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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 10:50pm (Sep 30th 2015)
     
    I really do admire the effort and research you put in. Cage size I'd always say the biggest possible but then too much space could be intimidating too. Ooo it's a minefield! If you find a source of info that is pretty much in line with what you already know then follow their guide for what you don't. I always thought finches were a paired bird, i.e. male:female as I thought they lived in big groups in the wild. Looking forwards to more photos!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 10:02am (Oct 1st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've always though male:female finches would do best, then have read quite a bit that if you have 2+ male:female pairs in the same cage it can cause issues...but if you have an all female cage and an all male cage, to try prevent issues, you either can't keep them where they can see each other, or where they can hear each other, as it will start fights...people argue over which it is. Minefield is about right!!

    There's also a thought that with Zebras you can keep two together (as finches should always be in even numbers), but shouldn't keep four together...it's either 2 or 6+! But I have no idea if you could have two Zebras and two Java Sparrows, for example. Very confusing. Basically gonna do the best I can and have a spare cage ready just in case :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 11:15pm (Oct 1st 2015) edited
     
    You and Lyle should live in a cage and let the pets have free range - it must be getting that way in your house already so cut your losses!!
    :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2015 6:02pm (Oct 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmm, if only the dogs wouldn't eat them all :rolling: Maybe a species a room?!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2015 3:07pm (Oct 7th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You just described a zoo!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2015 6:55pm (Oct 8th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, yeah, I guess I did...well that means I can charge an entrance fee, right?!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 9:45am (Oct 9th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This should be "the best thing that happened to me today... previously".

    My phone just showed an alert "Rediscover this day - 9th Oct 2010" - it was when we (me & Helen, Scarlet & Lyle) went to Chessington Theme Park, went on all the rides and then a Nintendo-organised X-Factor concert, then visited CC and LSE!

    Five years ago...! Crazy. (And I'm not describing CC :))
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 7:43pm (Oct 9th 2015)
     
    Thank you, darling...:fierce::_oh_really:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 10:47pm (Oct 10th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: had a really hectic day today but it's been so worth it!

    Started the day by cleaning out most the little pets, then we gave all three of the pups really big walks (Raiden's was about two hours, but with carrying as usual) and then it was TATTOO TIME!! :bigsmile:

    Lyle bought us both tattoos for my birthday heehee - his first! We were late to the appointment because he forgot to take his phone so we had no way to tell the time, so Lyle ran ahead and got there five minutes late, and I made fresh Kongs for the dogs, put Rey in his crate and then rushed up myself!

    We love them ^__^

    Lyle's key:

     photo tatooo_zpsokgw1u9q.jpg

    My padlock!

     photo tatooo1_zpsimzhwsgp.jpg

    Then we picked up shopping, came home, let Zoey out and completely shuffled our living room & tidied everywhere. Made meals and trained all the dogs, now chilling with Zoey before her last walk, and tomorrow it's CHICKEN DAY!
    :face-angel:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 10:50pm (Oct 10th 2015)
     
    Does the number on the padlock have any significance?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 11:00pm (Oct 10th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It does - but what?!? :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 11:05pm (Oct 10th 2015)
     
    I homed 4 cats today! The first was to a Somalian family. Certain areas of Birmingham are notorious for abandoning cats, a proliferation of ringworm, and not neutering. This family lived right in the middle of that area so I worked hard to educate and inform too. There were 3 kids, a girl and 2 boys. The boys were typically boisterous, but the girl was so lovely! She'd read about cats and it was her that chose the one they had. The dad was very gentle too and listened to my advice. The second family were French and again a dad and 3 kids. He insisted they spoke English to me (which was very good) and again the kids were amazing. The 2 girls chatted to each other in French and sounded so lovely - all the children were so polite they were a joy. Then a couple chose their first cat for their home and just as I was about to go a friend from work arrived and she picked a lovely cat too. I didn't get out of there until 3pm, but it was worthwhile.

    When I got home I realised I had in effect chosen each cat for each home. You sort of know what would be a good match and though you show each homer a choice you make sure the best fit is in there and I'd say at least 80% of the time they choose it. Managed 100% today though!

