Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Sewing Club, Siskins, Croquet In The Rain & An Update On Teddy














Three days back into the Old Routine and the holidays seem a distant memory. I'm already snowed under with assignments for college which I have made a start on and am plodding through, but today I rebelled and took a day out for Sewing Club at Ma's house.

She'd given me some old cushions a while back and I found some farmyard material in the sale at C&H over the weekend that I thought would go perfectly with them, so this morning I whizzed them up with the aid of Phyllis (sewing machine, remember?) zips and all and I'm pleased with the result. I am fully expecting M to utter the immortal words why do we need more cushions? when he gets home, but I will choose to ignore him :o) As I also made him a cover for his netbook and a zipped bag to store mobile phone/ keys/ office card in when he's cycling to and from work I don't think he's in any position to over-grumble, do you?

Teddy is getting better (thank you for all your get well messages), but he is driving me mad in the process. He HATES taking his pill (twice a day and, now that he's wised up to the fact it was being smuggled in via cheese, involving an ungainly struggle with his jaw, which it turns out he is capable of clamping tight regardless of any treat incentives on offer) and he HATES having his neck dressed twice a day and bright pink sticky V.E.T. bandage applied. Poppy tries to help by offering moral support and then licking the exorbitantly expensive manuka honey I'm treating the eczema with when she thinks I'm not watching, or worse by thieving the cheese bribe I've laid by to make friends with Ted again afterwards. 

As a result, Teddy is giving me the Cold Shoulder Proper, while seeking out every other member of the family to tell his tale of woe to :o( He's been taking himself upstairs (highly illegal) and hiding in F's bedroom, presumably also in an attempt to avoid me and today at sewing club it was Granny he went and chatted to when he had something important to say. Poppy sat on my lap and blew a raspberry at him, which didn't improve the situation, and then Dougal (one of their Westie Cousins) came in and peed on one of the new cushions, just as I was expressing the hope that no one would.

The plus side of that was that I found out quicker than expected that the newly-constructed cushion covers do withstand the attentions of washing machines :o)

In Other News, I've been busy chucking out the final remnants of the cold Uncles Charles infected everyone with on Boxing Day. It's been a whopper- Grandad is on antibiotics and croaking like a frog, Uncle Peter has a throat so sore he can't even swallow water, Uncle Charles has lost his voice and is also on anti-b's. The same day as the Great Passing On Of Germs, Uncle Charles' wife fell out of bed after taking two sleeping pills and didn't realise until she woke on the floor the following morning black and blue, and my ma in law slipped in some turkey fat and bruised her coccyx. M likened the day to Lockerley Village's version of And Then There Were None, as we steadily dropped away stricken one by one like flies.

I finally shook mine off yesterday by losing my temper with it and going for a Very Fast Run with Pops. I figure it had reached Kill Or Cure Time. I left Ted at home because it was dusk and I didn't fancy managing two dogs in the semi-dark on a country lane where cars drive past too fast. Of course when we got home I got the Double Cold Shoulder for not taking him too, but on the plus side the cold has shifted and I did also hear a Tawny Wol calling from the Oak as we ran beneath it, which was Rather Lovely. I imagined it was Bop and felt all warm and sentimental.

While it has at long last got colder here, Hellebores are blooming in the garden, as is the Camelia and the Daphne is also in Full Swing. Down the lane daffodils are nodding and I saw snowdrops last week too. The Siskins have returned in a great flock, twittering away in the tops of the Alders, although one beautiful male did also grace the garden feeders. 
Today's weather has been lovely - bright and clear - but more typical recently has been copious quantities of rain. M and F played croquet in waterproofs in downpours over the weekend (croquet is a vicious game the way they play it, involving an absolute determination to knock each other out (figuratively, although with those mallets and their competitiveness I'm never too sure) so I steer well clear). Despite the torrential downpours, the light is slowly returning and running last night was possible between 4.30 and 5 without over-reliance on a head torch. It's always good when you get that sense of the light coming back :o)

Right, off to dress Teddy's wound AGAIN and apologise AGAIN and apply a new pink bandage AGAIN, and then quite possibly make up a large G&T (again) while cooking tea.

Hope all are well?

