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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2016 5:37pm (Nov 8th 2016)
     
    Hi Ollie I am about every so often been so busy with family things this summer and still am for most of this month. I will be away again for sixteen days winter holidays in a couple of weeks. going to my beloved Norway. I am trying to get up to date making my Christmas stuff at the moment plus knitting three girls cardigans. I feel as if my feet have hardly hit the ground this year !!! Minnie is doing so well and is a little lard ass now, it dont seem possible we have had her for almost six months she has settled in so well and is such good mates with Sootz. Yes Sootz is fine also getting on a bit for a Mainecoon cat, he still acts the loon and is very playful such a sweet gentle giant Bless him. G/N is fine also. he is keeping busy and holding the fort while I am here and there.
    So sorry you have not been well Lynn and glad you are feeling better now.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2016 8:10pm (Nov 8th 2016)
     
    Hi everyone, I'm still here too!

    Glad you're doing better Lynn-I have a couple of friends who have gone down with nasty chest infections and been off work for several weeks, lots of coughs and colds, and my son has a terrible throat.

    Good news on the cats NN! I came across a post a few weeks ago suggesting people make jumpers for their hens and I'm pretty sure the pics were yours NN! If they weren't it was definitely your pattern that'd been used. Then lots of people had criticised, saying they didn't need them blah blah, so I posted that they were intended for ex-bats with no feathers, not for healthy hens! I'd forgotten until I started posting this!

    My cats are all OK. I'm surprised how much simpler life seems to be without Emmett. I miss her but things are easier and the cats eat less now she's not here demanding food every 2 hours. I thought one of them would claim 'her' bedroom too but not so far. Work is manic and another 13 years before I can retire. Ho hum!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2016 10:32pm (Nov 8th 2016) edited
     
    I read where one of Red's dogs was attacked by an off-lead dog at the dog park and chased into the street where a car hit and killed it. Lyle didn't say which dog was killed..things are not going well for them.:face-crying:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2016 9:52am (Nov 9th 2016)
     
    It was little Pixie that was killed.:face-crying::face-crying::face-crying:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2016 11:53am (Nov 9th 2016)
     
    Oh no that is just so awful and heart breaking my heart goes out to them xxxxxxxxxxxxx:face-crying::face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2016 12:29pm (Nov 9th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She's not having the best of times lately but she'll get through it - she's a tough little cookie :)

    Sasha is keeping her busy and hopefully the service dog training will go well and will help Scarlet get out and about a bit more - they went to puppy class the other day and I was really proud as Scarlet was really proud of how well Sasha did and she talked with lots of the owners (Scarlet, not Sasha!) - it's great for both their confidences...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2016 12:30pm (Nov 9th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And I wanted to apologise for not being around so much lately - had stuff going on too which I'll say more on later, but I'm here for now.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2016 7:00pm (Nov 9th 2016)
     
    I'm here too, lurking in the background. I was so sad to hear about Pixie and so terribly sad for Red and Lyle. I hate it when good people have bad things happen - she has enough to cope with.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2016 7:52pm (Nov 9th 2016)
     
    Pixie was such a joy-it's good that Scarlet has Sasha and through her she's getting out and socialising a little.
    Desperately sad that a lovely young dog is gone so suddenly, but her short life with Red was fantastically beneficial to both of them.
    Nice to see you back Neil.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2016 8:44pm (Nov 9th 2016)
     
    I so agree Kate and CC it is such a terrible thing to happen but thank goodness little pixie knew what pure love and happiness was like during her short life.

    I was thinking that we should all stick together and keep Hencam going successfully until Red feels strong enough to come back to us all. It was always so good to clock in and see posts waiting to be read and replied to from so many lovely and good friends. Now is the time we need more people to help make the site great again rather than just relying on five people. We have loads of guests popping in to see what we are saying and doing. Now rather than just having a look in Please please come and join in with the chat it dont matter if you have hens or not. Just come in for the chat and a bit of company there is no catch and we dont bite. xxxxxx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2016 9:08pm (Nov 9th 2016) edited
     
    It's wonderful to see you back with us again, Neil. You've been missed greatly. I'm so brokenhearted for Red and Lyle. Little Pixie was such a dear baby girl. :face-crying::face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2016 1:16pm (Nov 10th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks guys, I was kind of getting sad that the community (which has been really cute and supportive, if a little small) seemed to be dying out, so it's nice to hear the hardcore are still here (me included, lol).

