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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2018 9:47pm (Jun 1st 2018)
     
    Yes hubby really wants to go again - it's a long way to go just for a day though and you need good but bearable weather to sit there all day. And the disappointment if nothing came would be huge! If we lived closer I might be tempted.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2018 10:13am (Jun 2nd 2018)
     
    I remember once G/N and a friend went and not a single thing came through all day. It was about a week later that the friend told us it was because the eisteddfod was on and they didn't want to be disturbed by the noise so all low flying was stopped. They usually go round the loop twice its about four minutes for them to get round it. G/N got a fantastic picture of one of the crew in a fat albert taking a picture of us all up there on his phone. I will get him to dig it out when he gets a moment. He at work today.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2018 7:32pm (Jun 2nd 2018)
     
    The Eisteddfod Genedlaethol is on at the moment. Not sure whether it's in north or south Wales this year though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2018 5:43pm (Jun 3rd 2018)
     
    The tornado we saw didn't come around again like we expected. It was a bit disappointing that we only saw the one, but that one was fantastic and really got the adrenalin flowing so I was happy with that! They do put a vague timetable on line, but it's more of a maybe than a definite!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2018 8:39pm (Jun 5th 2018)
     
    Hi there just checking in, Ive been busy with some art work and designing some new projects Its been really nice as G/N has been helping me, and came up with some good ideas as well. Hope you are all ok Chat again real soon xxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2018 10:12pm (Jun 5th 2018)
     
    I'm back at work and finding the new job quite difficult. No idea what I'm doing but will get there eventually I'm sure! Our office at Birmingham is still closed - probably be back there on Thursday (boo!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2018 3:00pm (Jun 6th 2018)
     
    I hope it settles down soon Kate - is it all a completely new unit? If so everyone will be in the same boat.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 4:08am (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    NN I figured out how to download from Facebook but when I tried to upload onto here it said there were too many whatzits... Too large. Do you to something else to get your photos to load?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 4:11am (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    Kittens playing photo
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 4:13am (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    OMG it worked! Tried formatting as text instead of html. Don't know if that did it or if it just happened to be small enough. Harri = white paws, Hakuin = tabby, Merlin = mostly black (with gold eyes).
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 4:15am (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    Trying another. Baby deer making a poor nursing choice.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 4:15am (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    So maybe having it on "text" is necessary?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 4:20am (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    Hakuin Zenji
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 4:20am (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    Harri Tubman
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 4:21am (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    Merlin
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 6:40pm (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    They are soooooo scrummy...I'm amazed that you can tear yourself away to go to work! What does Holly make of them?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 7:52pm (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    Holly is currently viewing them through a transparent plastic wall. If I hold them above it, they hiss and she walks away. Holly loves cats though. Kittens may be a bit of a mystery to her... Especially as I keep opening all these cans of food and disappearing with it into their room.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 7:56pm (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    Snoozing is a good way to ignore the kittens...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 7:56pm (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    Or having a beach walk
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2018 11:14pm (Jun 8th 2018)
     
    Very cute Diane!! Holly is gorgeous - I bet the kittens will love her when they meet. Are you keeping all three of them!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2018 12:31am (Jun 9th 2018)
     
    Yes, I am keeping all three. I have high hopes for the kittens and Holly getting along. She has always loved kitties. Soon after the kittens were born, I started going to the barn where they were being nursed by both mothers (who are sisters). For the last month (until they were old enough to bring home) I brought food and went twice a day. So I got to watch how well their mothers care for them, spend time every day with my future babies and their 7 other siblings/cousins, and play with the other barn cat who was left to hang out in a shed while all this was going on. I miss those mamas. They just got spayed today, I saw on Facebook.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2018 9:18pm (Jun 10th 2018)
     
    They will be great company for you and each other. It'll be interesting to see how their personalities develop - my friend and I have a theory that male are more loving than female, black cats are generally the most affectionate, so therefore a male black cat is the one that will give the most love. You'll have to let me know if yours are the same!!

    Glad the mommas are being spayed - we have so many young moms in at rehoming and the kittens take so much out of them. We had one that had been bred 3 times by the time she was a year old. She didn't survive the third litter. :cry:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2018 12:49pm (Jun 11th 2018)
     
    Beautiful pictures Diane, Holly is as beautiful as ever and as for the kitties they are pure delight. That's so sad about the poor little cat Kate she was no more than a kitten herself Bless her.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2018 6:33pm (Jun 11th 2018)
     
    I know - if only people would get them neutered. I think most of the mommy cats we get are under a year old.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2018 8:45pm (Jun 14th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    GORGEOUS photos Diane :heartsabove:

    We adopted these two fairly recently. They are Kakariki parrots. We've named them Zip & Roll. Before ending up here they'd never had any training, socialising or handling from humans. They're pretty confident, inquisitive birds though so I've been training them using positive reinforcement...they're doing great (: They had their first ever free range fly a few days ago and loved it. Zip (green, male) is the bravest, but Roll isn't far behind!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2018 10:46am (Jun 15th 2018)
     
    Beautiful they will be great companions as they learn so quickly and are comical and seem to have a great sense of humour. I am looking forward to hearing more about them and their antics
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2018 5:45pm (Jun 15th 2018)
     
    I love their red caps - like the Red Beret parachutists in the war! Will they speak, Red?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2018 5:52pm (Jun 16th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northBeautiful they will be great companions as they learn so quickly and are comical and seem to have a great sense of humour. I am looking forward to hearing more about them and their antics


    They are sooo funny & their relationship with each other is super sweet. If one goes out of sight at play time, the other panics & calls to them, then immediately flies towards the response...it's so cute!!

    CC they *probably* won't speak - they're not a type of parrot that easily learns, they're already adolescents, & with them being together they won't be as bonded to humans. But they do make the most adorable noises, it's very different to normal parrot squawking!

    Here's Zip having a bath yesterday :rolling:

    https://youtu.be/kgzpH9kOM00
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2018 9:16pm (Jun 17th 2018)
     
    so cute they do love a good old splash about
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2018 5:25pm (Jun 18th 2018)
     
    Adorable! When you free fly them - is that inside or outside? At the parrot sanctuary I used to volunteer at (80 parrots) some of them would free fly outside. I would be anxious the whole time.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2018 6:16pm (Jun 18th 2018)
     
    I would be too Diane. I remember years ago Red telling us about a local parrot that used to free fly but I think they were forced to stop it doing so.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2018 6:20pm (Jun 18th 2018)
     
    Get ready for this ... I'm currently making The Blanket 4!! (1 being Caitlyn's, 2 was Shaun's, 3 was for my friend Hannah's wedding). Number 4 is for Hannah's baby! She leaves work on Friday. I only started it last Thursday - not sure I'll finish but I can go visit if it's not complete. I'm crocheting this one though just for a change! Will only be popping in for quick visits until it's done!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2018 9:02pm (Jun 18th 2018)
     
    well done kate I am all crocheted and knitted out at the moment. I just can not face doing any, I guess I will pick it up again sometime this year. Keeping busy doing other stuff though. I find crochet works up quicker than knitting. Cant wait to see it. xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2018 5:11pm (Jun 19th 2018)
     
    Posted By: Kateb I'm currently making The Blanket 4!!


    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!:_ohmy::001_huh::scared::wha:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2018 6:53pm (Jun 19th 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    These two only fly inside, Diane. I don't think I could ever let myself free fly them outside, I'd be sooo scared! They're quite small birds too so I'd be worried about other animals getting them. They love their flying though, I can't believe they'd been caged all their life previously :sad:

    Yea Kate, that was Elvis the Macaw. The council warranted him an ASBO so he couldn't fly anymore, then somehow the local garden centre got hold of him and he's spent the last 10+ years cooped up in a tiny cage :crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2018 7:40pm (Jun 19th 2018)
     
    That's why I decided to crochet NN, need to finish ASAP so that I don't get bored!!

    Well remembered Red - such a shame for him after all that freedom. Humans can be very cruel even when they think they're doing the best.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 20th, 2018 1:39pm (Jun 20th 2018)
     
    Poor Elvis I can remember the photo on here somewhere with him perched on Reds arm. It is such a shame when caged with no freedom whatso ever. Looking forward to seeing finished blanket Kate. I did two at the beginning of the year just to do something they are still upstairs and I will gift them eventually I will hoik them out and get a photo of them when I get a mo
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 21st, 2018 10:13pm (Jun 21st 2018)
     
    I finished it earlier this evening, and have washed it to see if it softens it up. It's in the dryer at the moment - once it's done I'll take photos. I'm quite pleased with it, except my casting on was quite tight so it's narrower than the top. Something to bear in mind next time I crochet one.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2018 9:32am (Jun 22nd 2018)
     
    Wow well done Kate that was quick, little hint about that foundation row or casting on use a size bigger hook just for that then carry on with the size you will use. Hope you don't mind me saying just trying to be helpful for the next one you do. I always wash my blankets and use a little comfort in the rinse water, it certainly does make them very cosy feeling. I am so looking forward to seeing the pictures
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2018 6:10pm (Jun 22nd 2018)
     
    Blimey, that WAS quick; bin the day job, Kate, and start crocheting for Etsy/Folksy! I was expecting far more trauma than that...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2018 7:29pm (Jun 25th 2018) edited
     
    I must work well under pressure!! That's a great tip NN thanks - I'll try to remember that for next time. Might serve me well for knitting too as that's usually quite tight too. It was lovely when i got it out of the dryer - lovely and soft! My friend was really pleased but I had to leave it on her desk as i had a meeting to go to so didn't get chance to see her face when she opened it. Will try and post some pictures now!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2018 8:10pm (Jun 25th 2018)
     
    that's beautiful Kate what stitch is that? looks like a V stitch. I bet she is over the moon with it. Ive not had time to photo my ones as yet but will do it soon. I had to go to an inquest today and go again tomorrow Not the most pleasant of things so seeing your Blanket has really cheered me up xxxxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 26th, 2018 4:21pm (Jun 26th 2018)
     
    Lovely, Kate; I bet she was delighted with it. Clever old you!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2018 6:21pm (Jun 27th 2018)
     
    Wow, Kate that is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2018 5:15pm (Jun 28th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's so pretty Kate (:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 30th, 2018 9:36pm (Jun 30th 2018)
     
    Thanks everyone and yes NN you're exactly right, it is the V stitch! Well done! It's really easy to do and keep track of so I found it very east to get to grips with in the short time.

    I went to the coroners court when I was at college as a 'field trip'. It was very interesting but terribly sad. Talking about someone's last moments in a very factual manner. Was it someone close?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2018 5:27pm (Jul 1st 2018)
     
    yes sadly it was Kate
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2018 3:30pm (Jul 2nd 2018)
     
    :heart: Poor you, NN. At least it's over now. Hope you're feeling a little less upset each day.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2018 6:07pm (Jul 2nd 2018)
     
    Yes at last we can move on CC Thank you for caring xx
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 2:57am (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    I remember Elvis!

    Blanket 4 is very beautiful, Kate.

    NN thinking of you. That sounds SO hard. :( :( :(
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 2:58am (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    Has Shobhna appeared on here yet? I know she has been trying to come back. She used her work email originally though and that is long defunct. So, apparently it is delaying her ability to be back with us.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 10:17am (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    No not seen Shobhna yet. Be lovely to catch up and read her posts xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 1:41pm (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    She's retired (gracefully) now so theoretically should have more time. Though I remember my parents saying when they retired that they didn't know how they ever had time to work...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 7:56pm (Jul 3rd 2018) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ohhh, can anyone get in touch and ask Shobhna if she's tried to create a new account? My dad's not gone through new applicants in a long time (when I came back there were 100+ to go through - so much no :rolling: )...so I wonder if that's the issue? If anyone can ask her, I can try sort a way to find her application!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2018 10:50pm (Jul 3rd 2018)
     
    I've heard that from a lot of people - retirement is far busier than the working day!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2018 8:50am (Jul 4th 2018)
     
    Nice thing about retirement is that you are in no need to rush about. Then you get used to not rushing about and take it slower and think I will do that in a bit, then wonder where the time went.....
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2018 5:12pm (Jul 4th 2018)
     
    Biggest problem with being retired is that you don't get a day off'
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2018 7:56pm (Jul 4th 2018)
     
    That's true Ollie although sometimes we say sod it and jus goof of for the day !!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2018 12:19am (Jul 8th 2018)
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: Red</cite><div class="Bubble"><div><div><div><div><div>Ohhh, can anyone get in touch and ask Shobhna if she's tried to create a new account? My dad's not gone through new applicants in a long time (when I came back there were 100+ to go through - so much no<img src="/hencam_forum/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/happy/rolling.gif" alt=":rolling:" title=":rolling:"></img>)...so I wonder if that's the issue? If anyone can ask her, I can try sort a way to find her application!!</div></div></div></div></div></div></blockquote>

    Red - she is on Facebook, and through that on Messenger. I talk with her that way sometimes. I'm not really sure what she has been trying to do but since you are both on there - maybe you can talk with her that way! She is there under her own name. Shobhna Dave I would be so awesome to have her back here.