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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2010 2:55pm (Nov 10th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    ranting because of the weather *scowl* Woke up and saw it was beautifully sunny outside so phoned a friend on campus and said we should all go for a walk after everyone's lectures have finished. Organised the walk for 4pm and now it is grey and bloody freezing outside, and looks like rain *sigh* :glare:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2010 7:47pm (Nov 10th 2010)
     
    Oh what a shame Red. It was lovely here as well although when I went to clean the hen house it was very cold. I was glad to get back in. Nice to see the sun though after all the rain.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2010 6:28pm (Nov 11th 2010)
     
    Still chucking it down here; I had to give depressesd chickens grape therapy...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2010 9:23pm (Nov 11th 2010)
     
    Rough day here as well although we did have a few sunny spells. The wind was so cold and fierce. Nearly ripped the conservatory off when when I went out this afternoon. I could have done with some grape therapy CC...... had to make do with a slice of melon instead !!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2010 8:57pm (Nov 17th 2010)
     
    We had a freak wind storm Monday night with winds over 60 MPH that knocked out the power. we just did get it back..we have a lot of storm damage to clean up around here, but I'm so thankful we got our power back on. My little macaw Poe got sick from getting too cold Monday night, but he seems better today, I have him on antibiotics, so I hope he'll make it. We are having another wind storm right now, so if I disappear for a couple of days you'll know why.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2010 10:45pm (Nov 17th 2010)
     
    How scary Lynn. Keep us updated on how Poe is doing. Can you keep an oil heater or a gas bottle heater for if it happens again? We seem to be having more and more freaky weather as the years go on with no consistency. At one time the seasons were very defined, but now they are extreme and seem to overlap each other. I hope the next storm isn't so bad.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2010 6:25pm (Nov 18th 2010)
     
    Yes, we're thinking of you. And poor little Poe.:face-plain:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2010 1:07am (Nov 19th 2010)
     
    I hope Poe is doing well!

    We lost power about 9 pm and mine didn't go back on until 1:30 the next day. I HATE these power outages. Always during the coldest times. And darkest times. I'm feeling shell shocked.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2010 7:15pm (Nov 19th 2010)
     
    Posted By: DianeonWhidbeyI hope Poe is doing well!

    We lost power about 9 pm and mine didn't go back on until 1:30 the next day. I HATE these power outages. Always during the coldest times. And darkest times. I'm feeling shell shocked.


    I'm glad to hear that you are alright up there and have your power back on,Diane. Now they are talking about Snow for the weekend..gawd, does the fun ever stop around here. We got most of the downed trees and limbs picked up, but there is still a lot of the small stuff down in the driveway. It's going to take me some time to get it cleaned up and just wait as soon as I do, we'll have another wind storm. *sigh*:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2010 11:45pm (Nov 19th 2010)
     
    You guys get it so bad over there. Some parts of England are flooded and more heavy rain is forecast.

    A plane crashed at Birmingham Airport today - it was a cessna that was transporting a liver for a transplant op. We had thick fog at the time (still have) so don't know if that was the cause. The police rescued the liver and completed its journey. I haven't heard how the pilot and one other on the plane are. It apparently caught fire and also took out a radio/radar beacon when it crashed so all flights are suspended until tomorrow morning. I expected to be stuck in traffic on the way home (I drive past every day) but it was fine. Terrible thing to happen - imagine the chaos if it'd been a big plane.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 1:35am (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Amazing Kate and they saved the liver!!!!

    We are warming up here going to be 30's all week. We are off on Monday to the cottage by the ocean again for about week for a break, it's our wedding anniversay and we thought it would be a nice idea to spend some time enjoying the ocean views and relaxing.

    Thomas will accompany us too and he can lie in his basket in the sun and watch the wild life and sea birds from the large window.

    The lighthouse is right next door so Brian will probably climb up and take advantage of an ideal photo opportunity. I will happily stay below and read a book.

    I bought Brian a telescope for a gift but don't tell him he he he..... He can watch the birdies, feathered kind of course and the seals over on the rocks.

    Hope you dont have any more big storms Lynn and your little Poe is ok.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 1:41am (Nov 20th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bloody cold when you got no heating or hot water...thought it was snowing yesterday but it was just rain!

