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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2015 5:07pm (Jan 26th 2015)
     
    You're feeling low already so Seven made you feel a bit worse I think. But Lynn's right, Seven is now in exactly the right place to find a loving new home. And if she settles down a bit perhaps you could try again with her? For the moment it's the best thing you could have done. :heart: Feel better soon. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2015 5:47pm (Jan 26th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh Kate I'm sorry to hear about Seven. It's not pathetic to be upset at all :bighug:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2015 11:22pm (Jan 27th 2015)
     
    I got an e-mail from homing saying that she's settling in but won't use the litter tray. I've never seen her use a litter tray and hoped she'd learn the skill at homing, but she might need a home with proper access to outdoors, e.g. A cat flap. She'll be on homing corridor at the weekend.

    My cats are much happier, especially Kitten. TT and Tabby are currently playing all round the living room!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2015 4:38pm (Jan 28th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm glad your cats are happier Kate, and that Seven's settling in well. Here's hoping she'll find a great home really quickly :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2015 5:19pm (Jan 29th 2015)
     
    Yes, fingers crossed. And are you feeling better, Kate?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2015 11:28pm (Jan 29th 2015)
     
    Yes a little. It helps that my cats are so obviously more settled, and I'm trying hard not to think about Seven too much which is also harsh, but it's what I've got to do. I think I'll carry guilt on this for a while (it's the way I am)! I hope she can get to grips with a litter tray, otherwise it may well make her hard to home which will increase my guilt significantly, but I'll just have to wait and see.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2015 11:32pm (Jan 29th 2015) edited
     
    I was told today that the government are changing the state pension and they will reduce the amount received by NHS and other public sector employees because we apparently pay a reduced contribution. It means that even though we pay our taxes and are paid less for comparative jobs than the private sector, we will get less than everyone else.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2015 6:32pm (Jan 30th 2015)
     
    You're in the same boat as the firefighters, pension wise then, Kate? My friend worked for local music education; she was told she had to apply for the job she's done for 28 years, work longer hours, for less money and less pension. She's now self-employed.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2015 7:37pm (Jan 30th 2015)
     
    Yes, that's about the size of it CC. the only decent thing the public sector had was the pension and now that's being devalued too.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2015 9:27pm (Jan 31st 2015)
     
    Seven has been reserved which should be a best, but the people live in a shared house on a main road. She's always lived in a cul-de-sac and I'm scared she'll get run over first time out as she won't be car aware-not at those speeds anyway. I hope they make the right decision when they do the home check.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 1:47pm (Feb 4th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: the pressure has gone from our boiler again, so we have no heating and hot water :mad: The pressure was only raised just over 2 months ago, and as we weren't shown how it was done we don't know how to do it!

    Think we're going to pay a repairman to come around and ask if they can show us...

    *edited to add* Lyle has done it!! :woohoo:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 4:36pm (Feb 4th 2015)
     
    Glad it's sorted - not the weather to be without heating!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 6:42pm (Feb 4th 2015)
     
    I'm glad you were able to fix it, Red. :clap:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 7:59pm (Feb 4th 2015)
     
    My rant - my boiler has broke! No power to it, so phoned the plumber and he said it'll be the internal power board (power is getting to the plug). Don't know when he's coming to fix it though - said "in the morning" before I agreed to him ordering the part, then said might not be able to get here. :tearhair: no heat or hot water.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 9:02pm (Feb 4th 2015)
     
    Oh wow, Katie..in the middle of Winter with no heat or hot water and he doesn't know if he can get there..is there no one else you can call??
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 11:40pm (Feb 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no I don't believe it Kate, bl**dy boilers!! I hope he gets to you in the morning, it's horrid having to have cold showers :sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2015 10:27am (Feb 5th 2015)
     
    He's coming this afternoon. Let's hope it's an easy fix. Even with an oil filled radiator I'm froze-don't know how we survived as kids without central heating. :snowman:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2015 4:53pm (Feb 5th 2015)
     
