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General Discussion / Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
« Last post by Karena on November 14, 2019, 10:33:31 AM »
 :rofl: sounds like the perfect colleague - poor patridge has gap worm theyre vile parasites if the bird doesnt die of starvation it dies of oxygen deprivation - unless you catch it in time. It goes through cycles so we reckon he has had it from his days in the breeding pens and survived one bout already but it accounts for why he was starved but having had loads of food between and built his strength up he stands a chance of surviving this round - medication wasnt easy to source as it tends to be for mass numbers but we have tracked some down and it should arrive today so there is hope for him.

meanwhile this morning a new pigeon has appeared it was literally staring in through the conservatory window i went out with some food because it is pitifully thin - but  then later there were pigeons fornicating on the roof - what is going on with them at this time of year i dont know. But maybe this one was trying to partner up with its reflection in the glass.

A friend was telling me today about a friend of his who is feeding squirels - not in a feeder -she leaves the kitchen window open and a bowl of nuts on the sill and they just come in and help themselves  :rofl:
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General Discussion / Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
« Last post by Sandra61 on November 14, 2019, 09:28:49 AM »
My cat was like that too. If you offered her anything other than something she liked, she would rather starve! Funny how animals can be as particular as people about what they eat. At the opposite extreme, the cat that currently visits sometimes will eat anything that isn't locked away, even if it makes him sick! He's the greediest cat I have ever seen! Mind you, I have someone at work who's a bit like that too!
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General Discussion / Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
« Last post by Jill on November 12, 2019, 11:51:45 AM »
Hi Karena,  Reading your post reminded me of something I had forgotten.  When I was a child I had a siamese cat and she would only eat Paws cat food.  She would starve rather than eat anything else from a tin.  Used to drive my mum wild!!  Just like the fussy partridge.  Glad the collared dove got a look in.
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General Discussion / Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
« Last post by Karena on November 12, 2019, 10:29:43 AM »
I,m fine just a bit battered but it is a warning (again) -i need to take better care i forget every so often that i am not 20 anymore.   :rofl:

snow forecast now - but didnt materialise this morning - much to the disapointment of my grandson as although he can walk to school the teachers come fom further afield so often ends up closed - he was looking longingly at pictures on his phone of this mornings snow in the cairngorms - had to point out that as it is the UK,s only  ski resort theyre going to get snow where most of the rest of us dont. :whistle:
To be fair despite the inconvenience i quite like it myself (but not being snowed in for 7 weeks and having to walk 4 miles each way through fields to work carrying shopping )  -white makes a nice change from grey in winter and on a clear day you get some fantastic sunsets.

So my focus has changed back to partridge cage that will fit in conservatory through the door or is collapsible = theres always a snag to the best laid plans - and meanwhile my colleague whose care he is in is being dictated too by siad partridge about which food he wants - apparently dried meal worms being the sweeties of the partridge world - and definitely something not available in the wild.

Outside i put the food out for the collared dove and Mr bent beak ( original rescued pigeon ) kicked him off the table  - and apparently he has a partner or child in tow judging by the apparent affection between him and the one that arrived straight after him - poor collared dove having been upsurped sat in the tree looking at me as if to say = what are you going to do about that then came to the back door and got his own dish of food. The day will come when i spend half the morning feeding wildlife and am late for work on a regular basis. :rofl:
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General Discussion / Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
« Last post by Emz2014 on November 11, 2019, 06:26:54 PM »
Hope you feel better soon karena, take care  :hug:

