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Thursday, March 26, 2009

quick change of subject……

Did anyone see the F1 classic Ozzie Grand Prix collection on the BBC1 Red button on Tuesday?   I don’t know if it’s going to be a permanent thing before every racing weekend but it was CLASS!   The longest highlight was the 45 mins full highlights show of the 1996 GP when Schumacher showed us the kind of racer he was going to become by taking Damon Hill out after making a mistake on a World Championship deciding race. The other included Jacques Villeneuves first race, the Mansell/Prost/Picquet World championship decider and a few other tit-bits!

If you are a fan it’s well worth looking out for if they do it again. Check the BBC website and keep checking that red button. – They sure knew how to race in those days!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

who said motherhood was easy!

Boy what a week………. Without going into too many sordid details (and besides I’ve had to move on emotionally!) we thought the eggs were not viable but were proved wrong smile_sad.  So all the others were promptly put back, and today one has chipped. Seriously it’s day 26, as far as I know the latest any of my Poultry sages has ever heard of is day 25………. I am a wreck!  I also now know that I should dunk the eggs in warm water before giving up on them, and they dance if they are still alive…… well three more are dancing, so in theory they could be still going to hatch.  I’ve counted and re-counted the days on my calendar wondering if I could have been stupid enough to have missed a week (it wouldn’t surprise me I am not the most day/date aware person in the world – apart from the 19th of every month when the tax man needs paying!) but I am definitely right – starting at day 0 (to allow for Ma Hen to warm up the eggs) today is day 26!   I don’t know if they will hatch – I don’t know if the membranes inside the egg will be like shoe leather by now? but I know that my nerves were not made to take this kind of stress!!!  G & T anyone?!

I’ll keep you posted!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring is beginning

So, Poor Silkie has been sat on 7 eggs for three weeks and it looks like none will hatch :(  I am sitting here trying to decide what to do……. as I have the cockerel in with the other girls I could try putting yesterday’s and today’s eggs under her to try again, but that will mean she has sat for 6 weeks which may be too long……….. i won’t be worried if she leaves the nest cos it’s not like this new batch of eggs will cost me anything, but I am concerned for her health and whether she can last sitting that long?  Am waiting for some expert opinions on the poultry forum !

In gardening news:- the veggie plots have been started – onions, some carrots, some texel greens, are all in. In the greenhouse I have sown a couple of peppers, tomatoes, aubergines, courgettes and peas– just two of each for now and I’ll do another 2 in a few weeks in case of frost or other catastrophe (mice?!!!!)

The chickens have all come back into lay after the winter, and are looking lovely after their moult with their new feathers.

Spot is…………. well Spot really!  She is loving the fact that she can stay out in the garden most of the day,  and can usually be found asleep against either the veg plot or the shed, wherever is sunniest!

Knitting is….. slow! I am nearly done with Urban aran, and am, in all honesty, hating knitting it. But I have to finish things before I move on otherwise it will never get done – I am definitely one of life’s “starters”, so have to discipline myself with the knitting otherwise the house would be full of half done projects, and I rarely go back to an unfinished task (which anyone who sees the state of every half decorated room in my house (err that’s all of them) will know!