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Off a travelling

Life has been utterly hectic this week. What with evenings out, catching up with friends, the rescue, amongst other things, and trying to clean a house while three dogs tear around it, is like shovelling snow while it’s still snowing. Laura, our wonderful dog sitter will be staying for three weeks this time, so there has to be plenty of cat…

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All is calm

A hush has descended of late. The birds are mostly silent now, shrouded by mist, and the days grow cold and gradually longer. A lone robin valiantly sings throughout the long freezing nights and still it rains. January is always a strange month at the rescue. The spring and summer chicks have been reared and have long since flown the nest and most of the hedgehogs are sleepy…

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Out with the old

I was very grateful this Christmas, to be able to sit down to eat in a warm, dry house. It has rained continually here for the last month, yet the deluge that came down on Christmas day had me panicking. The courtyard suddenly flooded, something that has never happened before, and the water was a whisker below the air vents.…

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On a wing and a prayer

Being my usual disorganised self, Christmas, as is the norm around here, is sorted out in one crazy, stressful week! Finally, the decorations are up. The Carol concert has been attended, this year we went to the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. A beer was enjoyed afterwards…. in the quaintest little pub in Liverpool. Presents are finally bought and wrapped… and a lovely,…

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Wild, wet, windy, and bleak.

I almost called this post “rain, rain, rain RAIN“, and those words would have settled nicely to the rhythm of Baldrick’s WW1 poem. For those of you who haven’t heard it, see here. I am heartily sick of being utterly drenched, but that’s nothing compared to the suffering of those living in Cumbria who have been flooded, yet again. This…

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From the mouths of babes

Involvement with the rescue and finding myself in an odd spot, seem to go hand in hand. Last week provided me with a few more potentially disastrous situations. A first for daughter and I, was bag-packing at a local supermarket. Who knew how hairy this could be! There appears to be a divine order as to how items should be…

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Out of kilter

There has been talk of climate change for years now, and while the alleged experts continue to debate the causes, the weather and seasons become ever more erratic and unpredictable, to the point where the process has now been given a name, “Weather Weirding.” Across the globe, incidents of severe and extreme weather are now becoming the norm. I have certainly noticed a change…

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A lost season

A disappearing lawn….how many times have I been here? Dogs! Sighs. This summer I haven’t managed any gardening, at all! Borders are completely overrun with weeds, especially mare’s tail, brambles and ground alder. Shrubs and roses are in urgent need of a good prune and ivy and other climbers have long since escaped over the roof, fences or into trees, while a few thousand apples currently…

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Of mist and mushrooms

The days are short now, and the long dark evenings stretch out unmercifully. Thank goodness for candles, a fire and good books! It’s going to be a long haul until spring, so time to batten down the hatches and prepare for hibernation. Last night I awoke thinking it was raining, I went to the window and realised that it was…

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