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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2010 7:16pm (Feb 23rd 2010)
     
    I saw this lovely photo of three owls that live in a church in Norfolk today and just had to share it with you..
      owlszzzz.jpg
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2010 8:09pm (Feb 23rd 2010)
     
    How nice is that NN What a perfect shaped window for them looks like perhaps a church!! :smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2010 8:17pm (Feb 23rd 2010)
     
    I think it is one of the best wild life pictures I have seen I love that one on the left peering to one side. What magnificent birds. They have the softest downy feathers as well. He was hoping to get a photo of them all flying in formation but can you beat this. I just love it. I have saved the photo and may get it printed up and framed. I need some new pictures for my bedroom. I painted it white and have been looking for some nice black and white pictures and I think this would be perfect to look at before I sleep.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2010 8:28pm (Feb 23rd 2010)
     
    The chap in the middle looks like he has a long coat on just like the old days a proper gentleman but it might be a girl i suppose.:smile:
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2010 8:41pm (Feb 23rd 2010)
     
    that's a lovely picture NN. Leevaux - I sent the picture of the enormous ginger cat to lots of people of the last coulple of days, none of them can beleive how big he/she is.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2010 10:12pm (Feb 23rd 2010)
     
    They are amazing birds! I think it would be a wonderful picture to wake up to each morning.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2010 11:59pm (Feb 23rd 2010)
     
    That is truly a beautiful picture NN, the positioning of the owls could not be better if you placed them there.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2010 7:07pm (Feb 24th 2010)
     
    Right you have helped me decide I will look out for a nice frame.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2010 7:35pm (Feb 24th 2010)
     
    What a cute picture, NN..I love the little guy in the middle.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2010 7:39pm (Feb 24th 2010)
     
    Hi Lynn, glad you liked the picture it was just to nice to not show you all. I liked Lee's description of it wearing a long coat. I would love to be able to see and photo them for myself. I love owls.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2010 8:40pm (Mar 4th 2010)
     
    one of the robins that come to visit
      Img_9852.jpg
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2010 8:46pm (Mar 4th 2010)
     
    Beautiful NN I put a nest box out in December and i am putting a camera in it to see if i can attract something in it but i think it takes a while its linked to my computer so we can watch.
    My garden has a lot of Black birds that nest in the trees down the side every year there is baby black birds running around the garden having made that first jump out of the nest only to drop to the ground thats when i worry that cats get them but mum and dad are never far away.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2010 8:56pm (Mar 4th 2010)
     
    I am hoping something comes into my nest box Lee I put it up two years ago. The grape vine almost covers it now so I might be lucky this year as they may feel safer with a bit of leaf cover. I have three sets of blackbirds that come into the garden I love to see them feeding their babies. I hope you get birds in yours as it would be fantastic watching them on the PC. I took that picture from my kitchen window thats why it is a bit misty looking.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2010 8:59pm (Mar 4th 2010)
     
    I would like a bumble bee box but they are a bit expensive. I must look on line to see if I can find some where with directions for making them. Grandad North is very handy with a saw and a bit of wood and a few nails !!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2010 9:20pm (Mar 4th 2010)
     
    I wish i was NN the thought of anything D.I.Y makes me feel sick!!!!!!! HA HA HA
    Anything to do with cars i love!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2010 9:28pm (Mar 4th 2010)
     
    He is a good lad and is quite handy about the house and of course Jay is as well, we all muck in with out varied talents and help each other where we can. The garden is mostly left to me as I have plenty of time Grandad North and Jay both work there is only me retired so far !!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 7:47pm (Mar 9th 2010)
     
    Daisy waiting for some wild life to come in our garden
      daisy.jpg
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 8:00pm (Mar 9th 2010)
     
    She won,t see any wild life like that NN :ha::ha::ha:
    I you st to have a cat like that when i was at home with my parents she was always a bit grumpy though and would lash out at you!!!!! but i did annoy her so i deserved it :reddevil:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 8:04pm (Mar 9th 2010)
     
    You wouldnt want to mess with Daisy she is lovely now... but used to be a right little devil. She would bite you just for looking at her.I got her from pets rescue no one wanted her I am so glad we had her and persevered as she is a right delight now all the anger has gone from her and she is happy and contented.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 8:38pm (Mar 9th 2010)
     
