Tuesday, 15 January 2013
One of the large UK zoos is doing an animal training workshop in May and is asking for speakers to give presentations. Some of it might be interesting and I considered sending one of my staff, and asked them if speakers could send someone for free. Not only was the answer no, but unless you are a Key Note speaker, I have heard of neither of the ones they have listed, you have to pay. So they want speakers and the speakers have to pay for the privilege of handing out their expertise - for free – bloody ridiculous I reckon!!!

Heard of a Hedgehog - here are Hedgedogs!
Art has gone over to Jenny’s for livery, so that he gets some work and remembers what it is like to be with other horses again, I am told he has not put a foot wrong! He seems to be settling so far. Adam Bloch, David and Sally and Mark had been to a meeting at the Hawk Conservancy, I should have gone, but can’t travel at the moment. I encouraged Ashley to go charitable about 10 years ago, and so he now has 10 years of experience that he very generously has offered to us for our working for charitable status.

It is not the easiest thing to do, but something that I need to get done to make sure that the Centre has a long term future and going charitable will secure a safe future for it.

Holly with the assistance of Ben and various family and friends has gone much of her flat decorated and looking nice. Next is the kitchen and the halls, then we start on the other flat which is rather more work. Holly’s is looking very nice, clean bright with new lighting and paintwork and blinds, both she and I are very pleased with how it has come up.

The car park drainage is almost done, the front bit by the shop is and now hopefully it will take the water down to the road, which then at the end of the road will end up in my pond anyway, so I get the water, but not where I don’t want it! To think that in February last year people were concerned about water levels and there being hosepipe bans and so on. Now it’s the opposite – still concerned about water levels but not too low – too high! At the same time we put down 29 tons of type 1 gravel in the car part entrance, which now looks soooooooooo much better.

Aviary cleaning and getting ready for the breeding season is coming on apace thanks to John and his sturdy team of volunteers. He is also kindly going to stay in the house with the dogs when I have to go to Edinburgh at the end of the month to give a lecture at the University. I get the chance to see my sister and stay a couple of days, and he gets the chance to be sat on by Shasta!

We have not heard from Richard and Janet so are assuming that Leaf is well, behaving and enjoying life there. Its amazing how much we all miss her, but its also amazing how much better behaved all the other dogs are. Shasta and Sorrel are playing together nicely now and Sedge is much happier now he is the only small dog again, his nose was most definitely put out of joint and he never would play with her.



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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