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Saturday, 23 February 2013

A Day in the Life...

... Of a Chicken!

I can't work out whether they are very intelligent, or very stupid... probably a bit of both! Although they are very annoying at times I have become very used to having them and thought it was about time I shared some of their quirks!

First and foremost:


Ginger is an egg machine!! Over the summer she laid 152 days in a row, more or less exactly the same time every single day, without exception. Her largest being over 100g, that must have hurt! She hates being left out too; almost every time she goes into lay she will be out again in a flash if she hears something interesting. We try not to venture out when shes in because it only disturbs her! Often she will run in, bang it out, then rejoin Silver ASAP. It's a good job too really as Silver doesn't like being on her own at all, She stands there creating until Ginger comes out again, either that or we have to keep her company to keep her quiet. Quite frustrating!

One morning we let them out of their house, the both came running down the garden in a rush to get to their food. Ginger suddenly stopped. Got herself into a really bizzare stooping position (a little like they do when plopping out a rather large poo)... then decided to drop a egg right in the middle of the garden!! She didn't think anything of it and carried on down to the food! It certainly gave us the giggles though.

Silver, on the other hand, is rather lazy when it comes to laying. Usually she has a break every 3-6 days depending on how she feels. Back in November she stopped laying all together and started loosing some feathers. She was just under a year at the time so too young to be moulting really but we couldn't work if there was anything else wrong with her. Her poo was slightly on the runnier side but not awful and in every other way she was absolutely fine. So we waited it out....  In January we started to notice what Scott called 'chicken dandruff' in their house and around the garden where she pruned herself. After Googling it it all seemed to fit in line with her moulting (apparently they get chicken dandruff when the new feathers break through the skin, or something like that). Then eventually (after 80 days of no eggs) she decided to lay again; and has more or less gone back to her normal pattern. One can only assume...

Silver caught in the act! Shame it blurred.

Landscape Gardeners

As chickens are very well known for; they have done a pretty impressive job at stripping my garden of any grass that struggled to live there. I had had an ongoing problem with getting the grass to grow because of the damson tree, but getting chicken was the final nail in the coffin!

As you can see, grass did reside there once upon a time (it looks very miserable now).. The chicken defenses didn't last long either. The little bamboo fencing was put up to stop them scratching all the stones into the grass. So opposed to this idea not only have they decided to break down the fencing but many of the stones are now spread over the mud. Now the plan will be to gravel the whole garden but I wish they would wait until the spring when we are ready too!

Ginger has recently decided that my rose bush need pruning too. After devouring all the leaves at easy reaching level, she continued to hop up and down to reach the higher ones! I wish I had videod her it was very comical (if she does it again I will)! Regularly my apple tree gets dug up too; she must like pears though as she leave that tree alone!

The green netted fences don't seem to pose them an issue any longer either. If it's in the way, they either peck or simply keep walking/barging into it until they get through. The little buggers found their way round the back of the run and into the last remaining border too. Not by going round the back, but by going over the top!

When we move they will be having a large walk in run which they wont be coming out of! Well maybe on special occasions...

Dissertation Writers

This is my favourite photo, Silver helping me with my dissertation out in the sinshine, and then taking a nap when it all got too much!

Not to mention joining us on a summer afternoon, how sociable!

Instant Gratification

I decided to take a break from quilt making. It's very enjoyable, but it takes such a long time. I'm used to making smaller things where you see the results much quicker.

So today I made another wallet; no I don't need one but I wanted to try out the pattern. It was another little gem found through Pinterest and thought it would be a good way to use up some of my scraps.

It only occurred to me when taking the pictures that Although it would be very capable of holding card and paper money, there is no facility for coins... And it would have been so easy to pop a little zipped pocket in to rectify this! I have some spare zips too. Scott said it would make a good mans wallet it wasn't for the colours! Next time maybe!

Oh and I forgot to mention, it was payday yesterday, so today I spoilt myself a brought my new toy! It should be here Monday or Tuesday, I'll tell you all about it then!

Friday, 15 February 2013


'Cause you gave me magical
I gave you wonderful
Let's make this biblical
And hang from our invisible cords
Biffy Clyro, Biblical

(I like those lyrics and wanted to write them somewhere...)

It's been a weird day today; Mum and Richard moved from the 'family house' as such, OK I didn't really live there for that long but it still feels a bit odd. Specially when the move from Grantlands we did together, a family event I suppose. We couldn't be there today because of work/uni. It made me look on Rightmove for pictures of the old house which brought back a lot of memories.

Aspen Close

Even though Grantlands was a pain in the arse towards the end (with dead rats rotting underneath the bathroom floorboards etc.) we did love that house. I (/we) never loved Aspen Close even though it was a lovely and big and not in need of constant work. 

The move has made me think of how much has happened in the last six-seven years......

Finishing school - never thought that would happen.

Meeting Scott - who'd have known were'd be engaged now!

Doing my A-Levels - Really miss our random trips out to take loads of photo's for photography.

Earning money! Even if it was only at Morrisons and Tesco.

Deciding what I wanted to do with my life and getting into university.

Moving away from home and setting up home with Scotty - contracts means business, and chickens!

Actually finishing uni - and getting a first!!

Starting my career! At 23 that is pretty daunting in itself!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Sparkling Gemstones

I'm onto my next project already; a quilt!! I am very excited about this as I haven't done one before but it is also slightly daunting. Mum brought me a Moda jelly roll for Christmas and thought it was about time I made a decision on what to do with it; so I've chosen this!

I went to the fabric shop again today (Ill be well known in there before I know it!) to get the extra supplies needed (minus the wadding because frankly that stuff just confuses me - more research needed). Ill be doing the bordering around the jelly roll fabric black instead of white as it will show off the fabrics better and I will also back it with the black (hence why I brought about 200 miles of it!). The two other fabrics in the picture are still Moda fabrics but from a different range, they didn't have the same ones. The blue will be the border round the edge of the blanket (you can't really see from the picture) and then the pink for the binding. 

I really wanted to start it today but haven't had chance. Oh well, roll on my next few days off!

Friday, 8 February 2013

Hi, my name is Catherine and im addicted to sewing...

I have been a busy girl again this week. Back before Christmas I promised Sam and Nattie some bags which they wanted to be the same style as my Oriental Bag. Well I finally got round to it this week!

The original (very well used) bag with the two pretty pink new ones
As always the first one took me forever and the second one only took a day. I am pretty happy with them on the whole. I used pollycotton for the lining and in hindsight I probably should have used full weight cotton but it has still worked well.

I really enjoyed making these once I got into it (so if you want one let me know and ill price it up!). However, the more sewing I do the more I remember that I am going to have to give Mum's sewing machine back at some point which inspired me to scour the market... and I have fallen in love with this one...

Pfaff Ambition 1.5

It's a lot of money, so i'm not investing right this minute but I certainly think this machine is the way forward! I also think it's about time I move on to trying to sell some of my creations - mainly to fund my rather expensive obsession and so I can pay for my new toy! There's only so many things I can make for myself or force onto my loved ones so making things for people who want them will be nice :) I might start with some purses and maybe the chrochet hook case as it seems to be a popular post. So watch this space as my lovely brother said he'd make me a shop for my blog :)