    Shattered now though. When I got back I made apple crumble with Caitlyn, pancakes with Shaun, and didn't get to sit down til 7pm. I'm too old for this!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 11:08pm (Oct 10th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It seems like everyone's had busy days today Kate :bigsmile:

    Awesome job at rehoming, and how wonderful to meet so many well-mannered children AND families that are willing to listen and take advice.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 2:58pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     
    O well done, Kate - you must feel so thrilled when things like that happen. Three cats all with good homes now thanks to you. :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 7:13pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     
    Four CC including my friend from work! Thanks both, didn't mean to blow my own trumpet (isn't there a trumpet blowing vanillacon somewhere!), just really pleased to have a good day, and have my faith in human nature restored.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 9:38pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     
    So happy to hear about all the kitties that got new homes, Kate. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 7:08pm (Oct 12th 2015)
     
    Blow away old girl - you deserve it!!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 7:10pm (Oct 13th 2015)
     
    Got my ipad keyboard back! Had to use it for the Mac because the grandkids spilt water on it's keyboard and it wouldn't work anymore, but hubby went to get a new one today so I get mine back. Takes me ages to type on the on-screen keyboard!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2015 8:46pm (Oct 14th 2015)
     
    Best thing.. seeing hen cam online again!!!!! Happy, Happy, Happy!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2015 12:38pm (Oct 15th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Awww :)

    They were up around that time weren't they? I think they get up at 7:30am (at the moment - it gets later each day) - I was picking pooh up again at about twenty past!

    Have you noticed that the youtube live event thing gives you 'DVR' (Digital Video Recorder - like old-style VHS videos) abilities so if you put your mouse near the bottom of the cam screen it brings up a timeline and pause buttons etc - you can go back several hours and see what you missed by clicking on the timeline! To go back to 'live' you just click the 'live' button next to the play/pause button.

    I'm going to use it to see if anyone is sneaky and uses the swing when nobody's watching...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2015 1:59pm (Oct 16th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Omb that's SO COOL dad!!

    best: we're celebrating Zoey's early birthday today. Just taking her out on a massive walk, then she opens her presents and then I'm baking her some birthday treats! Her real birthday (or at least what we say is her birthday!) is this Sunday with mine, but my parents and Nana are up so we'll be a bit busy :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2015 10:49pm (Oct 16th 2015)
     
    Neil, that's nice to have a DVR setting..I can set it, to see the hens when they are awake, instead of only getting to see them when they are asleep..way cool!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 16th, 2015 11:00pm (Oct 16th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Zoey had a great early birthday, and now it's time to start mine and my mum's birthday fun this weekend...can't wait to see them all tomorrow :woohoo:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 2:25am (Oct 23rd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: did a really fantastic walk with Kasper today and discovered a completely new walk with Raiden just before. Feel like the dogs are doing really well for walks at the moment...Zoey is getting several walks a day and off lead time at the hall / in the field. Raiden is exploring all over the place and constantly working on training, recall etc. And Kasper has been getting some really huge and exciting adventures...lovely :smile:

    I am absolutely shattered, I wish I could sleep *yawn* I almost fell asleep earlier but then Raiden jumped on my face and a paw landed on my eye...I woke up furious as sleep is so precious at the moment and Lyle got a real telling off...bless him, sorry Lyle, I love you :heart:

    Very grateful to Lyle plugging my camera battery in so I was able to take photos on the walks. I love photography and we both really appreciate the memories, it's lovely looking back over the years! Quite proud of how some of the snaps turned out today too!

    Today is the first day my legs have ached due to all the walking. I dread to think how many hours of walking we've done today...we decided to take Kasper on an extra-big walk because we were finished walking dogs early. Ended up being out almost three hours, in addition to six dog walks earlier in the day. Ooops, apologies to my achy legs
    :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 2:52am (Oct 23rd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I really love this photo. I've always appreciated black and white photos with high contrast, I used to have a folder saved on my old laptop with really cool photos...now I've finally taken one I love, and it's of two of my most important people (things? animals?) in the whole world! :smile:

     photo gelato20_zpszscd5sev.jpg
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 10:56am (Oct 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Those doggy foot-prints are amazing, they lead you to the subject, as do the converging lines of the path. :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 9:11pm (Oct 23rd 2015)
     
    You took the words right out of my mouth Neil! (Well, actually I was going to say love the doggy footprints, but you put it so much better!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 10:21pm (Oct 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you both :bigsmile: :woohoo:
    best: FINALLY made some progress with Kasper and trimming his hideously long nails :aparty2: He's always hated clippers, no matter how slowly we take it, and the dremel needs a long slow introduction so I won't be able to rely on that any time soon...which brings me to the mechanics file we bought recently. I don't know why more people don't recommend these for dogs that are sensitive to clippers / sound!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2015 4:06pm (Oct 24th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: so a pet shop that's quite far away (we've only been a handful of times - they are awesome but it's a bit of a trek) recently said they could try get us any colour of mouse we wanted in stock, as they know how much we love mice.