    As to why I haven't been around, I was made redundant in September - which was completely out of the blue, and caused us huge amounts of worry and heartache, and I think (without been too melodramatic) I went into a depression (which had the positive of making me lose weight by not eating - unfortunately I've put it all back on now!) - I was a horrible person to Helen and made her life hell without really meaning to, we were genuinely worried about losing the house - in fact neither of us slept very much as I was wondering if we'd be repossessed, what would happen to the hens, hencam would die out etc etc).

    I had a whirlwind few weeks of depression, not eating, not sleeping, and in the midst of all that going for interviews and trying to think positively whilst really not feeling it. And thank god I found a new role at a really great place, it's a bit more travelling but the working environment and personal improvement I'll hopefully get will make up for it. I started on the 11th Oct so it's still early days but the people seem nice so fingers crossed I have found my 'forever' workplace!

    During all this I haven't felt up to keeping on top of the new signups, hencam news or even making sure cameras etc work - I think I fixed the broken one the other day but I noticed an update to the streaming software had broken stream - it seems to be showing an old stream?! I'll try and get that fixed asap.

    I'm always upset when Scarlet tells me of the difficulties she faces day-to-day but also really proud and heartened on how she manages and copes with it all and the help she has from Lyle.

    I really hope she comes back to hencam too.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2016 3:49pm (Nov 10th 2016)
     
    Well done for coming back from that blow, Neil; I hope the new job is everything you need it to be.
    Depression is a b*gger, isn't it? My dad used to suffer and got really cross with himself, but you have to be kind to yourself and not beat yourself up. We're all egging (groan) you on! :heart: And I do hope Red comes back to tell us all about the furbabies and her progress with Sascha. She's such a bright, brave, clever girl and we all love her and miss her.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2016 8:06pm (Nov 10th 2016)
     
    Neil, I hope your new job will be the best one you've ever had and is your forever job.
    :thumbup1:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2016 9:17am (Nov 11th 2016)
     
    All best wishes for the new job Neil, some times we all need a new jump start to refresh our lives so look ahead with the sense of it being a new adventure and just go for it xxxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2016 2:59pm (Nov 13th 2016)
     
    Right, I'm owning up; I bought Christmas crackers and a Pass The Sprout game today. Sorry, everyone...:blush:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2016 5:21pm (Nov 15th 2016)
     
    I should fess up also got a couple of little decorations I fancied the other day so you not alone CC
    :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2016 6:39pm (Nov 15th 2016)
     
    I bought some present labels today-suppose I should be thinking about what to buy to stick them on now!

    Terrible time for you Neil-the impact of losing your job is far reaching and I'm glad you've managed to find another job so quickly! My friend struggled to find one for more than 6 months, and had to take a lower paid role and hasn't managed to get back to her previous earnings 3years later, but she's glad to have a job. I hope it goes well!

    Now, back to that shopping list ...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2016 5:26am (Nov 16th 2016)
     
    I've been working on my Christmas shopping list...guess I'm going to have to actually go out and shop for the stuff now...I hate shopping! :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2016 10:40pm (Nov 16th 2016)
     
    Do it on line!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2016 6:26pm (Nov 17th 2016)
     
    Bought two more presents today. I keep thinking of the Christmas card list and sighing...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2016 8:18pm (Nov 17th 2016)
     
    I think I'm in complete denial. My day job is so busy (both colleagues have gone on secondments so I'm on my own) I think it's using up all of my brain power so I just want to sit and cabbage when I get home! Need to start a list!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2016 1:30pm (Nov 18th 2016) edited
     
    Very Christmassy here oop Norf UK today.
    We woke up to a white-over of snow.
    :snow:
    I've booked to find some sun in Tennerife for a couple of weeks before Christmas.
    We haven't been able to afford holidays for about three years now so this will be rather special.
    :sun:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2016 6:30pm (Nov 18th 2016)
     
    I think I will do most of my shopping online. Amazon.com here I come LOL. I have a few things I will have to go pick up on my own however.