    She shaw looks contented NN!!!!!!!!:bigsmile::bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 8:40pm (Mar 9th 2010)
     
    yes bless her she looks like one chilled out pussy cat.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2010 10:18pm (Mar 9th 2010) edited
     
    They do seem to mellow with age - my Foggy, who is nearly 14, was vicious when we got her (at 6 weeks old) but rarely uses her claws on us now!
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2010 8:41pm (Mar 10th 2010)
     
    I told Gary to cut Tom some slack today - he was moaning at him for going down the stiars so slowely. I did point out to him that in human years he is around 80 so he's entitled to go slow now. Bless him - I put my back out last night trying to move in the bed without ditusrbing Gary and Rat and Tom who were on my side, if made a horrible popping sound and I've struggled getting up and walking to day - think I need to ring the Docs and get some repeat prescriptins for my pain killers and anti inflamatories.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2010 8:42pm (Mar 10th 2010)
     
    KateB - am I right in rememberng you used to work in a hospital or are/were a nurse.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2010 9:36pm (Mar 10th 2010)
     
    I work in the NHS but not nursing - always been office based. However, I've always worked for/with nurses, also did 2 years in complaints. Currently with the Infection Prevention team so am pretty familiar with the mechanics of nursing, if not the practicalities!!!!

    Are Gary, Rat and Tom all cats? Love to see your doc's face when you tell him the animals put your back out! Hope its feeling better soon.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2010 5:40pm (Mar 11th 2010)
     
    Tracy, get thee to an osteopath or Bowen Technique practitioner immediately! That'll sort your back out....feel better soon, cherub.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2010 7:49pm (Mar 11th 2010)
     
    Oh Tracy your poor back, how painful for you and that popping sound makes me feel sick just thinking about it. How are you feeling today ?
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2010 3:08pm (Mar 14th 2010)
     
    its easing off gradually thanks, with the pills, trying to do more walking around durig the day at work which is a bit difficult as I'm up to my eyes in our financial year end so stuck looking at spreadsheets etc until my eye cross...... hey ho. soon be holiday time.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2010 3:14pm (Mar 14th 2010)
     
    I never understood waht the difference is between and Osteopath and a Chiropractor, I do rememebr however that the Oestopath helped and the Chiropractor seem to make it hurt more which is strange as they both seemed to do similar things. I've had acupunture before - when i used to work for Tesco they had a physio guy come in once a week and I had a bout 10 sessions. all but one of htem were fine. I thinkg my back was quite aggravated one day and by the time he'd put 4 of the 18 needles in I said i could do it any longer that session, only to find out that one of my muscles had spasmed and the needle was bent when he managed to ge it out. ha ha by the time I got back up to my office I was in tears with the pain, only to find 4 shift managers and my boss waiting for me - bless them you've never seen men scatter so quickly as men faced with a woman in tears. They all ran off and shoved the personnel mananager through the door at me.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2010 4:23pm (May 1st 2010)
     
    I was out in the garden on Wednesday and just about to get the mower out of the shed when a little bird shot out of the laurel bush right at my feet. I think it was trying to fledge poor little thing. I had to pick it up cos Daisy was on the door step and the hens were all around me. Grandad North took a picture for you all to see it, what sort of bird do you think it may be. I thought blackbird. I put it back on the bush as hight up as I could and it had gone when I returned to have a look.
      Img_0870a.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2010 4:29pm (May 1st 2010) edited
     
    The other real good news is the mistletoes berries that CC sent me have started to send out shoots. I am so thrilled many thanks CC. I have just got to try and keep Sootz out of the tree now. The berries are so small I had to use the macro mode on my camera. They look like little green aliens arems to me.
      Img_0886dd.jpg
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2010 6:05pm (May 1st 2010)
     
    That's wonderful NN.
    Makes me want to go plant an apple tree.
    I have tried on my holly but didn't get anything.
    I don't have the right knack!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2010 7:47pm (May 1st 2010)
     
    I've still got some berries, Ollie...say the word and I'll send you some off.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2010 8:45pm (May 1st 2010)
     
    What a lovely little bird! I remember years ago we had one in the garden and had to keep the cats shut in. It didn't show any signs of leaving. A friend came round and said "this is easy". He went out and chased the bird. I was shouting at him, but it ran up a piece of wood he'd placed against the wall which meant it was high enough to take off. It didn't have the strength from the floor! Hopefully your little bird has managed its biggest challenge!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2010 10:22am (May 2nd 2010)
     
