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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2016 12:18am (May 15th 2016)
     
    Milly's tree is so pretty.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2016 2:50pm (May 15th 2016)
     
    All of that white blossom reminds me of her white feathers. I can't believe how big it's getting - doesn't seem like that long since she went.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:09pm (May 18th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There was a white blossom in town a few weeks back, and I didn't have my camera with me...when I got my new phone I was excited to take a photo of it, but all the blossom had fallen :(

    Some random pics...seem to love taking photos of flowers when we're out and about, and I'm not a flowery person at all!

     photo flowers1_zpswxa4srg4.jpg

    Probably my favourite:

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:24pm (May 18th 2016)
     
    beautiful colours!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:24pm (May 18th 2016)
     
    Hey there Red been missing you I so love the lilac. Its a beautiful double one. Mine are just starting to come into bloom they will smell so sweet. I love the blue flowers also the name of them slips my memory at the moment
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:50pm (May 18th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Kate; thanks NN! Ugh we've been busy and I've just not had time to post much...summer always means I struggle to sleep, we had vet visits with Flair, then we found Nyx and that's been exciting and lovely, but stressful too...even though they said it's common for people to dump working puppies, we still have to wait before we can properly claim ownership...not long to go now, and the more effort we put into Nyx the easier it will all get :)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 11:54am (May 19th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My pic of the day... Speaking of nest boxes... we had six eggs in one day yesterday!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 6:13pm (May 19th 2016)
     
    You filled your ambition then - and your egg box!
    Beautiful flower pics, Red: you do have a good eye you know.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 7:30pm (May 19th 2016)
     
    What a great variety of size, shape and colour!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 8:20pm (May 19th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC :flowers: Photography is a huge passion of mine, I usually take a few snaps every time I leave the house hahaha...very lucky in that the boys (including Lyle!!) are very patient with me and never mind waiting about...Lyle's really good for it, he'll see me glancing at something and say "feel free to take your time taking any photos, we don't mind!" - such a star, and he knows me so well :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2016 10:07am (May 21st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yarr!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2016 3:44pm (May 21st 2016)
     
    Wot no eyepatch??:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2016 7:36pm (May 21st 2016)
     
    It looks like she's whispering advice in your ear! What a sweetie! (er, Hedwig that is, not Neil!!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 9:19am (May 22nd 2016)
     
    Like you Red I rarely go anywhere with out my camera. I lug it about regardless if I take a picture or not. I have it just in case something catches my eye and normally something does !!! I point blank refuse to have a phone so no camera there. I use my camera bag as a handbag so I got every thing I need all together, Well except if I want the huge lens but GN usually got it in his back pack or I pinch his ha ha............ Those eggs look lovely, reminds me of years ago when you could by a box of mixed egg sizes from farms. Neil you are going to be the bestest ever pirate come talk like a pirate day. She looks like she is saying.... hey stand still I could have your eye out with this fine beak!!! She sure is a pretty little girl
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2016 12:45pm (Jun 5th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I never use my mobile for anything but taking pics NN :bigsmile:

    We picked up a male mouse yesterday. A local pet shop had 10 young male mice dumped because the owner couldn't get rid of them, and we love mice, so I sent Lyle out to choose and bring one home...I had a really bad migraine all day yesterday (it actually woke me up in the morning it was so painful), so I wrote out a list of personality and colour patterns in mice to choose and avoid :rolling:

    Lyle was so nervous about picking the wrong one, but I think he rocked it ;)

    Blue mice are my favourite ^__^

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    We've named him Anton and he's lovely. Not quite fully grown yet. The above cage was just a 55cm temp cage whilst we set up his permanent set-up...

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    We went through a few different layouts, but I like this one...his wheel is now also attached to the rear of the bars, so it saves space! Much better!

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    He's hilarious to watch, far better than the TV haha, and seems fairly confident :)

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    On Monday we're getting our first tiny tank of tropical fish for Lyle's birthday, he's buying them with his birthday money. Lyle has always loved fish, and he's always wanted a tropical tank, so it's really cute for him. We went to our local pet shop yesterday with Nyx (it's a specialist fish shop - can't think of the words!) and Lyle got so excited looking at all the colourful tropical fish!

    We looked at tanks in the pet shop (30L tank for £40), then I found a RUB in a nearby shop - 39L for £4.50 :bigsmile: We have some fake plants, today we set up the heater and filter to make sure they work. Tomorrow we're choosing the fish...no more than 9 total, tetra-sized fish, as we want them to have a lot of room.

