Thursday, December 31, 2009
It was good .. it actually captured my attention and I'm not a fan of gimmicks
I hate going to the theatre - I can't sit still long enough to enjoy a movie usually and this was a LONG film - but apart from one brief moment at about the 1.5 mark when I checked the time and thought -oh I guess this is ending soon (it didn't) it held me.
Strong women (many), interesting interactions of human, animal and plant, political messaging, and a decent story line all enhanced the amazing 3D effect
I read James Cameron wanted people going back to the theatres - and he thought this movie would help - I agree - it's been out 11 days here and the first show of the day was packed.
I got to to see a Telus goat ad too - one of my buddies from http://www.rabbittalk.com/, HT and the Hobby Farm forum was the wrangler for the ads so I'd heard about them but not seen one.
Here's an example of one for those of you not on dial up ....
Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
We had a short but lovely walk around a field this afternoon - very weird to hear the coyotes yipping and yammering at 2:30 ...
Seed catalogs have started arriving so holidays can be spent arranging my garden - at least in my head ... I usually use Vesey's but William Dam is tempting me this year somehow ...
babies are all doing well ... phew
I will post pictures soon the oldest ones really look rabit like now
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
our first baby rabbits were born this weekend - this is them at about 20 hours old - already you can actually tell they are rabbits- their ears are lengthening by the minute
Mama Joy is doing a good job with them ..
one is grey and pink, one is black with a little pink and one is quite pink - I can't wait to see what colour they become !!
Saturday, December 5, 2009
we are saving hard to get some implements for the atv - a grass cutter is highest on my list
"our" plan is apparently to grow an acre of potatos next summer .. well part of the plan anyhow - I have reservations but I guess it's one way to learn ...
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
so that takes me down to 5 extra rabbits - one is a Polish rabbit - cute as a button - I'm hoping she can find a forever home quickly too :)
She's young and cute as can be!
the remaining 4 - Tegan is quite young - has been bred twice but never managed to raise a litter .. she is a siamese sable and quite social and interested in life.
Daisy is BEAUTIFUL, a broken something (just means white and black) and while she isn't eating as well as I'd like she is starting to think treats are neat.
Joy is scared to death - a big (well for the breed) lovely grey chinchilla coloured bunny she has obviously not been handled much.
The last bunny is a sad case - she isn't eating much and it looks like she has serious liver issues - I've heard the word palliative in conjunction with her already :(
they surely are beautiful souls though - it's a honour to have them in my crazy life ..
I think Tegan, Daisy and maybe Joy will all be good fibre girls
Fibre wise we are living with Franklin (turns out I'm right - fibre comes off a handicapped bunny too!), Puff Daddy (an english angora) and Ella as well as the ever loving Niobe ... so to add 2 or maybe 3 rabbits to the mix seems reasonable
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I'm taking a course every other weekend and working .. and I'm getting tired .. sounds pathetic but it's true .. I do half of what most folks do and have no excuse for running out steam but I guess if I am running out of steam I need to figure out a way to recharge
Looking forward to 2 weeks off around christmas very much :)
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sammie - a little foster cat; Hank- Tom's heart - the best farm dog EVER ; Flopsy Mo- born in our house 14 years ago: Lukie-- the baby fibre bunny who stole my heart on first look .... Coco - the lovely himi lady: Sophie the grey bunny companion for Bebe...
none of the deaths expected or sensible - or related to the others - a hard time for us - we are shell shocked honestly
brought home this though on Friday night - 5.5 months old .. a total love bug - full of character ... we'll see how he fits in
our first dog was a golden named Rufus - he was a ding a ling but a wonderful dog - Sampson will have very big paws to fill between all of our great large dogs - Rufus, Laurice and Hank .. we have had alarge dog in the house for the past 19 years .. and Sally while fabulous in her own right is not a large dog!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Lukie got his ear scratched - my guess would be Bebe reached through the pen and nailed him :(
lots of blood - luckily it clotted fast so we just sat and cuddled (and worked on more mats) while I held a clean towel on it ..
poor little dude was most upset through
I was glad he hadn't had dinner yet - feeding him cheered him right up ..
Friday, September 18, 2009
too many green tomatoes on the vine - too little time to fit everything in (Art Tour, Antique show, wooding, weeding, cleaning, laundry, bunny grooming, dog walking, making bread, Milford fair - all on the list !!)
but the fire is roaring and all is well
Sunday, September 13, 2009
on the home front I'm still wooding, weeding, and taking care of Franklin Kaede no Go Bunny (the whole name for the funny little angora with paralysis)Also started work again 2 weeks ago - hence the paucity of posts .. new staff to train, a new group of students to break in .. oh well it keeps me out of trouble .. though I was finding a pretty happy groove in August ;)
such is life
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Big T felled a BIG tree we can work on over the next couple of weekends. He also split a bunch of the pine from dad's place.
