Friday, October 31, 2014

Bradgate Park walk

Yesterday my friend came over and we decided to have a walk in Bradgate Park which isn't too far away by car and cost £2.50p to park. Being avid 'Autumn Watch' followers, we immediately recognised the sound of a Deer Stag bellowing out across the park but, one sound baffled us. It sounded like a cat and so we searched for this 'cat'. No it wasn't the mewing sound of a Buzzard, we'd heard that too. We were quite surprised to find it was a young deer calling for it's Mum! Later on in the walk, I took a short video with my digital camera as it has sound recording too, to share with you. I do hope you hear the sounds, if I can upload it onto here for you. Also, just as we parked up the car, we saw someone getting out of their vehicle and take out a bird of prey of some kind and go speak to the park ranger by the entrance to the park. We followed them into the park and the ranger told us that the bop was a 'Red-tailed American hawk'. The bird was female and called 'Pen'. I took a couple of photos, not brilliant as the light wasn't good. We watched a while as the bird flew between it's owners and was rewarded with morsels of food. In this park, there are various kinds of deer and despite watching AW, we still couldn't identify them! I think there was some kind of inter breeding going on as, there were pale golden ones, ?Fallow deer with the spots on, dark brown ones, reddish ones and the stags had various types of antlers! Some stags had paddle-like antlers others had the 'usual' ones! I took some pics but again, light quality wasn't brilliant (or my skills probably as a photographer!). It was a lovely mild day and we even had a bit of sunshine! The last time we went to this park was some years ago when I had bobby dog and it was a bitterly cold,damp,misty day in January, a real winters' day.
A double rainbow from one day last week and sunset from last week.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Not a virgin anymore...........

I've done it! Made my first Approved Foods order today, only been a member since December last year! There always seemed to be too much stodgy stuff and confectionery for my liking but, today, although I have ordered some stodgy stuff, I'm quite pleased that there is a lot of very useful 'store cupboard' items in there that, I will be grateful for when I come home from a shift and want something quick and easy. So, I'm not an approved foods virgin anymore lol!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Laundry catch up!

I mentioned to a friend that my washing machine died and whilst talking on the phone, she asked,"What's that alarm noise going off?". I told her it was the fridge/freezer, it's on it's last legs! She then told me she had a washing machine I could have, in full working order and she could get me a fridge/freezer (that wouldn't win a f/f beauty contest!), for nothing except for maybe a mug of tea each for her Hubby and his best mate who where delivering and fitting both! Of course I said YES PLEASE! Now, I really believe in the power of thought or prayer anyway, but, this time it went out into the unknown/ether and came back positive! Yesterday morning, I spent time carefully packing up the frozen stuff, then finding somewhere cool to put the fridge stuff, taking out the baskets,shelves etc, good job as the shelves fit the new fridge. Unfortunately, the baskets from the freezer didn't fit the the new to me one! So, the chap who gave me the f/f, said he's sure there are other bits to it in his garage, he will look for them. I really hope he finds them as the baskets have no backs on and the stuff throws itself down the back of the freezer if you don't open it carefully lol! There's also an extra basket/drawer missing from the bottom and a ?door to the top compartment, which think is a 'fast freeze' section. Don't even know the brand, otherwise I would look it up on google (other search engines are available -:) ) BUT, I'm so pleased to be able to get my washing done! The washing machine is so quiet compared to my old one, so quiet that, I have to go check see it's still working or finished it's cycle! The fridge/freezer is so much quieter too! Lucy cat certainly appreciates that fact! The high pitched noise of the motor on the old one must have hurt her ears. Well, better finish browsing blogs and get the next lot of washing in! Have a great week all! xxx

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Wash day blues and blind hen

Woe is me, still haven't got a working washing machine, could do with winning one! Remember a few weeks back I won a baking set? Loopy hen is now completely blind. Poor soul,one of her coop mates Specky tries sometime to help her by, gently nudging her in the right direction when she gets 'lost' or 'stuck' but, is often rewarded with a peck or attempted peck for her trouble! Loopys' sister, Twinny doesn't seem to care, she swoops in on the best bits of food or treats. Has any other Blogger got a blind hen or hens? How do you cope with them? Any hints?

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Things happen

It has been a while since I posted here, nothing exciting to tell you. I may be in employment in the next few weeks, fingers crossed. Not exactly what I used to do or trained for and about half or more the salary. But, employment hopefully. I'll say no more about it until/when I get the job or not. Life throws things at us from all angle. This week it is the breakdown of my washing machine. Tried all sorts of things but, it looks like it is a goner!So having to hand wash the towels that where in it. This is where I wish I had a spin dryer to take out the excess water after washing by hand. My wrists are aching already from just wringing them in the washer and putting them in the sink! But, must crack on and get them hung outside as the weather is dry at least. I do hope good 'thing' are in your week!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


I was trying to change the picture on my header and ended up with the selected image as the background to the current one, Doh! Me and technology........!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Now that's a tasty Scotch egg!

I had to go to the village Co-op store to get some cat food as, a neighbours' cat (sitting besides me now) comes in to snaffle my cats' food and I'd run out of it. I also bought a cabbage (stir fry for tea and the hens love cabbage) and spotted the Scotch egg as pictured above. Mug of tea made, 2 pics taken and scoffed as 'breakfast', very tasty indeed! Highly recommend the eating of, providing of course that you like chillies. John Gray would like it I'm sure, bet he's already tried one?