    The bloody pump Lyle got (I TOLD him to get the mini one as it was way better, but no we had to get the £2 cheaper one!!) is huuuuge and the current is so immensely strong the fish will all just be squished against the tank wall :rolling:

    A lot of people have said the same thing - is there a way to turn the current down as it's way too strong!! Ah, Lyle has put it facing the tank wall and now the current isn't so fierce :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2016 3:25pm (Jun 5th 2016)
     
    Posted By: Red(it's a specialist fish shop - can't think of the words!)

    Harry Ramsden's...?
    My word, the menagerie is growing! If you were buying them in 2s and Lyle was taking an interest in woodwork I'd be expecting the next Deluge.
    Anton is beautiful, so sleek and slinky. We have mice in the sunflower seed bin and I can't bring myself to be mean to them so i just lift them out carefully with a few seeds to be going on with. :face-smile:Their eyes are so beautiful.
    What fish will you get, Red? Does Lyle have a firm idea or is he going to see what's available/takes his fancy?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2016 4:02pm (Jun 5th 2016)
     
    Anton is so beautiful!! I am jealous - I love blue rodents too (my favourites) but when I had the rats I always wanted a black and a ... er, what's the colour that wild ones are? One of those anyway.

    You broke my dream!! I dreamt that a bunch of people arrived at work to install a fish tank in the boss's office (which would be clever as he doesn't have his own office, we're all open plan!!) Must be psychic!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2016 7:35pm (Jun 8th 2016)
     
    I use to work in a tropical fish store in the 1970's. I spent almost all I earned on buying more fish..they are habit forming..LOL. Your little Anton is soooo cute! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2016 9:59pm (Jun 8th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I was thinking more aquarium specialist CC :P We're really not sure what we will eventually end up with, something along the lines of Platys, Neon Tetras, Black Tail Tetra, Endlers...um, can't think of the others we like.
    Ahhh Kate you share my blue love!! They're just so pretty aren't they :) Agouti are wild coloured rats, our Jeffrey is an Agouti, not that we get to see him much as he's so nervous. Haha I love when dreams interfere with reality, I've had a few dreams actually happen over the years.

    How cool Lynn! Did you have loads of varieties? We just have three Platys (Platies??) in our tank at the moment, as we were told the best way to build up the positive bacteria in the tank is to have a few hardy fish in there for a few weeks, and then gradually add others. I was concerned that there would be an issue with quarantine, but quite a few people have told us this...?

    Our friend gave us a second hand terrarium and we moved Seth into it! It's not much bigger than his RUB but the access is far better and, best of all, we can see his every move now!

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    It looks really nice and it's so cool watching him move, he's actually really active :smile:

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    Getting better and better at handling too :)

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2016 10:12pm (Jun 8th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've just noticed he still looks tiny in the pics, he's actually 5-6 inches long now! :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 4:24pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    ooooh a sweet little mousie so happy to have a nice home and I love Seths new abode he is stunning xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 7:48pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    Agouti yes! Thanks for that!

    There's a specialist shop by where I work called Shirley Aquatics - not sure if that's the word you're looking for?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 8:10pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    THAT'S THE WORD KATE!! :)

    We love being able to watch Seth NN, it's so much nicer than his RUB! Still wouldn't fork out £80 for it, which is how much they cost new though :P
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 8:14pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    They're the sort of things that are worth buying second hand. As long as it has a good wash they're no different to buying new. He looks lovely in there - do they grow according to their surroundings like fish, or just grow to a max size?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 8:18pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They grow to a general size Kate, there's a little variety but it's usually about 8 inches tail tip to nose :) Glass tanks cost so much new, whether it be rodent tanks, fish tanks or reptile tanks...sometimes you can find really good deals on second hands sites (I saw an ad once, £40 for a 4ft tank!) but even second hand they can be expensive. A freebie terrarium was awesome though ^__^
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 9:30pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    Freebie is ALWAYS the best!!!! Yes, they do hold their value - sometimes you can get starter kits cheaper than second hand even, but it's finding them at the right time. Did you say you're putting the fish in a RUB rather than an aquarium for now?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2016 8:22pm (Jun 10th 2016)
     
    Red, I had every kind of tropical fish you could import at the time and several salt water fish in a 300 gallon tank..had six tanks from 5 gal. to 300 gal. Like I said, my job at the fish store paid for my bad habit..LOL Platys are nice, they don't lay eggs, their babies are born live and swimming, like Guppies. It's fun watching them..they just don't live a long time.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2016 11:03pm (Jun 10th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow a 300 gallon tank, what sort of size is that Lynn?? It must have taken up a whole room :bigsmile: Yeah I read Platys don't have the longest lifespan, which is a shame, but they seem really cool...quite hardy and very pretty
    :)

    Yeah Kate the fish are in 39 litre RUB right now, but Seth's old RUB is empty now so we might move them into there...it would take a lot of filling though as it's over twice the size of the current fish tank :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2016 4:59pm (Jun 11th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, we are back with the babies!

