Thursday, 13 May 2010
Golly its Thursday already, where has the week gone. The weighing room is nearly finished, I am not sorry because we have had no water for two weeks in there, and it has been chaos, which has been tough. It looks superb, the kitchen units got by Louise look great, Mike has done a superb job on the refurbishing of the building, Joan and Iloana have been painting today, Esmee painted earlier in the week, I have been painting, Jess painted some of the outside and a great deal of herself, and lots of others have been involved. Richard has made the place look very snazzy with the lighting, although I could wish he had kept his cold and cough to himself!! However I am nearly over it now.

The daughter and friend of Gill who came to volunteer from Canada last year came to stay for a night, stayed two and said they would cook supper the second night – shop bought lasagna!!!!!! It was not pleasant! So I am doubting Canadian cooking now!! But we had a good time and they went to see the Kites at Gigrin Farm and all the books at Hay on Wye, well OK maybe not ALL the books at Hay on Wye, but the book shops. It has been a dry week with a lot of sunshine and beautiful mornings but boy has it been cold, I still have to put the heating on at night and have several times been wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa too!

The birds are flying well, we have grounded Specify (Lugger) so she can moult and swopped Katana for Pan (Barn Owls) because Katana attacks the labs!! So she will be better for the winter months. The Bald Eagle is flying well, but needs some manning now to get more manageable, and Watamu (Verreaux’s Eagle) is flying quite well on a good day, as are the Turkey Vultures who are either good, or just walk everywhere!

The baby Steller’s is doing well and I wonder if the furor of the bloody election is now over and I could get him on the news as it is a British first breeding. He or she will be going back with the parents in the not too distant future. The baby Ural that Holly is training is great fun and will do its first day of work on Saturday, and the baby Great Horned Owl that I will train is nearly ready for me to have out. The Spectacled Owl baby that Adam is taking on is a way from being ready yet.

The Symonds Yat Peregrine is doing very well with Charlie and is now catching the lure in mid air, and so he will get her loose soon and see how she does. The gardens are starting to look better, although the Ground Elder is still rampaging nicely, I will get the bloody stuff though!

Hopefully we will finish the weighing room tomorrow, and I can get everything back in its place and be able to find things again. Although Sorrel seems to have no trouble in finding things she is not supposed to have – dummy rabbits, lures, balls of string and so on. However Sedge leaves her in the shade as he stole a child’s dummy today and was running round with it in his mouth!! Luckily the child’s carer thought it was hilarious, and I boiled it for ten minutes and returned it unharmed!

It is Aster’s birthday today, he is well and I was sent a photo of him. That means it is Lily’s birthday as well, a very happy birthday to you both and it would and should have been Arabis’s as well, so Arabis, wherever you are, the happiest of birthdays, we all miss you.



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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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