    Ron's heat lamp had to go on full today and even then it was low 93 F and we usually keep it at about 97 F.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 7:02am (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Hope you have a nice break Julie and bring some pictures back with you :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 5:15pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Hope you're all right with the power cut, Diane...the trials of island life! Keep an eye on the post office, by the way.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 5:48pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    97 degrees?? Oh! Forgot - Ron is a tortoise. LOL

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Julie! Sounds like a wonderful time for both of you and dear Thomas.

    Thanks Lynn & CC - Lynn I'm beginning to share your opinion of winter...

    Kate, that's an amazing story. I so hope the hero's bringing that liver survived.

    Post office? Really?? :interesting:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 8:39pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Posted By: DianeonWhidbeyPost office?

    Yes. Keep checking...I've done Advent and Christmas in one hit because I am, as we English say, a tight git.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 9:52pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    The liver transplant was successful. An air ambulance pilot that was at the scene went into the burning plane to turn the fuel off. I saw some pictures on the news and the entire left side of the plane was completely burnt. The pilot suffered multiple injuries and the passenger flash burns, but they're lucky to be alive from the pictures I saw. The airport reopened at lunchtime.

    Have a lovely break TM - it sounds like a beautiful place. I think its great that Thomas gets to go with you!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 10:54pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Apparently inside our house at the moment it is 48.2 F, or 9*C...maybe it will snow soon, INSIDE THE HOUSE!!:face-monkey:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 1:08am (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    Poe seems to be getting better, he's almost back to normal. The antibiotics seem to have done the trick and all my other critters are doing alright now too.

    Julie, I hope you have a wonderful time..HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Your vacation sounds wonderful. I hope Thomas will enjoy the time too.

    Red, I hope to heaven that they come and fix your heat soon 48.2 inside the house is a nightmare. At least I've got a wood stove for heat when the power goes off..I wish there was something I could do to help you two and your critters. There should be some place for you to register a complaint with, that could do something to help you. This is an outrage to have the inside of your house at 48 degrees!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 2:08am (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    Have a lovely holiday, Julie!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 5:28pm (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    Not a pleasant thought Red snow in the house!!!!!!!!! i hope you and lyle have some way of keeping warm now it is getting colder.My ex bats have spent the last 4 months growing there feathers back from being in the cages and now they are falling out by the dozen at the moment!!!! but hopefully in spring they will look beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 8:34pm (Nov 21st 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I reckon so Lee, you will have some stunners :)

    The hissers are wearing 5 hoodies at the moment (well their tank is!) just to get their temp up to 22*C, lowest it can get before it's dangerous is 18*c so that's okay. The baby hissers share heat mats with the locusts, they're in the living room which is warmer than the bedroom. Boggley is now sharing the kitchen with pearl as it was too cold for her, and Ron's temps are okay as long as he has a blanket over his cage!

    I'm glad Poe is recovering Lynn :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 9:15pm (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    My hubby has a heater in the garage that is really good - its an oil filled radiator that we got from Argos. I don't know if your money can stretch that far - they start at about £70 and can be moved from room to room so might help a little. Or has someone got one you can borrow?

    (I know its not ethical but you could get one from Argos, use it for a couple of days til your heating is fixed, then take it back and say it wasn't what you wanted).
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 11:23pm (Nov 21st 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: Kateb(I know its not ethical but you could get one from Argos, use it for a couple of days til your heating is fixed, then take it back and say it wasn't what you wanted).

    Tut tut Kate! :lol:

    That's definitely an option; hopefully the stupid repair man will answer the flipping phone tomorrow and tell us when he can come round to fix it!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2010 6:16pm (Nov 22nd 2010) edited
     
    This is the view out my front window 5 minutes ago.
    Snow is a 4 letter word...it's not a great photo..taken with my phone
      LW_Snow11-22-10.jpeg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2010 7:46pm (Nov 22nd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I WANT SNOW!!!!!!! *is jealous* :001_tongue:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2010 9:54pm (Nov 22nd 2010)
     
    Sorry Red :blush: (hee hee!!) Needs must sometimes!