    Say hello to Crumb the Peruvian cross (YAAAAY my long-haired pig is here!!) and Toast, who looks just like a mini Tilt :heartsabove:

    Toast on the left with her big sisters

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    Crumb on the right - can you see how floofy her hair is? :)

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    Loaf (Abyssinian adult) is about twice their size, and Slice (smooth coated adult) isn't much bigger than them at all :rolling:

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    Loaf (who's actually quite bossy) has been so gentle with the little 'uns, and hasn't minded when Toast has repeatedly stolen her veggies :tooth:

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    Crumb and Chelsea

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    I can't wait until Crumb's hair grows!!!
    Toast, Slice and Crumb :)

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    The new babies seem like total sweeties, they are tiiiiiiny! They've been together for almost two hours now and there hasn't been a single squabble, so I'm hopeful for another smooth intro...Toast seems like a cheeky little booger, and has been stealing food and showing off, even though she's so tiny :heart:

    So we have:

    Loaf: ginger and white Abyssinian
    Chelsea Slice: smooth coated, tri colour adult
    Toast: Mini Tilt!
    Crumb: brown and white Peruvian cross
    :)

    And here's an old Tilt pic so you can see how much Toast looks like her!

     photo piggles11_zps9odmsyvb.jpg

    And Toast :D

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2016 5:20pm (Jun 11th 2016)
     
    Very sweet piggies!! Seeing yours I have considered getting a pair for the grandkids, but if I'm honest with myself I don't have the time or inclination as it would be another job for me! If we ended up with some accidentally then I'd do it, but I really don't think I should. I'll just enjoy seeing how yours get on instead Red!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2016 5:32pm (Jun 11th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Guinea pigs are really awesome pets, but they're more work than most people think...they need a lot of room (at least 120cm cage for two, as well as daily time out), cleaning regularly (usually more than once a week, at least the toilet area!) and careful gentle handling.

    A pig that has been well socialised and handled gently is adorable, and you can sit and cuddle for hours...but it takes time getting to that point (especially if you get them from a questionable pet shop), and they will always have an extremely fearful temperament. Catching them will always be a pain even if they're tame; noises will always make them jump, and you have to be really careful not to drop them even from small heights as it's really dangerous.

    Although they are nervy, we've never had any problems with them living with our dogs, or by the TV etc. But sudden noises (eg dropping a book on the floor) would have them all scurrying for cover :smile:

    They're not too much effort in terms of grooming or cage cleaning - long haired pigs need extra care, but Abys or smooth coats don't need much at all, and even cleaning our big cage only takes about 20 minutes. They're sweet and very rarely bite, but a lot of people don't realise how scaredy they are, or how much room they need :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2016 9:48pm (Jun 11th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The herd seems really, really happy so far. Loafster especially is being such a good big sister!

     photo sisters10_zpsbmnv5lpp.jpg

    They all seem really comfortable around each other, look at those pigs :heartsabove:

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    And I had to have some quick cuddles didn't I :smile:

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    And yeah, that's one hand ;)

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2016 2:17pm (Jun 12th 2016)
     
    :heart: !:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2016 7:06pm (Jun 12th 2016)
     
    Well, Caitlyn said again today that she wants a snake. Really doesn't appeal to me and her dad says she can have one when she moves out and into her own place!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2016 7:18pm (Jun 15th 2016)
     
    Red, 300 gallon tank (1135.6 liters) took up half the living room. It was for my Saltwater fish. It weighed a LOT, 550 pounds empty, so when we moved to a new place, I couldn't take it with me as the floor wouldn't support it. I gave up all except one 20 gallon tank. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2016 10:20pm (Jul 7th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    WOW! The size of your tank inspired us to look up the world's largest aquarium haha, pretty impressive :bigsmile: Our fish were in a 124L tank, but the bloody thing started leaking, so we had to rush out and buy a 95L tank and they're in that now :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2016 10:25pm (Jul 7th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Piiiiiics incoming!

