Thursday, 14 May 2009

Update

Chut'Chut' is healing & doing brilliantly. He still likes being with me or Midnight RippleBack & follows us around. He quite likes sleeping as a people or on my head over night & insists that I'm HIS people, which makes typing hard at times as he's on my lap & wishes to add his own comments

Other than that it's all babies here

Monday, 4 May 2009

How can People be so Cruel ~ Not for the Squeamish

After we had Llyw's 2 ferret gills & my Wolf taken here, Tara returned very briefly before she & her favourite PiriPup vanished once again from my yard. I'd given up ever seeing my 2 dogs ever again, which is why yesterday Annon got yelled at:

She'd let the 2 boys (WhiteTip & Midnight RippleBack) out & called that she was letting them back in ~ I was in the sitting room knitting when a a small black dynamo landed on my lap & I screamed at Annon because WhiteTip's tail had gone & with it all my sense & logic. It was Annon who worked out that, as she still had 2 very tailed black dogs round her legs, then the tailless 1 had to be Chut'Chut' returned.

Whoever took my puppy (6 1/2 months old now) had prepped him for fighting. He's a rough coat terrier type & looks like a gone-wrong Bedlington Terrier. Beddy's were originally bred for fighting, poaching & ratting, so either they were hoping to turn him into a ring dog, or were just using him to train up their own fighters. You can see Chut'ty's spine poking out through the end of his stump & he obviously rolled over in submission as he has a hole in him from his scrotum across his body & down a back leg ~ it's just like looking at a 1/2 eaten cut of meat still attached to the animal. (Chut'Chut's dad was a BC X so you have the BC love in him)

When he was on my lap yester evening he growled with intent whenever the other dogs so much as looked at him & I spent my time calming him & loving all the dogs, helped by Annon who had Piri & WT on her. Middy sulked. I was worried about bedtime as all the dogs like sleeping with me, so I took Chut'ty up first & Annon let the others up when she finished watching a dvd (no school this day!), but there were no problems at all & everyone settled down. I'm hoping that we can love our poor baby back to himself as he is still a loving, gentle boy under his wariness.

I rang the vet, but as his hole wasn't new, they couldn't stitch him together (I don't think they could have done anyway as there is a lump of dog gone) & as there seems to be no sign of infection, she told me to keep an eye on it & bathe him in brine. I also rang the Gardai to inform them that this was going on & to cover my back if the neighbour decides that I've been abusing my dogs again (both times she's reported me, the ISPCA commented on how happy, healthy & shiny-coated my dogs were! The second time, I was told by them that the Wolf was too skinny, but they left as a Wolfie breeder arrived & told me that she was too fat!)

If I could, I'd post photos of the under side & stump end of my poor baby & really gross you out. Beware if you have dogs, they may come after yours.

Friday, 13 February 2009

From Robbyn on the Back Forty

CAN I HAVE A WORD

It's harder than you think!! Here is what you are supposed to do...and please don't spoil the fun...copy and paste into your own note, type in your answers and tag a bunch of people - including me.
Where is your cell phone...........................pocket
Your hair.............................................mousey
Your father..........................................England
Your favorite thing..................................family
Your dream last night..............................gone
Your favorite drink.................................coffee
Your dream/goal...................................aminals
The room you are in...............................bedroom
Your fear..............................................accidents
Where do you want to be in 6 years..............here
Muffins...............................................yum
One of your wish list items.........................saddlechariot
Where you grew up................................Berkshire
The last thing you did.............................knitted
What are you wearing.............................LOTS
Your TV...............................................none
Your pets.............................................many
Your computer.......................................catchup
Your life..............................................alive
Your mood............................................tired
Missing someone.....................................yes
Your car.............................................none
Favorite store......................................Kahn's
Your favorite color.................................purpleyburgundy
When is the last time you laughed.............now
Last time you cried................................yesterday
People who email me...........................varied
One of my favorite foods......................veggie
Place I would rather be right now............here
People I think will respond...................noone

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Fun Monday Update & Weird Wednesday

Finished Night Birds on Monday & started Genesis of the Grail Kings: Laurence Gardner as soon as I finished the other book. Connection problems until this day.