    Now I have wanted a Siamese mouse since I got my first two mice, in 2008. We phoned them and I waited whilst Lyle spoke to them...they can get Siamese mice in stock!!! I cannot describe how excited I am, Lyle had to shush me when he was on the phone because he couldn't hear them speak and I was asking excited garbled questions :rolling:

    So we're getting a Siamese girl and possible a solid black / BEW / PEW...we're either getting two or three, depending on who we fall in love with! Omb omb omb I am SO excited! Plan is to intro the new girls to the younger four we currently have, and have them in the large rat cage that is coming...then the older girls get left in peace and quiet and I get the big mouse colony I've wanted for so long
    :)

    The pet shop are phoning the breeder on Monday then calling us to let us know what they say. New mice could be ready by next Wednesday, or if not the Wednesday after that! Then quarantine and hopefully a successful intro :woohoo:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2015 11:41am (Oct 25th 2015)
     
    What does a Siamese mouse look like, Red? I hope everyone gets on beautifully - I'm sure they will.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2015 11:42am (Oct 25th 2015)
     
    Ooo, just found a pic; aren't they gorgeous?:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2015 6:21pm (Oct 25th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They're 100% gorgeous :bigsmile:

    I've wanted a Siamese for soooo long and it's finally happening...I don't care how flighty or bitey she might be (she shouldn't be, but if she is) I will love her so much! I hope she likes having her photo taken!!

    Archie is a Himalayan rat, and although I think Himalayan mice are cute (the dark points are smaller and the body colour is white), I love that the Siamese have larger points, a darker tail and are this beautiful creamy-brown colour. I really hope she's beautiful...let's be honest though I could turn up and be presented with the scruffiest mouse ever and I'd still love her :rolling:

    I have no idea how the intros will go. I've been trying to research if it's better to intro two groups together (so it'd be four and two, or four and three depending on how many we pick up) or try intro the new ones one-by-one...I'm not finding much info.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2015 7:22pm (Oct 25th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Zoey got back from a walk today and I'd just finished eating a bowl of pasta, so I left the leftover sauce in a bowl on the floor for her. I was chatting to Lyle so didn't notice at first, but Zoey didn't think the bowl was hers and was just stood beside it, ignoring it!

    Once I told her it was for her she raced over and slurped it all up, but bless her she had been stood beside it not touching it for about 30 seconds! :tooth: :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2015 9:49pm (Nov 6th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: wonderful vet visit today, just what we needed. Not only did Rey do awesome, but the vet was fantastic and really put my mind at ease about his neuter in a few months time...yay :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2015 12:53am (Nov 20th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: a nearby road is fantastically flooded.

     photo flood_zpsg5xi5ji3.jpg

    We went to see if the 50ft 'puddle' is still as deep tonight (it is!) and it was so nice just wading through the water together! As we walked in the dark under a bridge, the reflections of the street lights in the distance danced on the roof and it looked like fairy lights...it was like our own tunnel of love :tooth:

    The water reached the top of my wellies!


    Bad news everyone, the road is very much flooded :)

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2015 6:19pm (Nov 20th 2015)
     
    Sub aqua walking, the new sport... :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2015 11:33pm (Nov 20th 2015)
     
    After sending our beloved Mr Brown Burmese cat to walk over the Rainbow Bridge we were left with his grieving brother Mr Blue.
    Decided solution was to rehomery a pal. RSPCA had plenty of choices (so sad really) and we were captivated by a family of four brother 10week old kits. Two of these were inseparable so it shouted to us that we NEEDED both.
    So now we have the journey of integrating a ten year old cat to two very lively kits.
    It's quite a task but progressing well.
    What about clicker training with cats Red?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2015 4:40pm (Nov 21st 2015)
     
    Sorry about Mr Brown, Ollie, but how wonderful to have 2 kittens! What are you going to call them? What colour are they? What does Mr Blue think? I think we need pics...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2015 2:45pm (Nov 22nd 2015)
     
    Mr Blue is slowly making friends with the two little black boys, they have white socks and bibs.
    The dominant one is Rossi, the other Marco.
    I need to learn to do pics. Will get advice.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2015 5:38pm (Nov 22nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Can't wait to see pics Ollie :) And clicker training cats is certainly a thing!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2015 6:52pm (Nov 22nd 2015)
     
    I'll give you lots of money if you can teach Tuppence to close doors, Red! Why does a four inch wide cat need to open a door to its fullest extent???:rant_red2:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2015 8:23pm (Nov 23rd 2015)
     
    So sorry about Mr Brown Ollie. I take it the kittens are named after 2 well known motorcycle racers?! That was the naming convention I started with, but it went awry when the strays moved in and their nicknames stuck. (Jenson is named after Mr Button - a temp switch to cars but he was never meant to stay!) Integrating kittens shouldn't be too hard as older cats don't see them as a threat, however if they annoy Mr Blue he may have to put them in their place! I hope they're settling in well.

