Thursday, 8 March 2012

It’s amazing, I appear to have another puppy, and I didn’t even go and look for one, not even really wanted one, particularly as we are hoping to have puppies from Sorrel later this year!! The lady who bred Sorrel phoned us up and said she had an offer I could not refuse, and apparently she was right. So on Saturday we went to look at another horse, who turned out to be huge and not what I needed, and came home with a Labrador puppy, she is called Shasta, which is  a Michaelmas Daisy. She is a bear of a puppy, Leaf was a little concerned about her to start with, however that did not last and they are firm friends and playmates now.

We were all sitting in the café a couple of days ago and discussing why puppies have such delicious bare tummies and Ben said it is to make them predator proof – the vicious predator arrives the puppy rolls over onto its back, exposing its delicious tummy and the predator says - aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh, and rubs the puppy’s tummy, and all is well!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We thought it was a great theory!

The baby Tawny eagle is now safely back with our African Fish Eagles, the first attempt did not succeed, but the second one did, and the chick is now being beautifully cared for. This is just wonderful, because not only does it mean that the chick is being reared by an eagle, but it means that we will have a sound breeding pair of fish eagles for next year. We have also hatched a new species for us, two baby Grey Buzzard Eagles, the pair belong to a friend, and we are delighted that they settled and laid this year, the chicks are most definitely buzzards though!! They are quite different from an eagle chick! They are both doing well and we hope to get them back with the parents once they are a little older. Both pairs of Griffon Vultures have laid as well, so breeding is looking interesting so far!

Next we start to get the smaller birds going, at least two of the Merlins will come back on line, and a couple of the older Lanners. Sidewinder is just about behaving himself now and Anabelle is getting Moccasin her Spectacled Owl going, Adam is getting his going, and Harley has joined the team again.

The Education room is now closed and all the stuff down, painting has begun, you will never guess the colour – you are right of course – Magnolia! The plaster board for the ceiling is coming the week after next – we have a five day course next week, and we hope to get all the ceiling done and painted, the walls painted and the staining done by the end of that week.
Oh and I finally have a new bed, I have been wanting one for a while and so ordered one online with Oak Furniture Land on January 16th. The first bed late January, but when we unpacked it the wood was very mouldy and I mean Very mouldy! – I phoned them and asked them to send me some stuff to get rid of the mould, but no, they wanted to take the bed back and replace it. So about ten days later bed number 2 arrived, we unpacked it and it was quite badly broken. So I phoned, moaned, and sent photos again and so after about 12 days bed number 3 arrived, very pretty, a nicer colour than the first two, very little mould (there was actually mould on every bed) nothing broken, but sadly the side pieces did not fit together as they were not the same parts of the bed. So I phoned again, I refused to spend time taking photos this time, and on the Sunday I was annoyed enough to email them and tell them that not only were they this time going to check the bed over, they were going to put it together and they were going to give me a mattress to go with it as an apology. Finally, after over ten days of waiting on my birthday the fourth bed arrived, was in one piece, went together and I slept in it. Phew – what a palaver!!



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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