    Amazing, isn't it? My brother's having my mum's house and is extending (for 2 people) the house that 4 of us managed quite well in! AND he needs another 4,876,946,821 power points...:face-smile:
    Let's hope you're toasty again soon, Kate.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2015 5:48pm (Feb 5th 2015)
     
    Now then, power points. That was a problem with my electrician when I had re wired. He wouldn't put enough points around the house. He liked to stick to two each. Only in the study could I get a few extra for the internet stuff. In the the kitchen. I wanted strip sockets built in, like in USA, right along all the work areas. He managed to double up one plug!
    So I have extension sockets all over the place! I am very carefully not to overload them though.
    Just under 5million sounds nearer the mark!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2015 11:03pm (Feb 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We haven't used our heating all winter yet...just plenty of blankets and duvets!! ;)

    We have however used the hot water - I DESPISE cold showers!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2015 9:20pm (Feb 6th 2015)
     
    Wow, you're made of hardy stock Red! Heating is back on and working and only had to fork out £350. :wha: hmm, should have put this on the best thing thread because it's so lovely having heat again.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2015 10:35pm (Feb 6th 2015)
     
    I'm happy you got your heat back, Kate..350 pounds..so that would be roughly $533 US dollars..well, I guess it's worth just about anything to be warm again.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2015 3:51pm (Feb 7th 2015)
     
    It is, and it would cost 5 times that to replace. Sounds much worse in dollars!

    News about Seven on "best thing thread ..." ( Which gives a clue to the news in itself)!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2015 6:17pm (Feb 7th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yay for having heating again!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2015 6:09pm (Feb 10th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: some stupid woman shouted across to us from the other side of the river today, whilst we were walking Kasper, "She should be off lead! Let your dog off lead!"

    What?! :001_huh:

    Since when did some nosy parker have the right to say how you should walk your dog??

    And we were walking right by a road too!! What made it even odder was that two of her three dogs were on leads?!

    Lyle replied (he was in a foul mood this morning; he's all bunged up with cold) "We're right next to a busy road. I'm not a moron!" :rolling:

    What a rude thing to shout though! There are dozens of reasons for people needing to walk their dogs on lead; for example training (recall or reactivity), roads, being near to farm animals, or even (another of Kasper's reasons) not being able to be trusted off lead as they always come back injured!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2015 7:54pm (Feb 10th 2015)
     
    I always think an owner with a dog ON the lead is more responsible. Silly moo.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2015 11:11am (Feb 11th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yep, agreed.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2015 2:35am (Feb 14th 2015)
     
    I think you are right too, CC on lead is much more responsible. I wouldn't take my pups anywhere off lead..they aren't trust worthy yet and there are too many things that they could get hurt on.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2015 6:38pm (Feb 15th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant(s): Our baby guinea pig Lemon has died :(

    He was only young, we have no idea what caused it. Chinny (who lives with him) is fine.

    Our adult minnow is on his way out, too. He's really old for a minnow, and has had a lovely life and even had babies, but it's still sad...

    And today we were out walking Zoey and someone had a Poodle behind a fence. Lyle went ahead and asked her if her dog was secure, as our dog is scared of other dogs. She assures us it is. When we drew near the Poodle began barking like mad (oh goody, just what a fearful dog needs!) then jumps the fence and runs at us!!
    :gasp:
    I pick Zoey up (which is not easy for me, especially as she's trying to wriggle free to see the dog!) and Lyle body blocks the dog as much as possible, but it was a b***dy nightmare! Luckily we had hot dog with us and fed Zoey it by the handful, so I think she found it all more exciting than scary...
    :_oh_really::tearhair::cursing:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2015 9:18pm (Feb 15th 2015)
     
    And did the woman apologise? I think I already know the answer to that ...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2015 9:16pm (Feb 16th 2015)
     
    Wow..that must have been an awful, Red. I'm glad Zoey didn't get scarred by that Poodle running at her.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2015 10:38pm (Feb 16th 2015)
     