    Cat width increases with the temperature drop outside. When it's freezing they are full door width, and it takes several minutes to exit this 'tiny' frame!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2015 12:03am (Nov 24th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I really want to train a cat CC!! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2015 4:10pm (Nov 24th 2015)
     
    I'll tell her you're coming then. Shall I put the kettle on, Red? Kate is SO RIGHT about the cat/door/temperature theory! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2015 8:18pm (Nov 24th 2015)
     
    And then there's the one about the more difficult it is for you to move, the more the cat will want to go out and meow/scream/scratch until you open the door - then they turn around and walk back inside. GRRR!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2015 4:28pm (Nov 25th 2015)
     
    And the colder it is the closer the cat sits to the heating outlet, therefore blocking it for anyone else and making it even colder. Our system is supposed to BLOW hot air but evidently it does the reverse, sucking the cat off the sofa and right up to the outlet...:cursing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2015 8:12pm (Nov 26th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: managed to get our tattoos today, I had to stay with Zoey whilst Lyle had his, then he came back and I walked with a friend to get mine. We both really like them, I absolutely love mine :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2015 6:06pm (Nov 27th 2015)
     
    What tatts have you got?? Pics!! Unless they're on yer bum... : rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2015 6:54pm (Nov 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Considering I sent photos to my dad and my nana I hope now :rolling:

    Just uploading pics...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2015 7:24pm (Nov 27th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Okay so Lyle's is something from a game he really likes. I was kinda worried about him getting this as I thought it was too creepy and that he might not like it, but we both love it - so awesome! The tattooist had to shave his arm so it looks pretty damn hilarious :rolling:

     photo tatts_zpsq77h8pmv.jpg
    And mine says 'Tomorrow is another day' :)

     photo tatts1_zpsnrdmoyus.jpg

    Reference to Gone With the Wind and Five Nights At Freddy's (game)...and something I very much hold true! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2015 6:31pm (Nov 28th 2015)
     
    And 642.2?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2015 7:38pm (Nov 29th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Can you guess? :bigsmile:

    Clue: each number means a separate thing, so think of them individually rather than six hundred and forty-two point two!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2015 5:20pm (Nov 30th 2015)
     
    Nope...can't get it...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2015 6:34pm (Nov 30th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, at the time of the tattoo, me and Lyle had been together for six years, we'd had Kasper for four, Zoey for two years and Raiden for two months :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2015 7:17pm (Dec 2nd 2015)
     
    SIX YEARS??? Is it really? Time flies like an arrow...fruit flies like a banana...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2015 9:37pm (Dec 4th 2015)
     
    My friend (work daughter) is off on a 3 month journey round the world. She's already done Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. She is currently in Fiji, then LA and finally Canada, getting back to Blighty on Christmas Eve. Me and my friend (who's her boss) bought her a spa treatment as a surprise. She got it yesterday after she booked in and was so thrilled she cried in the reception! The internet can be a great tool and enabled us to send her a lovely treat. She sends us food treats from each country too - wonder what we'll get from Fiji!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 6th, 2015 4:59pm (Dec 6th 2015)
     
    Blimey, I have no idea what Fijian food entails. You're in for a surprise...:D
    Looks as though it's all fresh food so it;ll be a challenge for her to get something back to the UK still edible! Maybe dried fruits...or dried fish!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2015 12:10pm (Dec 7th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: WE HAVE POWER!!!!!!!

    Crank up the heating, get the Christmas lights on and wait for the shops in town to open so we can buy some bloody food! Thank god we had a disposable BBQ in the shed so we could cook all our frozen stuff... :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2015 7:06pm (Dec 7th 2015)
     
    Have you had power cuts Red? I wonder what that road is like where you took Zoe on her walk the other day? Lyle's wellies would have been swamped, I bet...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2015 8:58pm (Dec 7th 2015)
     
    There is some terrible flooding around, especially oop north. Have you been flooded or just lost power. I heard schools, hospitals, everything is bad. Are you OK?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 1:59pm (Dec 8th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We lost power Saturday at 8pm, just as we'd begun to cook tea!