    Ooo Lynn, that's bad! I love snow if I can stay home, but it never snows on a non-work day!!! I hope its not too bad for you.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 4:43am (Nov 23rd 2010) edited
     
    The heavy wind we are now having, has blown the snow all over the back porch and it filled our boots full of snow..spent the last hour trying to dry them out so we can do chores in the morning..gawd, I HATE snow. :cursing:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 7:02am (Nov 23rd 2010)
     
    Beautiful photo Lynn we have some very cold weather coming this week!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 5:04pm (Nov 23rd 2010)
     
    Argh. Took me 2.5 hours to get home from Coupeville yesterday. Usually a 45 minute trip. But, I've never felt SO grateful to arrive home. For awhile I was stuck out there and having thoughts of Holly and I sleeping that way over night and then still be stuck in the morning. Snow, ice and wind - I'm with you Lynn, its horrible. I've canceled all my clients today and am planning to spend a lot of the day just looking out the window at it. Got the hummingbird feeder mitten attached (an old wool sock.) Hopefully the little bird will check it out again. She actually came to the window and flapped in front of me a little while ago...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 6:12pm (Nov 23rd 2010)
     
    Everything is frozen solid this morning..it was 13F degrees when I got up today. I've got my Silkies in their Winter barn, but it was still so cold in there that all of their water was frozen. I've just come back in the house to get warm for a few minutes, then I'll have to go back out and start doing the water again. I'm glad you made it home from Coupeville, Diane..try to stay warm.

    I hope everyone in the UK will have a milder Winter than we are getting here.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 6:44pm (Nov 23rd 2010)
     
    Doesn't sound like it! Lots of berries...I'm already having to net the mistletoe from the mistlethrush - well, most of it. I always let them have a little bit of it, then take the net off a day or so before Christmas.
    Hope you both stay safe and warm...:heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 11:31pm (Nov 23rd 2010)
     
    It sounds like a terrible time Diane and Lynn. Us brits don't cope well with snow - we get a bit of sleet and the whole country grinds to a halt! I'm a fine one to talk though, I need to take the rats to the vet but don't want to do the drive in the bad weather forecast this week so am putting it off. Am dreading next week being worse though as I can't wait more than a week.

    Does lots of berries mean a bad winter then CC? Will have to organise some jobs I can do from home so that I don't have to struggle in to work!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 1:52am (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    It's supposed to get down to 5F degrees tonight, I'm not looking forward to the chores in the morning. Everything will be frozen solid (including me). I hate Winter!!! :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 4:53pm (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    It's going to be -3 degrees here tonight! I'm warming up the heatpads for the chickens...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 7:24pm (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    CC, is that in C or F ?..Last night in C we got down to -15C degrees. Everything I own is frozen today..including my rear end. If this weather is any indication of the Winter to come, I'll never survive till Spring. ("Good bye cruel World" *flopping over on the ground*)
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 9:54pm (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    When you say heat pads what do you actually mean CC ? :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 10:27pm (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    I think CC means C not F. -15C is horrendous!!! There should be a law that if its that cold you don't have to even get out of bed! How do your animals cope in such bad spells?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2010 12:38am (Nov 25th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Anyone in the UK got any snow forecast yet...? *is exited* :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2010 6:22pm (Nov 25th 2010)
     
    -3C. Although it's -5 tonight...
    The gel-filled heatpads, Kate. You 'break' a metal disc in it, and it heats up and goes hard; it's sposed to go over your neck/shoulders. But if you put it behind a thin piece of plywood, it can make 4 chickens v. happy...they sell 'em om Amazon, and I had to get a new one, so Neil should make 0.00000000000000000000000000001 of a pee...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2010 8:00pm (Nov 25th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aaaaagh my Aunty has snow...I saw ten flakes and got giddy today and they have at least 10cm!! Look what she sent me, meanie :001_tongue:
      snow2.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2010 9:56pm (Nov 25th 2010)
     
    It was Lee that asked about the heat pads CC, but I was curious too!!! I'm glad your chickens were happy though!