    Kate, what are *secondments* ?? Ollie you got Snow?? that's awesome!! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2016 7:40pm (Nov 18th 2016)
     
    Make sure you stay nice and warm, Ollie!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2016 7:54pm (Nov 18th 2016)
     
    Sorry Lynn - a secondment is when you go to a new job for a temporary period of time - usually 6 or 12 months - but your old job is kept for you to return to. Sometimes the original job is then filled as a secondment too, but often it isn't worth it, and it isn't often someone returns from a secondment either. Hence a lot of pressure on those left behind!

    So ... what is everyone having for Christmas? I don't know what to ask for. Currently it stands at a dyson hand-held vacuum if I can't think of anything better!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2016 3:07pm (Nov 19th 2016)
     
    Oh that sounds lovely Ollie and will certainly help winter seem a little shorter. We didnt get the snow but it is certainly chilly with this wind whistling through every little gap it can find.
    Sorry not been about for a few days we have been doing a kitchen make over.... new worktops amd such. It all started because my oven decided not to work and the hob had seen better days. So I opted for a stand alone gas cooker rather than the split oven and hob, G/N has worked so hard Bless him and with very little swearing I think I swore most getting stuff out of cupboards and trying to find somewhere to put it all but I helped where I could. but with my back back had to be very careful. We managed somehow though and didnt do too badly considering our age !!! We still got a bit more to do like flooring and maybe some new tiles but they can wait till the new year. Its looking good already though
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2016 3:15pm (Nov 19th 2016)
     
    I made some fabric flowers in a Christmassy fabric for friends this year as every one likes them, Anyhow they were on the table waiting to be made into bouquets with some artificial holly and winter type foliage then wrapped in cellophane and ribbons. The man who delivered the cooker saw them and was so taken by them that he wanted to buy three for his wife, just as they were not even gift wrapped !!! Needless to say I got to make three more now and it helped pay towards the delivery fee !!! Funny old world isnt it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2016 6:00pm (Nov 19th 2016)
     
    How brilliant - goes to show you should be selling them professionally, NN...remember us when you're rich and famous. Did your mistletoe take, by the way? If you want some more, whisper me your address and I'll post you off a big sprig. You too, Kate,Neil & Ollie...the apple tree is covered again, plenty to go round. Sorry, Lynn, I don't think your postal service would allow it!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2016 6:49pm (Nov 19th 2016)
     
    I've nowhere to grow it, and don't want to encourage any kissing CC, but thanks for the offer!!

    You should post a pic of your flowers NN, I'd love to see them. Well done on working so hard on the kitchen- I would much rather have a free-standing cooker than my built in.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2016 12:07pm (Nov 21st 2016)
     
    Yes Cc I got three sprigs growing on the old apple tree thank you so much for the seeds.One sprig almost got hacked out by G/N who decided the tree needed pruning and started hacking off branches when I was in the shed looking for something, I almost had a fit and he got a right flea in the ear !!!! He knows doodly squat about gardening although I have managed to get him doing strimming and mowing the grass so maybe he thought it was time to move on to pruning !!!! We did have loads of little apples this year though and have got five gallons of apple wine on the go. The Victoria plum we made last year is now all bottled and maturing nicely, Its a beautiful rose colour but wont be ready for another year at least !!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2016 12:12pm (Nov 21st 2016)
     
    Well oven is tried and tested and we had a beautiful little lamb joint yesterday and nice crispy roasted veg, So I am well pleased with that. Kitchen is starting to look very nice and I am so glad to have found a home for most of the stuff. Some did go in the bin though and I think a few baking tins will follow suit. I dont do much baking nowadays as there is only G/N to eat it as I am G/F it is easier to just buy it.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2016 12:14pm (Nov 21st 2016)
     
    I will do a picture of the flowers after Christmas Kate when I get a spare mo I must take some of Minnie so you can see how she is doing xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2016 4:08pm (Nov 21st 2016)
     
