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Thursday, March 06, 2008

What have I been up to?!

Well the bumps and bruises from the fall are all gone now, and I'm feeling much better! Whilst feeling a bit sorry for myself anyway I also decided to take a trip to the dentist - for the first time in 5 years! - I have had toothache on and off for the past year, and it's been getting worse since Christmas, so I had saved up (hardly any NHS dentists here :( ) thinking I must need 1 or 2 fillings and expecting a bill of at least £100. (I'm lucky I do have extremely good teeth so I shouldn't really complain about £100 in 5 years!)..... so off I toddled, a little nervous (as much at being told off for not going more regularly as the actual thought of the dentist), waited in the posh waiting room.......... got called in......... sat in the chair.......... laid back............ pointed out where the pain was................. "No I can't see any problems Miss Y,"........... "Your teeth are perfect" *insert smug grin here* "I'll take x-rays all around just to make sure".................. 5 minutes later and a bill for £40 for the pleasure of absolutely nothing!! grrrrrrr. Not that I wanted a filling you understand, but I had myself psyched for it. And now I still have toothache, but it isn't a tooth...... hmmmmmm! - the dentist suggested a sinus problem so I s'pose I have to brave the doctor's surgery (could be another 5 years in the waiting as I don't visit there very often either!) I have already spent the saved money on a food processor.... I got a good price on eBay so I am chuffed. It'll be the first actual food processor I have ever owned, I have always cooked everything completely by hand, but it's time I had a little help (besides it might improve my pastry making which has always been abysmal)

The lovely Pictish has asked how chickens flirt (I don't know if that was a serious question, but I'll answer anyway as it's fun!) Well I can tell you that a few of the male of the human species could learn a thing or two from the humble chicken!!!! I'm assuming the ritual is much the same for all makes and models of chicken, but this is the story of my little lad (I see him as being a teenager in his first school disco - full of testosterone and not sure what to do with it) First of all he eyed up all his ladies......... he sauntered into the group, very nonchalantly and one by one tried to separate each of the girls, probably to see which was the most amenable! He deduced well & quickly and chose Dorothy as his most likely conquest. Now Dorothy is actually pretty much the highest in the pecking order of the 4 hens.. She and Primrose share the duty but Dorothy probably the highest of the two by a hair's breadth. Despite this she is also by far the easiest to catch and hold from my point of view, if I stand near her she squats straight down (presumably in a "take me" position LOL) and I can just pick her up and cuddle her. The others need to be chased around like an unrehearsed scene from Rocky. So, having chosen Dorothy as his first girlfriend, he kept sidling up to her, and circling her to draw her away and separate her from the other girls. When she had moved a little way away he puffed out his chest, dropped his wing feathers so they were vertical from the ground (very pretty!) and did a little dance - his moves were good!!! However there were two unfortunates to this courtship.... The first being that whilst Dorothy is his most likely conquest, he really needs to wait until she is not free-ranging, cos she is one greedy little chicken, and throughout all this effort and dancing and puffing and dancing and circling, she hardly lifted her head up off the ground! - Poor little lamb! the second problem for him is that evidently his sister thinks they are married and he should be a one chicken kind of a bloke. After probably no more than 15 seconds of his courtship ritual she would run over and tell him off (baaak buk buk buk) and have a peck at poor Dorothy who had very little idea of what was going on as she hadn't stopped eating! As the afternoon wore on there was a little more eye contact.... (again think of this as that first school disco) and a few raised heads and puffed chests. But for all that effort he got no-where and went back to his own quarters with his sister. He did crow louder this morning though!!!

Whilst I was nursing my bumps I started Rogue..... and have done really well - both sleeves and the body up to the armholes are complete. And I decided to do the Kangaroo pocket too - just for fun!!The photo doesn't show it too well, 'cos it's dark here, but it gives you an idea!....... need to choose my next knit now as I always like to have the next one in my mind as it keeps me going on to finish (I don't allow myself more than 1 major WIP at a time)

Right dinner's ready, so that's me for now - Enjoy Ashes to Ashes everyone!!! :)


  1. Glad your trip to the dentist went ok. I was getting bad headaches a few years ago and went to the dentists, opticians (no problems) then the doctors who said it was a sinus thing. She told me to take paracetamol and codiene for the pain and do the old steam thing with a towel, bowl of hot water and some olbas oil regularly.

  2. I've also had a toothache and been told it's sinus trouble (I don't believe my dentist - I'm sure it's a filling thing!), so join the club!

    Glad you're OK after your fall - Guildfordians, what horrid people (says she, Guildford-born...).

    Like the yarn you're using for Roam...

  3. Well done for braving the dentist. Rogue is a lovely knit, it was one of the first I noticed when discovering knitting on the WWW!
    Ashes to Ashes was great last night1

  4. Wonderful story about the chicken I loved the description. :)

    Dentists!!! UGH!!...............I'm glad it turned out better than expected. :)

    I had to give up dairy products pretty much to stop having horrendous sinus problems, worked for me though. :)

  5. Anonymous10:45 pm

    Thanks Noo!!!! I DO hope he's successful ;-) You'll have to keep us posted about how the courtship goes. Do they actually 'do' anything - you know ... ? LOL!! And does it mean more eggs?

    Your Rogue has grown very fast hasn't it. And it looks gorgeous in that tweedy yarn. I love it.

  6. Don't remind me, we have the dentist on Friday!!!

  7. Lol! Love the flirty chickens description! Have to say I'm still liking The Gene Genie better than anything with feathers though ;)

    Rogue is looking great!


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