I've pulled up a ZILLION BIG UGLY weeds from the garden - but a trazillion more wait for my hearty yanks...
Bunny No Go is still not great - still paralysed and not really doing his thing ... worried that he may not be emptying his bladder entirely - I hate expressing bladders - always worry I'll rupture them but glad I thought of it - yup I'm now expressing his bladder
Thursday, August 27, 2009
the very adorable Lukie - aka Luke Shywalker ! He's just a baby - 3 months old or so .. and so BIG EYED and curious about everything
Kaede - a dear soul who is sadly Bunny No Go - hurt, probably in transport, I'm hoping he makes a full and speedy recovery - he isn't moving very well at all right now though - so I'm on heavy nursing duty right now - immobilizing and force feeding a very sweet gentleman (who pretty much shares my birthdate - if not year!)
Ella Bella - a sweet and giant beauty - isn't she LOVELY? She's called a broken tort for those who might want to know ;) Lukie is a lilac - or as one of my friends said - the colour of clouds just before the sun breaks through. Bunny No Go is a lynx - and very handsome.
I am amazed I'm excited about more rabbits :) but there you go I am .. hopping for joy even ;)
Monday, August 24, 2009
I don't have enough hay put up for the bunnies, the tomatoes aren't ripe enough to turn into sauces yet, the garlic is too wet to pull, Arley still isn't home, Sally's allergies are doing their fall flare up a little early, Nando's galloping heart seems to be slowing .. - the list goes on and on ...
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
and it is a huge worry.
He's a simple loving dude who doesn't have much common sense.
He spends a lot of life plotting great escapes but somehow I suspect he's regreting this one.
The people of Prince Edward County are amazing though - I called one vet to report him lost - the receptionist gave me two other numbers; each person I called kept trying to think of who else could help. So I've called all the vets in the area, the radio station, the newspaper, the humane society, the dog catcher and am feeling pretty good about humans right now. Everybody was so sympathetic and non judgemental (I guess I'm beating myself up enough). I'm not feeling quite so positive about predators like coyotes right now though.
We are all missing him - dogs, humans and the other cats, like old Nando in the picture with him. Of course I think the kitten Rumour misses him most.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
We were up a little later than usual and therefore let the dogs out a little later than usual. Sally took off like a rocket for the chicken part of the yard with Hank and Brody HOT on her heels (the boys were barking and growling like mad).
Big T raced out to see what was happening while I grabbed flashlights. Hank was in the chicken run growling and snapping at something in the pen. The ramp (which is also the night lock) had been knocked aside and there are scratches on the wall of the coop.
The girls were fine but I think it was a pretty close call. Dogs didn't have a scratch on them and settled fairly quickly so whatever it was obviously booted for the hills fast. I suspect a coyote as any racoon I've ever seen cornered fights pretty hard and very loudly and can't get away too fast. Also we hear coyotes every night and have never seen a coon here (not even as road kill).
Sure got our hearts pumping fast ..
We ended up staying up even later and watched the last episode of Entourage for Season 4. Big T will have to get season 5 when he's at work this week!
Friday, August 7, 2009
a healthy ache but a full day of weeding, and wooding after a night of little sleep camping out under the full moon and it serves me right
the wood was junk - pine and ceder but it had fallen onto Dad's neighbours yard so it needed to be cleared - might as well cut it up for the woodstove - dragging it out of the grape vines was back breaking work - the vines were as thick as my arm
the tomatoes may never ripen if we don't get some heat - we have lovely GREEN tomatoes hanging but thats it
peas were ok - lettuce is still chugging along
I must start pulling onions and drying them
carrots are tiny (MUST thin better next time) but tasty
a few ground cherries look like they'll make it - I can't wait
still getting the blackberries though less and less
garlic is truly impressive (and weedy - I've been ignoring that bed lately)
it really does feel like summer is winding down but we are only one week into August!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
here is my favourite picture of a typical sunset .. taken from right behind the schoolhouse
my favourite local beach walk - often this quiet at any time and maybe 10 minutes away if I putter along the road
and finally the schoolhouse itself .. the scene of much learning, loving and laughing
more pictures over the next few days ...
Saturday, July 25, 2009
gotta love it
snow peas, peas, peppers, cheese, eggs, mushrooms, onions, garlic, any herb want - and tonight steak .. on our housewarming present from mum (a new bbq finally put together)
raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
home made bread ...
that's all simply yum
not sure I'll be giving up sugar or diet coke but this time of year certainly inspires me to be as local as possible - I'm in search of locla honey at the moment
will try to stay inspired a little later into the autumn this year .