The mud and leaves are becoming a bit treacherous. Keep safe everyone  :hearts:
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Please Post In This Bereavement Support Posting Room / Re: Debt Collectors
« Last post by Jill on November 11, 2019, 12:30:37 PM »
I SO agree 'Why does everything have to be so complicated now?'  Couldn't have put it better myself!!
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General Discussion / Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
« Last post by Jill on November 11, 2019, 12:25:42 PM »
Yes this wet mud is as slippery as ice.  Sounds like a good idea keeping the partridge a bit closer by.  I have to drive very slowly in our little lane because you can slide all over the place!  At least we have had some sun here today so have been doing some outdoor jobs.  Hope you didn't hurt yourself too bad.
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General Discussion / Re: Everyday general chat, everyone welcome, just join in
« Last post by Karena on November 11, 2019, 11:29:14 AM »
well i am going to need it, -  because so far in clearing a space for the polytunnel yesterday i fell in the mud which with recent rains is currently my gardens default state and hurt my ankle and my arm (thankfully not too badly) so i am now considering putting the partridge winter quarters in the conservatery so i can access it to put food in without sliding down there over this winter and then cutting some steps into the slope before next.  :rofl:
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Introduce Yourself To Us All / Re: New...
« Last post by Karena on November 11, 2019, 11:22:40 AM »
Hi Lucy. I lost my mum in 2004 and still miss her of course and anniversarys are always difficult at first. but i have found firstly they are not as awful as we expect the build up is worse but that doing something positive helps because try as we might we cant really ignore them and pretend it isnt what day it is either. Before she died she stayed with us and because she loved watching the birds we put feeders near to the window so she could see them - after she died my husband created a corner in the garden with the feeders and a water feature he made himself and her favourite plants - somewhere i could go to grieve and to remember her but also a peaseful spot - i used to go and have my early morning pre work coffee there so i could start the day in a peaceful frame of mind.When my hisband die i had to move but brought what i could with me and recreated that corner in the new garden.

I came here after losing my husband to a stroke  more recently - he loved spring and spring flowers so i planted wild daffodils on his birthday in october,so they would be flowering on the anniversary of him dying in february - so going to see them flower was my first anniversary thing - i still go back every year - as part of the funeral we had floated daffodils down the river nearby - because the river went past most of the places he had ever lived - and because there were his grandkids and other kids from the camping group that were close too him there. We wanted to make the funeral not too sombre so they would remember him as fun loving grandad and kids will always find the fun in running water. and  they also saw that as a means to send him little notes or flowers as well and it has become a favourite familly picnic spot in summer as well since them and the ones i planted are close to there -  and those grandkids that have been born since know it as grandads spot so they in a sense are also remembering him.
So in looking for something to do to get through that first anniversary i was maybe not consciousely, creating something which would become a lasting memorial and for the children its not like a headstone where you have to be quiet and respectful but somewhere there would be fun in future years as well.
Not everyone has access to a garden or a river but planting anything i think helps - whether thats a window box or just a tub - i also have a tub of spring bulbs - planted at this time of year in layers so there is always something coming up in spring and then i can put annuals on top when they die back - a kind of perpetual life  - it reminds me of him but also that through the darkest of winters which is this horrible grief journey spring brings us renewal we can pick ourselves up and move forward taking the memorys of them and happier times surounding them with us.
 
Also to reiterate what Emz said - chinese lanterns - but also releasing balloons can cause a lot of damage to wildlife and  hadnt even considered them until i met a turtle who had been rescued after they made it float -so it not only couldnt feed but got thrown up onto rocks and its shell was brocken - this one was lucky and survived with a lot of care but others may not be -  so for me, considering my mum and my husband loved wildlife it wasnt an option - but if sending something skyward appeals - one alternative i did read about was to use a bubble machine and send bubbles instead. 
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Please Post In This Bereavement Support Posting Room / Re: Debt Collectors
« Last post by Karena on November 11, 2019, 10:49:09 AM »
Potentially the debt collection company sold the idea they were considerate of bereavement issues too the electricity company  when they tendered the contract - everything is so confused now - too many middle men - had this when they wanted to switch card meters at the old house - we had a card which the post offfice topped up and you paid cash to the post office - then they wrote and said they were switching to a new digital card and were coming to change the meter - except the little local post office didnt have the machine to read the new things - in fact the nearest place that did was 30 miles away - so thats a 60 mile round trip weekly to top up the electric - bearing in mind in the winter of 2009/10 we were snowed in for 7 weeks and had to walk to get out and 7 weeks with no electric in winter would not have been jolly there was no other form of heating except a coal fite we couldnt get coal for because they couldnt bring it in - and i certainly couldnt hoist it home. So i rang and asked them not too they said to ring the meter company they said to ring anotherc company because they were contracted to do this by this other company whose sole prupose appered to be to act as middlemen between the electric company and th meter company no doubt all creaming a bit off along the way  -It went on for a couple of years  every month - we,re coming to change the meter every month ringing round to stop them until eventually the post office got the machine installed to read them. :angry: why does life have to be so compilated now. At the moment my electric company ( not the same one) want to install a smart meter - and where on the one hand it would be interesting to know what uses most ( although i have a pretty good ide anyway ) on the other how much of a farce will it be this time round.
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