Had a strange experience this morning ~ someone used the door knocker, so I returned downstairs to see who had braved the snow to visit & found....... no person..........Snegurochka was waiting at the front door. How does a pony know how to get attention by knocking on the door, how DOES a pony use a door knocker? It was definitely the door knocker & not knocking straight on the wooden door as the dogs, cats & chickens do. I have unusual animals

Monday, 2 February 2009

Fun Monday

AOJ & her Lurchers have asked us to write about the book we are currently reading & whether we are enjoying it or not, with whys given.

This part of her assignment is straightforward: I'm reading a couple of foaling books off & on in case we have a baby this year, but can I find them to give the bibliographic detais?! I'm sort of reading "Handy Farm Devices": Rolfe Cobleigh. This is more of a dipping reference book which I'm reading straight through at odd times when the computer refuses to play & puppies are preventing knitting. I like this book & wish that I had the ability, confidence & lack of laziness to use his ideas around my small holding. Apart from building my own home, most of his instructions are reasonably clearish. I enjoy seeing how others do things & knowing how we are heading into such conditions as existed as when this book was written makes it a sort of guide.

My "proper" reading book (take it to bed & to the vet's where I should be later if I can find a lift for my poor hamatomaed Beddy) is "Inventions of the Middle Ages": Chiara Frugoni ~ a fascinating book using contemporary illustrations, paintings & sculptures as wellas writte sources to introduce us to the developments that appeared during the Middle Ages in the West. The author does admit that some of the inventions originated in Arabia & China before being taken over & adapted by Europe. This book covers a range of categories, taking in music, games, clothing as well as clocks, printing, glasses, banking & many others that I haven't reached as yet. This is 1 of my many books & I chose it to read now as part of the Science Reading Challenge mentioned by Chile in her blog (chilechews.blogspot.com, post entitled Engage Your Brain).

Because the above is a Folio Society book, I have a different 1 for taking with me to read in the bath & this is "Night Birds on Nantucket": Joan Aiken. I LIKE children's books! I've read others of her parallel history series & enjoy the adventure/thriller/history/fantasy aspects of her writing. Night Birds follows Dido Twite after she was found floating in the water & is picked up by a Nantucket Whaler. Miss Slighcarp ~ the baddy from "The Wolves of Willoughby Chase" ~ makes a reappearance as part of a plot to flatten St. James' Palace, thus killing the King, by firing a huge cannon from Nantucket across the ocean to London; she takes the place of the sister of the Captain who saves Dido. Dido, Nate (from the whaler)m & bthe captain's daughter uncover the plot &... I've very nearly finished this book, so will have to choose another to join it & me this evening. I'm not sure whether to choose another fiction, a ferret book, conspiracy theory, linguistics, philosophy, livestock, small holding...

That's the easy bit done. The 2nd part is to choose a book to take with you to a desert island. 1 book? ONE book? Can't I take 1 library? There is no such thing as ONE book to a librarian, even an ex- one. This part I'll have to fail on. Do I choose an entertainment book, a practical book.... I'm not good at choosing one book. It's like trying to choose which of my dogs I'd take with me & which I'd leave behind. Books are people, too!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Bob Stewart Song

MeadowLark posted on her blog the difference in grants given to changing analogue TV to digital as against that given to help feed people:

http://justwanderingthrough.blogspot.com/2009/01/cause-we-cant-control-masses-without-tv.html

~ it reminded me of a verse in a song I learnt whilst putting together a bibliography/discography about the psaltery for my degree:

All that we ask for is vast acquisitions
& all that we need is belief in our schemes
& all that we'll do is to break your traditions
& split up your families & poison your dreams;

(Ch)& we will make you fair of face
& we will make you full of grace. (x2)

We make old people young & the young people old
& the ugly ones pretty & witty & gay;
& all that we need is your silent permission
To banish reality far, far away.