    Took Emmett for a check up (the vet insists on her having a medication check twice a year - kerching! £30) and got lectured by a girl half my age about how Emmett (who is 20 in April) has lost 500g and I shouldn't be feeding her the dry food. I explained she doesn't eat it, the others do. So she said I should put her on a high calorie food - they can (surprisingly!) supply one. I told her I'd buy Felix senior. Then she said I was to reduce her painkiller dose immediately as I was overdosing her (the other vet said to gradually reduce until she was on the lowest dose she could but manage her pain). She asked why I hadn't had blood tests done on her so I had to explain again that it didn't matter what they said, I couldn't take her off the pain meds, and if it showed her kidneys failing I'd either have to put her on more meds or have her put to sleep. So what was the point. She wants me to take her back to get her weighed every 2 months in case she's losing more weight. Don't know what they'll do about it if she is!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2015 11:08pm (Feb 16th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate, the woman actually looked at us like it was our fault because we dared to be honest that our dog was scared of others :001_rolleyes:

    Lynn I'm so sick of all the off-lead, out of control dogs around here. We walk Zoey near busy roads, where dogs really shouldn't be off-lead, so that we can counter condition her to other dogs without having them run at her off-lead...yet it still happens far too often. What are these people thinking??

    Oh what a crappy vet appt Kate! They shouldn't be lecturing you at all, I'd have a hard time showing them any respect if they got in any way arsey. Do you have to take her there to be weighed? They won't charge you for that will they??
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2015 12:11am (Feb 17th 2015)
     
    It makes you wonder if they are in it for the critters or for the money.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2015 3:55pm (Feb 17th 2015)
     
    Is there another vet locally, Kate? I don't think I'd go back to be patronised by a ten year old.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2015 11:16pm (Feb 17th 2015)
     
    The vets she usually sees are great - this was a new one. Looked fresh out of vet school and keen to impress! After I left the consulting room she came out and called the next person in. The lady replied "I'll wait for Chloe" who is one of the usual vets. They're all quite young, but it is local and if I wasn't sure about something they'd told me I'd get a 2nd opinion if I thought it worthwhile. I'm trying to be very relaxed about Emmett because of her advancing years - all about the quality not the quantity.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2015 6:44am (Feb 18th 2015)
     
    I think quality wins out over quantity around here too, Kate. We try to give our critters the best life we possibly can for as long as we can.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2015 7:16pm (Feb 20th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: I think the post man stole the handmade card I made for my Nana as I wrote on the envelope "open with care" (as it was a delicate card)...bet they thought it had money inside :mad: I posted one to my Nana and one to my mum; my mum's arrived a week ago - my Nana's still hasn't appeared, and they live five minute's away from each other...either that or it got lost along the way :fierce:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2015 8:42pm (Feb 20th 2015)
     
    Complain. If they've got a postman who's stealing then it may take a while, but they'll get the evidence together and catch them out in the end. Maybe it'll turn up, or has been delivered to the wrong address. Some people will go and put it through the correct door, others bin it.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2015 6:32am (Feb 21st 2015)
     
    We have a terrible postman..always giving us one of our neighbors pieces of mail..we complain and they say they don't make mistakes..we exchange mail with the neighbors on the weekends around here.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2015 10:04am (Feb 21st 2015)
     
    Repost the mail with "Not this address".
    And. "Try - - - " put in correct destination.
    Then the office can see mail is being wrongly delivered.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2015 5:32pm (Feb 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My dad's had quite a few expensive items stolen by the same postman...I don't remember which company it was with but the parcels came with tracking info, so it said they'd been delivered when they hadn't. My dad reported it both times...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2015 8:26pm (Feb 23rd 2015)
     
    The company my son's employers use frequently 'lose' packages they've sent out. They contain 'precious' metals, that is ones that are used in the aviation industry / space / etc not gold and silver! Some of the packages can be worth £1,000s but there's nothing they can do. Don't understand why they used them for so long.

