Monday, December 28

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I received a great book for Christmas. The Primrose Bakery Book of Cupcakes so I decided to give it a whirl yesterday and made some vanilla cupcakes with a white chocolate butter icing top!

They were delicious, though my dislike of anything chocolate did prevail. I thought white chocolate would be okay, and indeed I only had a slight taste, but it was quite evident that once again chocolate and I just were not meant to be.

Jon did have one which he enjoyed, so the rest are now in the freezer ready for his snack boxes in the New Year!

Talking of New Year I have made my resolution....
The only advice I am going to follow is advice I like or agree with!

Sound don't you think?

Tuesday, December 22

Winter in the Village

Winter has certainly arrived in the village! Today I had to deliver our christmas cards, so armed with my camera and trusty Freida we walked through the village in the cold snow.

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Here is Freida afterwards....truly WORN out!
As we sat in the snug I became aware of the WILDLIFE in the garden.
I captured this robin and thrush from the comfort of the settee!








At this time of the year I love comfort food, my particular favourite is Welsh Rarebit!
Tasty and a great way to utilise the eggs the gals produve!





My ultimare recipe.......
Beat up one egg
Grate a good chunk of strong cheddar and work into beaten egg
Add Tabasco, Worcester Sauce to taste. + mustard powder + salt & pepper
Spread onto toast
Grill until golden brown

result........WOW!




Finally, last night I captured my hens in their shed, huddling together keeping warm!









Monday, December 21

Home Delivery!

Our House Yesterday




Back Garden



Pine Trees at very bottom of garden


Our Drive

It started to snow on Saturday night, about 5pm. It continued to snow throughout the day really on and off! No card passed just the council gritter, a couple of tractors and 4x4's. Jon went to the workshop in the pick-up but had to return for various solutions to deal with the frozen padlock to the compound.

I do not like driving in the snow and was home all day as I was expecting some shopping deliveries. The first phone call came early as we were at the breakfast table. This was from Asda. Apparantly the vans had encountered problems from 5pm Saturday and had not been able to get to some locations, the phone call was just allerting me to some problems that may affect us. He left me with his mobile number and I had a good think. If he could get to either nearby Guisborough or Redcar I had friends who could take delivery and we could go later in 4x4 and collect. Sorted.

The second call came from Tesco, who were delivering our lovely free range turkey for Christmas Dinner. I must admit I panicked when the caller announced they were from Tesco. However it was just to say the delivery would be slightly later, but would arrive within 30 minutes. Phew! 10 minutes later I had the turkey, now safely stored in the cold garage.

Back to Asda, after a couple of calls the delivery chap was on his last delivery in Redcar as he couldn't get any further, so he delivered our shopping to one of our neighbours from 22 years ago when we lived on Castle Road.

John arrived from work and we went to Redcar. The roads were trecherous and although we were Ok in the pick up and Jon is skilled with driving in such conditions, we managed to get to Redcar. There were quite a few cars on the roads, but taking things very carefully. We were greeted by Marjorie and we had a brief exchange of cards & greetings before we headed home.

When we unpacked we discovered several chilled items were missing so despite my best planning efforts and avoidance of having to go out and shop anymore, it would seem I have to and I have concerns about the size of the turkey! I do not think it is big enough to feed 8 hungry people!
Hmmmmmmmmm!
What is it about Christmas that sends us up such paths of doubt?

Watch this space!



Friday, December 18

Snow in the Village



Ignore the time setting on this picture, it was taken around 4pm today, Thursday from our gates at the end of the drive..



The hens experienced snow for the first time today! When I opened their door at 10 o'clock this morning only one came out then turned round and went back inside. I could hear lots of discussion going on and they stayed put for the morning!



We can always tell when it is going to be really cold because Jo puts himself to bed. Here he is a few minutes ago.


To the right of this picture you can just see the bale of straw which we use for his bedding. I have a sneaking suspicion that Bev, the black hen has snuggled down for the night, as this is where they will have layed their eggs today! We get 6 every day, so they are all laying!

Well Done Gals!

Tuesday, December 15

ABC Wednesday...V is for.....

A VERY Merry Christmas from our VILLAGE!






These Geese belong to one of my neighbours and as I delivered my christmas cards a couple of years ago I captured the moment!

A wonderful scene depicting the spirit of Christmas!


