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Archive for January, 2009

Dog-gone it – Again!

January 29th, 2009 by Heidi

James is leaving us again! Tuesday Steve was on the late shift which allowed us all to go for another “last ‘family’ walk”! Unfortunately James was even less cooperative with the camera than last time! Don’t worry though, we still have MJ to keep everyone on their toes!


Blue Eggs!

January 28th, 2009 by Heidi

You may have read that back on the 15th we did some re-arranging of the fowl that are currently living in the house. The chicks and quail got new bigger digs upstairs, safely shut in the pens in the spare bedroom, leaving our little bantam with the whole dog crate to herself.


Hope for the spring!

January 27th, 2009 by Heidi

Back at the end of November I reported that we had moved our sheep into their breeding groups. On Sunday we separated them back to girls and boys. Hopefully the boys have been busy enough over the last couple of months to ensure us a bumper crop of lambs in the spring. Well hopefully Romulus has as Bertram seemed more interested in eating!


250 years ago

January 25th, 2009 by Heidi

250 years ago today Robert Burns (aka Rabbie Burns, Scotland’s favourite son, the Ploughman Poet, the Bard of Ayrshire and in Scotland simply The Bard) was born in Ayrshire, Scotland. Some of his more well known works include ‘Auld Lang Syne‘, ‘A Red, Red Rose‘, ‘To A Mouse‘ and of course the ‘Address to a Haggis‘.



January 21st, 2009 by Heidi

Zeus has been acting a little off his game, and yesterday this reached a level that had us concerned enough to make a vets appointment. He had cried a few times as if he was in pain, but there was no obvious cause. His behaviour has become a little erratic as well, with him outright ignoring me; staring into space and yesterday I went in the dogs room and he was pacing and panting as if it was the middle of summer.


Dollars for dogs: is your dog worth a dollar?

January 18th, 2009 by Heidi

The Dog Legislation Council of Canada exists to promote and support responsible dog ownership and public bite-prevention education and to encourage and foster the implementation of non-breed specific dangerous dog by-laws. They currently have a dollars for dogs campaign, to raise money for a constitutional challenge, here are a few quotes from their blog that I think will help you understand why it is so important to stand behind them in this.


One night only!

January 17th, 2009 by Heidi

Thursday evening Maggie moved on to her another foster home. She was just making a short stop here. But we were at 1 foster dog for one night only! As James came back to us on Friday, sadly it didn’t work out with his new family.


Thinking warm thoughts

January 15th, 2009 by Heidi

Now I love the winter, don’t get me wrong, I love the snow and am quite happy to chase Zeus through snow drifts and make snow angels. Today the sun is out, there isn’t a cloud in the sky and it all looks so beautiful, you just can’t help but want to go out and play. But, of course there is always a but!

A quail in the hand ….

January 12th, 2009 by Heidi

We had quite a busy Sunday, we began the research for what will hopefully be our next big exciting venture on the homestead, with a visit to another farm and a long chat with some very nice and helpful people! We also may, we hope, have found a new ‘partner’ for another smaller, but no less exciting venture. I am afraid though that in the interests of not ‘jinxing’ anything – thats all I am prepared to say! You will just have to keep checking in to see what we are up to!


Chick Chick, Chick Chick Chicken

January 7th, 2009 by Heidi

I figure its about time for an update on the Bantam hen and her brood, the ones that I am currently raising in a dog crate in my office, and what better way to do that than with some photos!


Dog-gone it!

January 5th, 2009 by Heidi

Over Christmas we had rather a house full, as we added an extra two foster dogs – Beaker & Kramer –


Happy New Year

January 2nd, 2009 by Heidi

First things first, we would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

2008 was quite a year – well for us anyway! It probably ranks as the most life changing year, alongside 2006 when we emigrated! We started 2008 grieving and hoping for better things in the new year. The end of 2007 had seen the loss of my Grandpa, my job and in the very last days of the year, the very sudden loss of our kitten Chaz. I don’t think we could ever have imagined how much 2008 had in store for us!