Monday, 12 January 2015

A Smile For A Wet, Windy, Wild Monday

I've got a bug. 

This seems only reasonable, given that nearly everyone I know is poorly at present. I'm not good at being under the weather though because I don't like not doing things. It makes me Grumpy. My idea of resting is to write on the blog or use Phyllis to make something. I have to be really unwell to stop altogether. So I am soldiering on, with a brief nod only to sickness. I may even go running later, just to prove that I can and the bug hasn't beaten me.

It is easier to be inside today because the weather here is HORRID. Damp, grey, gloomy and windy. I can hear the sparrows chirruping in the hedge though, bless their little cotton socks.....


 .....and have already witnessed the rats making themselves at home on the feeders....



Hmm.

I don't think our Robin is Very Impressed, although on the whole the garden birds and the rats seem to tolerate one another with equability (wait till Spring and Baby Time comes)....


What are they doing on our feeders?

I took his point, especially as there are no longer TWO rats.

There are SEVEN.





M is not at all chuffed (he is also not chuffed with my vole, who appears to have made a light lunch of his broad bean plants. Oops). I'm currently puzzling out a strategy that doesn't involve killing.




I'm trying to keep my mind off the growing rat population by working on L's quilt today, in between finishing an assignment for college on butterflies and ploughing through the mountains of washing that have somehow accumulated over the weekend. Here's the material and pattern (for the quilt- I won't bore you with the washing :o) ). I'm doing 4x 10x10 inch squares along, by 7x 10x10 squares up. It will make a quilt to cover a single bed and I'm rather pleased with the colour and pattern combination. I wasn't sure it would work when I got the material but I think it does. Even better, I managed to get 2m of the stag fabric for £8, down from £20 :o)

 
I'll leave you with a  card Ma got me to say thank you for her sewing machine (named Hyacinth- see what I've started) which made me hoot, all the more so because she says the lady on the front of the card is me, wearing my Tea Dress and my New Running Shoes, while Poppy sits at my feet looking expectantly at the cake I'm eating. Luckily, there have been no Unfortunate Fire Incidents while I've been out running so far, but I shall be especially vigilant from now on :o)
 
 
The back of the card reads thusly: 'life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, totally worn out and screaming...Woo Hooooo what a ride! I wanna go round again!'

You can see that Ma and I share the same sense of humour :o)

I'll leave you (properly now) with the usual pics of the Doggy People. Ted has sensibly eschewed the Great Outdoors this morning, preferring to sleep off the excesses of the weekend by remaining on his bed while I work....


....while Pop is currently staring at the rat holes under the hedge in the garden, but was earlier eating a mid-morning snack in the hall....


And here is a pic of the latest member of the broader family. This is Toffee, my sister's new addition- an eight week old Golden Retriever Fluff Ball who arrived yesterday, has already managed to terrorise Ember, their old black lab and Patch, my niece's Kitty, although Billie (their ginger puss cat) is apparently entirely unconcerned at the arrival of the new baby. All together now...... ahhhhhhhh


Wishing you all a peaceful day filled with things to smile at,

CT :o) 

39 comments:

  1. O Gordon Bennet I hope you don't get the lurgy too badly lass, oh and the words on the back of the card? love em....oh oh and the puppy.... Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so bloody cute.

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    1. Hard to resist a small squishy puppy isn't it? Thanks for kind thoughts re bug. Right old pain in the you-know-what :o)

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  2. Time to get rid of the bird feeders me thinks CT. Or perhaps for a week or two and get yourself a cat to escort the rodents off the premises.

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    1. I'm going to try moving the feeders and getting some trays to go under them. Can't have a puss cat because our dogs aren't cat friendly :o)

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  3. Oh no!!! Now I have another doggy love!!!! I love Toffee!! So utterly cute! Too much exclaiming!! Don't love the r.a.t.s though... That robin looks very cross about the whole situation. Hope you are feeling better soon, don't let the bugs get you down. Great card from your Mum too!! xx

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    1. She is rather cute isn't she? We haven't seen her in the flesh yet- I think M is worried I will get broody for another dog :o) xx

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  4. OMG, those rats - eeeek!! We once had a rat in our kitchen when we were having a house extension built. I came down to find two pears half eaten in my fruit bowl. It had been in all the kitchen drawers and cupboards - God knows how! Had to spend a day bleaching everything to within an inch of its life. I don't like killing things but we had to put poison down where we thought it had come in and then blocked up the hole. We just didn't want to risk our own health.