    I booked a vet appointment for tomorrow morning in case we get snow over the weekend. I hate the drive at the best of times, but when there's snow its terrible!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2010 10:09pm (Nov 25th 2010)
     
    We have warmed up and it's started to rain..can't wait for all the snow to melt:face-smile:

    Good luck at the Vet's office, Kate I hope he says your fur kids are fine.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2010 10:15pm (Nov 25th 2010)
     
    Thanks Lynn, fingers crossed!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2010 1:04pm (Nov 26th 2010)
     
    -4 this morning and I hope it does not snow at all.
    Not fun having to drive in it to get to work and back.
    One bonus though...Soon, very soon....I will have the use of my own garage for my car so at least the car will be nice and dry overnight and easier to set off in the mornings.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2010 7:41pm (Nov 26th 2010)
     
    Perfect Shobhna no scrapping of ice in the mornings!!!!!!!!!!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2010 4:59pm (Nov 27th 2010)
     
    Actually I was surprised how easy it was to scrape the ice off this morning. We've had no snow though, just a sprinkling of icing sugar...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2010 10:25pm (Nov 27th 2010)
     
    I refused to go to McD's because the road outside is pure ice!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 2:39pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    I refuse to go to McD's because their food is crap...:tooth:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 2:53pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    Cor we have loads of snow and it is bitterly cold. The sun has been glorious though. I managed to break one of the girls water drinkers yesterday it was so frozen that the plastic shattered as I picked it up. I do bring one in every night so it is easier first thing in the morning and that is ok. The third one is in their house but is frozen solid. They have the dogs bowl as a back up one at the moment but I have to go out every half hour to de ice it. We will get a galvanised one on Tuesday expensive but should be a lot better quality.

    My three newbies wree scared to bits of the snow and were sure it was all my fault. Baby blue is usually first out of the coop mornings and she was so funny as she refused to budge and the others were all trying to bundle her out. She gripped the sill so hard with her feet I couldnt get her off easily either. I was out there ages trying to encourage them all into the gazebo. I ended up carrying the new ones in the end and I got a broody one as well. I had hoped the cold would discouraged her but I think she is worse !!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 2:59pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    That is a very funny image NN! Poor Baby Blue - does she know this is forecast to go on and on and on and ....
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 3:05pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    No I dare not tell them Kate. But I did promise them a bale of hay for the gazebo if it was still cold on Tuesday. Grandad North has Tuesday off so we can collect it in the car. I usually just get one of those bunny bales from the super market just for there nest boxes. I "borrow" some from the horses when we go up to see Dan as well !!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 3:15pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    That sounds like a nice treat for them! I am sure they will appreciate it, though chickens always seem to have that "about time" look on their face as though their humans just aren't servile enough!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 3:22pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    Ha ha, yes they do Kate I think it is those beady little eyes that do it, some times they seem to see right into your soul.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 3:28pm (Nov 28th 2010) edited
     
    The newbies beaks are starting to grow back nicely and our resident robin
      that look.jpg
      resident robin.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 3:34pm (Nov 28th 2010) edited
     
    pictures of my garden this morning
      garden today.jpg
      garden 2.jpg
      garden 3.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 7:28pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    Your garden looks lovely in the snow NN (and without the snow too of course!) I'm not surprised the hens weren't keen to come out in it though.
    Lovely to see their beaks growing back - I didn't realise they could, I thought it was permanent when they were trimmed.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2010 11:18pm (Nov 29th 2010)
     
    Your garden is beautiful, NN...thanks for sharing the pictures of your new girl too. She looks great now with her beak growing back.

    Kate, I have an older Silkie hen that I have to trim her beak a tiny little bit every 6 months, so she can eat properly. It grows back faster as she gets older.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2010 12:15am (Nov 30th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    If a hen has been debeaked (such as ex-battery hens) sometimes their beaks grow back but it's quite rare. It depends how far back the beak was cut and how young the chick was at the time, I believe. They're usually debeaked at a day old :ack2: Trimmed beaks will grow back just fine though.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2010 6:05pm (Nov 30th 2010)
     
    Mega amounts of snow today. The hens were mighty pleased with their hay. I got them six nice lettuce from the Asda "whoops use quick" shelf at ten pence each and one for the fluffies as well. Bargain !!! I got this picture of them going along the snow channel to bed tonight, I rushed in to get my camera and was lucky they stopped and waited for me to get back out with it. They are good girls.
      cold journey home.jpg
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2010 8:54pm (Nov 30th 2010)
     
    NN, that is such a cute picture of you girls!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2010 10:51pm (Nov 30th 2010)
     
    What a fantastic picture NN! That picture deserves to go global! I imagine them all singing "hi ho, hi ho, its off to bed we go!"
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2010 11:57pm (Nov 30th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That is a great pic!! I read in the news that up North the temperature might drop as low as -20*c! Glad I'm in the Midlands now :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2010 11:19am (Dec 1st 2010)
     
    The -20C is forecast for the real North. ie., Scotland.

