Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hamish is back on form

Hi Folks

Yeh it is official.  I am back to rude good health.  Think the old bones need a bit of sunshine though.  Buddy and I had a race up to the top of the field.  I think the chickens got there before Us !!!!  Well we went round the garden this morning because Gina had spotted a Hummingbird Hawk Moth, big one, and decided we needed to celebrate the Spring and the Sunshine with a few well documented photos.  So here they are.  The snowdrops are really out now, closely followed by tons of tulips pushing up through the ground.  The goldfish are very active now and eating again and when we looked closely there were 3 toads (crapeaux) in the pond so tomorrow morning it will be threaded through with there eggs,  will get a picture weather permitting.

And to our great sadness we heard that today the lovely Jazz, those of you who follow this blog will know her as Phoebe's Mum has passed on and gone to chase her doughnut up there with the other dogs.

I am sure that Lynne, George, Phoebe and Caline will miss her like mad to say nothing of the chickens who absolutely mesmerised her.  She is a great loss because a sweeter and kinder personality would be hard to find.  Love ya Jazz Sleep Tight.

Here are a few pictures of Jazz to commit to memory

This to me is Jazz , she always had a smile on her face and a wag in her tail.  Will miss you kid..

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hamish and Buddy beat the snow.......

Hi All
This picture shows you what it looked like first thing this morning. AGAIN!  Me and my mate Buddy had to belt out and back and they did not go out again till afternoon when there was a bit of sunshine, all the snow melted and we went out to do you know what and came back in again.  The highest it was all day was -2oC Brrrrrrrrrr  again.

You can see us up the field and les jolies getting a quick peck at anything which may have had the temerity to put it's head above ground in this weather.  This was about 4 o'clock. (16.00hrs if you are french.)

But this is a great opportunity for you all to meet ( Penny hope you are paying attention.) Harvey and Dexter.  Westies living in Snowland opps I mean Buxton in Derbyshire.  This was of course as you know Buddy's old stomping grounds.
The little picture is of Dexter looking very much the Dandy and oh boy they are nearly as clean as me.  The other picture is of Harvey the Hamish look alike.  Then below we have the piece de resistance...  Dadadada  drum roll  Dexter the student.  wearing a stunning pair of specs.  She says if she has time tomorrow she will put them on the website.



Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hamish's Chickens are all grown up..

Hi Everyone

The picture above is to put a bit of colour in our grey lives.  We have had another half hearted attempt at being sunny again today and a disasterous attempt at being warm.  3oC top temp in the Montcuq area today.

Gina found this video and we thought we would try to upload it. Then you can see the chickens in action not laying but doing chickeny things. If this opens it will give a whole new world of experimentation and new publishing methods as yet unknown to the Hamish.

Well, here goes.No it did not work. Will have to get advice. !!!  Just wanted you to know we tried.  Am open to any suggestions about how to load videos on blogs.

Next picture was taken very near the french windows ( didn't want to get too far away from the warm) the snowdrops are still growing, oh Bless...

And last but not least, the hazel catkins are giving it a whirl.  See the sky was lovely and blue and COLD.

Talk to you again soon.



Monday, February 8, 2010

Hamish is really on the mend now.

HI Folks

So sorry we have been away.  She had people to meet places to go and you can't get the help these days can you?  As you can see from the picture it is still too cold to wander about outside.  Spring!!!  Bring it on.  I cannot remember a January and February as cold as this in the 7 years we have been here.  Buddy has disappeared into his chair reckon it will only take sun or food to get him out of it.

Gina has been clicking away again and said I can put the following pictures up for those of you who like to see what is going on at Souleillou.  The chickens are a fully fledged ( sorry about the pun ) production line now as you can see from the picture .............  and Ben and les jolies filles are really enjoying the extended chick pen area.  I picked out a picture here of Gina's study/studio just had a new door put in but you can see the remanents of a horsey past up there on the wall.  That was Sal's headcollar and Kipper's showing bridle with the pelham bit.  She has a pair of brand new riding boots that have never been worn in the bottom of the cupboard there and a showing cane.  So maybe will see some horses around again.  They have such nice smells this place smells too clean now.
The lemon tree and jade plant are as anxious as the rest of us to go out in the sun but heigh ho you probably would not get this blog if it is too nice out there, Well not till after the sun goes down anyway.  The last picture is taken outside the window in the study and I have ringed the birds.  The one on the feeder is a goldfinch, feisty little critters - he just sits there chucking out the sunflower seeds it seems that nothing but the perfect seed will do and at the end of 20 minutes of his antics the only sunflower seeds are the ones on the floor.  I could call him something other than a goldfinch.  !!!
Well that is it for today. 
Talk to you again soon