The Spirit of Christmas

Author Unknown

I have a list of people I know
All written in a book
And every year at Christmastime
I go and take a look
And that is when I realise
That those names are a part
Not of the book they're written in
But of my very heart

For each name stands for someone
Who has crossed my path some time
And in that meeting they've become
A treasured friend of mine
And once you've met some people
The years can not erase
The memory of a pleasant word
Or a friendly face

So when I send a Christmas card
That is addressed to you
It's because you're on that list
Of folk I'm indebted to
And you are one of many folk who
In times past I've met
And happen to be one of those
I don't want to forget

And whether I have known you for
Many years or few
In some way you have a part in
Shaping things I do
This, the spirit of Christmas, that
Forever and ever endures
May it leave it richest blessing
In the hearts of you and yours.

Thursday, December 10

Foot Stuff!

A woman sought the advice of a sex therapist, confiding that she found it increasingly difficult to find a man who could satisfy her, and that it was very wearisome getting in and out of all these short-term relationships. "Isn't there some way to judge the size of a man's equipment from the outside?" she asked earnestly.

"The only foolproof way, is by the size of his feet," counseled the therapist.

So the woman went downtown and proceeded to cruise the streets, until she came across a young fellow standing in an unemployment line with the biggest feet she had ever laid her eyes on. She took him out to dinner, wined and dined him, and then took him back to her apartment for an evening of abandon.

When the man woke up the next morning, the woman had already gone but, by the bedside table was a $20 bill and a note that read, "With my compliments, take this money and go out and buy a pair of shoes that fit you."

I laughed at this joke yet I do not think I will be laughing tomorrow as I am off to the Health Centre dut to a problem with my left foot! It has been occuring for a couple of weeks now, just my left foot, not my right one, that is OK!

I am very fortunate in having a great Health Centre! The staff are fantastic and we always have a good laugh! Infact I think I will take my camera along tomorrow and share the wonderful experience with you all!

Watch this space!

Monday, December 7

U is for ...Update!

My World is very much based around the everyday goings on in the Nesbitt household, a very important part of this is our hens.


Our hens back in July!





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Here they are going to bed a few nights ago. From the left, Olwyn,(Dark Brown) Eva, May,(Beige) Margie,(White) Bev, (Black) Mabel, (Dark Brown)

They now have a regular routine and go to bed independently when the darkness is approaching, usually around 5pm.

By watching their movements I am now confident that all 6 hens are laying eggs on a regular basis. We are getting between 4 and 6 eggs every day,


Top left Bev
Top Right Margie
Bottom left Olwyn & Mabel
Bottom right Eva & May


The taste of the eggs is outstanding and we have eggs for breakfast every day and I am discovering new recipes evry day. One recipe I am going to try is this one:-

Indulgent spinach, bacon, cheese and potato frittata recipe

Ingredients:

* 100g of lardons (we used home cured ones, chopped streaky bacon slices will do at a pinch)
* 2-3 medium potatoes, peeled, sliced and cooked until soft
* 2-3 tblsps of chopped parsley
* 6 large eggs
* 200g of spinach
* 50g of mature cheddar cheese (cut into squares)
* 15g of grated mature cheddar (topping)
* 2 tblsp of olive oil
* 1 fat garlic clove (chopped very fine)
* Good twist of ground black pepper

Method:

1. Fry the bacon lardons in the olive oil until crispish (soft on the inside, browned on the outside). Peel and cook the potatoes. When the bacon slices are ready, set them aside. Meanwhile prepare the other ingredients.
2. Wash and wilt your spinach (the wash water will cling to the leaves.) Pop into a large saucepan (lid on) for 2-3 minutes until they wilt. Remove, wash with cold water and strain in a colander.
3. Chop your cheese, whisk the 6 eggs with a fork and chop your herbs and add them to the eggs along with the other ingredients.
4. Heat the bacon infused olive oil gently in a large pan. Add the finely chopped garlic. When the oil is hot and the garlic golden pour the beaten egg (with the chopped cheese, bacon, spinach and herbs) into pan. Immediately turn the heat down to the lowest setting. After a mnute or so arrange the cooked potato slices over the top, sprinkle the grated cheddar and leave for 15 minutes. Do nothing. Set the timer for 12 minutes!
5. When the timer goes off set your grill to the highest setting so that it will be sizzling when you transfer the frittata from stove top. Finish under the high grill for 30 – 60 seconds.
6. Serve immediately with a green salad.

“The codfish lays ten thousand eggs,
The homely hen lays one;
The codfish never cackles,
To tell you when she's done;
And so we scorn the codfish,
While the humble hen we prize;
Which only goes to show you,
That it pays to advertise”



White Christmas?

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This was the scene from my study window a couple of years ago. I am not sure what the predictions are for the Christmas period but I would be surprised if we had snow. I love snow at Christmas simply because the village looks lovely but when people have to make car journeys it all gets rather dangerous. I do not like driving in the snow, despite having a 4x4. Jon however is in his element and rises to the challenge.

