery type goods.
    We would shout out our wares, trying to get everyones' attention - and their money!. Lots of fun.

    "Get your doggie treats here!"
    Your pet deserves a treat too!"
    etc., etc.,
    You're good with words and will easily be able to work up a couple of dozen phrases.

    You may get asked for cat treats too. Now there's a thought....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2011 3:17pm (Nov 2nd 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's at Bingley market, Ollie.

    I'm very excited about yelling at people haha, I think it will be fun! :smile: Gonna wear my green and pink hat with ears too, should attract some attention :rolling:

    We've baked 48 treats so far today (one oven batch), we're aiming for 200 by the end of today - yikes! We didn't get back from a meeting until 2pm today, so haven't really had much time to get started. We're hoping to do 250 tomorrow...then lots of wrapping and tying hahaha!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2011 5:12pm (Nov 2nd 2011)
     
    Ooo, how exciting. Are you going to go and see them, Ollie? I hope you make a fortune, Red - to keep Kaspar in the manner to which he's become accustomed...:tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2011 11:10pm (Nov 2nd 2011)
     
    That's great news Red! I hope it's really successful and you sell everything you make!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2011 3:13pm (Nov 3rd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh it's been an absolute nightmare! Massive amount of baking yesterday, but then we had to rush over to my parent's at night to steal their printer and print and laminate labels for our products. Then back to more baking. Today we had to rush out and buy two more bags of our flour, then tried to get some money converted into change at the bank. The bank said they need to be told 3 - 4 days in advance
    :gasp:
    So we got some money out and were buying cheap things for change! Lyle bought a dog treat for 6p with a £10 note :rolling:

    We also went into the arcades (I got ID'd *sigh*) and got £3 worth of 10p's. My nana is giving us a lift down to the market for 9pm (means a 7am - 8am dog walk tomorrow!) because she is a star, and is bringing over any coppers her and my cousins have :laugh:

    We have a short break now as two batches are in the oven cooking - whew!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2011 5:37pm (Nov 3rd 2011)
     
    I bet they loved Lyle for the 6p/£10 purchase! :rolling: I hope it's a roaring success, Red. :running_dog:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2011 7:35pm (Nov 3rd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC. We're both jiggered...haven't baked as many as we wanted, but you never know that could be a good thing for the first stall seeing as we might not sell any!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2011 1:18pm (Nov 4th 2011)
     
    just catching up with everything on this thread.
    Firstly, Red, good luck for to-day's market day and I hope you sell all your doggy treats.

    Kate, eery time I read those cat rehomings of yours I want a cat myself and looking at Vulcan, I am so so tempted.

    NN, I have had the cleaning bug too. Must be something to do with this time of the year. It is also because I have got my house back to myself. Had a freind lodging with me for 7 months. She moved out last Saturday. Phew !! Never again. It was hard work and oft times I felt like asking what her last slave had died of !!

    CC, my oven cleaning is limited to having had to get someone out to clean the oven in my apartment before I sold it. The tenants had totally wrecked it. My own oven does nto get any meat cooked in it and I make sure and cover everything I cook so nothing much splashes anywhere. Still needs cleaning but not much.

    The leaves turning colours - - I have been doing some walking in Milton Keynes and the colours are really beautiful thru the parks and woods.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2011 5:08pm (Nov 4th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Shobhna :)

    Our market stall went really well, and my nana gave us both a lift there and back (even though I had to leave before Lyle), bless her. A very big c***-up when we first got there in that the bosses (who we have spent months trying to contact) had allocated two pet stalls to the market, and only one stall of one thing is allowed. They did this because they thought that Lyle was the man's last name, so had combined two people as one!!

    They also told us to turn up at the wrong time, we were actually supposed to turn up half an hour to an hour earlier! :001_rolleyes:

    So the guy who was there had to phone his bosses then go find another marquee and set it up for us, and there were just two stalls, one selling (commercial) dog treats and one selling (home-made) dog treats. One of the bosses was supposed to come by in the afternoon to sort out what we were going to do, as there couldn't be two pet stalls every week, but whaddya know they didn't show!! :mad:

    However we had a good day and met some lovely people and dogs! We sold over half our stock and handed out plenty of business cards. We sold out of Liver Coins halfway through the day so definitely need to take more of them next week - if there's a next week!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2011 7:17pm (Nov 4th 2011)
     
    Well done at market Red and Lyle, I was thinking of you, did you enjoy it? I hope it wasn't too damp it tipped it down here on and off.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2011 7:20pm (Nov 4th 2011)
     
    My word Vulcan cat is such a handsome lad and would make a lovely husband for my Daisy cat. I got four cats already so can not have any more as much as I would love to.
      Daisy.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2011 7:22pm (Nov 4th 2011) edited
     
    ohh done it again I almost forgot to tell you that Becky had a scan today and we have another little girl due in March so a sister for Aurelia.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2011 10:46pm (Nov 4th 2011)
     
    Yes, Daisy and Vulcan would go well together wouldn't they!!! I must admit I am fully expecting him to be reserved if not gone already tomorrow. I forgot to say in the update that Phoebe, a lovely 14 year old lady who looks like a skinny Mog (if you've ever read those books) was reserved last week. I'm wondering if she'll be gone this weekend as Becky who comes every week couldn't make it last week and Phoebe is her favourite!