    Hope you feel better soon. Please don't jog when you are poorly - your wee body needs to rest and recover.

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    1. Oh dear, rats in the house NOT GOOD. I would not like that AT ALL :o( I've moved some of the feeders to different spots in the garden (recommended by the RSPB). We'll see how long it takes the furry little buggers to find them :o)

      Re running and bugs, I've found it's a question of degrees: if I catch it right the run can shove the germs out faster and I feel better. Won't go if I'm feeling really rough though, promise :o)

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  5. Thank you for the ahhhh moment - much in need of one today. Puppies are one thing, but rats a bit different, and I would be very inclined to get them a one-way ticket as you are obviously supporting a thriving community, especially as they spread disease (Weils disease is particularly nasty).

    I hope you are feeling better soon and don't push your body when it probably needs all its strength to make you better quickly.

    BTW, I was in Romsey recently - flying visit with my best-friend's family (Alma Road it was). The old place hasn't changed too much although the Fleming Arms pub, where my horsey friend John used to live, is now offices . . .

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    1. It's a tough one re the rats. The problem is exacerbated by the fishermen leaving half-eaten sandwiches round the lake, and the lake itself providing a plentiful supply of water :o( I won't put poison down- it gets into the food chain and has a knock-on effect. Am hoping sorting out the bird seed here will help. Did you know that Weils is also spread by deer and several other mammals?
      Romsey town centre pretty much stays as is, but they are sticking in houses round about all over the place :o(

      Toffee is a poppet- such a sweet little face :o)

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  6. For every rat you see during the day there are at least half a dozen more at night. If you don't do something drastic they will be in the house very soon.

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    1. I'm sure there is a healthy colony there- we were infested when we had hens, hens went, rats went. It's the bird seed that's doing it so I just need to make sure they can't reach it/ it doesn't drop on the ground. They won't come in the house because of the dogs.

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  7. Hey CT,
    The weather here is vile, but as I was shoving washing into the dryer this morning, I watched my Blackbird darting about pulling up worms, and chasing off the poor Mistle Thrush. Birds in the garden always cheer me up.
    Hope your non-bug clears off soon, my friend.
    Leanne xx

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    1. I love seeing the birds in the garden too, and we get so many here we are very lucky, there's always someone around. Hope all's well with your gang xx

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  8. Like you, clearly, I do like rats - they are very intelligent and interesting, but, as people have said, maybe you have somewhat too many for comfort. Weill's disease is leptospirosis in dogs - watch out for that unvaccinated puppy if she comes to visit. and rats reproduce alarmingly quickly. You'll need the Pied Piper soon. Get traps for them, I agree, poison is horrible.
    Get well....

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    1. We had an interesting talk from a chap who works at the Game & Wildlife Conservancy last week about research that shows that a large number of our wild mammals and birds are carrying a percentage of poison in their systems because it is used so indiscriminately by humans. Traps are a better solution I agree. I haven't worried about the rats until now because we haven't seen them in large numbers before and most things in nature will find a balance if you let them. The bird seed has clearly tipped the balance in their favour so that is what I'm looking at changing first. Thanks for the warning about the pup, I don't think she'll be visiting until she's had all her vaccs :o)

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  9. Oh dear...the rats! I used to own a German shepherd and a large tough tom cat who dispatched rats between them with ease. As much as I feel they have to live somewhere too, they are a problem and I hope you find a way to control them soon.
    Sorry the lurgy is about to get you. Same here too everyone around us seems to be ill or recovering.
    What a cute puppy, I look forward to hearing (and particularly seeing) more about beautiful Toffee.

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    1. Teddy digs the nests up in the summer and will chase them when he sees them, but they shoot under the hedge :o) Removing the food/ making it inaccessible should encourage them to look elsewhere.