A few Christmas cards have started to arrive but I am keeping them all until the weekend as it is the village carol service at the village pub, the Waterwheel and this is when I feel christmas has started and I get in the mood for the festivities. We will bring the tree down from the loft and hand a wreath on the gate. I also need to think about our own christmas cards......I always try to find a suitable picture and keep the design simple!

Hmmmmmmmm!

Sunday, December 6

Testing Times!

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It would seem I can post pictures via photobucket, as suggested!
So what better subject than Jo, my gander who is currently asleep on the front lawn!

So it would appear normal service has been resumed!
Watch this space! I certainly will be!

Tuesday, December 1

T is for...........Trouble!

Last week I said I was planning a surprise and if you look back over my past post you will realise what the surprise was....and you will also note that I am unable to share any photos right now as my Google account needs re-subscribing!

I do not seem to be able to upload any pictures from picassa or indeed from my pictures file on my laptop!

I find this all rather tedious and if anybody has any suggestions/hints/remedies I am all ears!

So ABC Wednesday....no pictures! Terrible!

Thursday, November 26

Surprise.....all is revealed!

Yesterday was my best friend Maria's 50th birthday! I had discussed wuth her what she wanted to do and she wanted lunch at her favourite restaurant in Guisborough, "The Cat's Whiskers".....OK I said, this is what we will do.........

Here Maria is wearing the hat we had bought for her present. We had spotted them in the Hiking Shop a few days ago!

 



Oh and I forgot to mention....I had mentioned the meal to Maria's beloved neice and nephew ....so they came up for a surprise...

and way hey......our friends Dorothy & Keith flew over from France, just to join in!

2 of my nephews, Ben & Andrew called in too!


Maria loved every minute of it!

What a great time was had by all!



Maria normally goes to a local quiz on a Wednesday evening, and again she just wanted to do this!
First we had nibbles at Maria's....Then we all went round to the pub!

There was 4 of us in our team.....we won!

Oh and did I mention there was lots of Maria's friends and family there too........as a surprise for the birthday girl!

 







I had managed to get the most wonderful pork pie which we lit with candles. I brought the cake out and announced....
"I'd like to say a few words about Maria.......
Maria, makes me laugh!

(Everybody laughed (as they had been hinted to do) and then we all sang along (I had provided the song sheets for everybody!)

How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
How do you find a word that means Maria?
A flibbertijibbet! A will-o'-the wisp! A clown!

Many a thing you know you'd like to tell her
Many a thing she ought to understand
But how do you make her stay
And listen to all you say
How do you keep a wave upon the sand

Oh, how do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?

It was a fantastic night, everybody had fun, and what is most important Maria loved every minute of it all!


Tuesday, November 24

S is for....shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I love surprises!
The planning, the whispers, the giggling!
I love every bit of it all!

Right now I am planning a little something......but can't say anything yet!

Come back later!

Wednesday, November 18

Freida Nesbitt!







Today we legally adopted Freida! She is now ours.
Yesterday I took her round to my friend's house and as you can see Freida felt quite at home and snuggled up to Maria!

Freids is indeed a lovely natured dog! I am looking forward to sharing our walks and family life in the weeks and months to come!
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Tuesday, November 17

R is for.....River Cottage!

Over the years I have watched many cookery/lifestyle programmes on the TV. There have been many which I have enjoyed and in some cases re-created the recipes. The influence these programmes have on our everyday life can have surprising results.

I remember when Delia Smith used a certain dish people were flooding to the shops in their droves to buy that particular dish. When she used a certain type of white eggs in one of her dishes again all white eggs were being sold out at an alarming rate.

The one programme which has revolutionised my attitude to food and cooking has got to be River Cottage, specifically the inspirational Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

Over the years Hugh has promoted and inspired us to

Growing your own vegetables

Cooking hearty meals with local produce

Keep Chickens, Geese and Ducks

Buy ethically produced foods

Preserving & Pickling what we grow

Make our own Cider, Beer and Wine

Make our own crafts

Manage our land

Discover and Harvest Wild Foods

Exchange seeds

All this had led us on the journey towards a simpler, greener life!
I have connected with some great people along our journey who are also inspired by this wonderful man.

One of the best places to exchange ideas and discover more about various issues is through a forum. A place where we can ask questions and connect with other people who are like minded.

I am so excited about a new forum I have been involved with I would urge you to check it out , it is called "The Handmade Life" and you can find it here!

Do check it out! You will be very welcome!

Monday, November 16

Meet Freida!

Freida Sunday 15th November



Here she is!

