Monday, 28 July 2014

We Did Do SOME Work - Honest!!

 
We did do some work over the weekend - honest.
 
The shots of what we did do are mostly in the camera but are more evident looking around the place.  Grass was mown and strimmed.  Chicken World especially got a good manicure.  Chickens prefer shorter grass, we tend to let it get a bit longer and only mow it a couple of times rather than once a fortnight like the rest of the grass near the house this way it doesn't all vanish under lots of little chicken feet and pecks. 
 
The chippings that were piled up at the bottom of the hill have been barrowed up the hill by Lovely Hubby and laid on top of membrane to form nice deep paths.  As it settles down the levels will lower and the chippings compact more.  And we rounded the weekend off with a bonfire, burning all debris and rubbish from around the place.  Everywhere looks nice and tidy now.
 
 
But to be really honest our work was very punctuated with a certain little madam.  We obviously had to keep an eye on how the other animals were reacting to her.  Suky has lots of patience and will pretty much let Charley do as she pleases, Rosy is holding herself up as top dog, and letting little one know how far she will let her go before she will get a growl and a threatening show of teeth.
 
Luckily Charley has taken this on board and today she is showing a lot more respect to Rosy who as our eldest dog should have a bit more respect shown her by any newcomer to our furry family.
 
Ginger, the cat is not totally sure what to make of her yet, and when Charley pushed her luck and licked his face when he was asleep he jumped up and batted her away, no claws just a heavy paw, he is a wonderfully gentle cat.  But I think she's learnt not to take liberties with him when he's asleep!!

 
She's found all the toys that the older two had gotten fed up with ...

 
... and is distributing them all over the house.

 
Half way through the morning it all got too tiring, and ignoring all the doggy beds she curled up on Lovely Hubby's slippers and shoes under the table and completely zonked out.
 
 
 
But later in the day when Suky went for a sleep, Charley joined her in the dog bed and they spent a couple of hours snoring happily together.
 
It was a good, if slightly dog orientated, weekend.
 
Sue xx

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Just Say Awwwwwww .....

 
If Lovely Hubby looks tired in this picture it's because it was eleven o'clock at night and he had just worked all day and then driven over 300 miles to bring me this lovely surprise
 
 
I was instantly smitten and the girls, Rosy and Suky welcomed her with just a modicum of suspicion.

 
She is called Charley and she is a second generation Chug.  Both her parents are Chugs ... that is they are Chihuahua cross Pugs .... and she is GORGEOUS.

 
A lovely little handful of puppy charm.


That whizzes around like a miniature live wire and then crashes and sleeps.  She takes every new experience in her stride and accepts everything.
 

She has come from a brilliant background.  The lovely guys Lovely Hubby bought her from own both the parent dogs and once they heard on the grapevine that there was a chance we would buy her and that we already owned a Pug, had turned down a couple of what they considered to be unsuitable homes, and kept their fingers crossed we would be tempted .... we were.
 
 
You know they care when she comes with a lovely gift bag like this ...
 

... and a matching flower for her collar :-)
 
 
Suky has gone all motherly ....

 
... and Rosy just wants her to know who's boss, but in a nice way.

 
In the couple of days that we have had her she has settled in really well.  It must be so strange for her to be away from her brothers and sisters and her Mum and Dad, and the people she has known since birth but she is coping wonderfully.

 
And after a trip to the vets for her first vaccination, she is sleeping peacefully at my feet as I type this.
 
Charley Chug ... welcome to our family ... you will be loved.
 
Sue xx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Going Away for the Weekend ?

 
I just thought I would share a quick tip for any of you who are going away for a few days during this hot weather, and want your houseplants to survive without having to ask a neighbour to come in and water them.
 
After giving them a good water you can simply stand them all on a wet towel in the bottom of the bath, or as I usually do because I only have a few indoor plants, half fill the kitchen sink with water, lay an old towel in the water, put the other end of it on a large tray and stand all the plants on top of it.  They will draw up water from the towel as they need it and the towel will absorb more from the sink as they dry it out. 
 
This time however, just as I was setting this up ready to go away last weekend, I remembered the water under our kitchen units and put half the towel under the cupboard in the puddle of water and the other half onto the tray, this had the added bonus of getting the plants in a nice shady corner of the kitchen too and they were soaking up some of the water while I was away from home.
 
 
Sue xx

Friday, 25 July 2014

Serious Shredder Envy


A huge pile of chippings has appeared in our roadway ready to be barrowed up the hill to top the membrane we are laying on the pathways between the raised beds.
 
And it didn't cost us a penny!!
 
 
It's all thanks to these guys, the tree surgeons that have been given the job of trimming all the overhanging trees and branches around the electricity cables on the hillsides around here.  When they came to let us know what work they would be doing I was quick to ask that all chopped wood be left behind for burning and then Lovely Hubby asked them what they did with the chippings. 
 
They were very quick to offer them all to us if we needed them, so up to now we have had six deliveries at the end of their working days.  They were really pleased to be able to tip them all and head off home with an empty truck ready for their next days work, and we were really pleased as it means that all the chippings on our land have pretty much come from our land and the surrounding hills and woods.
 
And I have serious shredder envy ..... ours takes one or two branches at a time theirs took dozens and tidied up the place in no time at all.
 
Sue xx
 


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Suky's Favourite Programme

 
Suky's favourite television programme is on once a week at the moment.
 
Once a week she settles herself down in front of Alan Davies and The Dog Rescuers.  Following the work of the RSPCA and the terrible stories about the dogs they have to step in and rescue.
 
 
She watches a lot of TV this Pug of mine, preferring animal shows of any kind, and loves adverts with animals in them.  Sometimes she spots animals we have not even noticed in the background, but this show is most definitely the one she loves best.

 
She sits glued to it on the opposite end of the sofa to where she normally sits snuggled up against me, so that for this show she is directly opposite the television for better viewing.

 
She loves the little dogs that come on with the title of the show every now and then, but funnily enough doesn't react at all to the Pug.
 
The other week there was the story of a man that was prosecuted for deliberately mistreating a small puppy and the RSPCA had managed to film his systematic mistreatment, nay torture, of the small defenceless little puppy.  It's squeals of pain and distress brought both our dogs to sit in front of the television, obviously they heard the anguish in the poor puppy cries.  Rosy usually cannot see the television but in this case she heard it and sat with her sister while the tale unfolded.
 
Last nights show had me in tears and both dogs snuggled up to me, bringing comfort where it was most definitely needed. 
 
It's nice when television brings you together  :-)
 
Sue xx