    Thats fantastic NN it looks like a Blackbird for sure i get a lot in my garden this time of year and the babies end up all over the garden trying to fly but just hiding behind things to keep safe :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2010 12:15pm (May 2nd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Awww the little blackbird is well cute NN!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2010 7:09pm (May 4th 2010)
     
    It was cute wasn't it, I love the babies beak and it had little tufts of down sticking up here and there. It snuggled into my hand and made it's self comfy
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2010 8:24am (May 5th 2010)
     
    CC, I'd love some mistletoe berries. Can you save me some please? I'm planning on coming to visit in a couple of weeks time. The Mazda needs a run out and we need to celebrate your birhtday again. :-)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2010 7:31pm (May 5th 2010)
     
    There are still some berries hanging on in there; shall I pick them and save them or do you want 'em fresh off the tree? No birds can get them, and they're more interested in peanuts and chicken corn at the moment!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 8:37am (May 7th 2010)
     
    CC, Thanks, what ever is the best with the berries and you will need to give me a lesson on how to get them going again. :001_smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 3:02pm (May 7th 2010)
     
    Yes i need one of those lessons to please CC :wink:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 7:23pm (May 7th 2010) edited
     
    Well I carefully slit the bark of the tree and wiped the berries in the split and bound it with greaseproof and string as per gardening book instructions. Nothing. Then Eric 'Tichmarsh' went out with the Black and Decker, drilled a few holes, wiped the berries in and left 'em. Result; mistletoe up to our earoles.:\
    Shobhna; when you come, bring a little bottle or box. I had to send Lee's berries off in one of my old pill boxes (cardboard) stuffed with kitchen roll...not v. glamorous!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 7:09am (May 8th 2010)
     
    Thank you CC Can,t wait!!!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2010 5:53pm (May 10th 2010)
     
    Well cc they arrived today thank you very much as flat as a pancake all busted up and very sticky and gooey i think the post people must have decided to do the Salsa on top of the jiffy bag so i have saved what i can so we will see what happens thanks again CC if you have a paypal account i can refund the post if you want or send you a cheque.
    Oh and I absolutely love your handwriting CC if i need anything fancy doing i will no where to come.xxx:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2010 7:16pm (May 10th 2010)
     
    Don't be soft! I was worried they'd get squished, but then i thought you're going to squish 'em anyway...there's some more if I can find anything tougher to post 'em in!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2010 8:26pm (May 24th 2010)
     
    I caught this picture in the garden yesterday I was well pleased with it and thought I would share it with you all
      fairy.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2010 8:42pm (May 24th 2010)
     
    Beautiful!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2010 10:09pm (May 24th 2010)
     
    Top class NN love it!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2010 10:12pm (May 24th 2010)
     
    Wonderful NN, you have a very good eye! (well, eyes!)
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2010 8:07am (May 25th 2010)
     
    Beautiful. :-)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2010 8:16pm (Jun 5th 2010)
     
    I saw this huge Bumble bee on a red horse chestnut flower on Thurseday and just had to take a picture of it,
      bee 2.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2010 1:48pm (Jun 6th 2010)
     
    I loooooooooove bumble bees...what a lovely pic, nn!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2010 8:10pm (Jun 6th 2010)
     
    Thank you CC, I love them as well especially those with the ginger bottoms !!!! This one was real big and very noisy !!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 2:27am (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    nice bees I love them too NN, and I love honey. You sure do take some magnificent photos NN, well done.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 5:04pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Have you got a v. posh camera with F stops and things, NN, or is it a point and press digital jobbie?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 5:42pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    I had one of the first point and clicks but hubby couldn't understand how I got a roll of perfect pictures, while he struggled to get a couple out of his posh all bells camera!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 6:59pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Beautiful photo NN I love Bee,s To :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 8:19pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    My camera is one that Grandad North cast off when he got his big posh camera CC. I am more than pleased with it as it takes a real nice pictures. It does do loads of things but I stick to the easy stuff as I can not be doing with all the DIY settings that take forever to set up and are still hit and miss. I just keep my eye open for things I think would look nice, home in and snap !!! I can do a movie on it and use the macro thingie, but other than that it is all rocket science to me !!!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 8:50pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Thats the key to to it NN you have a good eye for a good photo which i an,t got!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:12pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Sootz has just nodded off on the back of the settee, he has been watching spring watch. Both him and Sylvi will watch the telly, the other two dont bother.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:15pm (Jun 7th 2010) edited
     
