Saturday, October 27, 2007

Our garden in autumn & an update on Spike

Thanks for all the comments & good wishes regarding Spike. At first we thought he'd moved on but now he's eating the food every night which is the only indication we have that he's still there as we don't have a infra red camera. DH has been very tempted but we can't justify the cost.

I'm going to try and answer all the questions his arrival raised:

Firstly he was nursed back to health & looked after by a wonderful woman who runs the local hedgehog rescue service entirely self funded & voluntary. She currently has about 80 'pigs' in & will probably have most of them until next year as time is running out to release them before the weather gets too cold. I found her by googling 'hedgehog rescue' & the name of our nearest city & suggest you do the same if you can offer a good home. Gardens must be pesticide free & all hazards including wire, dogs etc must be addressed first. If you have a totally enclosed garden (walls preferred) you might be suitable to take on an injured 'pig' as they often come into rescue with eyes & limbs damaged beyond repair but a healthy 'pig' needs the space of approximately 10 gardens to roam in.

That brings me to the next comment which quite rightly queried my dogs' reaction to them. As both my girls are terriers they'd love nothing more than to hunt & probably kill him but as you can see in the photo above DH built a VERY solid gate & fence earlier in the year in preparation for our temporary guests and because we didn't want the dogs to ruin the garden. They have the patio & top of the drive to lounge on & also get plenty of walks so it works well. For us we have a garden that doesn't smell of dogs & the flower beds & lawn aren't ruined.

For the wildlife who also live in our garden, they have safety, peace & quiet with a ready supply of food & water as we have installed two bird tables & a bird bath.

grey squirrel

Bryony you beat me to it! I took the garden photo on my phone & then wrote the rest of the post via my laptop & before I could publish the changes you had already commented! First prize for a speedy commenter!


Monday, October 22, 2007

Red cross on the door

DH had his operation last week + is recovering with feline aid. 
If that weren't enough I've got a bad chest infection + am on my 2nd round of antibiotics + feel as if someone is twisting a knife in my chest :-( not much fun.

Mini sweater

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Meet Spike!

A few weeks ago I started hinting of some changes here at blueadt house and now I can finally reveal whats been going on.

Meet Spike!

He was taken into rescue in June '06 weighing just 3oz & suffering from a variety of ailments including lung worm. Now a healthy 4lb he's strong enough to go back into the wild or rather the bottom of our garden. He'll have the freedom to come & go as he wants with the added advantage of fresh food & water delivered every evening.


DH has made him a special house & it's carefully hidden under plastic covered in a mountain of leaves in a corner under a large bush sheltered by fencing.

Hedgehog house
'Band H' Hedgehog house

We're hoping that he doesn't 'leg it' & that he choses to stay in his house snug in all the leaves. The bottom of our garden is quite overgrown & home to squirrels in the trees, mice & lots of birds including Tawny owls. Hopefully he'll fit in well & make it his home.


Saturday, October 06, 2007

Long time no blog

It's been very busy in the blueadt household recently.

Memorable occasions include DD starting Secondary School. That was the whole reason for our house move & she's settled in well. We chose a house that was in between the two school sites so that she could walk to both & obviously this had to mean that the friends she has made live nowhere near us. So she can't walk to a friends house on a weekend & has to be taken everywhere by taxi aka me which we're gutted about as she wouldn't play out at the last house due to the girls who had bullied her & we were hoping that she'd gain friends nearby & have more confidence in going out.

She has joined a number of after school clubs but non are sports related which surprised me. She was delighted to present me with this recently her first creation at Cake Decorating:

cake decorations
Bluedog in icing sugar

DD has also celebrated her 12th birthday. Presents weren't in abundance as we've recently decorated her bedroom & DH built her a fantastic wardrobe with sliding mirrored doors which cost a fortune but she had a good time & a huge slab of chocolate cake with her birthday meal at a favourite restaurant. She is now over 5ft 4" tall & fast approaching my height of 5ft 5.5" & she can't wait until she's taller than me. She's now taller than a lot of my friends which delights her no end.

She has also been ill this week with a bad cold & another ear infection. So swimming in on hold for a few weeks until she recovers.

There has also been a fair bit of stress for DH regarding his working life. Due to internal politics he has been under pressure a lot recently & hasn't been happy with the direction he was being pushed into. Working for a very large organisation things take a long time to happen; 2 years in his case which is a very long time to have uncertainty about your place in the cog. But as luck would have it another job came up & he was interviewed on Wednesday just two days after started in the new department where he was dumped. We were celebrating last night as he got the job
As he's having an operation for Carpal Tunnel soon he will have spent a grand total of 10 days in the role, that he didn't want, before he goes on sick leave. The people on the new team are great but it's the way that the management has manipulated him that he can't stand so I'm really chuffed that they'll now be left without his indepth knowledge that they took for granted. His new job is a really interesting & vital role so I'm pleased that he'll have something to get his teeth into.

Things are changing for me too but I'm not ready to reveal how just yet.

On the knitting front things have been a bit quiet. I'm working away on Christmas projects which can't be shown here. Have also splashed out on the new Cat Bordhi book further to this review & OMG it really turns conventional sock construction on it's head! I'm doing a tiny baby sock for a keyring fundraiser but it's fidly as it's so small. Pics when it's finished.

I also got a lovely treat recently from Miss Malice. She had generously offered to pick some goodies up for me when she went home to Canada but was a bit late in posting them due to her manic timetable at the moment (read working full time & setting up her own business) so very kindly sent this gorgeous treat with my things:

Chameleon Colorworks Evolution
Chameleon Colorworks Evolution in Flamingo Sunrise

This yarn is unbelievably soft & so smooth. I'm planning to make a pair of bedsocks with it to stop DH moaning when I utilise his body heat to warm my frozen blocks of ice. Socktopus specialise in yarns that can't be bought anywhere else in the UK so head on over & be prepared to start drooling