    Best delivery company are DPD. They always send a text with the name of the driver and an hour period in which he will deliver. They've never missed when they've delivered to me. If they can do it why can't other companies? And why don't more suppliers use them?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2015 6:22pm (Feb 27th 2015)
     
    My friend had three parcels to his jeweller's shop stolen from the postman's cart - and no others were taken. We reckon it's an inside job. My ring was stolen, but it was only one I'd bought myself. They've stopped making them now though, so Andy's made me a gold tuning fork earring and pendant. Much better than the ring that was nicked!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2015 8:12pm (Feb 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's just ridiculous! Especially as you have to wait fifteen working days before you can file a complaint!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2015 8:32pm (Feb 27th 2015)
     
    After 15 days they are hoping that you will forget all about filing a complaint, Red.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2015 10:29pm (Mar 3rd 2015)
     
    We had a letter through the door today saying that the learning disability home at the end of our road is going to be emptied (they're moving the residents a few miles away), demolished, and a half-way house for ex-cons, drug addicts, council evictees that they can't home, and asylum seekers built on the site. The council had a meeting about it at the end of January but despite it being law that they have to inform residents and invite them to a public meeting, they sent out very few letters and not to the people affected. As the Conservatives have the majority on the planning committee this'll get put straight through. They won't want it built in the leafy suburban south of the borough - they prefer to stick it all here in the north. We have the majority of the LD homes, the addict support service (the majority of attendees are from the south of the borough), the majority of the council housing stock (you only get a property if you're a single mother or an ex-con), and they're building on all the open space because they have a quota that the borough has to meet so they put them all here. The value of our homes will plummet (bearing in mind that they've only just sold the last of the new-builds across the road), crime will rise, and an area that is already slated and criticised will be taken down even further. RANT RANT RANT! (Sorry). Will be writing to the council tomorrow to protest.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 1:26pm (Mar 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    How very sneaky of them! Rant away Kate, it's what this thread is for :smile:

    rant: we took Chinny to the vet about four days ago as he wasn't wheeking when we went to feed him, which he ALWAYS does! Vet was a bit arsey and insinuated we were wasting his time as there were no other symptoms, and pronounced Chinny healthy.

    Yesterday morning Lyle went to feed Chinny and he was on his side, unable to move other than waggle his legs and obviously suffering a lot. Back to the vets, and he was PTS, possible stroke :sad:

    RIP Chinny, you were an awesome guinea pig who made a complete turn around from what you used to be...started off too terrified to come out his hide, and ended with him racing, screaming, to the cage door to steal veggies from your hand!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 5:24pm (Mar 4th 2015)
     
    Bless him, poor Chinny. But he spent the end of his life with caring loving people in a wonderful home. Did you see the same vet, Red? Will you complain?
    Kate, all councils are lying, useless underhand gits who take backhanders and ignore the wishes of us, their employers. They should all be dropped off a pier somewhere. Contact your local paper - kick up a stink and embarrass the morons.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 7:28pm (Mar 4th 2015)
     
    Oh, Red I'm so sorry about your loss of Chinny.. RIP Chinny. I hope you gave the Vet a piece of your mind about his poor quality of care for your pet.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 7:32pm (Mar 4th 2015)
     
    Kate, sorry to hear of the councils stupid ruling...CC is right..write a letter to the newspaper about what they are doing to the people in your neighborhood.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 8:30pm (Mar 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you :bighug: The first vet we saw was at a different practice to the one we would probably take the dogs to. There are two surgeries in our nearby area, and up to this point we haven't needed either...the 'best' surgery is the one where the receptionist said the vet would want to muzzle Kasper (*sigh*) so I didn't want to go there...but the other surgery wasn't as cleanly or spacious. And the vet was a **** so I don't think we'll be going back!

    I need to email a complaint (or at least a query) to the other one to ask if we really would need to muzzle Kasper...because if we do, then obviously we need to find another vet...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 11:13pm (Mar 4th 2015)
     
    I'm so sorry about Chinny. Why don't vets listen to the owners - we're the ones who spend all our time with our pets so know when there's something wrong. That said, it is very hard to diagnose a lot of pet conditions as they are so damn good at hiding it.