We'll build you thin houses & sell you loud noises
& cure your depression with strong yellow pills.
& while you're consuming, we're breeding & blooming
In big country houses secure in the hills.

We'll sell you & buy you & never deny you
Your strongest of wishes, your highest of joys.
We'll dish out your food from bright plastic dishes
& paste smiling faces on mass-produced toys.

We won't let you work or make a decision,
Or breathe the clean air or look at the skies.
We'll tell you the truth on our bright televisions
That ask youy no questions & tell you no lies.


Bob Stewart is a psalterer & builds his own magnificent instruments

Friday, 5 December 2008

Christesmas Meme from Meadowlark

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Paper mainly, but sometimes bags & then there's the stockings...
2. Real tree or Artificial?
Artificial when I lived at home, real when s was around, now we have lots of real ones round us, but I can't get any home; with lots of dogs & a small house, (although this year the sitting room is usable ~ finally) we have a teeny tiny wooden 1 I can keep out of puppy range, including Wolfie range!
3. When do you put up the tree?
Because the wooden tree has 24 ornaments to put on it, usually we start on 1st Dec, but that will wait until the weekend this year ~ an Advent Tree. The rest go up between 20th & 24th.
4. When do you take the tree down?
12th Night
5. Do you like eggnog?
No idea
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Lucy, a doll from my Grandmother from Lucerne, books
7. Hardest person to buy for?
Used to be my father until I found an unending supply of gift idea for him ~ OS maps! Now my sister.
8. Easiest person to buy for?
Now Dad, though Annon + Books is easy
9. Do you have a nativity scene?
Mine & Annon's are still packed in the container. Annon's was a gift from her Godmother, mine I inherited from a priest
10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Mail ~ I'm still painting them, so some may be late. I wonder if people realise that mine are hand drawn or painted (my parents didn't, but now I'm a commissioned artist, they may take more notice!)
11.Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Pen that didn't work, jumper that was made of a yarn to which I'm allergic ~ elder daughter swiped it & other childer took all the other gifts for me from that person
12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
No idea
13. When do you start shopping? When I see things I think people may like. Had a load of presents on order for months ~ awaiting bank to get off its backside & let me have my renewed debit card. till waiting 4 months after old 1 expired & 3 months after they promised I'd have it soon...
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Bread sauce, stuffing, & mince pies & brandy butter, but not at the same time!
16. Lights on the tree?
Not on wooden 1, but used to on real 1
17. Favorite Christmas song?
Ring Out Solstice Bells, but that's not really Christesmas! O Tyred Di Emmaniwel, except that's the only line I can remember in Welsh, Stille Nacht, Boar's Head, Gaudete, Stop the Cavalry......
18.Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Home ~ can't travel now with so many animals
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
No ~ I get my childer & dogs' names muddled!
20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
Star on wooden
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
After breakfast, even if people don't get up until the afternoon. Stockings can be opened on waking
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Starting far too early now; overt commercialism
23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
I like red & green, but don't stick to any theme or colour
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner?
I can't eat furry/feathery meat any more, but I used to boil a ham, score the skin, add whole cloves into the crosses & cover in honey, wrap in foil & cook in oven. I've found a lovely parsnip roulade that has sage & onion stuffing in it & my childer love my cheese & onion "sausage" rolls
25. What do you want for Christmas this year?
I wanted a dvd cleaner, but ended up buying 1 as I know I wouldn't get it otherwise. Because I live away from my family, presents have to be sorted either in October or April, so I know what I've got. My sister bought me a butcher's trolley for Christesmas & my birthday, which is very useful & I wanted one ~ storage & work surfaces here are non existent compared to my last kitchen. I'm allowed to use it early & while with the babies around I'm not using it as planned, it is being used to keep things interesting to tiny puppies out of sight & reach.