    Well done Red - they made a right mess of it though didn't they. Do you know if the other stall is a regular or if it was his first week too? What about car boots too (though its the wrong time of year now). I know you don't have a car, but all you need is a table and away you go!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2011 5:41pm (Nov 5th 2011)
     
    Posted By: nanny northohh done it again I almost forgot to tell you that Becky had a scan today and we have another little girl due in March so a sister for Aurelia.

    Blimey, Nn - your needles are going to be SMOKING!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2011 9:08pm (Nov 5th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks NN. The weather was a bit grim, which was probably why it was so quiet, but we still had a great time :smile:

    Yep, it was the other pet stall's first time too - what a mess! :laugh: Car boots are a great idea, there's one in Bingley too!
    I love Daisy's pose with the curled tail NN :)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2011 10:17am (Nov 6th 2011)
     
    NN lots of little girls! Beat pic of Daisy.

    well done Red with your stall.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2011 6:25pm (Nov 6th 2011)
     
    I'm glad things went so well for you at your stall, Red. I hope everything will get sorted out and there will be a "next week" for you and Lyle at the market.

    NN, congratulations on the new granddaughter you will be having soon..Woo Hoo!!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2011 11:55pm (Nov 6th 2011)
     
    As predicted, Vulcan is reserved already. Phoebe had gone, as had Scaredy Cat, who's been there a very long time! She was very shy and would always leave when cleaned out, but very cute too. I'm glad someone's given her a chance. Also, Danny picked me up and asked where Candypop and Floss were - I hadn't even realised they'd gone! Lovely cats who deserve a nice home. Also, Meshow, a male black a white who is extremely attractive but a bit nervous is reserved. He let me stroke him for the first time 2 weeks ago and it was great that he'd finally started to trust me.

    I tried to help a family choose a cat. They picked a gorgeous tabby boy, Buddy. He was very friendly and liked them too, but when they went to reserve him they found out he had been returned to the centre because he won't tolerate any other animals, and the family have 2 other cats. Gutted. I felt really bad that I'd let them get their hopes up, but I suppose these things can't be helped, and he will be chosen soon I'm sure.

    I had a breakthrough with Long Leg Jim. He let's me stroke him! He has lovely thick soft fur and seems to like being petted. However, I did that terrible thing of wavering when I went to stroke him which worried him and I got slapped on the back of my hand with claws. It's very sore now - glad i had a tetanus a few weeks back! After the bleeding stopped I went back and stroked him again - didn't want to part on bad terms!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2011 5:30pm (Nov 7th 2011) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate, people always ask how I could volunteer with rescue dogs that had the potential to really hurt me. I always told them it was the cats you really had to watch out for!

    Thanks TM and Lynn. We had to phone the bosses up today, but are pleased to hear we have a market stall there every Friday now. They're just letting two 'pet' stalls on at the same time, which we don't mind.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2011 11:46pm (Nov 7th 2011)
     
    Very true Red! Glad you have a stall sorted out - try to make sure you are at the start of the 'flow' of people!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2011 12:32pm (Nov 8th 2011)
     
    Red, if you can, you want to find all the markets you can find locally and see if you can have a stall at each one if possible. This will give you a bit more coverage.

    WOuld you be allowed to have a stall at Farmer's Markets and at Craft Show type of markets?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2011 7:21pm (Nov 8th 2011)
     
    Red, that's great news!!!

    Posted By: Red
    We had to phone the bosses up today, but are pleased to hear we have a market stall there every Friday now. They're just letting two 'pet' stalls on at the same time, which we don't mind.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2011 7:23pm (Nov 8th 2011)
     
    Brilliant news. Here's to your first million! :drinkparty:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2011 7:51pm (Nov 8th 2011)
     

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    Heh, thanks everyone! Shobhna, funny you should say that, we have already looked into another local market! It's not too far from Bingley, and is an indoor market that apparently gets more people than Bingley. We'd probably be looking to do that on Monday's, I think.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2011 7:32am (Nov 10th 2011)
     
    I am so pleased for you i hope it builds up nicely for the both of you :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2011 7:04pm (Nov 11th 2011)
     

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    Cheers Lee!

    best: having our friends come to the market stall!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2011 9:27pm (Nov 11th 2011) edited
     
    Posted By: Redbest: having our friends come to the market stall!