CT x

42 comments:

  1. Oh poor Ted, it's such a shame he's got the hump with you. I hope all the non animal members of the family are recovering from their illnesses and you shake off that horrid cold ASAP.
    I was thinking about the owls and buzzards-wondering how they were doing in all this rain as they can't hunt. Sunshine and dry weather here too for the last couple of days animals, humans and wildlife are all pleased I'm sure for the break in the weather.

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    1. He's getting better and so we are now, thanks Suze. Hope all's well with you all x

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  2. Hey CT,
    I think those of some of the loveliest pics of T and P you've put in your blog. I'm glad the germs are going; sounds a rotten bug all round. The Shaun Sheep you enquired about in my post, was a gift for Pops from Nanny. Bristol (home of Aardman)had a Shaun In The City event. 50 or so Shaun sculptures in different guises dotted about the city. We tracked down half when we visited in the summer. They get auctioned and proceeds go to the Children's Hospital. They've done Gromits and Gorillas too. Phew 😌
    Leanne xx

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    1. You've gotta love a Shaun The Sheep in specialist form :o) XX

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  3. Glad Teddy is feeling better although he is not help with the treatment. I'm sorry he is blaming you and keeping his distance, In the first image he looks as if he is deliberately avoiding the camera!
    Your new cushions are lovely hope m appreciated them , my hubbby would be just the same. Don't they don't appreciate the cushions! Sarah x

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    1. Cushions and men don't seem to go together do they? M was VERY sceptical when I first suggested his sofa at the time could do with brightening up, but did admit the other day he now likes them! (it's only taken several years) x

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  4. The germs have been horrid lately haven't they? I'm hoping for a good hard frost or eight soon to get rid of the bugs (germs) & slugs (garden). Oh bless Teddy I hope he really is better soon & Poppy being as lovely & helpful? as always xx

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    1. Yes indeedy, a frost is what we need. I think there is one coming here tonight :o) Poppy being super- think she's cashing in on Ted being naughty! xx

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  5. The G and T sounds a splendid idea, especially with the struggle with the pills! Why is it that when the vet gives your dog a pill it always goes down whereas when I give Tess one, I manage to open her mouth and to pop the pill right at the back of her tongue; then I clamp her jaw shut and keep it shut until she sticks her tongue out. In theory that is when she has swallowed it! In fact that is when she usually slyly pushes it out of the side of her mouth on to the rug.

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    1. I think Ted must have read your comment because that's exactly what he did this morning!

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  6. I'll be really interested to know if the manuka honey works. My youngest son is a nurse and had a patient once with a wound that would not heal, they put manuka on it and noticed a difference within days.
    I recently cleared my cold very quickly with manuka and cinnamon.
    Always love the pictures of those 2 little monkeys.
    Brionyx
    x

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    1. It's doing great guns so far- the skin looks healthy where a few days ago it decidedly wasn't. Thumbs up for manuka from me xx

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  7. Aw, Ted has such a fantastic personality! My mum has a Westie and she is also such a character.
    I wonder if you can be bothered buying doggie friendly chocolate, melting it then put it in an ice-cube tray with his tablets? I haven't tried it yet but I know for sure my girls wouldn't know the difference! xx

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    1. Westies are darlings, aren't they? Is you mum's very vocal too? Teddy and his two westie cousins talk all the time! Luckily, we've only two pills to go now but thanks for the suggestion x

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  8. I haven't seen a sisken for years. Goodness what a fiasco falling out of bed like that! Hope she's OK again now. :-)

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    1. Glorious little birds, I always love seeing them. Very talkative too- in fact I usually hear them before I see them x

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  9. Thank You for the updates awwww poor gud dug Teddy.
    Can you buy some liver sausage and hide the pill in it ?
    But you must wash your hands. Watson could smell a pill from 40 feet away.
    Good Luck.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. That's a good idea re the sausage, but Ted has a sensitive tum so we usually stick to his own food with the very rare small piece of cheese as a treat. Two pills to go... x

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  10. I did so much loved reading this post. Had to laugh at all the germs flying about, you wee all very good at catching them and falling out of bed, that was priceless. This all would make a good farce. Sorry to hear about the sick dog and you struggle with the treatment of same and getting the cold shoulder. Loved the dog shots.