    First, we upgraded the chins...again :tooth: This is their original cage (140cm tall, 75cm wide) but with a DIY extension that they have access to 24/7!

     photo diycage3_zpsvr7ww9sk.jpg

    It's AWESOME, not just for room but because the opening door means they are so easy to get out for playtime :bigsmile:

     photo chinlove2_zpshu5qgade.jpg

    Bandoose even jumped on my shoulder for the first time the other day :heartsabove:

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    All awesome on that front :)

    And today we brought home two diamond doves. They are absolutely beautiful, and from what I can tell we have a male and a female - well, Oka is definitely a female as she had been laying eggs, it's Rin we're not sure about, but going from the eye markings I think he's a he!

    Oka, who has a deformed left foot:

     photo oka_zpsuah3abiz.jpg

    Rin:

     photo rin_zpsiamd1lpc.jpg
    Together :)

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 7th, 2016 10:34pm (Jul 7th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And some dog-free photography before I call it a night...I know I haven't posted about the dogs, and Rey's first birthday, I'll get on that tomorrow!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2016 6:09pm (Jul 8th 2016)
     
    Aren't those doves lovely? I have never seen a diamond dove before -where did you get them?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2016 8:48pm (Jul 8th 2016)
     
    Lovely photos and doves (I thought they were always white!!) Can you fly them (like homing pigeons) or are they home birds like parrots et al?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2016 9:47pm (Jul 8th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC there's a rubbish pet shop that has all sorts of unusual birds in stock, and they're all incredibly cheap...see it's not even rubbish, the guy REALLY loves the animals; they get greens every day, they all have good temperaments, and he adores them...but he's stuck way back in the past and they're all kept in cages that are far too small and worse than every other pet shop I've seen but one.
    They're incredibly beautiful birds. We heard them cooing for the first time today, beautiful sound too :)

    Kate they're more like finches or budgies than actual doves (somewhere between the size of those too, like a big but slimmer canary!), quite small birds. The speckling on them is awesome.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 4:36pm (Jul 10th 2016)
     
    Gosh they look bigger than that in the photo-very pretty birds. Love the noise doves make-always seems very gentle compared to the tweeting of some others.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 7:15pm (Jul 10th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No, they're actually very small! You hear the word doves and think pigeon sized though :D

    Dog-free photos from today's walks; this bird was smashing a snail on the road to get to the good stuff!!

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    Woolly boy!

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    Walking through the corn fields

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    And some flowers

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 8:33pm (Jul 10th 2016)
     
    I used to love to see the thrushes smashing snails to eat. I never understood why they didn't just go for a slug instead!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2016 11:01pm (Jul 10th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Milly used to LOVE cracking open snails, although obviously it was much easier for her :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2016 9:50pm (Jul 11th 2016)
     
    Beautiful pictures, Red..the pink Hydrangeas are so pretty.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2016 1:34pm (Jul 12th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I really like the one with the yellow on the petals, so beautiful!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2016 5:57pm (Jul 15th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A few dog-free pics:

    COW!

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    I see the sea :smile:

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    I zingied this up a bit!

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    Random berries

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2016 8:07pm (Jul 15th 2016)
     
    Beautiful pictures. The one looking toward the sea is stunning..you are an awesome photographer, Red.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2016 9:28pm (Jul 15th 2016)
     
    The wheat is so lovely! I do like seeing your photos, and NNs (though we don't get so many anymore!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2016 9:57pm (Jul 15th 2016)
     
    You have a talent, girl! :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2016 11:32pm (Jul 15th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn!! That was my least favourite photo, I almost didn't post it so really chuffed you like it :)

    Thank you Kate and CC!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2016 9:53pm (Jul 17th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Photos from the kite festival!

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    We had GREAT issues getting Terry to fly :rolling:

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    He's not flying...I'm just holding him here XD

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    Seaside photography!

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    Ladybird kites!

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    I was an expert kite flier :rolling:

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    Gunther (our kite) really had it in for Lyle!!! :rolling:

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    Adults next to the gigantic bear!!

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    Terry the turtle up there!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2016 10:00pm (Jul 17th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This is when we got Barry the bat to fly, it was our first successful flying kite :rolling:

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    Trying to waft him back up :rolling:

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    Sad face for non flying Terry :rolling:

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    Then this awesome guy came and said he thought we had our something-or-other the wrong way. He turned a piece of plastic on Terry around, and Terry flew!!



    And our kite on the second day REALLY had it in for Lyle, it was hysterical :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2016 10:03pm (Jul 17th 2016)
     
    I love the look of those huge kites - the cat, dog, dinosaur, and bear. Can't believe how big they are in the pic where the bear is on the ground!

