Saturday, 22 January 2011
Its been a cold old week, and I have to say I am fairly tired this evening, having had perfectly lovely and memorable day chasing after Cremorne all over the bloody countryside. In fact we spent part of the afternoon lobbing frozen cowpats at her to get her to move on!! Well to be fair I had a couple of shots, but got accused of 'girly throws' which I admit was completely accurate, so Holly and I supplied the ammunition for Mark and Adam and Simon, who at various times were the throwers as it were. It worked until she finally moved to an absolutely enormous Cedar of Lebanon tree, which was far too high for us to get her to move. In the end we had to phone Philip to take us home as we had no transport, and I had left my coat in the van, so I was freezing once we stopped moving.

She has been playing us up since Tuesday, but until Friday she was always either in the flying field or just one field away and coming back regularly. However yesterday she started to move away and we have been on her tail ever since. I dread to think how many miles we walked today, but we ended up and Westbury on Severn, which is a long way off!! So tomorrow we will be out again damn it and there I was hoping to ride Dante this weekend.

It has been tough because we have not been able to fly any of the other birds since Monday because she was flying around all the time, so it was not safe.

The loos are cleared, cleaned, newly insulated and the walls are nearly clad with the under skin. We have made the gents disabled loo larger and the other loo in there, and the new urinal should come next week. The ladies will stay the same, but clean and no more smell. I hope we get it finished by the time we open, the Bald Eagle is not helping!

We have also fenced a whole load of stuff and it’s a good job because all the posts between the small and large field were rotten. The dead trees in the Centre has been chopped down and logged, but we have not had time to clear the logs or the huge pile of brashing. Other than that I think I am going to have to find a good home for Acer, which I do not want to do but she is wandering and starting to take the other dogs and that is a recipe for disaster. I need a good loving home where she lives inside because that is what she is used to, really she should be worked because that is what she needs.

Charlie is coming down next week, we have a meeting at the weekend, and he is coming to do the shop ceiling, which needs it badly. I am hoping Richard will have time to take the lights down before we start.

So just a few things to get done before we open!!



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.
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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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