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  11. Poor Teddy, I hope you don't have to torture him for too much longer. It has certainly been all drama with you. Best to get those cushion covers peed on nice and early, get past that "they're new, don't mess them up" phase as soon as possible I always find. I do hope the older relatives all recover soon, it does sound like one thing after another. Good luck with all of the college assignments. Busy here too, but in a less focused, more headless-chicken sort of way. Just can't work out which urgent thing to try to get to grips with first. That's why I'm sitting here reading your most excellent blog. CJ xx

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    1. You'd think I was torturing him if you could see his face when it's pill time. Only two more to go and then we're done. The gin bottle has definitely felt the effects of T's problems this week! Hope you managed to get through your jobs today xx

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  12. How lovely to have siskins in your garden. I am in Hampshire but haven't seen any so far this Winter. Hope Teddy is better very soon so you won't have to force his jaw open to have his medication and then hopefully he will stop giving you the cold shoulder! xx

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    1. They're the first I've seen all year too. I think there must be lots of cones still in the trees so they're happy out in the countryside. x

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  13. Sorry you all have been poorly but I smiled and laughed all through this post...cheered me up... Poor Teddy , I know what it is like my Dextie is a terrible patient too xx

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    1. Glad it cheered you up :o) Pops is definitely cashing in on T being grumpy. She's the model of perfection right now (long may it last, but I doubt it will!) x

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  14. I do hope Teddy is better soon and you shake off the cold. Wonderful to see your Siskins - we only usually get them these days in the Spring when they are passing through. Hellebores and Camelias here still have just buds!

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    1. Cold more or less gone. Hooray! Teddy getting there. Hooray too! x

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  15. I'd be tempted to have a g&t before attempting to administer Ted's medicine! Sorry to hear about lingering illnesses and falls. Hope everyone is feeling much better very soon. I have a friend who's a nurse in A&E and she says it's been a terrible winter for bugs so far - need a cold snap to kill the germs. Enjoy your cushions :-) x

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    1. Now that is a good idea :o) I agree- roll on a frost (but not literally) xx

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  16. It's all going on at your house ! something would be wrong if it was quiet..Hope Ted is feeling better.
    Old Man has taken to peeeeeeeeeeeeing on just about anything placed on the floor A for attention and B to make sure it smells of him !!!! So know how your cushion feels. Love the Siskins, was looking through my garden list and noticed it was 2014 the last time I recorded them, but it was nice to find the Redwings back at the park yesterday, challenge is to get a good photo of them.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Aren't they naughty? Ted pees at Gran's house and Gran's dogs pee in mine. The only one who doesn't is Pop! Envious of your Redwings, have only heard them and glimpsed at top of trees so far this winter. Perhaps too warm still for many of them to have arrived xx

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  17. I'm so glad I found your blog. I love finding these golden nuggets as I then spend ages reading through old posts and getting new ideas :)
    I've just started my own about living on a farm in the country side, I'd love it if you checked it out :)

    http://countrybumble.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

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    1. Hello and welcome! Have popped over and left you a comment. What a beautiful place to live x

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  18. Sewing club sounds like great fun! Teddy is being a funny fellow isn't he! He will come round. xx

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    1. It is- we spend most of our time laughing and then have to unpick everything :o) XX

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  19. They really are the sweetest dogs. Funny blog and I enjoyed it - still chuckling.
    News from here.. I am in the UK late Feb - mid March - solo trip back home to Hampshire to spend quality time with my mum. Really looking forward to 3 weeks of all things English...:))))))) xx

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    1. Ooh- will you be around for a meet up perhaps? Leave me your email in comments if so - comment moderation is on so I can note it down without publishing it. Now to worry if you've got a busy itinerary planned XX

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  20. Siskins! Wow. I don't think they venture this far north, at least I have never seen any here. I smiled at the question about cushions. Yes, here too. In fact I notice that some of my cushions are gently being moved onto the sofa in the sewing room. I am not sure who to blame but it sure as hell isn't me!

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    1. I've only ever seen them here, they look so exotic I always smile when they turn up :o) The cushions were well-received. I think he's given up complaining! Hope you're OK xx

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