    Oh I keep forgetting to watch spring watch can catch on the i player!! i am sitting here watching Kylie,s new video very raunchy indeed but a great song!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:21pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    I am waiting for my hens to go to bed, they are messing about this week, three decided they would sleep in my planter last night, It took a fair bit of strength to prise their feet of the edge talk about a death grip !!!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:25pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Oh NN what a great picture that would make:bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:27pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    I got a funny picture of Daisy and Kimmi in the garden the other night. I will have a look for it.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:31pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Here you go Daisy was sitting on one of my standing stones and Kimmi looks like an owl with it's head lights on !!!!
      night catz.jpg
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:37pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Blimey NN i thought it was an owl thats a great shot!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:42pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Ha ha I thought he did as well and shot back in the house for my camera and was lucky they were still in the same spot. Daisy was helping me in the veg garden yesterday I got the leek seedlings planted out and she had a wee in them little devil !!!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:49pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Yes I am afraid i am having a problem with my next door neighbors cat poohing on my new lawn at night in the same spot and i am getting a bit p---ed off with it now so i have one of those auto water squirter,s coming i have tried the smelly things which are good but do not last and the rain kills them i did cut 2 bags of tea open last night and put olbas oil on them and scattered them around the area no poo this morning.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:56pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    A good idea with the olbas oil Lee. Three of my cats are indoor cats so only go in my garden under supervision. They run back indoors to use the litter trays if they need to go. Daisy doesnt stray far so is no real bother to any one I am pleased to say.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 10:07pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    I have just been out and put some more down but it is pouring down with rain here at the moment.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 10:42pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Are you sure its the cat - have you seen it? A colleague was very angry about cats poo'ing in his garden, moaned and complained on and on, till we realised that it was probably a hedgehog. 2 nights later he saw the culprit! Funny, he didn't mind the hedgehog doing it ...

    My cats are mostly indoor too and do all their business in the litter tray for me to clean up!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 10:45pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Forgot to say, the picture of Daisy and Kimmi is so funny!! There must be a caption in it somewhere. Something like:

    "Daisy waits for hell-cat to raise the dead, curious to see what her mom buried in the graves and if its worth chasing"
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2010 7:37am (Jun 8th 2010)
     
    Yes its defiantly cat poo i can see the route he takes home his wet paw marks show up on top of the chicken run roof i have nothing against cats i grew up with them they have to poo somewhere but i do not want there poo in my garden i afraid so its war against the cat poo!!!!!!!!!:bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2010 7:50am (Jun 8th 2010)
     
    Never knew aobut the tea leaves and Olbas oil.
    I will give that a try.

    Much as I love cats, I too am weary of them pooing in my veg patch and in my flower beds. Perhaps things will change when I go get my own cat one of these days.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2010 3:56pm (Jun 8th 2010)
     
    They do say Shobhna that the best way to get rid of other cats poo in your garden is to get your own cat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2010 4:32pm (Jun 8th 2010)
     
    Orange peel works too.
    Excellent headlights on your cat, NN...:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2010 10:19pm (Jun 8th 2010)
     
    That's because its all territorial stuff. My cats don't go out in the garden much so when the ginger tom comes to visit he sometimes leaves a calling card!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2010 8:41am (Jun 12th 2010)
     
    NN love the pic of your kitties at Stone Henge, a real beauty.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 2:13am (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    Thank you Julie, I didn't think it would come out as it was real dark out. I must get a film clip of Daisy coming through the kitchen window backwards as it is quite comical to see.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 2:52am (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    Why does she go out of the window backwards, NN? :gasp: :D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 3:16am (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    Hi CC guess you are having a bad night as well.

    She only comes in backwards as the window opens outwards she had to walk along the outside sill so I can open the window and then back up till she is in. It only took her a couple of days to learn. We call it her party trick, but she don't care what we call it as long as she can get in when it is tipping it down with rain or has an angry chicken nipping her fur !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 1:44pm (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    I hope she has bleeping reversing warnings, Nn...Elfin Safety!!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2010 8:52am (Jun 14th 2010)
     
    ....and reversing mirrors.....
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2010 6:14pm (Jun 14th 2010)
     
    Shobhna did you say you had some Lavender going spare ? i can,t remember what thread it was on and i would like some if you still have it please.:smile:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2010 8:00am (Jun 15th 2010)
     
    Yes, I do. have pm'ed you.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2010 1:49am (Jul 28th 2010) edited
     
    This beautiful peacock butterfly was on the budlia this evening plus a hover wasp on yellow and some baby grapes
      butter.jpg
      hover.jpg
      baby grapes.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2010 9:13am (Jul 28th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I want to see the frogs in our pond...