Monday, July 20, 2009
my legs are still pasty white under my jeans but today there is a hint of summer
I'm sitting outside the library at our local hamlet on my laptop with the wireless connection restoring my sanity (apparently I AM addicted to the net and 5 days induces withdrawal that hurts!) but have had a lovely day - mixed up chores, a quick trip to town to take fresh greens to the guinea pig babies I have up for adoption, eating fresh peas and blackberries, watching bunnies and chickens and dogs enjoy the nice day .. and of course, weeding... but I feel like I'm getting somewhere weeding so even that was fun today - the garden is starting to ripen though I have my doubts about some crops.
Trying to knock off a painting or two as well - supposed to be in an art show this weekend - but can't find the pre-move work .. may not have enough to show up ... we'll see
Monday, July 13, 2009
Saffron is way way cuter than this bad picture .. she's tiny - not two pounds I bet and has dark brown eyes... and she's FRIENDLY .. holey smokes Big T has NEVER said he liked a rabbit before - he likes this one enough to name her and Niobe too :)
Niobe (Ethiopian godness of night) is dark black - tiny earred and maybe 4 -5 pounds tops.. is she a Jersy Wooly??
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
they have been out in the day pen the last 2 days - I'm too nervous to totally free range them quite yet (dogs, cars, hawks, etc) but they are loving the very rustic run .. with the bird netting over the top as I am pretty sure at least one of them can fly...
I had to pick Buffy up to put her into the coop last night - they were determined to party all night long ... was easier than I thought to scoop her up - and she settled right down as soon as I had her too.
Bunnies are settling in too - the tiny dwarf hasn't had her babies yet so maybe she won't now - she sure was nesting though..
the satin angora needs some serious grooming and dematting but is starting to trust me so I'm not going to rush her
I'm thinking Lola and Bebe might bond and be happy (Bebe is Pongo's partner but he is one fiesty bunny finding him a new buddy since Pongo died has proved impossible) I have them in seperate hutches in the dog run for now - will take turns letting them out in the run during the day then eventually let them out together .. fingers crossed they agree to cohabit as I hate having Bebe without a friend as he really is semi feral.
Veggies keep growing, as do weeds.. I got into the garden for half an hour today and made a difference though- bugs are starting to go after potatoes ... figures eh?
We also went for a LONG walk (this is supposed to be holidays after all - and all we've done is work). It was truly lovely - we've not had a chance to appreciate the land at this time of yeqr before. We found masses of wild strawberries - absolutely TINY but so so so so sweet.
Off for dinner with Big T 's folks today - it's his mother's birthday!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Buff Orpington and Black Australorp ..how cool is that?
Coop is nearly built - chicken wire is ready for making a run .. hopefully they'll get to move out tomorrow. Big T has used all scavenged materials - amazing we have been able to just build around what we have. Bunny hutches need to be banged together too - hopefully tomorrow morning will be as nice as this morning was ...
weeding is on the to do list (of course) as the garden is a jungle but we'll get there when we can
dogs are loving it - we are loving it too
it smells SO GOOD to just stand outside the front door.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
vareharri hay lying on the field waiting to be baled ...
how cool eh?
I love the smell of fresh mown hay too
peas, lettuce, watermelon, cukes are coming up
tomatos look better, ground cherries and peppers still not happy
carrots got thinned today - beets still need to be done
weeding, weeding, weeding, weeding ...
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
transplants are all in ..
tomatos are ok, leeks and onions from seeds are weak
onions from sets look good, garlis is amazing
peppers seem small but very green
ground cherries are holding their own
potatoes have started popping leaves up
beets are TINY
no sign of corn, cosmos, marigolds, watermelon or cukes yet
mint is hardy and spreading too fast ...
peas are soaking to go in tomorrow - late but organizing it all is tough work - fingers crossed they take
raised herb bed ( in old wading pool) got planted today - still need parsley but Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, and Basil (Basil is actually in with tomatos) are putting out roots
dogs are tired and life is good
planning chicken coop ... and trying to weed more ... cutting grass... never ends never ever ends
Friday, May 29, 2009
Two new souls have joined team VareHarri.(both are absolutely SOUND asleep in this hilarious photo)
Arley (means brave) is only about 8 months old and he is HUGE. He has a mild neurological impairment that makes him a little wobbly but he doesn't know there is anything slowing him down.
The tiny black and white girl remains nameless at the moment ..she has a heart murmur and is deemed unadoptable but oh my gosh you'd never know there was anything holding her back - she climbed onto the parrot cage last night - BRAT!