On Sunday we took both dogs up the lane, something we were never able to do with Elsie and Wilma, it has been so so many years since Jon & I walked the dogs together. We were out for about 40 minutes and the dogs were walking alongside each other, both to the left of Jon & I.

After lunch as it was such a lovely day we decided to try putting both dogs in the back of the van and take them over the moors. We put both in the van and had a cup of tea whilst they got use to the situation.

About 10 minutes later we drove up to Danby Beacon and walked along the paths. Freida was definately happier when we were in front as she was pulling when Jon and Elsie were in the lead. There were quite a few of sheep on the moors and Elsie seemed to be showing a bit too much interest, despite being on the lead so we decided to quit qhilst the going was good.

We put both dogs in the back of the van and headed over to Jon's mum. Mavis has 2 dogs so it was a good test. Again we kept hold of the dog's leads and all seemed to get along fine.

Returning home I fed the dogs and Jon let both out into the garden. The coming and going through the kitchen patio doors was always a place of tension as it was here the altercations would take place, but Elsie and Freida seem to manage, but under strict supervision! Just as Jon was bringing in the coal Elsie snapped at Freida. Now when this happened with Wilma there was an almighty scrap often resulting in a vet's bill, but Freida wasn't phased. Jon reprimanded Elsie and Freida carried on as normal.

So this is the current situation which we are working through.

Watch this space!

Sunday, November 15

Resumed......Normal Service







Fingers crossed please!

Last week we recived a phone call from Jill of Cliff Top Kennels, near Scarborough. A German Shepherd had been brought in by Scarborough Council who found it wandering the street. We know Jill well as this is the place we take our dogs. She always had a soft spot for Wilma as she is an animal trainer and behaviourist so she understood Wilma' problems.
Jill told us about the dog and left it with us.
We had a good discussion and told Jill we wanted to take it further. She suggested we take Elsie to the kennels and see how they got along. Yesterday we did this and all seemed to go well. Needless to say I was quite nervous due to the 3years of constant stress arising from Wilma and Elsie together.
As all seemed okay we brought the dog home. Her name seemed to be unclear, either Kia or Kiora. The story was that she had been a family pet but somehow found her way to neighbours who kept her. These neighbours then went on holiday and left her with some other neighbours who kept her but not securely, hence the warden finding her in the street! The warden took the dog to Cliff Top Kennels as they are a registered kennel for such cases in Scarborough. The owners, on holiday were contacted and the situation was explained. They would have to pay the kennel fee of £10 per day whilst she was staying there.
Basically they refused saying the dog wasn't there's really etc etc no, they wouldn't pay and didn't really want the dog back!
Various procedures had to be followed involving he kennels (Jill) The Council and the "Owners" at 5pm on Friday evening the dog became the property of the kennels (Jill)

Last night was her first evening with us and all seems okay.
Yes there have been a couple of scuffles but minor ones, just Elsie bullying her a bit and ascerting who is boss, as we expected.

This morning we took them out for a walk together, around the lanes featured in the photographs above and it was a joy to have a dog each wlaking next to us on their leads, something we haven't been able to do for the past 3 years.

Currently she is lying next to me asleep on the settee sleeping contentedly!

Her name...Frida! After one of my aunties.

So, for the next few days we are hoping she fits in and Elsie accepts her!

Watch this space!
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Tuesday, November 10

Q...Queer goings on!!

Well I was going to share lots here today, have some great pictures to share but there seems to be a problem!
Come back later...promise!

Tuesday, November 3

P is for Peace and Projects!

Elsie, taken a few months ago when we had sunshine!



The house has a sense of peace and quiet about it and we are enjoying it!
I was looking forward in taking Elsie out this afternoon but the weather of late has been dreadful. Elsie is quite content to lay by the door or lay by my feet if I am reading. This is new for her and she is getting use to being on her own.

Although we have always had 2 dogs we have decided right now to just keep Elsie and concentrate on getting the house sorted.

With the bad weather and cold months approaching Sundays will have fewer opportunities for bike adventures so DIY will be an ideal passtime for us.

We have quite a few projects on the cards and I will look forward in sharing before and after photographs on here!

Watch this space!

Sunday, November 1

November!

Our Garden



I love Autumn! Walking round the garden this afternoon I became aware as I always do at this time of year, of the beautiful colours nature keeps for this time of the year.
In the shrubbery in the middle of the back lawn, a yellow rose has climbed high above the trees and shrubs to glow such a wonderful shade of yellow.

This is not a miracle, it is the yellow rose I planted in mum's memory...tomorrow, November 2nd would have been her birthday. It would have been Wilma's too. We do not know the exact date Wilma was born, but we know it was the beginning of November, so we thought it would be fitting to use November 2nd.