    Well done in getting yours to fly - I've never owned a kite, and we were only saying a couple of weeks ago we should get one for the grandkids. Maybe we could start a new trend around here!

    Great pictures of them all. I never knew they had a kite festival, and the arty boat is such a great picture.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 18th, 2016 4:44pm (Jul 18th 2016)
     
    I LOVE the bat kite - where did you get it from??? And the boat should be on a greetings card!!!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 18th, 2016 7:09pm (Jul 18th 2016)
     
    Loved the pictures and the videos, Red. The picture of the boat is amazing! I laughed so hard at the video of poor Lyle trying to get the bat kite up in the air, and it kept attacking him. My favorite kite was the huge (purple) Teddy Bear. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 1:37pm (Jul 19th 2016)
     

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    Kate I couldn't believe how big the professional kites were either, even the smaller ones were gigantic on the ground! As long as you're somewhere high or with a good wind, kites are usually pretty easy to fly...but all of ours' seemed to have different personalities :rolling: Thank you :smile:

    CC the bat kite and the turtle kite were from a small shop on the seafront that had a 50% discount for the days of the festival - the bat only cost £2.50! Thank you, I have a colour photo of the boat pic too which looks nice, but I think the b&w just beats it!
    Thanks Lynn :) Omb Lynn I was *howling* with laughter when the kites kept attacking Lyle :rolling: Everybody else's kites flying beautifully and me and Lyle just diving out of the way and wetting our pants :rofl:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 2:50pm (Jul 19th 2016)
     
    what fantastic fun I used to make and fly kites when my boys we small. I will have to get one for Mallory. Bet I am the one who gets one on the head Boink they fair hurt if the come down at speed Poor Lyle you have such a sweet nature
    xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2016 8:54pm (Jul 20th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cool NN! They were doing kite making at the shop that had a 50% discount! Hahaha Lyle is a great sport, he's such a lovebug :bigsmile: :heart:
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    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2016 4:25pm (Jul 21st 2016)
     
    beautiful moon
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2016 11:36pm (Jul 28th 2016)
     
    Cool photos Red! Looks like you had fun with the kites.

    Helloooo everyone!

    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2016 10:53am (Jul 29th 2016)
     
    Hey Jonny how lovely to have you here, hope you are well and will keep popping in xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2016 1:05pm (Jul 29th 2016)
     

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    I've always wanted to take a really cool photo of the moon NN, never managed it :(

    Hey Jonny! Yep, turns out days don't get much better than watching a kite dive-bomb your boyfriend hahahaha! Hope you're good :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2016 2:47am (Jul 30th 2016)
     
    Jonny!!! Your back, been wondering what happened to you. Hope all is well with you. So nice to see you again.:hiwave:

    Posted By: RedYep, turns out days don't get much better than watching a kite dive-bomb your boyfriend hahahaha


    Red, you're a hoot Waaahaha:rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 4th, 2016 4:08pm (Aug 4th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 6th, 2016 11:44pm (Aug 6th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Had a huuuge moth appear in our room tonight. I love moths and, as it was perched by the lamp, took some photos before scooping him up and releasing him!

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2016 2:06pm (Aug 7th 2016)
     
    I love moths too - the bigger the better! My son is terrified of them. "Dust shouldn't be able to stick together and fly" is his favourite comment. To me they're just butterflies without colouring!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2016 4:35pm (Aug 7th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha! I think moths are way more beautiful than butterflies - not a fan of butterflies but could admire moths all day :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2016 5:00am (Aug 11th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We'd like to say a big welcome home to my first ever ferret :D

    I've wanted a pet ferret since I was about 10 years old (and my dad's wanted once just as long!), but when we finally have suitable housing and are experienced enough, there are none in our nearby area. Over the past 4 months we looked at rescues, breeders, pet shops, everywhere!

    We recently found a litter of ferret kits two hours from us, from a breeder. We contacted the breeder and Lyle made the journey, met the ferrets, and brought a little boy home.

    The breeders sounded like the loveliest people ever, and it's weird because I was so excited to meet the ferret yet it's Lyle who's smitten with him! This is the exact ferret I've always wanted (hence why we chose this colouring over the other two boys!) s I can't wait to get to know him.