    Sadly some vets consider small pets 'disposable'. It's so difficult to find a good vet Red - I know I've mentioned before that I took my first rats to 5 different vets before I found one I was happy with. They charge us a lot of money for their time, so it's our right to give it to someone we're happy with. Just because the receptionist said the vet would want to muzzle doesn't mean he actually would. It's probably their standard response, but if you e-mail your reasons they may respond positively. If they don't at least you won't waste your money on them.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2015 2:52pm (Mar 5th 2015)
     
    I have had the same response with chickens - until I found a lovely vet nearby whose favourite animal is a chicken. She was wonderful. But most vets (especially where there's a farming tradition) regard them as disposable, as Kate says. And if you mention taking a chicken to a vet to a farmer...!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2015 7:26pm (Mar 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Got a response from the vet (I only emailed them last night) about the receptionist saying Kasper must be muzzled. They asked when I phoned and who I spoke to, I was able to give the date but not who it was. The response was pretty good, they said they may have asked us to muzzle Kasper prematurely and to phone up and ask to speak with the head nurse to talk about 'acclimatising' Kasper.

    As long as they would listen to our instructions when we took him in (ignore him to begin with, don't tower over him etc) I think it could be a good idea.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2015 11:48pm (Mar 5th 2015)
     
    It sounds like a positive response Red - I'd keep going on this and see how it goes.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2015 6:16pm (Mar 6th 2015)
     
    My rant: Doctors who don't like people. Why do the job? I was spoken to with the world weariness of a doc who'd been woken at 4am to visit someone with chipped nail varnish (it was 4pm in his office) and he didn't even look at me. I don't think it unreasonable for someone with breathing problems who has pneumonia to ask for another course of antibiotics because the first lot haven't really done much. Grr.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2015 6:34pm (Mar 6th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Was it your usual GP CC or does your surgery have an any GP for anyone policy? I know when I had a terrible GP and asked to swap, the surgery made it really hard for me to do - even though the GP I now see had already said she would gladly have me added to her list of patients!

    I hope you're feeling better soon :bighug:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2015 4:29pm (Mar 7th 2015)
     
    CC, I'm sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. :bighug:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2015 4:49pm (Mar 7th 2015)
     
    He's commonly known as Dr Death to most of the patients and I only see him in emergencies. My name flashed up on the screen...and so did his. Sigh! Still, on the mend now, ta. Had a whole week off - bored rigid!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2015 12:18am (Mar 8th 2015)
     
    Hope you feel better soon CC. Our surgery is any doc for any patient, but if you're willing to wait you can see a named one. No good for emergencies though eh CC!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2015 2:52pm (Mar 8th 2015)
     
    Quite; I had to wait my turn and see whoever was free. My bad luck :D I can always see a named GP if I don't mind waiting a few days, but I tend to go in emergencies only.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2015 8:17pm (Mar 8th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's weird how different surgeries work. I'm so glad we get signed a GP and get to see the same person, they did the same in Yorkshire too.

    Glad you are feeling a bit better CC!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2015 3:07pm (Mar 9th 2015)
     
    Our practice is one of the largest in England, allegedly. My named GP has changed 4 times in 3 years what with retirements, pregnancies and better offers in the private sector! Shouldn't grumble - we can always get a same day appointment for emergencies and the nurses are brilliant too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2015 6:53pm (Mar 13th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: walking back from the station and the narrow path to the village has a 6+ foot stretch of horse poo on it!!! It was all over the path and the people in front opted to walk on the road, to the annoyance of the drivers, rather than dodge the mounds. I hate that horses are allowed to leave **** everywhere...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2015 7:38pm (Mar 13th 2015)
     
    I know - if it were dogs...! Can you IMAGINE the fuss!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2015 6:58pm (Mar 15th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know!!! And it doesn't help that both our dogs LOVE horse poop, and then after eating it Zoey just *has* to cover you in kisses....ewwww! :fierce:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2015 12:18am (Mar 17th 2015)
     