    I have baking tins which I optimistically put on our wedding list. We will have been wed 30 years next February and the poor things have never made it out of the polythene...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2016 4:37pm (Nov 22nd 2016)
     
    well they will be vintage now and its all the rage........get them on E-bay !!!xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2016 7:29pm (Nov 22nd 2016)
     
    So funny CC!!
    Oh yes, would love to see some pictures of Minnie!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2016 8:18pm (Nov 24th 2016)
     
    I'd love to see pictures of little Minnie too, NN. CC I still have a few cooking things from my wedding 50 years ago that are still in the original wrapping. I'm not much of a cook (vast understatement):face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2016 3:17pm (Nov 25th 2016)
     
    Glad I'm not alone, Lynn. We used to have a programme on TV called 'Can't Cook, Won't Cook'. I thought it should be 'Won't Cook, Can't Make Me'!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2016 1:11pm (Nov 30th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate - a Dyson FOR CHRISTMAS?! Although the hand-held one does look good - I keep thinking it would be handy to just whizz round quickly inside then do the car too :) Really though you should get something frivolous and then get the Dyson in the January sales!

    It's starting to feel festive I think (well it is December tomorrow!) - our Christmas tree was delivered yesterday and I had to put it up to "make sure" it was all ok! It isn't trimmed though, that will wait until the 1st when Helen will painstakingly place the ornaments on, re-positioning them to the perfect spot one by one! We had a fake tree for years which was great but it started falling apart so last year we had a real tree as Helen likes them - but in our (probably far too central-heated) house all the branches drooped a couple of days after it arrived!

    We need a 'christmas thread' for 2016 for people to post their decorations and trees on :)

    Oh, we saw Scarlet at the weekend - it was great to see her and she's coping really well, Sasha is absolutely amazing and obviously adores Scarlet so hopefully she has what it takes to help her gain the confidence and ability to get to the doctor's and hopefully some help, it doesn't sound fun with the seizures on top of everything else.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2016 5:51pm (Nov 30th 2016)
     
    Well give her our love, won't you, Neil? And tell her we miss her.
    My tree normally goes up on Beethoven's birthday - 16th of December. But I might put the thumbscrews on for it to be a bit earlier this year.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2016 8:47pm (Nov 30th 2016)
     
    I wont be home til sixteenth Dec so it will be a bit of a rush to get my Christmas on track, Its very Christmassy here though and we have snow on the mountains even though we have had rain at the bottom of them. Got myself an early pressy today---- a really cosy pair of mittens. My leather gloves just dont have enough warmth in them for the intense cold here, All love to Scarlet and yes we all miss her so much xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2016 10:26pm (Nov 30th 2016)
     
    That was my thought too Neil-I hate dragging the vacuum out just to run over the car seats and mats, and the grandkids are messy so I can just spot-clean. It's the only way I can get hubby to buy household items - if I wait until after Christmas I will have to buy it. This way I can use my money to buy things for me in the sales!!!

    Don't know when my tree will go up yet, but the elf on a shelf needs to put in an appearance tomorrow morning as the kids are here tonight and he arrives on 1st Dec!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2016 6:04pm (Dec 1st 2016)
     
    What's an elf on a shelf?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2016 11:31pm (Dec 2nd 2016)
     
    It's a soft toy elf that hides, plays tricks - sometimes naughty - and reports back to Santa if the children are naughty. He arrives on 1st Dec and goes home with Santa when he brings the presents on Xmas eve.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2016 7:12am (Dec 3rd 2016)
     
    I'd save my money on the DYSON hand held..the battery last like 5 minutes on high..it doesn't pick up anything on the low speed, so I have to use it on high..biggest waste of money ever! The 2 upright Dysons I have work great..but, the hand held is a piece of pooh.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2016 8:38pm (Dec 4th 2016)
     
    Really! Oh dear-hubby has already bought it. All the reviews I saw were good. Will let you know how mine goes.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2016 4:00pm (Dec 5th 2016)
     
    People either love them or loathe them and I've never known anyone defect from one camp to the other!
    I quite fancied one (mainly because they were purple) but The Sainted Kathleen vetoed it saying she HATES them. A lot of my customers have them and love them (I sometimes need to clean a piano out, so get to use quite a few different models!).:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2016 7:16pm (Dec 9th 2016)
     
    I'm taking some time off having a couple of weeks with family on Lanzorote.
    Weather just right, not too hot and some refreshing sea breezes.

