Sunday, 18 December 2011
I don’t have a spam filter on my emails because I am concerned about missing ones that might be money!!! However some of the ones that I get really piss me off. I get so tired of getting ones for Viagra. You would think that at the very least they would only send them to men!! I don’t want Viagra, come to think of it, I would not be happy if any male I had any relationship with took the bloody stuff, the very thought horrifies me, and to my knowledge the results of it either horrifies or bores every female I know, why do men think it is a good idea – believe me chaps, it aint!!

The freezer is working beautifully, three of the chest freezers have gone and I am advertising the last two on EBay, its good, but more complicated than I can manage!! The building is about finished inside apart from lights and the freezer will be filled tomorrow with bird food, so after that I will not have to worry about the weather.

Not that it has been bad, we did get a sprinkling of wet snow on Friday evening before the Owl Evening, the Forest of Dean always gets it much worse than we do, Angela had to stay the night as one of the hills in the Forest had a jackknifed lorry blocking it. However we were lucky and the weather held for the evening. We had a warm night on Friday, and having had rain the ponds are now full to over flowing, which is good to see, they have been very low for months and months. The Owl evening last night was wonderful, not a full moon, but properly winter cold, a clear sky, the birds flew very well and we had a lovely audience who were responsive and enthusiastic, which always make it more fun for us.

The tractor, dumper and digger and in their shed as is Richards hedge ladder. My horse trailer is being smartened up and I am going to go and do more to it in a minute, it is going to look very different from the awful paint job it came with, and very smart. However Mollie has gone on loan with a view to buy. She had come on a treat and was going really well, but because I don’t have time to ride a horse daily, she got a bit sharp for me to be relaxed and enjoy. Her potential new home is an eventing one and her rider is a young lad who rode her very well when he tried her last weekend and like all the young he had no fear!! Where I am thinking – what happens if I fall off, I am too old to bounce well! Part of me hopes that she will come back, but it is a much better place for her and I am on the hunt for the perfect horse for me – again!

The new King Vulture is here and in with Pelfour, and they are getting on fine, it is good to see both the Turkey Vulture with a mate and now the King Vultures as a pair again. We also collected two young White-tailed Sea-eagles, they are settling slowly and we will start to train them in January.

As the weather has finally got cold we grounded the merlins, and some of the Lanners, so we are down to less birds for the rest of December which is what we usually do, and by Christmas after the last Owl Evening next Friday, all will be grounded until after the New Year. The heaters in the Hawk Walk are all in and working, its lovely not to have to worry about the tethered birds, and we have the materials coming to cover the fronts of the aviaries if the weather turns. 

OK, time to go and paint the trailer, just in case I need it soon!



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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