    That is so nice red when friends come it makes it all feel so real and lovely not so alone in this massive world!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    :face-smile::face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2011 10:52pm (Nov 12th 2011)
     

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    It was really cute. One even bought some treats for his dog, which lives in Scotland with his parents. They were coming down to visit the day after so it worked out really well.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2011 12:08am (Nov 14th 2011)
     
    Rehoming was great as usual! A few cats had gone, and a couple had moved around. There was a new cat (Ruth) and her 5 kittens on the corridor, except her kittens are now over 6 months old. They have been in the isolation section since they were a few weeks old due to ringworm. One of the boys, Ringo, really is super -the perfect cat. Black and white with orange eyes, affectionate, funny, playful, and loves humans. Guarantee he'll be gone by next week.

    Jamie is a BIG grey and white boy who loves attention (a favourite of mine!) and another lovely one is Lydia. She is a thin, scruffy, white and tabby girl who's been neutered and looks very sorry for herself. I suspect many people will walk past her, but they're missing out on a perfect feline! She has a wonderful gentle nature - very calm and slow. She loved to be stroked and I found myself spending ages with her and just feeling very relaxed around her. She just has this aura of calm, and once she's back to full health and had chance to groom herself properly I'm sure she'll look lovely.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2011 9:26am (Nov 14th 2011) edited
     

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    There's a cat I really want at Animal Care at the moment (obviously not an option though :P ) She's eight years old, called Molly, and look at her!



    I think she's gorgeous :tooth: Like Lydia she's been a bit under the weather and came in in a terrible state, so she can't groom herself just yet, but awww!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2011 11:00pm (Nov 14th 2011)
     
    She looks so grumpy - I love her! Actually her coat doesn't look that bad at all (Lydia's is short and dirty on the back of her neck but OK).

    Molly is very unusual colouring - I wonder if she's classed as a long haired tortie or a tabby and white? Obviously has persian in her somewhere or other! She must be lovely for you to say you'd have her!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2011 2:37pm (Nov 15th 2011)
     

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    Hahaha I just loved her expression! :tooth: And she's apparently very spritely for an older girl, is good with other cats and loves attention. She would be my ideal cat, I guess.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2011 10:58pm (Nov 15th 2011)
     
    8 isn't that old! At rehoming we have quite a few that are under 2, a few that are over 12, and the rest all seem to be around the 6-8 years old mark. I wonder why that is? Do you think people are fed up of their pet by the time it reaches 7? It's very sad that often they lived with an elderly owner and are homeless through no fault of their own. There's a charity that rehomes pets when their owner dies but pays for their upkeep if you agree to give it a forever home but I can't remember the name. Will have to google it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2011 11:14pm (Nov 15th 2011)
     
    Nope, can't find it. There was a poster at the vets so I'll have to have a look at it next time I'm there.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2011 9:34am (Nov 16th 2011)
     

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    Quite a few rescues will pay ongoing medical treatment for a cat / dog that has a current problem, if it will last a long time or forever. Animal Care does it and will pay for vet related costs for cats or dogs that have medical issues that won't go away.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2011 6:38pm (Nov 16th 2011)
     
    Is it The Cinnamon Trust, Kate? I know they look after animals while their owners are in hospital.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2011 11:59pm (Nov 16th 2011)
     
    Yes! That's the one CC! I think they provide a wonderful service for the elderly. They have long term fosters and walkers as well as placing the pets in a home if needed, but don't seem to be very well known.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2011 5:50pm (Nov 18th 2011) edited
     

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    best: did our best yet at the market stall - there were actually people there walking around, buying things!! We sold over two thirds of our stock, huzzah :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2011 11:49pm (Nov 18th 2011)
     
    Fabulous! Well done to the both of you!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2011 4:36pm (Nov 19th 2011)
     

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    Thanks Kate :laugh:

    best: got Ron a new heat lamp. My parents bought him a new one a few weeks ago, but it's not as hot as Ron's normal lamps and he's become quite sluggish. Back on a red one now, so he can get some proper basking done.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2011 7:43am (Nov 20th 2011)
     
    Posted By: Reddid our best yet at the market stall


    Brilliant Red just remember your old mates when you are a millionaire !!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2011 11:26pm (Nov 20th 2011)
     
    Went to the cat show at the NEC yesterday after I'd been to the rehoming centre. They were very short staffed so we worked really hard - but I'm sure I caught 2 of the staff bitching about me but didn't hear enough to be sure. It really unsettled me for the rest of the morning, but I did lots of cat cuddling with my favourites - Jamie the grey and white boy is reserved, but not much movement otherwise.