      I think we need a real cold snap to kill off all these bugs. Feeling better tonight, thanks :o)

      Toffee has her own fan club already I reckon- we're all suckers for baby doglets it seems :o)

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  10. Oh dear, I did not mind seeing 2 rats on my walk through the countryside but i would draw the line at having so many in my garden! Now that new pups is so gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret- Toffee is rather adorable isn't she? :o)

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  11. Great post as usual, love, love the photo's of the rats, how could anyone not like them.... so cute. Keep going with the lurgy mine took 4 weeks to finally give up and leave me. Great card, I wonder why my knickers haven't set on fire yet ?? work it out for yourself, ha,ha.
    Briony
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    1. Thanks Bri :o) Reassuring about your bug as this one's being hanging about for over a week and I was starting to despair! Think I'm feeling a bit better tonight. Hahahahahaha about your knickers- that did make me chuckle. Thanks for cheering me up :o)

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  12. Poor you, I do hope you feel better soon. Our local secondary school had over 50% of the pupils off last Wednesday apparently. We saw five rats by the bird feeders at the wildfowl and wetlands place the other day. One would climb up and scoop out the seeds, and the others would pick them up from the floor. The moorhens were chasing them off periodically. The card from your mum made me laugh. I'm thinking perhaps I shouldn't try running after all, just to be on the safe side. CJ xx

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    1. It really is doing the rounds, isn't it? Yuk :o(

      Rats are intelligent beings aren't they? The reaction to my pictures here has got me thinking about how many people actively dislike them because they associate them with disease more than other mammals. I would like to know how accurate that association is. Plenty of other British wildlife carry Weils, but Rats seem to be the ones most heavily associated with it. They don't offend me in the same way :o)

      You could always take a small fire extinguisher with you when running, just to be on the safe side? :o) xx

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  13. Lovely set of photos even the rats, must say I still would not want them in my garden, they would drive the dog mad, that's the cats job from next door....! love the card from your mum...Feel better soon...
    Amanda XXX

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    1. I moved the feeders last night and already there are fewer rat sightings. Ted rather enjoys chasing them so I hope he won't be too disappointed :o) However, they have put their tunnels in by my bulbs and in the process dug some up which I will now have to replant. xx

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  14. I hope you are feeling better today and that the weather is more cheerful. I do like your stag material, that is a real bargain. Well now, those rats do look quite cute in your pics but I had one in the house and even now just thinking about it makes me shudder. I'm a bit worried about our feeders now as we live close to the river but the dog and the three fat woodpigeons seem to hoover up the spillages. That pup is just gorgeous, Labs and Retrievers are my favourite breeds -now I am puppy broody! xx

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    1. Hey Shauna :o) Thanks for the get well wishes, soldiering on here. I was so chuffed with the stag print material, worked on the quilt last night and it really looks nice (phew!). How are your sewing projects coming on? xx

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    2. Slowly, it is hard to get started with the table utilised for homework/Lego/art. Much easier to curl up with yarn and hook!

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  15. Lovely set of photos - I do love your quilt in progress and the finished one in the last photo is really beautiful.

    Hope you manage to find a way of moving the rats on and feel better soon.

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    1. Many thanks my dear :o) I am so enjoying making them. The ratties seem to have begun to disperse elsewhere in the hunt for easier food sources, we'll see :o)

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  16. Oh no it's a horrid bug too! I hope you get over it soon. Another sweet little doggie! Love the material, a fab bargain.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. It seems like everyone's got/ had something recently. Lack of frosts to kill it off maybe? Really pleased with the material :o)

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  17. Ahh Toffee is gorgeous! If you find a solution to the rats please let me know! We have stopped filling up the closed plastic compost bins with vegetable waste from inside and filled up any holes we can find. Tavi hasn't discovered them yet and Twinkle prefers the smaller mice! Hope you are feeling better! Sarah x

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    1. Taking their food source away is the only way to really discourage them. I see the RSPB do feeders with trays beneath which we might upgrade to :o) Glad you like Toffee xx

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  18. Love the card from your mum CT and the new puppy is gorgeous. Hope you're feeling better soon.x

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  19. My cairn would take care of the rats. I can send him over to visit. You do realize how fast they breed, are great carriers of disease - "RIGHT" - and soon you wouldn't be able to keep them outta your house or other buildings. Not a good idea to have rats around at all. Toffee is as sweet as the name.

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    1. Ah ha! You need to read my next blog post :o)

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