    Here in Yorkshire it is snowing thickly now to add to the inches already laid down.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2010 3:07pm (Dec 1st 2010)
     
    Thanks for your kind comments about the girls or the ice road cluckers as they are at the moment !!! We have had even more snow now and it is a job to see where my pond is.
      wheres the pond.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2010 3:53pm (Dec 1st 2010)
     
    Go and have a dance in yer wellies, NN...you'll soon find the pond!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2010 4:00pm (Dec 1st 2010)
     
    Heavens preserve us CC, strickly no dancing in my nice tidy snow !!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2010 9:48pm (Dec 1st 2010)
     
    Posted By: nanny norththe ice road cluckers


    NN, I laughed so hard at that one I nearly choked on my coffee.
    What a great caption that would be!!!:rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2010 9:56pm (Dec 1st 2010)
     
    Posted By: LynnW
    Posted By: nanny norththe ice road cluckers


    NN, I laughed so hard at that one I nearly choked on my coffee.
    What a great caption that would be!!!


    Me too Lynn - my favourite picture and caption of the year!! :rofl:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2010 7:38pm (Dec 2nd 2010)
     
    The weight of the snow has broken the cover on the pond I just hope it hasnt made a hole in the liner as it now under the water. I can not do much at the moment as there is just to much snow to cope with. Luckily the fish hardly move when it is so cold.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2010 1:17pm (Dec 3rd 2010)
     
    NN, love your ice road cluckers.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2010 6:35pm (Dec 3rd 2010)
     
    Thank you Shobhna, Daisy was using the ice road as a racing track this morning for a small cat she thunders along, sounding more like a small elephant. She is right fed up as she preferes to be outside and it has been to cold for her. I took her out with me as I got fed up with her asking to go out and then deciding not to. She hates using the litter tray and gets bad tempered with the others until she has done her business.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2010 6:18pm (Dec 5th 2010)
     
    We had half an hour of rain yesterday during the evening and then it froze bigtime. It has been lovely and sunny today. although bad underfoot.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2010 11:09pm (Dec 5th 2010)
     
    We had drizzle all day yesterday and that melted all of our snow. It was frosty overnight, and is very cold tonight too so the roads will be treacherous tomorrow for sure.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 6th, 2010 12:18am (Dec 6th 2010)
     
    Lovely pic of the ice road cluckers NN.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 6th, 2010 3:53pm (Dec 6th 2010)
     
    Aren't they gorgeous? It reminds me of that Victorian painting of the sheep in the snow at sunset (somewhere in Scotland, I think).
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 6th, 2010 6:25pm (Dec 6th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northWe had half an hour of rain yesterday during the evening and then it froze bigtime. It has been lovely and sunny today. although bad underfoot.

    We had that too NN. Now all the pavements are covered in two inches of solid ice!! And it snowed a little again last night so some of the ice is sinisterly hidden under a powder cover of snow. Not good! And poor Lyle had to cart the tree a mile back from town on the ice :bigsmile:

    Wish I'd remembered to get my camera last time I was home, all the snow on the trees, plants and cobwebs have frozen and they look beautiful. Everything outside is just white, spider webs, blades of grass, everything. There's even fog and that's white too!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 6th, 2010 9:05pm (Dec 6th 2010)
     
    Posted By: Red And poor Lyle had to cart the tree a mile back from town on the ice

    His life could be worse; we have an eight footer...! :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 6th, 2010 9:15pm (Dec 6th 2010) edited
     
    The ice road cluckers reminded me of my favourite painting by Paul James
    http://www.pauljamesart.com/art/art25_5.html
    Love his art!

    I bought a 5' plastic tree one in the end. Might find a box to stand it on!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2010 5:26am (Dec 7th 2010)
     
    He is a talented man Kate, captures just the right expression. Love the geese.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2010 10:33am (Dec 7th 2010)
     
    My Gran used to have two paintings of sheep in the snow at sunset CC and I always loved looking at them as a child, thank you for reminding me of them.

    Lovely pictures Kate and I love the geese as well.
    Did I read that right you got a tree at last ???? Please confirm it so I can whoop and cheer with joy !!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2010 10:35am (Dec 7th 2010)
     
    Well done Lyle for carting the tree home you are a real star.

    I can not believe you left the camera behind Red. What are you like?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2010 10:37am (Dec 7th 2010)
     
    Oh I forgot to say that we had a mega bad frost last night and it is so slippery under foot it is untrue. The hen house door was frozen up and I can not get the wheely bin lid open. It is getting foggy now so we might get some frozen fog to add to every thing !!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2010 4:57pm (Dec 7th 2010) edited
     
    I found the two pictures of the sheep in the snow at sunset that my Grandma used to have, it was lovely seeing them again. Oh I found them online not in my attic.............
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2010 5:44pm (Dec 7th 2010)
     
    I am liking those pictures NN sort of takes you away!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2010 9:59pm (Dec 7th 2010)
     
    They're lovely pictures NN and a little bit familiar - I wonder if my nan had prints of them too?

    Yes, I have bought a tree (pause for whooping and hollerin'!) but it isn't up and decorated yet. I think I want new decorations too but can't seem to find time to go choose some!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2010 4:10pm (Dec 8th 2010)
     
    Wow I am so pleased you got a tree Kate. Treat yourself to some new decorations when you get time to choose some, you don't have much so it will be nice to have a little treat. I havn't got mine up yet it is to early for me. Plus I got to go up in the loft and get them down and haven't felt like it as the snow makes me ache !!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2010 4:20pm (Dec 8th 2010) edited
     
    Picked up a fibre optic tree today for our back room bought locally off ebay for a bargain price of £13!!!!! and its great.And a real tree for our front room from Asda for £15 and it is really nice!!!! :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2010 4:35pm (Dec 8th 2010)
     
    Well done Lee. I used to have three Christmas trees when I lived in London as it was a big three story house. It seemed real strange doing just one when we moved here. Don't forget to post the tree pictures in the christmas thread.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2010 5:58pm (Dec 8th 2010)
     
    Ooo, I love a bargain, Lee! Except my logic is that I've saved a fiver...so what can I spend a fiver on??
    Kate, one of those series of paintings is the most popular Hallmark card ever, apparently, so that's probably where you saw it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 10th, 2010 11:35pm (Dec 10th 2010)
     
    Yes, of course it is CC! Thanks - I knew I'd seen it before but wouldn't have realised that.

    I haven't had chance to buy my new decorations yet, had a really busy week with babysitting on Wed and War of the Worlds last night.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2010 5:25pm (Dec 12th 2010)
     
    Hey, I got one of those "Sheep" cards. Though when I looked properly mine has a lot more sheep.
    It's painted by a Joseph Farquarharquaharsqua... wow, just can't get my tongue round that!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2010 10:12pm (Dec 12th 2010)
     
    I went to get some decorations today but just couldn't make my mine up - they were all so lovely! I really liked the one tree they had with pine cones and wooden decorations and such like, but I am sure hubby wouldn't. I need to sort out what I've already got first. I was chatting to the lad on the tills and he said their sale starts on boxing day - 50% off all decorations!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2010 9:26pm (Dec 16th 2010)
     
    B and Q have theirs at half price already apparently Kate.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2010 9:36pm (Dec 17th 2010)
     
    Yes, and Sainsbury's, but the ones at Melbicks are beautiful!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2010 10:16pm (Dec 17th 2010)
     
    we don't have a melbicks near us wich is a shame.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2010 9:14am (Dec 18th 2010)
     
    Never even heard of Melbicks here !!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2010 5:21pm (Dec 18th 2010)
     
    No Lee, I think they are a group of 7 centres but lots of garden centres have similar items. I love going there at Christmas especially, and people will travel there just to see the Christmas trees, decorations, and Santa!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2010 5:52pm (Dec 18th 2010)
     
    I do love a look round a garden center Kate lots of interesting things you do not normally see oh and a cafe!!!!!!!!!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2010 11:38pm (Dec 18th 2010) edited
     
    Melbicks do proper lunches, not just your tea and scones! Never eaten there myself but the in-laws love it.

    Weather with us - snow, and lots of it! (well, by our standards anyway). My son lives about 25 miles away and they've had about 8 inches, we had about half that. Enough to stop me wanting to go anywhere!!