    Had a birthday yesterday, the party lasted till almost 3am.
    I thought this was my 81st but got it wrong, l,m now 82y.
    How can you get your age wrong?

    Brings back a memory of last year in hospital. I was asked for my date of birth and replied that it would be my birthday tomorrow and I was born in 1934. It took her a while to work it out!
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2016 7:21pm (Dec 9th 2016) edited
     
    Hope you had a lovely birthday Ollie!
    :bdayhappy_balloons::aparty1::bdayparty:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2016 8:10pm (Dec 9th 2016)
     
    Happy birthday Dear Ollie have a super holiday so happy you had a superb birthday zzzz
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 9th, 2016 8:54pm (Dec 9th 2016)
     
    Have a lovely break; many happy returns!:bdayparty::bdayparty:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2016 8:24pm (Dec 11th 2016)
     
    :bdayhappy_balloons::bdayparty::bdaycake:

    I hope you had a great Birthday, Ollie..Have a wonderful vacation!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2018 5:17pm (Apr 27th 2018) edited
     
    I decided to boost this post again. It has survived 11 years. :) I love the range of conversation, the sudden and repeated turns of topical direction, the real life that it captures about us.

    AND it is still relevant in regard to its header: WHERE ARE YOU Shobhna, Trev's Mom? Who else hasn't checked back in?

    Also, since the "hard core" as Neil described us in this thread are almost all still here - maybe we should have one thread that has no topic but is where we do what we did here - check in. A place that we all know we can go to to follow the current conversation and life situations? I think the numerous threads we have are a hold over of having lots of activity on here and needing to sort by category. What do you all think? I don't mean to stop using other threads but to have a check-in one.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2018 7:32pm (Apr 27th 2018)
     
    Like taking the register at school? Splendid idea.
    Present, miss! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2018 8:25pm (Apr 27th 2018)
     
    I'm here..LOL:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2018 10:39pm (Apr 27th 2018)
     
    Yay!

    :milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen:

    Three hens accounted for.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2018 5:58pm (Apr 28th 2018)
     
    I'm here checking in, and will be answering all the posts and getting up to date. I got photos but my lap top has been playing up so haven't been able to post them as yet
    xxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2018 9:04pm (Apr 30th 2018)
     
    I'm here! A bit late to the party but here non the less!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2018 10:21pm (Apr 30th 2018)
     
    And then there were five!

    :milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2018 3:43pm (May 2nd 2018)
     
    I'm here again, So happy when I see a post xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2018 4:01pm (May 2nd 2018)
     
    Present, miss.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2018 1:38pm (May 3rd 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm sometimes here :P
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2018 4:42pm (May 3rd 2018)
     
    Just clocking in Diane, been super busy in the garden today and was in need of a coffee and sit down I'm so happy to see postings from Red and a video to boot.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2018 4:28pm (May 5th 2018)
     
    And then there were six!
    :milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen:

    Plus people clocking back in. That is awesome.

    So: Ollie, Shobhna, Trev's Mum, Neil - where are you? We're missing you.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2018 8:03pm (May 6th 2018)
     
    Ollie is often here Diane, but I do remember her saying she doesn't post as much when she feels unwell.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2018 9:44am (May 8th 2018)
     
    So wonderful to see so many posts this morning Yippeee:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2018 11:34pm (May 8th 2018)
     
    Yes, it is great to see so many posts.

    I hope you are feeling well Ollie! Here's a special hen for you: :milly_hen:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2018 10:20pm (May 9th 2018)
     
    Clocking in. - or should that be clucking - as hen8.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2018 12:52am (May 10th 2018)
     
    YAY!

