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Monday 17 October, 2005

by Rosemary at 5:44pm in Cats 3 comments Comments closed

RIP Homer, you'll be missedSad news. We had to have Homer put to sleep this morning. He had been diagnosed with chronic kidney failure some weeks ago and had been on medication to alleviate the symptoms. However, it became clear this morning that he was failing fast. Our vet came to the house and it was all very peaceful at the end.

We've had nearly two good years together. Homer went from living under the bed to being first to greet us on Friday when we returned from a few days holiday. He had his place in the sun and by the fire; he was never cold or hungry and knew only kind words and gentle hands. He was content, I think.

Willow weaving

Tuesday 18 October, 2005

by Rosemary at 6:08pm in Anything goes 8 comments Comments closed

Rosie's willow obeliskDan and I had a few days away last week at Oasis (Center Parcs Penrith), with Lorna. Instead of doing sporty things, I signed up for a class on willow weaving. We have some willow in the garden, given to us by Carol and Graham, and Dan keeps suggesting we should do something useful with it.

There were seven of us in the class, run by one of the Rangers. In an hour and a half, we each made a willow plant support. The fun part was trying to get it in the car to bring it home - there was no way I was leaving it behind!


Tuesday 18 October, 2005

by Dan at 6:56pm in Anything goes Comments closed

To keep this site free of my more geeky tendencies, I've repurposed an old domain to create a new personal site. It's somewhere I can rant about web standards, accessibility and eGovernment to my heart's content, without upsetting the missus. It's called Blether, and is at http://www.blether.com. If you've already glazed over you can safely ignore it, but if any of the above piques your interest give it a go. You might at least find something useful on some of the sites I link to...

Go Egg Incubator

Thursday 20 October, 2005

by Dan at 8:50pm in Poultry 2 comments Comments closed

After our ultimately disastrous first attempt at using our incubator this is just the ticket. (We had one live chick, but just as pipping started the heater in the incubator packed in, resulting in a cold, low humidity environment - just what new-born chicks don't need. Despite our best efforts to rig up a suitable substitute with a heat lamp the poor wee mite only lived an hour or so.)

Presenting the Go Egg Incubator - computer controlled and managed, just add water, electricity and fertilised eggs and 21 days later you've got chicks.

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