    My dad is insanely jealous :tooth:

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    We've called the little guy Fabian. He's 11 weeks old and was the biggest in his litter :bigsmile:

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2016 5:57pm (Aug 11th 2016)
     
    I love ferrets but they do make me nervous as they're such efficient killers. A friend had a pair that we're siblings (don't recall the sex) but he came back one day and they'd had a fight and one had killed the other. They're a bit smelly too (well, our friend's were), but SO cute! What's his name?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2016 6:44pm (Aug 11th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know a lot of cats that are very efficient killers too ;)

    Lots of animals that fall out will kill or do a lot of harm to each other, it can happen easily with dogs that live together too, especially siblings. Our Robo hamsters fought and killed each other out of the blue. It's something you have to manage and take into consideration with a lot of pets, especially rodents, although I can't say I've ever heard of it happening with ferrets before.

    Yeah, ferrets are stinky. My dad was asking me about the smell last night, and I responded something like "We're breeding mice, a little ferret stink probably won't make a dint in the male mice smell" :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2016 10:02pm (Aug 12th 2016)
     
    Haha!! Haven't heard of ferret freshner being used to mask mice musk!!!
    I was always told rats were stinky but my girls weren't that bad as long as I kept on top of the cleaning. The cats stink more when they poop!!! (And the men in the house outstink all the pets!!)
    Let us know how you find it as he gets older. Does he have a name yet?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 13th, 2016 5:54am (Aug 13th 2016)
     
    Fabian is a darling little Ferret, Red. I love the color of his coat.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 13th, 2016 11:29am (Aug 13th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No we've never found rats to be smelly, even males. Mind you Fabian doesn't seem too stinky at all atm, but he's still young and I think the smell gets worse as they mature!!

    Thanks Lynn, he's a real beaut :)

    There are extra pics and handling news here (OUCH, FERRET BITES!!)
    https://scarlybobs.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/first-ferret-fun/
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2016 5:27pm (Aug 15th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here's Tristan looking hilarious, peering at me and the mice :rolling:

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    :rofl:

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    And here's baby bunny boy's crate:

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    And Fabi baby!

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    I bought a washer dryer tub as well, stumbled across them on amazon and after a quick check other people use them for ferrets too :smile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2016 5:39pm (Aug 15th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And here is Oca in her hospital cage, per instructions of our vet. Her leg keeps getting more deformed or twisted, but they said there's not much they can do (they could amputate, but said it won't be causing her pain and might fall off on it's own) so for now we have to restrict her movement.

    We thought the glass might really help, as she likes to fly and grab onto the sides of barred cages. She hasn't flown into the sides once and spends most her time nesting in her food bowl!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 16th, 2016 7:56pm (Aug 16th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Took Pixie out for a walk yesterday late evening, hoping to carry her quite far and have her walk some of the way if she wanted to...got about ten minutes away and then it was so warm we sat down and just walked back home!!

    Some pics from our little adventure though :smile:













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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2016 10:14am (Aug 17th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've always wanted a ferret, in fact me and Scarlet had a few goes at cajoling Helen into letting us get one but never quite managed it, so I am very jealous, even though he's bitten her hand to pieces hahaha!

    Hopefully he'll learn that they don't have thick fur to protect them from sharp little teeth as he gets older!

    I wonder if you are confusing ferrets with minks, Kate? Ferrets/Polecats are pretty rare in the wild and prey on rabbits mostly (which let's say are pretty common) - however the American mink has taken over from just a few escapees... In New Zealand mink have done a fair bit of damage to certain wildlife. In the UK, water vole numbers have been affected by American mink. I think I saw one at the end of our road once - scared the hell out of me!

    Cats on the other hand... ugh. I actually hate them (sorry Scarlet!) Most owners let them out without giving a toss what they get up to - several times I've been in the garden weeding or planting and getting, or nearly getting, cat shit on my hands because they don't shit in their own garden but choose to do it in ours. I'm sorry but that's out of order - if you can't control your pet and where it shits then you shouldn't be letting it out! It's not natural - it's a pet. Nothing about owning an animal, keeping it in your house and looking after it is natural so to then say "oh well it's natural for it to go out, shit in people's gardens and kill wildlife" is a bit silly. Maybe we should be excusing those dogs that shit on the pavement and don't get cleaned up as it's 'natural'?

    30% of the house sparrow population are killed by cats each year - this is by an animal that has all the food it needs at "home"! They do huge damage to vole populations, have driven certain types of wren almost to extinction in the UK, and kill grass snakes (which is unforgivable as a snake-lover!)

    That's a huge anti-cat rant but I can't honestly understand the double-standards that are accepted as normal in regards to these animals...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2016 10:47am (Aug 17th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha :) Don't worry, I completely agree with everything you've written...I hate outdoor cats too! They wind my dogs up and it's completely unfair. Cats are allowed to roam and kill whatever they want, yet dogs have to be under control, on lead etc - and I don't have a problem with dogs needing to be supervised outdoors, I think that's totally how it should be, BUT it should be the same for cats.