    I found out about Lydia, the very calm white and tortie tabby girl. She was brought in by a horrible man who thrust the carrier across the reception and said "here, have this". They explained they were full but he was very rude and insistent so the manager said she'd have a look at her. She said all of her white fur was filthy (she's about 80% white) and obviously she wasn't being looked after. The man said she wasn't his but when he was offered the blanket from the carrier he said it was "hers" (I don't know of any strays that carry their own blankets!) They asked him to fill in a form and he shouted that he wasn't having her back, filled in a couple of boxes and then drew a black line through the rest and said "that's all you're getting from me". The manager said she couldn't have let the poor thing go back with him. She was a bit livelier yesterday but still amazingly calming. I felt better after spending 5 mins with her.

    The cat show gets smaller every year. I met a beautiful tortie and white Siamese - didn't even know they could be tortie and white! She was very affectionate and her owners were lovely. A previous grand champion was on the Maine Coon club desk - Dairymaine chilli pepper ( I think) won the show a couple of years ago. He's a beautiful huge red tabby and white boy and it was lovely to finally get to touch him! Was shattered when I got home though - haven't got the stamina any more!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2011 11:28pm (Nov 20th 2011)
     
    Sorry, that was a really long post! Forgot to say that the memorabilia show was on at the same time. I saw 2 doctor Who's, Bobba Fett, various storm troupers, and other characters that I wasn't too sure about but it makes me smile to see them all!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2011 5:06pm (Nov 21st 2011)
     
    Was Dr Who going round the cat show, Kate? I met Dr Who in the paper shop once. I was several miles down the road before I placed the face!
    That man sounds absolutely horrid, Kate. Let's hope she finds a loving new home soon. And that he comes back as a cat. In Korea.
    Ignore the bitching, Kate; as LSE says 'While they're talking about me they're giving some other poor b*gger a rest...' :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2011 10:22pm (Nov 21st 2011) edited
     

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    Posted By: KatebThey were very short staffed so we worked really hard - but I'm sure I caught 2 of the staff bitching about me but didn't hear enough to be sure.


    Why would they bitch about a volunteer who helps out in her free time for no pay?! :mad:

    Posted By: KatebThe cat show gets smaller every year.


    It's because more people realise that dogs and chickens are better pets than cats!! :001_tt2:

    *runs away*
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2011 11:31pm (Nov 21st 2011)
     
    No CC, they were outside the cat show - the memorabilia show is held in the halls not far away. They were discussing a video or something. They weren't the real Dr Who's either - one was dressed as Colin Baker and the other David Tennant. Which one did you see?

    I don't know why they'd be bitching - maybe they weren't and it's just my paranoia! I've occasionally heard moans here and there, but you always get that in a workplace, especially when there are a lot of women, but I think some of them appreciate the volunteers more than others. Josephine is always lovely and pleased to see me. LSE is right and I shouldn't let it bother me.

    Keep running Red ... !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2011 5:48pm (Nov 22nd 2011)
     
    Colin Baker. He lives up the hill from here.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2011 11:39pm (Nov 22nd 2011)
     
    In that case, I know where his clothes are - they were nicked by a Brummie! :wink:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2011 1:51pm (Nov 25th 2011) edited
     

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    best: our landlord hasn't really been trying to let the flat, probably because he knows we have to pay rent until he finds someone to move in. He hasn't put a sign up or anything. Whilst packing today I found a massive To Let sign in the cupboard from when we moved in...so we've put it in our window hahaha! :tooth:

    Our friend went past on the bus today and saw it from the main road :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2011 11:18pm (Nov 25th 2011)
     
    Well done Red, I hope someone contacts him soon and you can close the door finally on that terrible place.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2011 8:02pm (Nov 26th 2011)
     

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    Me too, Kate! We're contacting him again next Monday, when we've pretty much moved out, to rage at him :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2011 8:21pm (Nov 26th 2011)
     

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    best: I got a reply from a rat breeder local to us! :)

    We asked to be put on their waiting list, but said we didn't think we'd be ready for a pair until at least another six months had passed...we had to complete a registration form and everything, saying the minimum cage size we would be buying, what other pets we had, our experience etc. It was all very thorough!

    So they got back in touch and said we could have a pair when we were ready, and told us a bit about their breeding and handling (which I was very curious about) and it's all great...we said we'd prefer boys but if for any reason they had two unwanted girls we would have girls too :smile:

    Oh oh, and we'd be able to go see them before we picked them up and everything, squee!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2011 6:23am (Nov 27th 2011)
     
    That's great, Red. I hope when you get them they will be sweet babies.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2011 11:33pm (Nov 27th 2011)
     
    That's fabulous Red! It's a sign of a good breeder that you have to fill in a questionnaire etc. What colours do they breed, or do they not specialise? I really miss my rats.