    And then there were seven.
    :milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2018 7:36am (May 10th 2018)
     
    I haven't been feeling well for a few days but I'm still here.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2018 3:15pm (May 10th 2018) edited
     
    Posted By: ollie in UKClocking in. - or should that be clucking
    :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2018 4:41pm (May 10th 2018)
     
    I hope you feel better soon Lynnie.
    :milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2018 10:19pm (May 10th 2018)
     
    Hope you feel better soon Lynn. Xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2018 6:41pm (May 11th 2018)
     
    Yes, get better soon, :heart: :flowers: I can't do the clever cards you come up with!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2018 8:03pm (May 11th 2018)
     
    Hi there Lynn, so hope you are feeling a lot better today. We got such silly weather over here at the moment scorching hot for several day and then cold again. No wonder we all feel a bit unwell. My poor snail has woken up and resealed himself up twice now. I don't think he will live if he has to keep doing that. I do have a heat pad for him But he don't seem to take any notice of it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2018 10:01pm (May 11th 2018)
     
    I feel very sorry for the wildlife in this country now - we don't seem to have proper seasons any more so how they know when it's time to wake up and face the world again I have no idea.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 6:46pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    I'm feeling better now. We are having the same kind of stupid weather here too, NN. 80° one day and cold and rainy the next. I've almost forgotten what normal weather is.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 7:04pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    So glad you are feeling better now Lynn. I also haven't been to sparky this last few days. I managed to cope with it but I just ache all over and feel desperately tired. Our weather is messing about again. We did manage to get to the coast Monday and it was a beautiful day and we just ambled about taking the air so to speak then sitting down every so often people and gull watching. It was a brilliant day so relaxing it was a shame I wasn't at my best.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 7:28pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling great either, Kate. I think once our weather improves a bit, I'll be all well. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2018 10:08pm (May 16th 2018)
     
    Mine is all related to the changes at work - extremely unsettling time. Different job, team, location ... I don't like change and so it stresses me out, and I can see several of my friends going through the same. We try to support each other but there's no easy fix. Looking forward to my holiday at the end of the month!!

    Glad you're back on form Lynn, hope you feel better soon NN. I'm told the sea air is always good for a quick boost!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2018 3:57pm (May 17th 2018)
     
    Yes I am muddling along thanks not so tired today thankfully. Must have been the sea air as you say it is a good boost I love the coast, Hopefully we will be going to see the Puffins again soon. So glad you got a holiday coming up Kate its something to look forward to. Are you going anywhere nice or just chilling out and day trips? xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2018 9:42pm (May 18th 2018)
     
    We're going to Wales - not far from Barmouth, so on the coast in the middle!!

    We'll go to Port Merion (sp?) where The Prisoner was filmed, hubby wants to go to the "Mach loop" whiich is where the RAF jets fly through a valley and you can climb up the side of the mountain and take photos from above. Problem is you don't know when they're flying so its pot luck. Plus the beach, stately home / castle or two I suppose!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2018 12:16pm (May 19th 2018)
     
    Sounds lovely, Kate. Hope you get lovely weather to go with it!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2018 8:42pm (May 19th 2018)
     
    Oh how lovely Kate I love Wales and used to live in Pembrokeshire many many moons ago when I was in the Fleet Air Arm. I enjoyed Port Merion when we visited. Ive also been to the Mach loop several times, To the Cad west bit and climbed up the mountain/ hill along the fence line. hell that is such a climb I laid down and cried half way up the first time we went as I was so cream crackered but well worth it when the jets come through as you are so close to them and the noise is tremendous. As you say its a matter of pot luck, Luckily we have a radio so that helps. There used to be a friendly lot when we went we used to overnight in Phoebe. But you are not allowed to do that now.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2018 6:29pm (May 21st 2018)
     
    I'm not looking forward to the climb. What with my left knee playing up from the long drive into Birmingham to work, and my right ankle hurting again from when I fell down the stairs a few weeks ago the climb will be a challenge. Really looking forward to the break though - gonna miss my cats! :cry:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2018 8:05pm (May 21st 2018)
     
    You can drive up the opposite side Kate but you will have to keep getting in and out of the car to open and close gates and there are quite a few of them. Oh don't forget there are no loo's or bushes to hide behind fence side so if you need to go you will just have to brave it. The cats will be just fine and the break will do you a power of good xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2018 8:23pm (May 22nd 2018)
     
    That's just the sort of place my hubby would take me. Must make sure I don't drink much before we go - don't fancy peeing in front of hubby let alone a load of strangers!!