    It seems absolutely ridiculous to me that cats can do whatever the hell they want outdoors, with zero supervision...especially when they completely ruin my dogs' training.

    I have indoor cats though, so them you must love ;) Now I have to go walk some dogs...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2016 10:52am (Aug 17th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I got so worked up about cats I forgot to add my picture haha ;)

    Here's one from a walk the other night - it's St Ives estate which is near where we live. The pic is completely unedited - and it was so bright and the sun glaring that I couldn't really see what I was doing - just pointed the camera and hoped for the best...



    And I took a pic of the moon too (it's a bit blurry as my little telescope is hard to take photo's from!)

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2016 7:52pm (Aug 17th 2016)
     
    Lovely photos both of you!

    I understand your feelings and accept your views about cats but I don't agree with them. However, I'm not going to get into a discussion about it because people rarely change their views just by reading what's written but can fall out so I'll bow out! :atpeace:

    Yes, it might be mink I've heard of - haven't they become prolific because they've been freed into the wild by animal activists? I know ferrets were/are used for 'ratting' and putting down warrens. I think I saw a polecat on the way to work once-it was dead at the side of the road. Now there's an indiscriminate killer-the automobile.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2016 9:26am (Aug 18th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There's no point arguing, I agree (is that a contradiction in terms?!) - just wanted to give my differing opinion - I'm just not a "cat person" I guess!

    The term I read was "escapees" but that could well be ones freed by AA - which then went on to do damage to the local wildlife and marginalise our native species!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2016 7:24pm (Aug 18th 2016)
     
    I think I'm an animal person - can't say I've ever met one I didn't like. Except big house spiders. :gasp: Wouldn't deliberately hurt one, but won't share the house with one either!!!

    'Man' is terrible at interfering with nature - always for the best reasons, but by gum we don't half mess it up sometimes!! I've never met a mink, I assume they must be quite beautiful if stupid women want to wear their pelts, but I think I'd be quite wary because of their reputation!

    Maybe now Red has a ferret Helen might let you have one (provided it stops biting first!!!)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeAug 19th, 2016 11:30am (Aug 19th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some animals I don't particularly like for personal reasons (foxes - they eat my chickens, cats for reasons I've already said)... But I wouldn't wish them harm - same reason I won't eat them either as let's face it, it directly supports the inhumane treatment of animals.

    Funny coincidence - the National Trust have released 100 water voles into the Yorkshire Dales today as they were driven to extinction by escaped mink (according to the news)...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 19th, 2016 4:04pm (Aug 19th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm an animal lover too, and I have nothing against cats, just the owners. I'll never get behind the idea that cats can be allowed to go out and do what they want - it's not safe for them or for other animals, even including humans. I'm glad there seems to be more of a pro-indoor or supervised outdoor cat movement, as there was with dogs years back...people would think it very odd to let dogs out unsupervised now!

    Even with most animals I say I don't like (such as horses and cats) there are individuals I fall in love with, and if I get to know them I'm a fan...but overall there are just too many attributes that make it difficult to say I 'like' them as a species. I can appreciate them, I can bond and love individuals, but overall they're not for me.

    Speaking of pets, here are some of the little ones!

    Tristan bun chillaxing - he loves his new cage location!

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    And the extremely fearful rattie boys, who are 6 months old now and have never even tried to bite me :smile:

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    Jeffrey is still more scaredy, but even he's out the ballpark of what I'd class as terrified now, which is great!

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2016 8:55pm (Aug 20th 2016)
     
    I think watervoles have been released somewhere locally too a while ago - I remember they spent ages building their habitat but they didn't say where it was so that idiots wouldn't go and mess/damage it. Let's hope the mink aren't around still so's they don't kill them again!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2016 11:35am (Aug 23rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I wonder if my absolutely terrified-of-everything rescue rats are the only ones that actually want to be close to the cats?! :rolling:

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    And yesterday we created Oka a 'slipper' to try help her get some purchase on perches. Her foot's very deformed and slips about all over the place bless her, but the vets said there's no need to amputate. Before:

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    Having her slipper put on :rolling:

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    It's helped a little but the slipper still doesn't have enough friction, any ideas?!

    And Tristie photos. He was out loose with Pixie for the first time today!

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    So many kisses!!