    We waited a few hours but it didn't come back on, and when we managed to text Lyle's parents they said all the cities had lost power too, so no chance of us ordering food in. So we ate uncooked veggie meat (hahaha), crisps and sweets. We didn't have anything else in that didn't need cooking, Monday is shopping day and we just had meals to cook :bigsmile:

    We were really lucky in that we had candles and a torch handy...torch for dog walking and candles from halloween!! We took Zoey out around midnight when we realised the power wouldn't be coming back and we couldn't see lights anywhere. There were alarms and sirens going off everywhere, with main roads shut and police telling the idiots who were out driving (loads on a Saturday night!) to go home.

    Next day all the power was still off meaning all the shops were shut. We had no service on our mobile which was quick running out of charge, so we couldn't get in touch with anyone, and roads were closed due to flooding. So we were stuck.

    Then I remembered we had a disposable BBQ in the shed so we cooked that. Lyle left the bloody cover on the BBQ so set something on top of it on fire - I said "Lyle you're gonna need to move that as it'll get really hot, you're supposed to take the cover off!", quickly followed by "Lyle QUICK IT'S SETTING ON FIRE!!"...luckily we sorted it and it was just hilariously funny instead of terrifying :rolling:

    That meant we had food though :smile: Power came back on in town (right up to our bloody road!) at 6pm on Sunday night, but everything was still shut and we still didn't have a phone or anything. We got power yesterday at 12pm, but we'd only just finished taking the dogs out and having hot showers when it went off again at 4pm!! WE HADN'T EVEN COOKED ANYTHING! :rolling:

    So we rushed into town and managed to buy some food whilst the supermarket's generator lasted, and some candles. And we just got power back now
    :)

    It was 6*C in our living room at 8pm last night, but it felt much colder!

    I think the scariest thing was how cut off you were, especially if you couldn't drive. We couldn't get information from anywhere; there were no notices put up or police to ask, nothing...and there was no way for us to get food when the roads were shut. If we'd had an accident we'd have had to stand out and flag cars down! By the end of the weekend our neighbours on both sides had left their houses.

    My parents had no idea we didn't have power until yesterday, because there was no way to tell them!

    When the power went off again yesterday I managed to ring them before the service went down, and asked them to ring some companies to see when we'd get power again, but they couldn't ring us back because the service had dropped. I got three texts off them when power came back today haha! Apparently the electricity company said not to expect power until Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, so I hope we don't lost it again...we're way better prepared now though ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 2:02pm (Dec 8th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate the roads were pretty badly flooded on Sat / Sun, enough so that almost every road was closed and the police were pulling drivers over, but we got off really lightly here. You couldn't get anywhere though. The schools, shops etc have been shut and I heard patients were flown from one hospital to another. Most roads are clear now I think, I know most of ours are.

    Lancaster's flooding looked really bad, but as far as I know none of the houses around here were flooded.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 6:05pm (Dec 8th 2015)
     
    Blimey Red, sounds scary. Next house - top of a hill in the middle of a town!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 7:03pm (Dec 8th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    But we like this one!!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2015 7:48pm (Dec 8th 2015)
     
    It is frightening how quickly a home can become unlivable. Imagine if you couldn't walk very well either - it shows how vulnerable the elderly are. I hadn't realised the power cuts were so extensive - I hope you're getting through it OK. It's great that you can see the funny side and, despite it all, are finding humour in it. If it's cold just go to bed with the dogs and keep each other warm! A blanket over the mice cage will keep them warm, but you'll probably get holes in it!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2015 6:18pm (Dec 9th 2015)
     
    ...or you'll get up in the morning to find the blanket has mysteriously migrated into the cage!
    Stay warm, stay dry and stay safe.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2015 5:06pm (Dec 10th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate we put a blanket around the degus and the mice, the degus dragged bits in everywhere and a few bits were nibbled, but it mainly just looked hilarious as there were pointy bits of dragged in blanket all over the cage :bigsmile:

    best: still have power, even after all the rain last night *happy dance*
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2015 8:13pm (Dec 10th 2015)
     
    I thought of you when I saw the news - hope it stays that way Red.

    I love small rodent (type) animals - so funny whenever they come across anything new and chewable!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2016 11:07pm (Jan 6th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: we have our friend over and Kasper is being incredible. Going and sitting in front of our friend to say hello, tail wagging loosely, happy smile etc. So nice to see!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 6:56pm (Jan 7th 2016)
     
    You've done wonders - I remember when a visit from a stranger (in Kaspar's eyes) would set him back and turn him into a nervous wreck!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 7:34pm (Jan 7th 2016) edited
     
    Kasper has come sooo far since you got him, Red. Shows what good dog parenting can do for a pup.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 9:47pm (Jan 7th 2016) edited
     

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    Thanks guys! :heart: It was such a nice pleasant evening! I look back on the days where Kasper would either be utterly terrified of people or a whirlwhind of nervous, excited energy...can't compare it to these days! Kasper would go sit so politely in front of our friend for fuss, with such a smile on his face!

