Monday, 31 January 2011
Boy what a week, it got warm and damp and then bloody freezing again, the loos are moving on, birds being flown and my Land rover back and fixed! Mark and Adam went round to the people who helped us to find the eagle and thanked them, and since have been working hard on the loos and they are starting to look pretty good, Mike has been helping them with all the plumbing. John has been working with Simon on aviary cleaning and tidying, he took the final plastic off the tiny owls today. Although I feel a bit mean about it because we had -7C last night, so the cold is still with us, but it is supposed to be warming up this week. Blowed if it felt like it when I mucked the horses out at 6.00 pm tonight!

Mark has been working with Cremorne, but we are going to have to go back to the start I think and work her through until both she and we have confidence in each other again. Linda came over and moved almost the whole pile of willow brashing to the fire all by herself, she was very stiff the following day and she must have known it was going to happen because she took a long bath instead of a shower and she never does that! Holly and Linda and I went to Hartpury Agriculture College on Wednesday, they had a careers day, I have to say I am not sure I would do it again, it was a lot of sitting around, however the birds we took flew superbly and I mean superbly in their absolutely stunning indoor arena, I could have happily stolen it for here!

We had a committee meeting about the Falconry Event that we are holding here with the United Kingdom Falconer’s Club on Sept3rd and 4th this year. It was a long meeting, but we got a lot done and then Charlie and Neil Davies and I took the dogs for a walk. Charlie has been down and has completely recovered and plastered the ceiling in the shop, it took him three days, in fact slightly less, and it looks stunning.

The daughter of a falconer friend of mine came over on Sunday, she is on an equitation course at Hartpury and is missing her horses and so the friend had asked if she could come over. I was delighted as it is not possible to ride two horses at once, and so for the first time we took Dante and Henry out together. Considering they had not been out for a week, Dante was very very good, Henry rather less so, and boy does Henry have a good emergency stop, I don’t know what upset him but at one point he stopped in his tracks. It was a lovely morning and we had a nice ride round the roads and through the woods.

Acer is now with Richard and doing very well, she is going out shooting and even retrieved a pheasant today! Richard likes her, she is settling and the other dogs also like her, so I am really pleased, although I have to say it’s amazing what a difference it makes having just one dog less. Seems like the pack is tiny now!

We had a good day today, the shop was a mess and that is an understatement. Plastic all over it, plaster all over it, all the stuff down in the stock room, so we started in there at about 8.30 am, and by 6.30 pm with huge help from Robin, Anabelle, Jan, Tom and Holly, and the others all coming in to help at the end of the day we got done. We scraped off the excess plaster from the walls, painted the whole ceiling with two coats, and did all the cutting in, painted all the walls and smartened them up, put up all bar three of the new lights, moved all the rubbish and plastic out, cleaned the whole place and hovered everything. Adam got the computer back and doing all it should do. We put all the furniture back, put up the pictures, found the missing screws and got the outside more or less tidy. There is only a carpet wash to do tomorrow first thing and get all the stock back in, and Richard hopes to come and get all the lights working tomorrow evening – phew!! Ready to open tomorrow!

1 comments:

Daniel said...

Great information !
Thank you so much for sharing it......
Birds being flown and my Land rover back and fixed!.........................
Plumber Cremorne

Hello

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.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHZGQ8i8AwI

HC

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