August 2012

Garden wildlife

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24 August, 2012 - 12:08 | Sue Blacker

24th August, 2012:  The hedgehog in our garden! 

Wow, we were just minding our own business one evening at dusk when someone came to visit and root around in the area full of worms and stuff where the birds drop all their seed from the bird feeders.  It's nice to know that there are still some mobile hedgehogs - even the flat ones we see on the road seem much less numerous nowadays.   Long life to him!

The cats don't seem bothered by him, which suggests they are used to him ... which is good as well.  I suspect that hedgehog is not on the cat prey list anyway. 

The weaning of lambs

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24 August, 2012 - 11:57 | Sue Blacker

24th August, 2012: organising sheep is worth planning.  This saves them heading off in the wrong direction or getting into the wrong places.  

Going in .... and coming out!

Superwash musings - a work in progress

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9 August, 2012 - 11:22 | Sue Blacker

The traditional Hercosett superwash treatment is very effective.  By superwash treating wool, the edges of the scales on each hair are removed and smoothed, so that they cannot catch together as well.  This prevents shrinking and felting when the wool is washed in hot water or agitated.  The treatment itself uses plenty of chlorine and is therefore of questionable environmental credentials.

After the advent of cotton and polyester fibres, and with the early washing machines, wool became seen as "too difficult" because, with life speeding up, everyone expected to wash everything in the machine and wool did not respond well to the heat and agitation.  Hand washing was seen as a chore which took too long.  So superwash treatment of wool was a break-through in terms of bringing back wool into popular usage.

Lovely Ali

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9 August, 2012 - 11:03 | Sue Blacker

Ali is twelve.  We got her as a tiny kitten and at first she lived upstairs - mainly under the bed, except when she emerged to play.

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