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Pretty in pink

Our neighbour entrusted us (or rather George our sitting bantam) with another 8 precious eggs. We checked them on Monday and one was crushed which left 7. The other 2 bantams seem to have lost their broodiness and so we excluded them from the Eglu completely to avoid any more ‘accidents’ and ‘fowl deeds’. They were a bit miffed to say the least with the quality of the alternative accommodation on offer and Saturday evening I spent nearly half an hour chasing them round the little wooden run loaned by our neighbour, shepherding them in like a scene from ‘one man and his dog’ through a very small sliding door with wide arms and a garden cane. The same happened on Sunday but thankfully by Monday they’d got the message and put themselves to bed in the temporary run, tempted in by a trail of corn.

The trouble with the run is it’s quite low, so Katty Clean Doors the Silkie, being tall, has to crouch when she’s inside. It’s also not very waterproof and when it rains the food gets wet and so do the girls as they don’t seem to have the sense to go inside the ‘bedroom’ section to shelter. If we are successful with the eggs there is the potential for us to have growing chicks through into autumn and winter and life outside the Eglu would be very miserable for Georgette and Katty Clean Doors in the other run.

As luck would have it, a second hand but still boxed ‘as new’ Eglu with run became available and so we decided to treat the ladies to an upgrade. Very posh it is too. I hope the girls appreciate the lengths we have gone to as this has been couriered 439.4 miles from Cornwall. It arrived this Thursday afternoon…..

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They seemed very interested initially.

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George was having a break from sitting and was first to venture inside.

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She approved but is now back in the purple Eglu on her eggs. The other two are now sleeping pretty in pink !

 

 

 

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A Dragon’s Tale …..

Recently our friends Helen and Terry followed a dream, took the plunge and bought a pub in Hardraw, in the Yorkshire Dales. Lots of hard work ahead, but the old Quality and Risk team got together and we met up at The Green Dragon. Reminisced a lot, ate a lot (and the food was exceptional) and drank a lot !

Team reunion at The Green Dragon, Hardraw near Hawes, Yorkshire Dales

Team reunion at The Green Dragon, Hardraw near Hawes, Yorkshire Dales

On Saturday we walked along part of the Pennine Way into Hawes and mooched around the antique shops. We visited the Creamery, where we sampled and bought some fabulous Wensleydale cheeses. We sat in the sunshine and enjoyed a beer, then found a dog friendly tea room (Laburnum House) and had a lovely lunch before a bit more mooching and ambled home across the fields. Dinner in the pub was superb.

We later had a pleasant amble to Hardraw Force which is a waterfall on the Hardraw Beck in Hardraw Scar, a wooded ravine.  The Pennine Way long distance footpath passes close by. Public viewing of Hardraw Force is rather unusual, as the visitor has to go through the bar of the Green Dragon Inn !

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Comprising a single drop of 100 feet from a rocky overhang, Hardraw Force is claimed to be England’s highest unbroken waterfall – at least discounting underground falls. (The underground waterfall inside nearby Gaping Gill on the western flank of Ingleborough has an unbroken fall of over 300 feet.) Geologically, the bed of the river and plunge pool is shale; on top of that is sandstone and the top layer is carboniferous limestone.

Prominent safety signage clearly displayed ...

Prominent safety signage clearly displayed …

The path was very slippery so we risk assessed ! Two Risk Managers and a dog decided to turn back and take the bridge to the other side. However, despite one of our party taking a slide in the mud, the others pressed on with blatant disregard for the signage …..

Strictly prohibited !

Strictly prohibited !

They made it, unscathed !

They made it, unscathed ….almost ! 

The church is just next door to the Green Dragon and it was decorated with beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables for the Harvest festival. In the churchyard the local crochet circle had decorated an old bike with crocheted woodland animals and flowers.

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We had a fabulous time (thank you Helen) and are looking forward to our next Team Meeting.

Timperley Sunset

As long as I gaze on Timperley sunset I am in paradise. “Frank Sidebottom”

The sun never seems to set on our Timperley Early rhubarb as you can see from the photo below it doesn’t require forcing. It is obviously very happy in the raised bed and attracts the attention of many passers-by who most often comment that theirs isn’t doing nearly so well.

Timperley Sunset

Timperley Sunset

This morning I dug out one of our two crowns as last year we had far too much, even after giving plenty away. The photo below shows last year’s second flush, we had stripped all the first crop to dig out a crown for a neighbour.

Timperley Early

Timperley Early

It must just be the Timperley touch!

I was born in the town of Altrincham in Cheshire and raised in Timperley. Famous not only for its rhubarb but also as the home of Frank Sidebottom who sadly passed away in 2010. Back in 1997 a friend of mine had been driving him to gigs, I asked if it might be possible to get a “little frank” head and the signed head appeared the next day!

"Little frank"

“Little frank”

Frank Sidebottom

Frank Sidebottom

During the festive season we visited my parents who still live in Timperley and I took the opportunity to photograph the bronze memorial statue of Frank in the centre of Timperley Village. It was unveiled a year or so back with great celebrity fanfare, with the likes of “Badly drawn boy” present.

Frank Sidebottom "Timperley Sunset"

Frank Sidebottom “Timperley Sunset”

There is a village just south of Manchester.

with dream comfort memory to spare,

and in my mind I still need a place to go,

all my changes were there.

“Neil Young”?