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    :heartsabove:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2016 12:43pm (Aug 24th 2016)
     
    What about cutting a little bit off a washing up scrubby thing and glueing it on to give her a bit of grip on her slipper? it's waterproof too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2016 5:55pm (Aug 24th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahhh CC that's a genius idea!! Good to see you back too ^__^

    We re-did the slipper yesterday and swapped her to a different cage too. This cage has sandpaper as substrate and a sandpaper covered perch too, and look what she did for hours yesterday! :woohoo:



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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2016 5:58pm (Aug 24th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Today we discovered a new walk...we knew there was a public footpath there but we've tried to find it half a dozen times over the past year and have never succeeded (a lot of farmers and landowners hide the entrances to footpaths because they don't want you using it). Today we finally stumbled across it and it's such a BEAUTIFUL walk!! :bigsmile

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    Bloody warm out today isn't it *pant pant* come on autumn!!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2016 3:31pm (Aug 25th 2016)
     
    Beautiful walk, Red; was it very hot? We were boiling here yesterday - I was deeply dischuffed!:weather_hot::kettle::face-sad::rant_red2:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2016 9:44pm (Aug 25th 2016)
     
    We were very overheated on Tuesday at Warwick Castle for the day (amazing bird display!) so on Wednesday decided to have a rest day and got the paddling pool out. Went to the local lakes today (Kingsbury waterpark) but it rained and was quite a miserable day, but we'll go again when the weather is better because there are lots of walks around the lakes.

    I think the hidden walks are better - you don't get the idiots that leave litter and damage the place. There was a nappy bag (with nappy) hanging on one of the trees today. I just don't understand it.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2016 11:51pm (Aug 25th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was REALLY hot CC. Our house is an absolute nightmare, we even have the living room window and front door open now (with a tall piece of pen covering it) and even with a through breeze we were too hot to move!

    Ah totally Kate. I'm hoping this will be a 'safe' walk for Pixie where there's a really slim chance of meeting other dogs or people so she can have a stress-free walk...the narrow tunnel section means we can drop her lead too as there's no where for her to bolt if startled, gates at both ends :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2016 7:17pm (Aug 26th 2016)
     
    How are the rodents coping with the heat? Assume they're pea fishing etc (my favourite thing to do with mine!) I used to have a piece of marble that I kept in the fridge too. I remember you had loads of cooling ideas last time you had rats. (I took the kids into Pets at Home and was looking at the rats - made me so sad for them. There was a beautiful boy that looked like he had a mask on!)

    Could she not get through the bushes and undergrowth on the side if she was really scared? Or is her default to head back to you for safety?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2016 11:13pm (Aug 26th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The rodents are fine, as are the smaller dogs and both cats. Kasper's being a little warm at times but they're all coping better than we are!!

    I WISH her default was to run to me Kate >__<

    Instead she just bolts in her terror, and even if she's not bolty-scared and I am calling to her, if she's overly anxious she won't come and will just dither a distance away. I almost couldn't get her back the other night even with two leads trailing after her when it got darker than she is comfortable with and she got scared...thankfully I'd only let her off in the almost secure field, but I still had to dive for the end of the lead in the mud as she ran past!!

    With the walk above, because it's farmers' fields either side of the tunnel, there's metal fencing behind the trees so it's secure for her. The way we go it ends in a gate blocking the way, but if she ran back to the start she'd be at the house...as it's narrow we could hopefully grab whatever lead was trailing behind her though. I'd possibly walk Rey off lead there but most definitely NOT Kasper :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2016 11:50pm (Aug 26th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Tristan can climb *sigh*

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    And play time from earlier :

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    Can you spot two cats one rabbit and one dog??

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2016 9:30pm (Aug 27th 2016)
     
    Poor Pixie. I really feel for the anxious animals - they always look like they want to trust but just can't take the last step.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2016 11:26pm (Aug 27th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's Pixie all over :( My parents were going to take us out for tea tomorrow but we can't leave Pixie long enough, so I suggested a picnic with Pixie. I'd have her in the pupoose and they would walk a distance away and completely ignore her...don't know what I was thinking, it's going to set her way back I'm sure. She still gets scared when people walk past on the opposite side of the road ignoring her, I imagine we're going to call this quits and end up having a super-fast picnic whilst Pixie is alone for half an hour >__<
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 28th, 2016 5:44pm (Aug 28th 2016)
     
    Maybe she'll be OK if she stays close to you. It's still been such a short time that she's lived with you, but she's come such a huge distance ... you should be proud. Maybe if she can sit behind you and Lyle at the picnic so's she can't be seen she'll cope. Will she lie under a blanket? Would having Rey there help (or is that impossible at a picnic!!)