    Once Kasper had been out a while we popped him into his cage with a frozen Kong, then Raiden came out. Raiden hadn't met anyone in the house for a few months and he did so well! He was overjoyed to see our friend :smile: He came away when we called, did all his tricks and after ten minutes he had calmed right down :heartsabove:
    Calm, happy dogs :)

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2016 6:26am (Jan 8th 2016)
     
    Awww..so sweet...love Kasper's darling face.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2016 6:21am (Jan 10th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I can't wait to have friends over again :)

    The second replacement Ruffwear arrived yesterday so I need to get that fitted and see how it holds up. We asked for a blue one this time as both the orange ones have been faulty...we only had the last one two months and the webbing has almost completely worn away, to the point where we have stopped using it as we can't trust it not to snap on walks!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2016 7:31pm (Jan 16th 2016)
     
    It happened yesterday - wore my new fingerless gloves because it was cold and met four friends for afternoon tea. They ALL remarked on my gloves and loved them . Kate, are you listening??? :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2016 12:57pm (Jan 17th 2016)
     
    Hope you are all keeping snug and warm.after the snow last night, Sootz is not impressed, Chewbacca was pleased with her hot mash woth some left over salami to make it a little bit more interesting. I made four wheat bags this morning so we will be cosy. Just drying them out now, they will be rady for tonight. G/ North works nights tonight so he will be glad to heat a couple in the microwave in the morning. I will be mainly chilling out this afternoon with my knitting xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2016 4:32pm (Jan 17th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best...
    I have two really nice bests today :)

    1) We got snow! Now we don't really get snow where we live, in fact in the past three years it's only settled twice...in Yorkshire we were used to it snowing several times, and it would be really deep and could last for weeks if it iced over on the pavements. Was quite annoying at times :tooth:

    Well pretty much everywhere in the UK got a weather warning for snow, but not us. Then yesterday about half an hour after we'd got back with Rey, Lyle called through "IT'S SNOWING!!"

    We stood in front of the window and watched for a while, but assumed it wasn't going to settle...proved us wrong, it snowed for the next 6 hours and we had just over an inch by the end! Raiden got to see snow for the first time, we had a lovely walk in it, and it was just beautiful...there's still quite a lot left in places & it's iced over now though, ugh! I thought it didn't do that here haha! I'll post photos in a separate thread :woohoo:


    2) We are looking into getting some chickens! :gasp: :yay_jump:

    We've always thought we'd never be able to have chickens, because of renting, but the other week Lyle wondered aloud if we could rent an allotment space and have chickens there! There's an allotment a minute's walk from our house, and there are already several plots that have chickens and one even has quail - how exciting!

    The only problem is I can't find out who to contact (I've emailed someone but no idea if they're the right person and they haven't replied yet) and we don't know if any of the allotments are free - from what we've read allotments often have long waiting lists.

    We're *hoping* to get the chickens after Lyle's birthday, probably July time? Three little bantam girls :smile:

    It would be so wonderful if there was a free allotment space and they would let us rent a little piece...in all fairness I am just excited at the possibility of getting chucks, if it doesn't happen it doesn't happen, but it's nice to think about ^__^

    I have of course been choosing what run / house / toys / food / breeds I want already :rolling:

    So...yeah. Talk about exciting :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2016 5:38pm (Jan 17th 2016)
     
    where did my post go ????? Starting again forgetting what I was chuntering on about to begin with !!! Oh yes the snow I was saying how lovely it is when you first realise it is snowing and you keep having a look out to see how deep it is getting. That was me last night. Its so exciting in a strange sort of way and so lovely until it all gets spoilt and dirty. Glad you got to see some this year Red xx
    How lovely to have something to look forward to some hennies on an allotment would be so lovely for you both especially as it is so close to your house. A nice new hobby also as it is surprising how easy it is to grow a bit of fresh fruit and veg. I look forward to hearing all about it so good luck with that venture.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2016 6:30pm (Jan 17th 2016)
     
    I forgot that the cockerels had never seen snow before; Fish just ambled about in it but Butter stayed inside, shouting at it! If you get bantams, Red, pay a bit extra and get some with brains... :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2016 6:39pm (Jan 17th 2016)
     
    Ha ha CC you do make me chuckle. How many chickens do you have now? I see new names Hope you Ok and enjoying the cooler weather xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 17th, 2016 8:20pm (Jan 17th 2016)
     
    I'm so pleased your friends like the gloves - hope your hands were warm and toasy (even if your fingertips weren't!) 4 weeks well spent! :)

    That's exciting Red! Are the hens safe on an allotment? I'm a terrible worry-wort and it would play on my mind. Don't know how people cope with having a horse and leaving it in a field - I'm realising that I'm a complete control freak! How do I cope with these darn cats (... that I wouldn't let out last night because of the snow forecast). Oh dear!

