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Archive for October, 2008

Ol’ man winter Arrived!

October 30th, 2008 by Heidi

It seems that after a summer that never really got going, Ol’ man Winter wasn’t waiting for us to have Fall either! The first snow of this winter season arrived yesterday along with the first winter storm warning. It started snowing in the afternoon and just kept going, just before 10pm our power flickered off and on 3 or 4 times and then stayed off. Steve called the power company, but with a 36 minute hold time, he hung up.


Holey Moley my necks exposed!

October 25th, 2008 by Heidi

OMG! My hair has only been this short once in my life …. when I was a baby! My cousin Kim had a make-over earlier this year where she had her long hair cut very short and donated it to a great charity called Angel Hair for Kids and it got me thinking. (more…)

Sushi to mend a broken heart!

October 20th, 2008 by Heidi

Last week was a rough week. George was such a very special part of our life and is so missed. It is very hard to  believe that he isn’t just in the other room, asleep in the sunshine. He is not one of our more ‘in-your-face’ cats, he spends, sorry spent, most of his time sleeping in the library in my/his chair.


Blog Action Day 2008 – Poverty

October 15th, 2008 by Heidi

This morning I received my daily email from Zen Habits containing a reminder for Blog Action Day, so I followed the link to see what the deal was. Write about Poverty. What do I know about poverty; I was brought up in middle class England, and now live on a farm just outside Ottawa in Canada. I have never been poor, not truly. There have been difficult times; times when money has been short. But I have always had a roof over my head, and have never gone hungry.


Heart break

October 15th, 2008 by Heidi

Yesterday was supposed to be about voting, then Steve went downstairs in the morning and came back and got me out of bed, strangely I was already awake, saying that there was a problem with George. Steve had found him in one of their little houses, crying and unable to move from the waist down. His back paws were cold. We knew.

If you know us, or read about George’s episode in August, you will know that George had an un-treatable heart condition. There was nothing that could be done about it, if he had developed symptoms they could have treated those, but it never came to that.

We took him to the vet, where he confirmed that George had had a clot, and that his lungs had also been affected, and that there was nothing that could be done. There was no decision, he was in pain. They gave him an injection in his back leg so he wouldn’t feel it, he was gone so fast.

We are trying to take some comfort from the fact that he was not ill for a long time, as he could have been with his condition. He had enjoyed the lovely weather on the weekend, as his favourite pastime was lying in a sunny spot, and Sunday he was having a great game jumping and sliding around in a box lid!

Our George - taken at the end of August

Our baby George is gone and there is a hole in my heart now. He was only 4 years old.

Afterthought :- I did vote, not for the winner though, I am ashamed to admit it was the first time. I think it is pretty poor that we take for granted our right to vote, but then don’t exercise that right.

Outstanding in my field

October 13th, 2008 by Heidi

After the escape of the cross goose we decided that we would keep them in the barn for a few days to let them get settled and used to us. This morning I went out to the barn and found the door open, and no geese!


Billings bridge

October 12th, 2008 by Heidi

We decided to take a visit to the Ottawa farmers market, as we hadn’t visited it yet; it was very good with much varied and good quality produce. Its just a shame that it is such a trek for us or I think we would go every Sunday. We then had an afternoon of apple picking planned as it is the last weekend the orchard we like is open. But of course being close by we couldn’t not stop to check on the ducks at Billings bridge.


New additions

October 10th, 2008 by Heidi

So I was looking through the UsedOttawa livestock section, I am really not sure why, and I came across an advert for a breeding pair of Wild Turkeys.


Flaming Starlings

October 7th, 2008 by Heidi

Well it’s not literally flaming starlings but it’s not far off! :o


Mer Bleue

October 4th, 2008 by Heidi

We decided we deserved a day off from all the chores and winter preparations, and went exploring Mer Bleue, one of the largest bogs in southern Ontario, part of the greenbelt, and an internationally significant wetland under the United Nations’ Ramsar Convention. It also happens to be a short drive from home.



October 1st, 2008 by Heidi

Seriously, how is it October? I really dont know what has happened to this year, five minutes ago we were moving into our new house! If anyone can tell me what happened to the summer I would be very grateful! Although I am not sure it was much of a summer here or in the UK from the sounds of things.

The point of today’s post is really just updates.