    I'm sure they will be OK, and if they're not I'll be disowning my son(s)!! :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2018 2:21pm (May 23rd 2018)
     
    Just say that whatever happens to your cats will be happening to your sons. Should ensure excellent care...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2018 6:06pm (May 23rd 2018)
     
    PUFFINS! Hopefully there will be pictures!

    Kate, any chance you can split off and do something else while he tortures himself (for potentially nothing)? A massage somewhere, perhaps. ;)

    Yes, the weather is very weird and in a scary way. Last year it took forever for the bees to arrive. It is actually (usually) warmer this year and they came back in plenty of time.

    And did I mention I am getting kittens? ;) For those of you on facebook, you'll understand my little joke question better. I wish I could figure out how to post pictures on here...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2018 10:37pm (May 23rd 2018)
     
    I'd just happily sit quietly at the cottage and have some peace and quiet!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2018 3:47pm (May 24th 2018)
     
    Hopefully I will be going to see the puffins next week Diane and I will be posting pictures if I get any. You will be fine Kate don't get fretting just enjoy it all and the experience will be brilliant. Its so good to do something entirely different. The scenery is breath taking and such a lovely area to be in. Ive met some lovely people when we have been, and they are very friendly and interested in you with a simple natural curiosity. Diane the easiest way to do your kitten pictures is to down load them from Facebook and then go to the browse button under the enter your comments bit. It will only allow you to put one picture a posting , but the way round that is to post the post then edit it and go to browse again and you will be able to do another picture. I don't know if you understand that just say if not and I will try to explain it better xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2018 3:58pm (May 24th 2018)
     
    See how easy it is, I think this is little Merlin, Its also a good tip on keeping your pictures safe as I stole this one with no difficulty what so ever and I am not that PC literate
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2018 5:49pm (May 24th 2018)
     
    OOOOO! :heartsabove::heartbounce::rowofhearts::rainbow: Gorgeous!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 2:17pm (May 25th 2018)
     
    There is a most beautiful little grey one in one of the litters and so far no one has took it I would so love to have it for myself. Kittens are so sweet I adore them xxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2018 6:17pm (May 25th 2018)
     
    I had a grey cat as a child - it was beautiful. I'd love another but are worried I'd expect it to be like she was.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2018 5:03pm (May 27th 2018)
     
    Thank you, NN. That one is Harri (Tubman). I was going to name him Harriet Tubman but well...not a girl. And yes, photos are easy to steal. So I watermark them - you can see my signature in white in the lower left corner. All the babies are adopted. Merlin's twin and the grey one went to a friend of mine! So, I will get to see them as they grow. Happy dance. AND Merlin's twin is living with me until Hakuin and Harri are old enough to come here. Then, 'Chocolate Chip' (a three year old boy's awesome name for his new kitty) will go to his furever home.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2018 6:49pm (May 28th 2018)
     
    So are you having Harri and Hakuin? Where does that name come from?

    I can't get on line very easily at the moment - the wifi hub connection here in Wales is awful and I can only get on line for a couple of minutes at a time. Missing home!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2018 2:39pm (May 29th 2018)
     
    You are lucky you are getting any at all Kate, don't forget they only discovered matches a few years ago xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2018 4:48pm (May 29th 2018)
     
    I know NN, I should be pleased but have become so dependent on it!
    Went to the Mach Loop today. Saw one tornado but it was thrilling!! Hubby wanted to come away at 3. We got back to the cottage at 4 and we can hear them roaring around. Typical. The advice does say to stay all day but he hasn't got the patience.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2018 5:30pm (May 31st 2018)
     
    Well done Kate yes it is thrilling we have been up there and nothing came through the whole day so pleased you got to see one. Was telling G/N about it and he got that wish I could go again look to him so have promised to go again later in the year. He has an op on his eye about July time so when he has healed from that we will make an effort to get up there. We were going to go visit the puffins today but weather non to clement so have put it off for now. Started to clear the shed out instead. we are tired out now but made good progress.