Each time I blog I get stuck on the title, hence the above!
Anyway at the request of little bro a short update on what has been happening chez Saunders.
The snow was fun for a short while and then it palled as we realised just how icy our roads were – no gritters in Busbridge, other than on the bigger roads. We are effectively marooned up here. Thankfully the VW Tiguan has 4×4 so we are able to get out but even off road walking was treacherous. The chickens were not impressed – I let them out to see what they would make of it but they wouldn’t even venture onto the snow – it made me feel a little less guilty that they weren’t getting any freeranging.
The feather pecking and eating continues apace. Yet another product being tried, called Featherite which is supposed to apply a bitter taste. Have only put it on one chicken so far, Mimi, the easiest to pick up.
I can’t believe I didn’t mention Selphi, the lastest addition to the menagerie, in our last post. Jess and her friend have decided to jointly buy a Scottish fold kitten. They fell in love with it, basically a rescue nearly 9 months old. The lady selling it dropped into the conversation when they say it that her vet thought it was pregnant! So I get the call – mum will you look after it and get her through having the kittens while we look for a house to rent. Mum says yes, takes the cat for a check up and vet says, ‘Don’t think so – if this cat is about 5 weeks pregnant I would be able to feel it – let’s do a scan’. Thankfully she wasn’t so she was immediately booked in for spaying. She is a cute little thing – a Scottish Fold without the Folds! Painfully shy but over the past few weeks she has come out of herself – loves cuddles, gets on well with the other cats, hisses at Milo.
Jess is still househunting but she had relatively bad news on the job front two days ago, namely that Microsoft will not be keeping her on. On the good side she’ll get a sparkling reference as it is not her work at fault. So the job hunt is on again.
I’m itching to get on with planting in the garden. Potatoes are chitting – have all my seed – just waiting for mid-March to get on with things. Meanwhile I’ve been having a good tidy up – still loads of Autumn leaves around. The compost heap has been turned. I must say the chicken poo and the Bokashi bin are doing a great job of speeding up the composting. I have loads of well composted stuff to spread.
Our usual Sunday walk is over Hankley Common and a few weeks ago we found building going on in the central bowl. It turned out to be the building of the set for the new Bond film, Skyfall. A ten week project with only a week of filming. Its been fun watching it progress – we suspect it will probably be blown up!
Karen and I took the dogs over last week for a change and as we arrived two coach loads of soldiers pitched up. So I tried to take the widest route round to avoid the dogs getting spooked. As we went down one track there was a loan soldier at the end, beckoning the dogs. Archie bowled on down, followed by Milo and then by Molly the Tibetan. While the chap is fussing the dogs, Molly (amazingly not Milo!) was helping herself to his sandwiches. Redfaced and mortified we left. He very graciously said it was his fault for being more interested in the dogs. They were there to do some IED practise before deploying to Afghanistan in a couple of weeks.
Nigel and I took a trip up to Birmingham to pick up a few of my dad’s effects and visit step-mum Josie. Dad was definitely a bit of an anorak where trains were concerned – I brought back a few books and pamphlets – mostly on trains. One book was rivetingly titled ‘Preserved Railway Carriages – the Complete stock-book of all known standard gauge carriages and passenger-rated vans preserved in Great Britain and Ireland’
I also came back with a load more slides so have had to take delivery of a new scanner to cope with copying them. Its good for photo and negative scanning too so Nathalie will be able to use it for the film she has developed from her Lomography camera. So she’s happy.
My family tree research is becoming all encompassing – so hard to leave it alone as I’m on a roll with it. My membership of Ancestry and Findmypast has been well worth the money. I get a big kick out of making contact with very distant cousins!