Donna Kebab

No, that’s not a typo. We have a new chicken, she came from the local kebab shop πŸ˜€

The owner of the shop lives in the flat above and has a large garden out the back, where he keeps and breeds racing pigeons. He bought some hens eggs from the farm shop, they have cockerels as well as hens. A couple of pigeons had laid eggs and he wondered if any of the eggs he’d bought were fertilised, so he popped one under a pigeon. To his surprise it hatched – he wasn’t really expecting it to – and thought the pigeon was her mummy πŸ˜€ She behaved like a pigeon, he fixed a perch about 10” from the floor but it wouldn’t use it, prefering to be high up with the others.

When she was 12 weeks old, he started thinking she’d be better off amongst her own kind. She seemed happy but maybe she’d be happier with other chickens, though he was going to keep her if he couldn’t find someone he was happy with. Mr MB went out for a kebab, the conversation started with ‘I haven’t seen you for ages, do you still keep chickens, you’ll never guess what happened when I bought some eggs……’ and three days later I had a new girl πŸ˜€ I mentioned on a forum that I had no idea what to call her, someone suggested Donna and I thought it was perfect πŸ˜€

It’s been ten months since my last post – TEN MONTHS! I didn’t intend for it be that long, things just seem to take over. My camera is full of photos, they were taken ages ago and I can’t even remember what’s on there now. Just when I think I’ve got Scampi Dog sussed, something else frightens him and I have to adjust the training/timings a bit to keep him calm and relaxed when we’re out and about. I’m sure he does it on purpose to keep me on my toes, lol.

I adopted six chickens from a friend who had to travel a lot, so I’m back up to twelve girls. They’ve been confined to a tiny run for almost three months because of bird flu (DEFRA rules for everyone with birds), but were allowed back out at the end of february and have been enjoying their freedom for the past week.

We’ve been doing some DIY so the house has been a mess for a while, I have a frozen shoulder so have been quite useless throughout the whole thing. I can’t crochet at the moment, not that it makes a difference because my yarn mountain is currently buried under books, lamps, etc so I can’t get to it anyway!

I’m going to go through the photos on my camera in the next couple of days, be prepared for many pics with no words – I probably won’t remember where they were taken and why πŸ˜€

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Monday, 6th March 2017 at 6:53 am 3 comments

Busy

Not with crochet, unfortunately 😦 I’ve finished a few things, but haven’t really got stuck into anything new.

We’ve been decorating. I say ‘we’, I actually mean Mr MB. We ripped out the old bath and installed a shower cubicle – I love it! Obviously the bathroom needed painting after that. The kitchen and hall, stairs and landing walls just needed a clean and I was ready, armed with sugar soap. Mr MB wanted to repaint so I told him he could do it himself then, lol. And he did – all three areas at once and he took his time over it – halfway through I was seriously considering moving out forever. It doesn’t sound too bad but I have no wall units in the kitchen, there’s a lot of stuff on shelves and hanging from rails – which all had to go somewhere else. Not tidily of course, it was shoved wherever he could find a space. It was chaos, I think he forgot about the three other people and one dog that live in this house πŸ˜€

I put things back when it was finally over, flinging things away as I went. By the time I’d finished, I was in full decluttering mode so went through everything in the house, flinging, rearranging, cleaning, tidying. I saved yarn-sorting til last, that was my reward – along with chocolate.

A few things I have had time to finish, the photos aren’t great though

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Working on a blanket to match the above two cushions

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Sunday, 8th May 2016 at 10:21 am 3 comments

Cleaning Is Bad

It has a knock-on effect that causes chaos and really shouldn’t be attempted.

I was wiping crumbs off the kitchen table and lifted my laptop to clean underneath it. I dropped it and the reader thing on the hard drive snapped. Annoying but I can get it fixed – for hundreds of pounds as it turns out, no-one will take the thing apart to put the bits in another case without using a clean room. I said I was willing to take the chance of losing info, but no. I had everything backed up on a memory stick, last updated a couple of months ago but it wouldn’t take long to re-do the latest info. So all I needed was a new hard drive. Problem solved, or so I thought. I’ve turned the house upside down looking for that memory stick but it has vanished. So I’ve had to spend days and days going through receipts and invoices from April 2014 and making up new spreadsheets in order to fill in two tax returns by the end of January. I didn’t stop, so didn’t really eat properly and gave myself headaches from staring at the screen for too long. Then I caught a bug that wiped me out for a few days, I’m sure it was worse than it could’ve been because I wasn’t looking after myself properly.

I filed the info online one day before the deadline then finally relaxed.

DO NOT be tempted to clean your house, it’s extremely bad for your physical health and stress levels.

On the plus side, I have plugged my camera in to charge it up, and have done a bit of crochet. I WILL take photos of my cushion cover – which is round and for some reason won’t lie flat, it looks like a Mexican hat πŸ˜€

Thursday, 11th February 2016 at 6:56 am 1 comment

Promises, promises….

I promised myself, back in November, that I would –

1. Check my WordPress reader every day
2. Take photos of everything
3. Blog twice a week
4. Crochet every day, even if I only manage five minutes

I have done none of those things and I’m cross about it! I wanted to take photos of my countdown to Christmas but that didn’t happen either. Never mind, I thought, I’ll take lots of photos of cute decorations and twinkling lights once everything’s organised. But the camera stayed in the drawer and it’s still there now, two months later.

I did finish my cushion covers, though I made two of them pillowcase-stylee. They’ve annoyed me ever since because the covers keep shifting around the cushion pad, so I’m going to add buttons to keep them in place.

I’ve searched everywhere for my Christmas blanket and couldn’t find it. I was beginning to wonder if I’d planned to make it, hadn’t actually made it but thought I had, lol! I’ve just scrolled through my posts and there’s a photo of it. So I did make it. But where on earth is it?!

Sunday, 10th January 2016 at 8:14 am 3 comments

Progress

What’s that, then? I looked it up –

1. A movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage

2. Growth or development; continuous improvement

3. Forward or onward movement

So, the complete opposite of me during the past few months πŸ˜€

Scampi Dog was great in the house and garden but awful on walks. After a while he started to walk nicely on the lead, decided it was too much effort and went back to barking and pulling at everything that moved. I’ve met many dog walkers and they all told me of their training struggles and what finally worked for them. I’d go home (after another disastrous walk) full of enthusiam, determined that this latest bit of advice will be the thing that works. And it does – for about a week, then we’re back to square one. It’s like he thinks β€œdone that, bored now”! So I admitted defeat and contacted a behaviourist. I explained what was going on and she was full of ideas. She also said she didn’t think she’d need to visit us, what I’d described is so common in rescue dogs and I can probably sort this out by myself. Wrong, I thought! But after a few struggles, Scampi proved her right. We still went backwards sometimes and I couldn’t cope very well with his pulling and sometimes yanking on the lead, but the barking at everything that moves has mostly stopped. Except pushbikes, he still hates them! I bought a Halti headcollar and the pulling has stopped. We’re not quite there yet, but he’s much calmer now.

So, crochet. I’d almost forgotten what it is πŸ˜€ I have three Christmas cushion covers to finish and a half-made baby blanket. Also a jumper which is about a third done. I have no pattern and have never made a jumper before, I’m making it up as I go. I’ll definitely finish it but I’m not yet sure whether it’ll ever be worn, it’s not looking good, lol.

Sunday, 8th November 2015 at 7:12 am 3 comments

Settling Down

My new routine is working well, though there are many Interruptions By Dog πŸ˜€ He’s a little star most of the time but sometimes decides to help with my crochet. It’s entertaining(!) when he decides that my hook is a stick and my yarn is a ball. And he likes to steal yarny flowers. I’m not bothered about keeping yarn away from him when I’m making things for myself, but the supplies for anything I want to sell have be in a fur-free zone. So I now have two areas for making and stashing. It means hooky progress has slowed down a bit, but it’s still progress and that’s OK. For a while I found myself rushing from one thing to the next without really thinking – ‘must clean the chicken shed, oh damn I forgot to water the tomatoes, that blanket has be ready in two days and I’m nowhere near finished…..’ etc. I’ve made time for everything and things are much easier to manage. I’ve even remembered to take photos of things as I go πŸ˜€

The California Lilac looked great before it dropped it’s petals

California Lilac

Fresh eggs from my girls

eggs

Strawberries, grown 10ft from my kitchen door

strawberries

Garlic from the garden, peeled and waiting to be whizzed with olive oil

garlic

WIP

girl double ripple

Monday, 13th July 2015 at 12:30 pm 3 comments

Caught up!

I’ve been playing catch-up, and now I’ve finally caught up! Scampi Dog has settled really well even though we had a week in Cornwall WITHOUT HIM. I didn’t want to leave him but it couldn’t be helped, he had a great time in boarding though – lots of play, cuddles and treats. I won’t be leaving him again, next time he’s coming with us πŸ™‚ I don’t have to watch his every move now, he’ll happily trot off down the garden for a snooze in his favourite spot, or entertain himself with sticks and a Kong (and the occasional flower pot!). Still loves lots of attention though πŸ˜€

The garden is tidy and the veg is growing well. I managed to pick just under 3lb of unripened cherries before the birds stole them all

cherries

I sowed four cucumber seeds, three died so I bought a few plants. They died too, so I’m only left with one. It’s growing really slowly, I’m not sure I’ll get any fruit. My raspberries haven’t produced anything either.

I have some lovely strawberries, and the plants have been busy sending out runners. I straightened(ish) out some paper clips then bent them in half to use as anchors until the new plants have rooted

strawberries

paperclips

strawberry runner

I haven’t crocheted anything – I almost did, then didn’t! I wanted to get the house and garden sorted properly then change our routine slightly. It’s working quite well, though it needs tweaking a bit. I’ve allowed plenty of time for yarn play πŸ˜€

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