    At one time people would've been fighting over it to put on their roses, but they seem to prefer chemicals nowadays. You'd need a bloomin' big poop bag for a horse!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2015 11:22am (Mar 17th 2015)
     
    There are some rather high class stables that have access down my street. Those horses leave high class heaps all the way round the Crescent. Now I don't find the smell too offensive but do worry about the health aspect.
    Is horse poo not a health hazard to humans as cat and dog poo can be?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2015 11:42am (Mar 17th 2015) edited
     
    Had a look on Google re this. Seems that horse poo could be classed as re-cycled grass, does not have the dangerous bacteria etc., like the poo from carnivorous animals.
    A much bigger hazard is to the two wheeled vehicles skidding around on it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2015 5:06pm (Mar 17th 2015)
     
    I love watching the incomers in their shiny 4x4s going to enormous lengths to try and avoid a big pile of horse poo in a skinny lane. They seem to think their 4x4 will explode if they get anything *icky* on the tyres...:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2015 7:37pm (Mar 17th 2015)
     
    Around here the 4x4s are use appropriately - climbing hills and crossing rough terrain or, put another way, going up the multi-storey car park slopes and coping with potholes in the roads!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2015 8:44pm (Mar 17th 2015)
     
    Don and I actually need our 4x4's out here in the woods..we have mud, floods and lots of big hills to deal with in the Winter. I only wash my SUV twice a year (if it's lucky)..it's futile to try to keep them clean.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2015 4:22pm (Mar 18th 2015)
     
    My friend did a 4x4 driving course, along rivers, up and down mud banks, 4 wheel drifts, etc. She told a yummymummy at the school gates about it, and the YM asked, horrified 'But didn't it get frightfully muddy?'
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2015 5:29pm (Mar 18th 2015)
     
    yummymummy?? ok, what is than??
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2015 7:56pm (Mar 18th 2015)
     
    A yummy mummy is usually a school gate mother who cares more for her appearance than ANYTHING. They're usually well off, don't work, and spend all day shopping/lunching/at the gym/hairdresser/nail salon.

    My car gets washed only on rare occasions because I can always find something else I'd rather do!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2015 7:03pm (Mar 19th 2015)
     
    I wash mine when I can't see out of the back window. Or when it gets so bad it's embarrassing!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2015 11:00pm (Mar 19th 2015)
     
    Hubby washed mine today (I told him he could do that or the bathrooms, and he plumped for the easy choice!) :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2015 4:29pm (Mar 25th 2015)
     
    Where IS everybody???:face-crying:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2015 6:56pm (Mar 25th 2015)
     
    I'm here. Every day. Sometimes more but don't post daily. Maybe I should...
    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2015 9:50pm (Mar 25th 2015)
     
    I'm in here several times a day, but if there aren't any new posts to read, I don't hang around too long.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2015 8:03pm (Mar 26th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've been away - sorry! :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2015 10:42pm (Mar 27th 2015)
     
    I've been crocheting! Finished the shrug (I'll post a pic at some point), and have been doing an on-line course on how to do crochet cables, the project being a clutch bag. I used the same wool as the shrug which has caused a few problems because it's a lighter wool so the bag isn't as thick or as big, but I prefer the smaller size and I need to line it. Will post a pic of that too. I'll be around a bit more now!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2015 7:14pm (Mar 29th 2015)
     
    Why is that a rant then? :rolling: Is crotcheting faster than knitting?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2015 11:32pm (Mar 30th 2015) edited
     
    Wasn't a rant, more of an excuse for not being around lately!

    I've finished making everything now and want something else to do! Have found a nice pattern ...!