    So far the only animals I have seen in our garden has been the chickens and a VERY dead mouse :ack2:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2010 3:35pm (Jul 28th 2010)
     
    Red said "and a VERY dead mouse "

    That will be Mel, pined away when your Dad evicted her.

    :cry:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2010 4:51pm (Jul 28th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKRed said "and a VERY dead mouse "

    That will be Mel, pined away when your Dad evicted her.

    :cry:


    Get a grip!

    If a mouse really was unable find alternative means of sustenance without a bowl of food on the floor then there must have been something seriously up with it!

    Perhaps it would have been better if we'd carried on allowing it to defecate and urinate in the chicken's food and have Penny and Tilly go the same way as Milly did?

    Making me out as some kind of horrific mouse-murderer is bang out of order. :angry:

    Anyway it's more than likely been killed by one of the many cats that frequent the garden, but I don't want to open the whole cats-as-killers discussion again...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2010 8:13pm (Jul 28th 2010)
     
    Ollie creeps away. Suitably castigated....
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 28th, 2010 10:44pm (Jul 28th 2010)
     
    Ooo Neil!! I think Ollie was joking - she said Mel pined, not was murdered!!! Definately more of an evil landlord than a mouse-killer!! :wink:

    Perhaps Mel moved south ...
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/uk-ireland/mouse-jumps-from-bowl-in-restaurant-14890349.html?r=RSS#
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2010 12:06am (Jul 29th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It did say 'VERY dead mouse' :P It wasn't a Mel starved to death though; it had been brutally murdered by a cat!! It was all bloody and only had half a face :ack2:

    And yeah, mice in particular are very good at finding food for themselves - they will eat ANYTHING! Including insects, berries, all sorts...not just chicken food! :laugh:

    We really couldn't have left the food on the floor - if Mel wants to eat left over bits, okay, but we can't have her contaminating the feed. I hate to see my chucks poorly, and now anytime I look at a photo of Milly or her ashes I get a horrible jolt when I realise she is dead. The chucks come over any wild animals, that's to be expected *shrug*
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2010 9:24am (Jul 29th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebOoo Neil!! I think Ollie was joking - she said Mel pined, not was murdered!!! Definately more of an evil landlord than a mouse-killer :wink:


    Sorry if I came across too harsh, Ollie. I didn't consider it might be a joke, so no harm done.

    It's generally not a good idea to have rodents in animal feed though, they're not too fussy where they 'expel' the food they've already eaten...

    I think that's the second mauled mouse we've had in the garden in the past couple of months, and before that in the middle of the lawn, a really cute (but quite chewed and very dead) mole.

    I'm thinking of planting spiky plants around the perimeter of the garden, maybe it will deter foxes as well as cats..?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2010 9:55am (Jul 29th 2010)
     
    I love my pet rats but wouldn't want any of their wild cousins living in my garden!

    And my pets come first in the animal pecking order too Red (hubby says they're first in any order - he knows his place!) as they should do. We take them on as pets so have a responsibility to protect them as much as we can.

    Don't think anything would deter a cat except maybe a big dog (you still won't get that past your mom though Red!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2010 6:50pm (Jul 29th 2010)
     
    We went to Newstead Abbey yesterday and this peacock really took a shine to Grandad North and trotted along beside him just as a dog would. It even walked to the car park with him. He felt sad leaving it behind.
      peacock.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2010 8:08pm (Jul 29th 2010)
     
    Your lot might have liked an exotic cousin to share a run with!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2010 9:34pm (Jul 29th 2010)
     
    You could make so many captions for this picture NN its a great picture.

    :Come on Grandad North its been a long day lets go home:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2010 9:37pm (Jul 29th 2010)
     
    "Good job I can remember where we parked the car"
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2010 3:32pm (Jul 30th 2010)
     
    The peacock's saying 'Look, I've trained him to walk to heel and everything...'
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2010 7:17pm (Jul 30th 2010)
     
    Ha ha ha well done every one they are real good. I was reading them out to him last night and he was well amused.
    Mine would be..... cor look at him he has pulled a strange bird !!!!