Saturday 1 April, 2006
Dan and I usually have a barbeque for friends in July, round about my birthday. This year, we've (Dan says "what's this "we"?) decided to have a themed event and to ask those attending to make a donation to farmAfrica, a charity we've supported in the past.
The theme for the day will be a western one - no surprise to those who know me. I wanted to have a cowboy / western themed wedding but I was outvoted. I did manage to get "Secret Love" sung at the wedding, but that was all.
My excuse is that, as a wee girl, my favourite TV programmes were "The High Chaparral", "Bonanza", "The Virginian" (James Drury being my first crush). And does anyone remember a programme called "Hondo" and another called "The Munroes", which was about a family of kids in the West, who had a Pyrenean Mountain Dog called Snow?
Saturday 1 April, 2006
in the wardrobe. It was only a matter of time before this happened, he's so nosey. When I arrived home from work yesterday, there was no sign of Felix. All other pets were accounted for, but not he.
I shouted for him and heard a faint and pathetic mewing, which turned out to be coming from the wardrobe. He was awful pleased to see me, since he must have been in there since morning.
He'd made himself a nice bed by pulling most of the clothes off the hangers, but hadn't folded them first, so they had to be washed and ironed again. He must have known how much I enjoy ironing (not). Fortunately, he didn't need to "go" while he was stuck, so that was a blessing.
Friday 7 April, 2006
Some of you will be aware that a swan in Fife has been found to have died of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza (bird flu). We're about 50 miles away from Cellardyke, the small coastal village where the swan was found, dead on the beach, about 2 weeks ago. At the moment this has had no effect on us - there are restrictions on the transportation of poultry and eggs in the area, and poulty keepers around Cellardyke are now required to keep their flocks contained - but so far we're outside any restriction zones. Apparently pigs can carry the virus too, so if it does come to sunny Clackmannanshire our boys might have a stay of execution!
Sunday 23 April, 2006
Our Light Sussex pullets have started to lay - and they lay the weeniest eggs. They're popping them out like there's no tomorrow. We can't sell them so we're using them ourselves; they're fine for scrambling and Dan used some for custard today but you'd never manage to cut a soldier thin enough to have them as boiled eggs. Anyway, we've decided to pickle them - they are a perfect size for lunchboxes.