    I'm not very good at crocheting so it takes me longer, but it's very satisfying to achieve something.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2015 6:36pm (Apr 9th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: when I wear anything on my wrists (watch, bands, bracelets) I randomly get covered in branded my skin...they'll be fine for months, if not longer, then all of a sudden it will look like they've burnt my skin! It's really annoying, even if I have my watch on loose it happens...it goes away after a few days of putting cream on, then doesn't happen for ages again...so weird :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2015 7:24pm (Apr 9th 2015)
     
    Could it potentially be your drugs? Hormones? Drugs and hormones interacting to hate your jewellery?!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2015 7:26pm (Apr 10th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't think so, it used to happen pre-meds...the ring I wear now has never caused it to happen, but others have. Along with watches, rubber and cloth-style bands, silver bracelets...it does go away after a few days...? Stupid wrists and fingers :P
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2015 4:18pm (Apr 11th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: the guy who delivered our shopping left the gate open in the garden. Our back door is frosted glass and we didn't even think we'd need to check, so out go the pups into the garden...

    Zoey sprints to the open gate and round the corner. Kasper is just stood at the doorway wanting treats LOL! I start screaming "Zoooooeeeeey, Zooooeeeeey, heeeere Zoooooeeeeey!!" like a mad thing and race inside to the treat cupboard. I can't even see what's happening.

    Zoey reappears within seconds, and I'm so relieved then panic about where Kasper is. Lyle says he's still stood at the door waiting (double LOL!) and sends him in. They get two strips of 6" treats each as reward...dear god, I've only just stopped trembling.

    This is the second time some **** has left our garden gate open, last one was a takeaway delivery. We're going to buy a bolt and attach it to the gate somehow...I'm so glad our back garden doesn't back onto a road!!
    :gasp:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2015 9:21pm (Apr 11th 2015)
     
    Complain to the supermarket - it doesn't bear thinking about how that could've ended up. Why do they deliver to the garden and not the front door?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 13th, 2015 7:39pm (Apr 13th 2015)
     
    Fit a spring to close the gate. I have a hook on mine to hold it open if needed. Works well.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2015 5:18pm (Apr 14th 2015)
     
    Have you put up a sign that says "Shut the gate behind you"..Ollie has a great idea with the spring on the gate.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2015 11:21pm (Apr 16th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate, there's parking round the back, whereas the front of the house is the main road through the village. I have no idea how they know which gate is ours though, none of them have numbers!

    Ollie, my dad suggested the same thing! I've never heard of them, but my dad said one should do the trick and the landlord shouldn't mind as it can be removed, so will deffo be looking into it :smile:

    So simple Lynn! Can't believe we didn't think of that :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2015 2:58pm (Apr 17th 2015) edited
     
    It's like a tightly wound spring, one end on the gatepost, one on the gate itself. They do work. I have no idea why the landlord would want it removed as it's an asset, really. Gate closers, I think they're called. I bet you can get one on eBay. Yes, from 4 quid upwards, I've just looked.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2015 8:58pm (Apr 17th 2015)
     
    Yes, I'm sure the landlord will be OK with it staying there long after you've moved!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2015 7:46pm (Apr 18th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Is it one of these, then?

    (make sure I'm buying the right thing before I order it :smile: )

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2015 9:41pm (Apr 18th 2015)
     
    That's the beastie. You attach both ends (one to the post, one to the gate) then wind it tight by removing the little pin that you can just see in the right hand end, wind it with any little pointy implement like an awl, then replace the little pin (which acts like a brake). But I'm sure there are instructions with it...or I bet somebody's put a how to vid on You Tube!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2015 10:05pm (Apr 19th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahhh I get it! Awesome, thank you!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2015 6:36am (Apr 20th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well I should never have got up early to walk the dogs those few times, I've wrecked my sleep. Been up aaallll night. Today is going to be hell...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2015 7:10am (Apr 20th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh man I'm bored. Looks like it's sunny outside. I have to be up in 2.5 hours. Why, whenever I do anything even slightly different with my sleep, do I become nocturnal?!?

    Lyle has to be the happiest sleeper ever. It's so cute.

    I'd bother Kasper into playing if it wouldn't wake Lyle up...

    Booooored!

    *bangs head against wall*

    :loco: