Tuesday, 19 August 2014
To my utter joy and thankfulness, four people have contacted me about Sedge, one from Scotland who works with owls, but sadly that is too far away for us. One lady who does hydrotherapy in Dorset who wanted to help. One wonderful lady from Essex who lost her disabled daughter two years ago and could manage him, and one who has met Sedge at his Hydrotherapy at Cotswold Dog Spa at Hartpury, and loved him, has  one dog and two daughters and an Aga, all of which are perfect for Sedge. They came over today and saw him in his home environment and are going to have him. He will sleep in one of the girls bedroom - what a treat for him, he will go to shows with them, they show sheep, he will love that, go to Hartpury college and generally have a much better time than here, plus he will still go to Karen at Hydrotherapy and he adores her, so that will be great. I am going to take him over to them on Friday after work.
Will I miss him of course, he has been a part of my life for five years and a huge part since his accident, will he be better off - absolutely, he hates the puppies and will be a part of a family there in a way that I can't give him. They have said they will do a Facebook page for him so you will be able to keep up with his escapades, which is wonderful.
I am driving up to ICBP Helmsley on Thursday, we have a lovely young female Snowy Owl, who is at the stage she needs to be learning in Charlie's flying field, not ours, so I am taking her up there. Plus a female Grey Buzzard Eagle ready to train. Both need to start working this week. I then have to go to Essex on Sunday to the Essex Dog Day to give a demonstration. They are lovely people over there and its a really nice flying arena. It will be the last external show of the summer although I have one at a school in October, but that will be a different team of birds by then. So its a week of long drives.
We have gone through the programme for the Falconry Weekend and it is looking good, I need to put it up on the websites as soon as I can. We have some lovely people coming to fly birds and work dogs, which is nice to know, all I hope for is great weather to help us through the weekend.
It is starting to feel autumnal now, the very hot weather has gone and it is much cooler. We have managed to get away with flying outside for most of the demonstrations in the last two days, only half of one was inside. The Hawthorn is laden with berries this year, someone is bound to say that means we are going to be in for a hard winter!! I have just made some plum vodka and some peach vodka and next I need to pick the damsons and make some damson gin, then we will be set up for Christmas!!!
Wish Sedge and his new family the best of luck, I do. Oh and have a look at this clip on YouTube!



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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