Monday, 1 February 2010

Saturday. No more snow, but it is very cold outside. We had an early phone call about a wild Common Buzzard in trouble, as it was only a few miles away I hoped into the van (remind me when I win the lottery that I am going to build a car shelter for my poor cars, then I won’t have to get frozen hands getting the ice off the windscreen!) and drove over. The light was on for no diesel and as I have no wallet (!) I hoped that it would do the trip and not die on me. Got there OK, it really is a beautiful day, only to be greeted by the chap who called – the buzzard was now sitting on a fence! I forgot the golden rule, tell the person phoning to walk up to the bird first and see if the damn thing flies away!! Oh well, never mind.

If this cold goes on I won’t have to worry about new freezers, I can just put the food outside and it will stay frozen for weeks! This is our last private week-end, as we reopen on Monday. I wish we were further on in terms of things done over the closed period, but the weather beat us, we will just carry on with you all here, don’t stand still for too long or you will probably be handed a spade and pointed at something to dig. Adam has had to go to Newport as he is going to the Netherlands on Wednesday and discovered that his passport has run out!! He is going to go in, do the interview and then go and bicycle somewhere for four hours before he can collect it. Simon is off to Indian again in about 11 days, he is going to help with the incubation of the vulture eggs again, it is all going well at the moment I am glad to say. That means I get to look after our eggs, which I know Simon hates leaving, hope I don’t drop one!! Only joking Simon, I have done it before!!

Monday. First day open – hooray. Its odd, by the end of November we are all looking forward to being closed and being able to get on with jobs and not have to worry about the visitors and by the end of January we are all looking forward to being open again and having the visitors around! And I was speaking to one of the guys who have been doing the major pruning and he said when he was head gardener of a place open to the public they all felt the same, so I guess it is normal. We had visitors, all the birds flew well and some are really coming on all things considered. The shop now has four freezers in there!! The plan was to get the old walk in freezer room out and the new freezers in, needless to say the plan did not quite work out. The old freezer is out and packed neatly in my trailer, the floor is a dreadful mess and the kango hammer has been returned to the hire shop. For those of you who don’t know what a kango (jack) hammer is, its one of those things you see men digging up the road with!! And we needed one to get the freezer box out. It had been put in extremely well, with an insulated floor and the panels concreted in to a depth of four inches. So I now have a box shaped trench in the floor of the freezer shed. We all thought we would not get it done by the end of the day, not that I was much help, apart from the clearing up. But the guys did it!! So it is concreting tomorrow and then the freezers can go in. Hooray. Richard came on Sunday and de electrified the whole building so it was completely safe for us to move the freezer and the freezer chap decommissioned it last week, not that there was much to decommission.

We had a chap here doing a risk assessment for someone who is coming to volunteer from some group or other. Honestly these bloody things are a serious pain and some of the questions are just inane. And no I did not have an equal opportunities whatever it was he wanted, and nor am I going to have either. Anyone coming here has the equal opportunity to work well and be useful and an equal opportunity to leave if they don’t. And they can’t wear ironmongery on their faces, noses, lips eyebrows or anywhere else I can see it either. Its my Centre and I don’t like it!! And its completely equal – no one can!

Adam got his passport OK, in fact he said it went off without a hitch once he had found a post office that opened before 9.00am! Linda came over on Saturday and took some great photos, the moon was amazing that evening, it was pink when it came up – pretty cool.


Kitty Carroll said...

From this side of the pond. I assume that ironmongery is facial piercings. Things other than traditional ear piercings. We call it a 'talking tackle box' over here.


I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

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An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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