Tuesday, 12 April 2011
My hand is rather sore at the moment, Dusky Emperor footed me after flying her, the cow!! However not as bad as Adam’s thumb where the Steller’s Sea Eagle bit him , it is an impressive bite! We saw our first House Martins this week, I need to make some mud for them so they can build new homes as their old ones were knocked down by the interim owner.

Anabelle sent me this on financial advice!!

Retirement Planning (US style)
If you had purchased $1,000.00 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00.
With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1,000.00.
With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.
If you had purchased $1,000 of Delta Air Lines stock, you would have $49.00 left.

But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of wine one year ago, drunk all the wine, then turned in the bottles for the recycling REFUND, you would have had $214.00.
Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.

I have to say that as I have never planned for my retirement – I am not planning on retiring (!), this strikes me as very apt, what a shame for all those people who do buy stocks and shares. I think keeping money under the bed is a much better option, at least if I had any to put there! It also annoys me enormously that a company can be put under because people in the stock market don’t like it, even though it is still financially viable, that seems all wrong to me. Hence not liking the stock market!

We have decided that the next member of staff we need is someone who is a good hard working gardener and brilliant at marketing as well, an interesting combination that we doubt exists!! Oh well, I guess it will just have to be the gardener and I will flounder around with the marketing which I hate even more than the stock market.

I hope you all enjoyed the April Newsletter, you have no idea how much effort Linda and I made to get it to work, however it is there now and hopefully I will remember for the next one. Oh and if you are considering doing things to your computer, DON’T download Google Chrome because it disables things in websites and similarly don’t get Internet Explorer 9 because it does the same thing. Why oh why do these bloody software companies not just leave well alone, they have obviously never heard of the saying, if it isn’t broken – don’t fix it! I still think that Office 10 is rubbish and Windows Live is not a patch on Outlook Express.

OK today’s quote is:
Perhaps the time has come to cease calling it the "environmentalist" view, as though it were a lobbying effort outside the mainstream of human activity, and to start calling it the real-world view.
E.O.Wilson. Good chap I reckon.



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



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