    Back to the allotment - I agree with NN, it would be a great hobby. We have an incentive locally to help people with mental health issues and part of that is caring for hens, growing veg, walking - and they apparently have good results. Maybe it would help with your sleep issues? THere usually is a long waiting list though. The council should be able to tell you who owns them (if it isn't them).
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2016 4:34pm (Jan 18th 2016)
     
    NN, I have Locky the Bramah bantam, Fish and Butter the two bantam boys, and Nugget who hatched from bantam egg but seems to be part cuckoo maran and part velociraptor - bantam she ain't!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2016 6:43pm (Jan 18th 2016)
     
    I seem to remember Nugget CC but the others are new to me. Oh by the way I must get a picture of my mistletoe it is coming along a fair treat. Granddad North diced with death when he nearly cut a branch off where some was growing. I told him to leave the tree alone but he hacked at it when I was doing something else the rascal he is.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2016 6:51pm (Jan 18th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lyle said he has never known someone that gets as excited about snow as me :rolling: He is also uber excited about growing some vegetables NN...whereas I'm all about the chickens :bigsmile: Thanks NN!

    CC sounds like Rey the first time he saw a snowman yesterday - took me 20 seconds of encouragement and treats to get him to go see it and discover it didn't want to eat him :tooth:

    I'm a huge worrier too Kate, it's why I'm so relieved that we walk Kasper on lead now (he's a maniac off lead!) & I could never have an outdoor cat. I worry about everything. Luckily we live in a tiny, chicken friendly village. The allotment is right on the edge of the village, so has few passersby, and is all secure and locked. There are already several groups of chickens living there, but I'm still worried about foxes...I think it's because I'm starting to realise I won't have a cam to check up on them at random times!! I'm not sure if the allotment will help with sleep / mood...we already do quite a few other things, exercise everyday etc and nothing seems to affect it. My sleep's been really good this past week, or it was up until Lyle woke me up a few times in the night (HE couldn't sleep this time!) and then Kasper was sick. Last night (because we fell asleep unexpectedly early as we were so tired, we didn't take Rey out for his last walk) he woke us up at 4am full of beans and needing the loo - aagh! Hoping to get sleep back on track tonight though after lots of napping in the days :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2016 7:44pm (Jan 18th 2016)
     
    Maybe the whole exercise thing helps with low level mental health issues (I'm thinking mild levels of stress or depression) whereas the more 'formal' MH diagnoses would have very limited benefits. Even so, the enjoyment of chickens and gardening have benefits of their own!!

    I've never had trouble sleeping but for the past week or so I just can't seem to doze off. My brain seems to think that my head hitting the pillow is a cue for it to think up ways to solve the problems of the world!!! (It fails miserably!)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 18th, 2016 8:10pm (Jan 18th 2016)
     
    I forgot to post about the best thing at rehoming on Saturday. I managed to reserve Myles who came in as a very timid 6 month old kitten with his mom. She was rehomed quite quickly but he has been with us since July. At the end of last year he started to allow us to take bowls out of the pen without bolting out of the cat flap, then he allowed a brief stroke, and now he's beginning to enjoy fuss. Then there's Dennis - he hides out in his run and hisses at everyone. However, if you ignore the hiss and start stroking he loves it - got him a home too!! Since the beginning of this year (i.e. 3 weekends) me and the other Sat volunteer have got reserves on 15 cats! Fingers crossed we can keep it going!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2016 10:14am (Jan 19th 2016)
     
    fantastic work Kate and so rewarding when you get such lovely results. My Daisy cat is so funny this morning she has taken a tiny hedgehog out of my knitting bag and is batting and flipping it about all over the place. It is about the size of a mouse so just right for her she dont miss anything I was making them for the hedgehog awareness drive at out Attenbourgh wildlife park and have a few spare. I will have to make some and fill with catnip I think ha ha
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2016 2:23pm (Jan 19th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I agree Kate; I get tired of the same old professionals wittering off the same old advice, only to have to say we either do / have tried that :sarcastic: That's what my head was doing Kate! I'd feel exhausted, then the instant I lay down my head would be buzzing...ugh! Lyle's problem is that if he wakes up in the night he doesn't give himself chance to fall back to sleep...he tries for a few minutes then gets up and stays up :sarcastic:

    Fifteen cats already is amazing!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2016 6:25pm (Jan 19th 2016)
     
    Excellent work, Kate...are you hypnotising the visitors? :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 19th, 2016 9:41pm (Jan 19th 2016)
     
    My best:- The surge of messages on Hencam now we have the hols over and done with.
    A welcome back to all.

