Saturday, 20 November 2010
I have always wondered why someone could get as famous as Anne Robinson by being as unpleasant and rude as she is, its a sad reflection on public taste! A good friend of mine for some insane reason best known to herself, decided that she wanted to be on the Weakest Link show, I am delighted to say that I turn it off as soon as I see it come on, however there is no accounting for taste!! But I was seriously horrified when she told me what the programme researchers had asked her when she was invited for an audition - 'They said they are going to be absolutely horrible and can I cope and they asked if I have any physical attributes that Anne might make fun of'. Can you credit it, the woman would make fun and rude comments to you if you had any physical problems - nice!!! Just confirms my thoughts that she is a particularly unpleasant example of humanity!

We had our staff/members/volunteer Owl Evening on Thursday, it was all going well, we finished the day, I collected Nettle's medicine - she is now a lot better - well enough to join the owl evening hog roast anyway! I also took the fifth sick injured wild bird to Argus Vets, another buzzard with the same mouth infection, its getting worrying I have to say. Anyway got back, all the staff were having a cuppa in the cafe and I made the mulled wine, then fed and groomed Henry, did some emails, checked the dogs, and as I was just putting on a clean jersey I heard Adam say there were problems with the lights. Well to cut a long story short, and three runs up to the house to get all the power back on again, I phoned Richard, who's comments were not repeatable, and who said he was on his way, I think he broke some Landrover records from Malvern to here!

All the guests were given guided tours by Robin, Holly, Mark and Adam, and Richard and I sorted out the lights. Two of the underground pits were swimming pools, you could have kept damn goldfish in there! So with bailing and revamping the connections, it was sorted and yesterday Richard came and with working on the pits hopefully has solved the problem.

It was a lovely day yesterday, sunny but brisk, I had a great ride, and Henry was very good, he has now gone to stay with Micaela for a few weeks while we get the Incubation workshop out of the way next week and finish off the season. It means that when Dante gets back I will be able to give him some time before they are both together again. I am going over to the school to ride Dante on Monday, that might be fun! The Owl Evening last night was amazing, it was one day off a full moon, and there was a slight but intensifying mist, so the lights caught the mist of water droplets in the columns of light that rise across the flying ground, that and the moonlight made for a very special if somewhat cold evening. But then Winter Owl Evenings are supposed to be cold. Tonight it is raw and damp, but the lights are on and looking good and Mark and I have it tonight.

Three hundred and fifty five plants were put in by us and Peter Dowles team on Monday and Tuesday, they look a little sad at the moment, as plants generally do not normally look their best at this time of the year, but if all goes well the gardens are going to look great next season. I am looking forward to it. Already the Snowdrops are showing tiny shoots in various places. Having said that I still have some roses hanging on. Plants are such amazing things.

Oh and as an end note, well done Dell, for some reason my new computer keyboard would not work a couple of days ago, all I got was a black screen with the words Keyboard Failure, press F2!! A little tricky if the keyboard won't work Dell, you might want to look at that command!



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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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