Thursday, 21 April 2016

Meet Milo our greyhound Rescue Puppy

Hi everyone,

this is a just quick little blog write up as I wanted you to say hello to someone, as our lives have now been turned upside down since Sunday morning.

Say hello to our little 8 week old greyhound puppy who we have named Milo. We received an urgent phone call from a trainer we know on Saturday asking if we could take him. Milo was the runt of the litter of 9 puppies and was being picked on by the others he his half the size of his brothers and sisters so tiny ( My cat Timmy is 3 times the size he is )  , and under weight nothing like a healthy puppy should look like. If we hadn't of taken him he was being taken to the race track that night to try and find a home if he wasn't offered one he would have been put to sleep. We could not bare that. He was riddled with fleas and a proper baby he cries all the time. Milly our 5 year old is great Kia not so as she's lost her sight she's unsure bless her but over the past couple of days since he has arrived both girls are getting used to him. Although I am keeping Kia and Milo separate at the moment as I don't want Kia to get distressed they are having a sniff a couple of times a day then I keep him away from her.  We certainly have our work cut out over the next few weeks he didn't even know how to eat properly he's so tiny bless him. But he is now eating well and getting into a little routein during the day, night time is a different story we have been putting him in a crate  next door to the girls but he has screamed the house down so yesterday we took the crate up to our bedroom and he slept until 4am after crying for 10 mins better than the 2 hours the night before. He then went out to the toilet but wouldn't settle so he came into our bed and slept in my arms. Last night was the same but because he is so small and wants the comfort he will sleep with us over the next few weeks until he is stronger, being taken away from mum at 6 weeks far to early didn't help him. 

So our lives have been turned upside down :-)  a greyhound puppy did not feature in our plans at all but a rescue is a rescue no matter what and where you are in life.

Having his first bath

He's now at the biting stage to and his teeth are like little razors but its going to be nice watching him grow and giving him a life away from the race track he is now going to be one very pampered and loved boy. 

 Mummy cuddles

Just chilling with Milly

Already trying the Greyhound Roach position :-)

This is one little greyhound Puppy who will  be loved and adored, brought up as a pet and not for making money. Look into my eyes mum, I will soon have you wrapped around my little paws.

So with the little whirl wind now in our lives time is even more limited so your be able to find me on  instagram thanks to those that have popped by to say hello. I will write posts here to when I get the time and I will try and catch up with you all once a week.

Thanks for your comments and for taking the time to read.

Take lots of care

Bye for now

Dee xx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

I have joined Instagram

Hi Everyone,

thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my last post and for those that stop by and read my ramblings. I am enjoying my time here at the cottage so very much I am spending my days outside there is so much to be done here from digging, planting and sowing  and knocking down old sheds and building new gardens, tending to my vegetable patch looking after my chickens and hounds.  I am finding that at the moment I don't want to be inside sat at a computer I want to be outside with my hounds and my chickens and being close to nature. I still want to be part of blog world and want to keep sharing my journey I tend to fight against the changes in technology and I kept hearing people talking about Instagram and saying you should join up so the day before yesterday I did just that while sitting having my lunch in the garden. I was really shocked at how simple it was and how really lovely it was being able to view peoples photo's and lives in a more simple way and less time consuming way to and also being able to view photo's like one huge collage almost. I thought it would be a silent place but have realised that you can add words, leave comments and interact in a similar way you can here except you cant ramble away with lots of words and its harder to show before and after photo's. But it looks like its a nice place to be in and I for one am happy to be part of it for now. I will still post here on my blog when the weather is bad and also when I feel I need to but just for now while Spring is here and Summer waiting in the wings you will be able to find me here in my other little space


 just sharing daily photo's and moments of my day. It may take me a little while to get the hang of it but please pop over and say hello leave me a comment so I can come over to yours to, as that is the only thing I am finding difficult finding others in blogland other there.

Picked these lovely celandines across the fields on my morning walk yesterday just a beautiful sunny yellow they always remind me the warmer weather will soon be here.

And while the sun is shinning I am off to enjoy it.  We pulled down the first log shed last night and I have lots of wood, metal and tree to drag onto the fire and the metal to get ready on the pile for the scrap metal man to collect and vegetable plants to pot on :-)

Nearly down

Gone at last and now look at the beautiful view that we can see this area is where the decking is going with our table and chairs so we can watch the sunset.