    I am noticing that the hens are not a very popular topic though.
    It would be a real piece of useful work to have a hen identity parade.
    I'm not sure of most of their names.
    They are so pretty and such individual characters!

    I love watching them go to bed, such a performance! Quite a dance really,nd then they snuggle down on the perches and seem to be instantly sleep.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2016 10:29am (Jan 20th 2016)
     
    Hi there Ollie, I agree the hens are so beautiful and are really lovely to watch I have no idea of their names...... my own fault though for not following hen cam for so long. I love the new updated run and house what a lovely feature to have in the garden I only have one hen left now Chewbacca she is looking well and has just finished moulting and is laying well. She copes really well by herself but if I go in the garden she comes arunning with a half fly twist to it ha ha. She loves to sit with me in the summerhouse. She has her own carpet sample mat in there as she usually poops, it works well as they cost nothing and are easy cleaned. She lives in the bunnies house now as it is warmer for her she has three beds in there with plenty of shredded paper and hay to snuggle into. I got a sack of large daffodil bulbs to plant in the garden today so she will love that and be in constant attendance. Then will go and probably dig them all up as soon as I get back in the house. Hens do not like daffs one little bit I used to have borders of them but they all gor scritched up over the years. I might just make holes in the grass and pop them in thinking about it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2016 4:34pm (Jan 20th 2016)
     
    Eric raises a turf and just throws a handful of bulbs in underneath - they can't scrat them up that way.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2016 7:38pm (Jan 20th 2016)
     
    Catnip hedgehogs would be a great idea NN!
    Bad news about one of our rehomed cats - Percy escaped from his home today (he's only been there a week) and they can't find him. Its on Facebook so hopefully someone will find him and get him home. We get so attached to them, I feel quite upset.
    I really should plant some flowers sometime - I consider it every year but never get round to it! Chewbacca sounds so lovely-she must love having you around for company.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2016 5:59pm (Feb 17th 2016)
     
    My new piano arrived today...I'm in heaven!:cloud9:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2016 9:16pm (Feb 17th 2016)
     
    How wonderful! Is it brand new or an antique? We had a piano as a child - I think maybe lots of homes did. I'd love to have one but I can't play. I taught myself a few tunes from a music book but that's all. Used to love playing on it.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2016 1:04pm (Feb 18th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm jealous of your piano-playing ability, CC :)

    We drove to Darwen (somewhere near Blackburn) the other night to pick up a 2nd and Yamaha keyboard for Helen - she wants to learn how to play the piano (she had some lessons a while ago but they fizzled out when she had to work long hours).

    Anyway, it's actually piqued my interest in learning how to read music and play - I'll probably get frustrated that I don't pick it up straight away and give up, but for now it looks fun...

    Any tips on how to learn the simplest / easiest way? I found some free lessons at www.zebrakeys.com which seem pretty simple and straight-forward.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2016 5:16pm (Feb 18th 2016) edited
     
    Buy the Complete Piano Player Book 1 by Kenneth Baker. It uses songs you know, doesn't talk down to you and doesn't go too fast - brilliant book, lots of my customers get on really well with it. There are five in the series, I think.If you lived closer you could come round here and get terrorised...:face-devil-grin:
    It's my first ever brand new piano, Kate, and I'm tickled skinny (well, skinniER :face-smile: ). I hope my parents would approve of what I've done with some of what they left me!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2016 8:24pm (Feb 18th 2016) edited
     
    OH CC how wonderful I am so pleased for you thats Fantastic and I am more than sure your Parents would be over the moon and so proud of you xxxxxxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2016 11:15pm (Feb 18th 2016)
     
    I agree, I'm sure they'll be very proud! As an adult it now tickles me that our piano had an aspidistra (is that how you spell it?) on top, so was very traditional!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2016 7:42pm (Feb 19th 2016)
     
    Wonderful song by Gracie Fields - The Biggest Aspidistra In The World!:face-smile: