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    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2007 12:26pm (Oct 25th 2007)
     
    A beautiful black and white cat was visiting the hens just now. They are not alarmed by him or her , so it must be familar to them.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2007 12:57pm (Oct 25th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They don't seem afraid of cats, although they do watch them with very beady eyes until they are out of sight!

    And cats don't seem that bothered with the hens, I wonder if it's a size thing? Or maybe like you say they've just become accustomed to each other now.

    Occasionally you might get a glimpse of a lovely ginger cat called Megan who lives round the corner from us and is our "adopted" cat as we can't have our own (Helen's allergies!), so we make a fuss of Megan when she comes and visits. :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2007 12:03am (Oct 28th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We're quite worried about this cat (presuming the one i'm talking about is the one you saw, Janice!) because for the past few nights it has been sleeping underneath our conifer trees, and it's quite cold outside.

    The cat has a collar and lives a few doors down, so we assume it just likes sleeping there! We'll keep a close eye on it though and make sure it's okay - i think the chooks are getting annoyed because the cat is spending so much time in THEIR garden ;)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2007 3:50pm (Oct 28th 2007)
     
    My cat sleeps under the tree next door, but that's probably because the house is empty - if there were people near he'd run a mile!
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2007 8:05pm (Oct 28th 2007)
     
    My neighborhood wanderer...Lucie (a male!) was over yesterday....decided to jump into my raised bed garden and roll around. I kept picking him up and dropping him over the wall, but he kept coming back!!! Noticed his name tag was off... it had a phone number on it, so I guess they got sick of the phone calls...!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:54am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    We had a gorgeous orange and white tom cat visit last night. We fed him and rubbed his fur and he went his merry way.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 11:16am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    Some cats seem to have a secret 'second' home where they are fed and fussed regularly.
    A woman in the next street came round and told us one of our cats was using her cat flap, she thought it was a stray until one day he had his collar on and she read who he was.
    When I was little we asked a neighbour to look after our cat while were away for a few days. She asked "What cat?" So we pointed to our cat sitting there. She said it was her cat and she had taken it in years ago !!! I had had it given as a birthday kitten.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 3:15pm (Nov 21st 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    lol! Cats are anything except stupid aren't they!

    It kind of reminds me of Milly's visits to our next door neighbour for morning breakfast of muesli without our knowing.

    It was only when they showed us the pics that we realised! I'll post them online when I get chance.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 5:27pm (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    Neil..that's so funny about Milly and you neighbor..please do show us the pictures of her visits. :-)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 6:32pm (Nov 21st 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That was back when the girls used to free-range. Milly was only a little baby then - you'll see when dad puts the photos up, she's tiny! :)

    To get to our neighbour's house, though, little Milly had to fly up onto a 5ft wall, fly across a garden with a dog, dodge a few cats in the next garden, and then go wait outside our neighbour's kitchen door until they heard her clucking...and we never knew because she did it when we were at work / school :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 7:06pm (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    Ollie what excellent cat stories! lol

    And then there is the Amazing Milly. I'd love to see the pictures too :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 9:53pm (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    Has she never seen the film Chicken Run?! Just as well or she'd never have made it. Milly the amazing flying chicken!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2007 12:59am (Nov 22nd 2007)
     
    Oh I LOVED that film :D :D Thanks for reminding me of it!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2007 12:08pm (Nov 22nd 2007)
     
    Me too! Funnily enough, the chickens in it remind me more of Emmett (my fat cat). Not really sure why - the kids don't see it! - but she has a very bussly (is that a word?) walk, and a cute little head on a big body!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2007 6:09pm (Nov 22nd 2007)
     
    So how is Emmett's tummy doing?

    Can't remember was Chicken Run done by the guy who does Wallace & Gromit? I should know his name - since those are among my favorite films! I even have a Wallace & Gromit clock someone gave me as a present years ago. The first night after I got it it scared the hell out of us when it suddenly screamed *WALKIES* at some very early hour.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2007 8:12pm (Nov 22nd 2007) edited
     
    It's still big and round! :D Well, she wasn't sick last night and I noticed that she had her last feed on her own without any other cat around.

    I bought them a new covered litter tray from the cat show, and its fairly deep (Emmett used to pee out of the opening of the other one sometimes). I had put it down for them on Tues but none of us had seen Emmy use it. Well, she went over to it tonight, had a sniff, then had to haul herself in - her belly scraped across the bottom of the entrance! Still, it had the desired effect - its deeper and her 'bits' aren't higher than the tray anymore, so she pee's against the tray rather than out and onto my floor!! (It's a lino type floor so moppable thankfully!)

    Is it Nick Park - Aardman enterprises or something like that? I love Gromit!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2007 11:03pm (Nov 22nd 2007)
     
    In Bradford UK is the Museum of Photography (Has a much longer name recently) There is a display case with Wallace and Grommit figures. One of them is a parody on Rodin's "The Kiss" statue.I asked to purchase a replica as I have one of the Rodin (only 7" high). It seems that this one in Bradford is possibly the only Wallace and Grommit one as the studio where most of the other film models were at the time, was burnt down. So I went and took some photos instead.
    Many years ago I was an Art student and Rodin's 'The Kiss' statue was for sale, there was an appeal to keep it in this country so I gave my last sixpence - had to walk back to our hostel and only had my return train ticket left. So I feel I own a tiny weany piece of it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 12:57am (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    I know where that is Ollie - I've visited the ice rink next door many times with our junior ice hockey teams!! After one game there was an awful incident - it was a bad tempered game and as we were leaving the duty manager said we'd broken a light and demanded payment. After much disagreement I said lets just pay it an go but one of the lads (you know how 16 yr old boys are!) decided to 'bump' the manager with his kit bag. This guy then phoned all his mates up and just as the last person got on the coach we were surrounded by 20 or 30 young men, all armed with either bats, crowbars, and even a gun. We were all terrified. They started to lay into the coach and smashed one of the big windows which luckily held together. As soon as we got moving we spotted a police car, flagged him down, spent the next 4 hours giving statements, and it was dropped by the police 4 weeks later. It was really scary when we had to go again the following year, but touch wood we've never had that level of trouble again!

    Always meant to visit the museum but never got around to it. A few other parents did and quite enjoyed it!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 1:00am (Nov 24th 2007) edited
     
    Holy Cow! I think I would have had a heart attack !! At a minimum, nightmares for weeks! Did that guy keep his job?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 5:13pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    Some of the lads were very distressed. One cried the whole time we were at the police station (a big deal in front of so many mates, but not one of them laughed at him) and another had a fit brought on by the stress. And yes, he did keep his job. When we went there the following year he was (deliberately I think) on duty. We were very careful to usher our lads in and out and all went to the coach together. Some of the parents really wanted to have "words" with him, but that wasn't wise after what had happened for a bump the time before. I was ridiculously polite to him - as a club official I thought it was up to me to do that - and thankfully it was ok.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 6:32pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    Amazing. You must have a really cool head Kate. (Hmmm - in case that doesn't translate I'll try another one: calm under fire.)

    Well, I hope you get to see the museum sometime. Maybe it will wash away the bad memories. Its sounds great.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 6:33pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    Lol - as we get new people on the forum I wonder how distressed they will get at the way we like to meander. This Discussion is titled *Cats* :D :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 11:45pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    I was just thinking the same thing Diane and had to scroll up to see how it started! :D

    I wouldn't say I have a cool head - in fact, if I flip then I go big time! I think it was more a case of bolshy-ness - I didn't want him thinking he could get one over on us. My heart was racing and blood pressure sky high but I didn't want him thinking he'd get away with it a 2nd time. My friend said I was so obviously OTT (over the top) sickly sweet nice to him he must've realised it. I hope so!

    I don't particularly like Bradford (the city centre anyway) - sorry Ollie! - so I probably won't go back if I can help it. It has always seemed very intimidating around the ice rink, but then there was one in the centre of Birmingham until a couple of years ago and that scared me even more!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 11:50pm (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    Just to bring it back to the original subject, one of my other cats - Joey - is fast asleep on the landing outside the room with his head resting on its side on his paw. Oh for a camera!! He looks so cute - hard to believe he's such a darn terror when he's awake.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 10:30am (Nov 27th 2007) edited
     

    no longer a member

    cats cats cats you mean VERMIN

    wazza is a mouse and he hates cats lol
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 7:53pm (Nov 27th 2007) edited
     
    :( I love my cats (and we have a rat too!)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 7:55pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    :( I love my cats (and we have a rat too!)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 8:10pm (Nov 27th 2007) edited
     
    Hey Kate, Maya got sick today. Arggg. But I think eating in isolation is helping. She finishes more of her plate. Its probably a longer process than I want...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 8:11pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    Worth it in the end though I'm sure. I'm chasing you around the posts now! However, I'm off downstairs to watch tv for an hour - my son and husband are both requesting the computer so I'll be back in a bit!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2007 8:17pm (Nov 27th 2007)
     
    Yes, post circling. I'm getting confused. Its tasking my brain to figure out which Discussion I've already looked at - finally realized if its gone yellow and has you as the last entry that you've just added something new. lol

    See you later!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2007 10:48pm (Dec 27th 2007)
     
    Thought I'd revive this post to show my 3 cats off! This is the first time I've ever caught all 3 in the same frame.

    My 3 babies!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2007 10:49pm (Dec 27th 2007)
     
    And I can't resist posting this super close up of Joey's nose. Doubt Wazza will appreciate it, but I'm sure you cat lovers will see its cuteness!!

    Joey 'nose' all!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 5:15am (Dec 28th 2007) edited
     
    KATE these are great photos! And, OMG, your house is clean!!! Looks brand spanking new. Where is all the animal hair and grubby finger prints that coat everything I look at in our place? I really think you should turn that shed into a coop Kate; at least then you might have a few feathers trailing around.

    That is one kissable nose Joey. :) Wazza, you really must give him a big kiss. Don't worry, just kissing the computer screen won't set your allergies off. Although your wife might become concerned...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 4:42pm (Dec 28th 2007) edited
     
    Its clean because it IS brand new!!! We moved in in April and that photo makes it look really good, whereas there are marks on the walls from the lads huge ice hockey kit bags, dirty marks at the bottom of the doors where Emmett (calico) pushes into the rooms, and cracks appearing everywhere as it dries out and settles. That particular part of the landing is outside the computer room and they all take it in turns to lie there so the cat hair is building slowly! Also, I was determined that I'd try and keep it cleaner than the old house. You should see how quick I move to get a bucket of soapy water when I hear Emmy vomiting!!!
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 4:45pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    Cats are really...really..cute. Love the pics!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 5:02pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    They ARE cute. Both photos would win an art contest I think. :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 5:24pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    My word; no way would I post pics of my house after seeing Kate's; Wazza will attest to its...lived in quality! Though he did threaten to bring his camera one day, then you can all sit back comfortably and think 'Well, at least my house is clean...'!
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 5:26pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    Where is wazza? I've not seen him recently...but then again, I only joined yesterday.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 5:28pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    I think he's been on some antisoicial hours duties - poor thing!
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 5:28pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    ooh, careful he'll arrest you!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 5:33pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    No, he's been here once and I think he was frit, as we say in Bucks!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 7:05pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    Thanks Luke! The nose photo was because my hubby bought me a camera for Xmas with macro function and I'm a bit obsessed with it!! BTW, I had just vacuumed when I took that photo. Don't mind people visiting now - not that anyone does, didn't let them over the threashold in the last house in case they went away with some disease from the old carpets!!!!

    Wazza's probably sleeping or socialising.
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 7:38pm (Dec 28th 2007) edited
     
    I got a new camcorder for christmas, it's great! Instead of using tapes it records onto a hard drive, alot easier!
    I took a few pictures with it earlier, I just couldn't resist uploading this picture of my hamster, Dotty.



    Dotty (short for Dorothy) is a Russian winter white hamster, she is only a few months old. Auwww.

    *UPDATE* - I just thought, is it wise to put my hamster with cats?! :O
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 9:10pm (Dec 28th 2007) edited
     
    Oh yes, they are cool cats :) All Kate's cats attend peace rallys and are vegans - right Kate?

    Dotty is the cutest thing ever! ! ! Have you seen Red's baby mice pics?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 9:15pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    Luke, your little Dotty is adorable!!!..I love hamsters..I named my daughter after the first hamster I had when I was a kid "Melissa"...she never did see the humor in it however..she did kind of look like a hamster when she was born.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2007 9:20pm (Dec 28th 2007)
     
    Lynn THAT is the BEST baby name story I have ever heard :D :D Oh wow. :)
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 10:40am (Dec 29th 2007)
     

    no longer a member

    wazza ia ALIVE but suffering from having been on Nights and having a lurgy.. got that horrid virus
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 11:41am (Dec 29th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Awww, Luke, Dotty is sooo cute!

    Lynn, that is such an awesome way to name babies...first pets I ever had were gerbils: Thelma and Louise, what d'you think? :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 1:48pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    Dotty is really cute Luke! We have a rat in the house too (a pet one of course!) called Patrick. She (yes, she!) lives in my son's bedroom and the cats mostly ignore it, except Joey who sees it as his mission in life to stare it to death. Several times we've found him transfixed by it, but I think he's made Patrick nervous as he doesn't appear very often, preferring the security of his box. Joey's brother, Frankie, who died several years ago was a Hari Krishna - he would hide spiders under my cooker so's we couldn't kill them.

    Poor Wazza, hope you feel better soon. Have you got a couple of days off to get over it?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 2:31pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    Why is Patrick Patrick, if she's a she? My brother was adopted (along with the rest of the road) by a humungous ginger cat who convinced him (and the rest of the road) that he was starving and homeless. Turned out he had a loving home and plenty of food...and his (yes, his) name was Prudence...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 3:34pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    I think Patrick is hiding because she's confused. Although this gender mixup seems to have had to opposite effect on Prudence. :) Oh, I remember you mentioning Frankie much earlier on. What a dear kitty.

    Red, you know some of us are going to bring this up if you have a kiddie. You know, the time you named your first two babes on Hencam. Lets just hope they are girls. :P
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 4:34pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    Its really Danny's girlfriend's rat. Her first one (who died) was called Spongebob (from her favourite cartoon), so this one's named Patrick after Spongebob's starfish friend. I don't watch the programme, but I fear for the grand-baby naming!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 5:29pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    There is a great name on that programme - SQUIDWORTH !

    I found a large dead rat on my lawn this morning.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 6:03pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     

    no longer a member

    Did you cook it Ollie ?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 6:34pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    Nar... I'm not into rat. Don't mind a bunny, I can get them in local town market on Tuesdays. Son-in-law sometimes goes shooting them (and rats) on invitation of local farmers. Another tale coming up....
    He had been going to a local abandoned farm for the ratting, I heard the police had it staked out looking for terrorists and phoned him. Told him to contact police and tell them he goes there often and what he is doing. Reply was that they had been watching him frequently and knew exactly who he was and why he was there. Despite him being all sneaky and quiet so not to scatter the rats he had never seen the police, their camo' was too good for him!
    He hadn't noticed the terrorists that were there either.......
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 9:08pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     

    no longer a member

    <a href="http://s217.photobucket.com/albums/cc17/wazza2770/?action=view&current=brat.gif" target="_blank"><img src="http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc17/wazza2770/brat.gif" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    The rat... Black rat is the emblem of traffic Police
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 9:31pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    The rat on my lawn was more mouse coloured, but BIG, 8" from snoz to bott plus tail as much again. I hate handling rat tails, they are all articuated like something from space !!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 11:33pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    No way! That's a police emblem? Why on earth? Is it something like claiming a name before you are called it, to take the power out of it? Or do people not get called: "Rat" in the UK?

    Ollie, what do you think of amardillos? (I think they live somewhere near where Gloria resides.) Of course, rats also have tiny little hairs protruding from their articulations :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 11:34pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    Another question. Would YOU have cooked the rat Wazza? If so, I'm going to have to re-think my dinner invitation. (Or, more accurately, my begging to be invited to dinner.)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 11:36pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    That's a great story Ollie. Good job they realised what he was doing and held back rather than go in all gung-ho and arrest him!! (Were there any terrorists there?!)

    Hey Wazza, do they have a black rat because that's how the other motorists see them?!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2007 11:42pm (Dec 29th 2007)
     
    Thanks for mentioning her story - I got so caught up with the police emblem that I forgot to say what you said :D :D Excellent story.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 9:30am (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Yes, there were terrorists there. Using the place as a store house for armourments. They were arrested shortly after this, now locked up for a while.

    I have never met an armidillo on close terms other than on the other side of bars (poor thing). Wierd beasts.

    There is a Britsh saying that you are never more than nine feet from a rat. I can't vouch for that, This was the first I have seen for many years but they are sneaky creatures, living in the underground drains.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 12:03pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     

    no longer a member

    Motorcycle cops were the original Black rats.... hising and sneaking up on people and pouncing.. yep its a meytropolitan Police thing... the emblem now is more a charity mark.... selling badges and stickers and mugs with the logo upon
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 12:04pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     

    no longer a member

    Diane... noooooooooooooo I would NOT have cooked the rat, i was only teasing
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 12:31pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Your son was lucky not to get caught up in all that.

    I'm sure rats must serve a purpose, just not sure what it is! Getting rid of all the waste people drop?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 2:16pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    In Gingerbits' more active days, we found a dead rat as a present on the hearthrug. Eric wanged it over the fence off the coal shovel into the school field (it was Sunday!) where one of the big ole crows which pace around like gangsters intercepted it and took it off for Sunday breakfast...prefer a fryup myself!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 3:51pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Thankfully mine have never brought me anything like that. And I didn't realise a crow would eat a rat. Suppose they go for roadkill though so why not!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 5:26pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Ollie I'm shocked to hear about the storage site. This is the first time I have known anyone who knew anyone who had walked in the same piece of land where that kind of thing was happening. Wow.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 5:27pm (Dec 30th 2007) edited
     
    Wazza - whew. That's good to know. LOL Because I really would like to come to dinner. My mouth waters every time I think of it. Curry and good company; what more is there?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 8:38pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Chips. There's always room for chips!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 8:43pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Are chips like the bags of *potato chips* we get here in the US? Or like what we call *french fries?* Either way, I think you're right :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 8:46pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    English 'chips' are sort of like french fries, only fatter. French fries are really skinny chips, like you get at McDonalds, whereas chips are much chunkier and therefore healthier because they absorb less fat when cooking. Honest! We call "potato chips" a bag of crisps. I rarely go to the pub but when I do I love a bag of chicken flavour crisps - there's no actual 'chicken' in them though!!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 8:50pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    So the things we put vinegar on when we lived in Canada. Yum. Oh - that's what crisps are. Hear that on Brit sitcoms.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2007 8:55pm (Dec 30th 2007)
     
    Chip shop ones are best - lots of salt and vinegar wrapped up in paper, then sit on a wall to eat. Yummy!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 12:40pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Why is it they taste better from the paper and eaten outside? One of life's mysteries...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 6:39pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Just been to the chip shop for tea - couldn't be bothered to cook. I think I should've sat out on the kerb to eat them as I didn't enjoy them as much as I thought I would. Ho hum, always the way.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 6:40pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    There are shops that are just for chips? I think I remember that, in White Rock, British Columbia. Down by the sea side. Fun.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 6:43pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Yes, they're all over England!! Mind you, when we went to the Isle of Man we had a really hard time finding one, and when we did they weren't very nice.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 6:45pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Kind of like our hamburger shops?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 6:52pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Not sure - having not visited the states I don't really know if they're comparable. I bet Wazza would know, I imagine he's travelled a bit.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 6:54pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Do you have "MacDonald's" there? Our countryside is littered with them and their clones. Fast food joints. Of course I'm not complaining about the 100s of coffee shops everywhere... :P
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 6:58pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Yes, we have McD's, Burger King, and used to have Wimpy but I don't know if they exist anymore? They may all be the same but at least you know what you're getting if you go there! The big thing round here seems to be Costa Coffee shops. I don't like coffee though, and their tea leaves much to be desired!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 7:10pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    I believe McD's are all over the world. I've certainly seen them every where I have been.
    Costa Coffee shops are fairly new but spreading like wild fire, expensive though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 7:13pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    I'd rather have a good old fashioned cafe. We have one not far from us where we go for Saturday lunch sometimes. They make a lovely cup of tea with sausage, egg and chips. Yummy!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 7:14pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Here it is Starbucks. (Which are now world wide, but started in Seattle.) I remember the first one, on Capitol Hill in Seattle, where I lived - when I was about 24. (DECADES ago.) I've been an addict ever since. I had already been to Europe by then and loved being able to buy a cup of espresso, etc...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 7:19pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Yes, there's a Starbucks in Solihull (where I work) but I've never been in it. My friend likes something they do which is like coffee flavoured slush puppy?!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 7:27pm (Dec 31st 2007) edited
     
    Yes, they make all kinds of speciality drinks. A visit there would give you a sense of the standard US coffeeshop decor. They sell coffees, coffee related toys and non-coffee related toys (like music cds-uh oh, keep CC out of there), and coffee shop snacks (muffins, little cakes, croissants...) The lighting is dim and the seating is set up to encourage lingering.

    Any teas would be an after thought.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 7:30pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    The only time I drink coffee is when I go to my friend's house - her tea is vile! However, she makes me a weak, sweet coffee and I can just about stand that. Muffins and cakes sounds nice though - might be worth a visit just for that!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 7:40pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Hot chocolate and pastry! That's the thing for you there maybe? Think of it as a trip to visit the US :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 7:42pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    I'm weird on that too - I love chocolate but not the drink!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 7:49pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    No way!!! Now THAT is the strangest thing I've ever heard. Someone not liking hot chocolate LOL :P More for me I guess.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 8:39pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    I had a McD in 1976. Never again; quite disgusting. Wimpy's DO still exist, there's one in Marlow High Street. Far more civilised; you get a knife and fork! :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 9:38pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    Diane..I may be one of the few people in Washington state that HATES Starbucks coffee..if that was the only kind of coffee left in the world..I'd stop drinking coffee. I remember years ago, going to the first Starbucks in Seattle with my brother..I thought they would be out of business in less than a year.."It were awful coffee" ( *BaRf* *RaLpH* *PuKe* ) ..I was shocked to see that they have done so well. Now, you can't go anyplace in the world, without running into that horrible coffee...does this make me disloyal to Washington state companies? :) I love a good cup of coffee..Starbucks however is nothing like a good cup of coffee. ( stepping down from my soap box :) )

    Kate.. Kate.. Kate..what kind of kid are you..you don't like hot chocolate??? :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 11:04pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    I just can't bring myself to drink it! I've tried and tried but I heave before I can swallow. Obviously I'm a weird kid!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2007 11:53pm (Dec 31st 2007)
     
    I agree about Starbucks...I thought that once I got through the froth there'd be coffee...but all there was was more froth with a drop of dishwater at the bottom. Yech...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 12:25am (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    Its true that they don't make the best espresso, lattes, etc... because they use automatic vs. manual machines to pull the coffee. But, I'm curious - it is Italian style coffee that you don't like or Starbucks because they don't do it as well?

    From the laughter and talk I hear above the fireworks - I can tell that the noise is being generated by the Hen Keepers. What does it say that I can recognize the voices of people who I've never met, standing outside a hen house somewhere in the UK? I think its them anyway. With friends. Sounds like they are yelling things to someone talking over a speaker... Looking at the time it must be almost exactly midnight there.

    Kate - I feel that way with soy milk. People keep saying: Try it again; its good - try it frothed. So I do and then, once in my mouth my stomach wraps in a knot and I have to spit it out or vomit. Your choice. It would be truly terrible to react that way to hot chocolate!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 12:26am (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    Nope its actually more like 12:30 Happy New Year Brits! (Its only 4:30 pm here.)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 2:11pm (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    I don't actually drink milk. I have it on cereals, in tea, custard all that sort of thing, but never 'as it comes'. As a child we had milk every day in school and I drank it then, but it was somehow different in those little bottles. I just can't bring myself to pour it in a glass and drink it down. Must be a mental block thing!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 6:53pm (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    I LOVE milk. Ever play that game - *if you are lost on a deserted island what is the one food you would want with you?* For me, milk is in the top three (and cheese is one of the others.)
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2008 10:13pm (Jan 1st 2008)
     
    Kate, schools here in Mississippi are now getting milk in half-pint plastic bottles. My hubby and son sell milk and told me that the kids seem to enjoy it more than in the paper cartons. The only down side is the cost of 3cents more for plastic and that is harder on the school budget. I buy a milk beverage at Walmart called Calorie Countdown . It has only 3 carbs and 3 grams of sugar per serving compared to 14 carbs and 14 sugar grams for real milk. It is made with real milk but they somehow take the lactose out and replace it with an artifical sweetner called Splenda. It tastes good, especially the chocolate . I have this most horrible weight problem which I must try to control . My poor grand-daughter , Opal is like a clone of me and gains weight too easily too, so I'm trying to help her as I learn ways to control this situation. We have formed a buddy system recently where we discuss types of healthy foods to eat in place of fattening foods and do little exercises and best of all we are taking steps to stop our emotional eating. We are going to contact each other everyday to see if we are having a good day and if there is anything that we need to do to feel better. Of course, I would never tell her my grown up problems. The basketball seems to be helping her to keep the weight down .