Well how quickly news changes. My poor little chicklies have been sick. :( One died last week (the lightest of the brown ones, and the prettiest IMHO) and the rest have all been ill. They have coccidiosis. It’s a parasite which particularly attacks young birds and seems to do it extremely quickly! After the death I took another chick to the vet (something I always said I wouldn’t really do, due to the price, but with 4 chicks I thought it would be worth it) They confirmed my diagnosis (I think in all honesty I knew more than they did) but could only order me the medicine needed in 1 litre quantities…….. which cost £80, on top of the £40 consultation fee, and I only needed 10ml *shock*. Not only that, but they wouldn’t actually let me take the 1 litre (which may at least have softened the blow as it has a long shelf life and I could have kept it for further instances) I could only have the prescribed amount – 10ml! I phoned other vets and they all said the same thing. So now I was in quite a quandry, I had spent £40 on basically nothing but really couldn’t justify a further £80 on 4 chicks. To cut a long story short, i did eventually get some, travelling half way round the South East of England to get it, and as I type the 4 remaining chicks are still alive and eating and drinking well. I don’t think we’re out of the woods by any stretch yet, but the outlook certainly seems more positive than it did on Friday.
In other news – I made my first meal completely of home harvested food on Saturday:-
This became an omelette with onion, courgette and new potatoes………mmmmmm
There isn’t really much knitting news – Sahara was finished and looks lovely, but I’m going to undo it and add an inch or two the body length. I am currently knitting a fairly boring v-neck in Sirdar Just Bamboo, just because it needed using and it’s quite nice to knit with in the warmer weather. I also signed up for the Socktopus Mystery Shawl Knit-along, but having rummaged my stash I don’t have anything in a strong enough colour for it – I feel shawls, stoles and scarves should be made in contrast to your normal attire and as I usually wear very earthy colours I think a strong colour would be better for this. I also think the pattern is calling for something with a touch of silk or something sheeny………….
With that in mind I have decided to go to the 100 Club in oxford Street for the lunchtime gig on Thursday (which is good cos it’s one of my favourite bands and only £7 entry which isn’t bad) and then on to maybe John Lewis (does anyone know if JL in Oxford St sell Yarn???!!!) and/or Iknit and maybe even Socktopus as well if I have time to travel that far out of town. If anyone in the London area fancies joining in…………………..??!!! ;)
Right I’m off to clean out the chickens – again! Have a good week all. xx