Hope to see you in Instagram :-) be lovely to see you there.

Take lots of care

Bye for now dee xx

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Vintage Recyled Tin bowl pond building and the spuds are in

Hi Everyone,

what a lovely today its been today I have been busy outside all day in the sunshine. I woke up and thought it was going to rain today but no the sun has be shinning all day so I thought today is the day for planting my spuds. They have been in the pantry chitting for weeks now and now the days are getting warmer I needed to get them in. This is my first year for growing potatoes I grew some in a bag last year but this is my first time in the ground. I chose 2 different sorts First Early Casablanca and Desiree Maincrop which is a nice red spud.

First of all I dug little trenches 10cm deep and then put my seed potatoes in rows
Making sure each spud was roughly 70cm apart.

I then covered them over with soil into moulds and left enough earth either side to cover them over again when they start sprouting . Now I just have to sit back and wait and fingers crossed I will have a nice crop of spuds later in the year.

I also dug out another boarder in the vegetable patch, planted some strawberry plants and a black current plant  but forgot to take photo's of those. I also re potted up my vegetable plants in the greenhouse will talk about that another time.

At the weekend I decided to do some more work in my little garden I showed you last week. In the many sheds here I found a lovely old Vintage metal bowl and I thought I know I will turn into a little pond. Here's what I did..

One vintage metal bowl, some broken terracotta pots some large stones and some wild garlic and water buttercup I pinched from the local lake I know it was naughty.

I added one of the stones to the bowl in the centre I then used one of the broken terracotta pots to poke the buttercup through and to retain the roots I then put that on top of the stone, filled the bowl up with rain water.

I then dug up some wild primula plants from the paddock put those around it with a large log behind put some large stones around and also dug another broken terracotta pot into the ground and planted another wild plant into it.

And I have to say I love it and it cost nothing yet another great little recycled project :-)

Loving my little garden its nice to have an area away from all the land

I popped my little eucalyptus tree in the corner by my little wooden crate I just want to find an old mirror for this space now.

And this is it from a different angle now to find a mirror to go on the wall and to buy some stone to go in the area by the drain and then I have a lovely little natural garden.

On a different subject my chickens have come so far in the 6 weeks they have been with me they have feathered up well now and you wont believe the transformation in my little Rosie and Bluebell. My ex battery girls are amazing, so full of character they seem to blossom daily and they are so funny to and relaxing to be round and they are getting very tame to as you can see here...

 My beautiful little Rosie is bold no more :-) She was the first girl they handed to me on homing day she has a special place in my heart. She comes and sits next to me when I ever I sit down in their enclosure and will now hop onto my lap when its time for their lunch time snack. I haven't stroked her yet as I want her confidence to grow and for her to feel safe with me. She is also into the habit of playing with my hair to as is Poppy.

As you can see from this photo they are getting very friendly snack time is the best time. Poppy is on my left, Rosie in the middle on my lap, Bluebell the other bold girl to my right and Boss Marigold is on my lower legs. Can you believe the transformation in just 6 weeks :-) I love them all dearly so much so I submitted my application form to the British Hen Welfare Trust and I have been excepted to become a Poorly Hen Carer volunteer :-)

 This means that I will look after and nurse back to health some of their really poorly girls that cant go to new homes just yet on re homing day. Problems for these girls can range from extremely under weight or poorly feathered hens ( Oven Readies ) to limpers, bruising and occasional fractures and sometimes they may be permantely disabled and need life long care. Once they are well enough they will then be found forever homes and I will then take on some more to nurse.  I just need to clear out and convert the bottom half of the large shed into a safe nursing area for them before I can rescue them the next rehoming day is 24th April it would be great to be ready for that date. The shed is full of tools and furniture that the landlord needs to clear so fingers crossed it can be sorted ready for this date.

And that's it from me from for another week I have lots more jobs plans for the garden this week so fingers crossed it stays dry. Oh one last thing I found an old small metal watering can in my greenhouse so I turned it into something...

Hung it in one of the Trees put some moss inside and turned it into a nesting house, hopefully the blue tits will nest in it the hole is big enough :-)

Thank you again for all your lovely comments and for taking the time to read my little ramblings.

Until next time bye for now

dee xx