Over the past few days we have been thinking a great deal about Wilma and the journry we took together.
Wilma was 5 months old when we adopted her from German Shepherd rescue, Newcastle.
To this day I can still picture both her and her sister in the pen, desperately trying to get away from the humans who were peering at them. They had been rescued from a shed in a back garden, strewn with broken glass and rubbish. For the first five months of their lives they had been kept alone, with no human or animal contact. They had no socialising skills at all. One of the pups was spoken so we said we would give a home to the other one, subject to a vet check on our sutability.

A couple of hours later as we walked through the door the phone was ringing to say the necessary vetting had been successful and a pup was ours. We jumped into the car and travelled back up to Newcastle returning home with our 5 month german shepherd.
Over supper we named her Wilmahah, a sound german name.

Wilma as she was to be called, soon found a corner of the kitchen where she felt safe, indeed spending 2 weeks there, nervously peeping round the corner now and again.
The first few weeks saw her finding the courage to venture into the lounge and immediately return to her corner. Eventually she built up her visits from a few minutes to a few hours and eventually would spend whole evenings with us.

Her stable, down to earth companion was Max who kept her on the right track. Jon spent hours upon hours with Wilma, teaching her how to play, fetch the ball and to have confidence and fun.

Wilma would never be a normal dog but we loved her and watched her grow in confidence.
She would always be nervous about people and when we lost Max in 2006 we brought Elsie into the Nesbitt household. Looking back it was a mistake but hindsight is a marvellous thing!

Although initially they got on fine something happened during the December and both became hostile towards one another. What sparked this off we will never know but one thought I have is Wilma had jumped at Elsie as she did with Max and this set the ball rolling for the many scraps which followed.

Life for the past 3 years has not been easy here. German Shepherds are a large breed and to have so much energy between two bitches was a nightmare. Yes both Jon and I "managed" the situation but it affected Wilma which saw her anger spilling over in a way we had never seen before. Whilst she doted on both Jon and I and our family and friends, many who visited here were not at ease.

Wilma and I spent a lot of time together, walking and playing and being in the home together. All would be well and at luchtime Jon would take her to the workshop, leaving Elsie with me.

So now Wilma is not here, now she has peace.
No more worry, she is in a place where she has salvation from the perils she faced here.

Elsie is missing her, she must be wondering what is going on but together we will go forward.

For the moment it will just be Elsie as the Nesbitt dog and we can get our home back on track and have some peace and quiet and live in a calm atmosphere! Well as calm as the Nesbitt household will ever be!

Tuesday, October 27

O is for...optimism!

“Perhaps our eyes need to be washed by our tears once in a while,
so that we can see Life with a clearer view again.”
Alex Tan

The last few days have been very strange without Wilma.
I am not use to being home alone as she was my little shadow.

Time will heal and remind us of the many many happy memories.
I have been talking to many people who were involved with Wilma and everybody is of the opinion that she had 7 happy years with us and I believe it too.
We had 7 incredible years with her and will know when the right dog comes along!

We will not try and replace Wilma, we couldn't.

ROOM IN YOUR HEART

Sorrow fills a barren space;
you close your eyes and see my face
and think of times I made you laugh,
the love we shared, the bond we had,
the special way I needed you -
the friendship shared by just we two.

The day's too quiet, the world seems older,
the wind blows now a little colder.
You gaze into the empty air
and look for me, but I'm not there -
I'm in heaven and I watch you,
and I see the world around you too.

I see little souls wearing fur,
souls who bark and souls who purr
born unwanted and unloved -
I see all this and more above -
I watch them suffer, I see them cry,
I see them lost, I watch them die.
I see unwanted thousands born -
and when they die, nobody mourns.

These little souls wearing fur
(Some who bark and some who purr)
are castaways who - unlike me -
will never know love or security.
A few short months they starve and roam,
Or caged in shelters - nobody takes home.
They're special too (furballs of pleasure),
filled with love and each one, a treasure.

My pain and suffering came to an end,
so don't cry for me, my person, my friend.
But think of the living -
those souls with fur
(some who bark and some who purr) -
And though our bond can't be broken apart,
make room for another in your home and
your heart.

--- Caro Schubert-James ---

Sunday, October 25

Earth to Earth!

Yesterday we buried Wilma in the garden.
We chose a spot, behind the hedge we see from the kitchen patio doors, adjacent to where Max's ashes are scattered.
Ofcourse it had to be the most deceiving plot of land we could have chosen.
Although the earth was soft due to the rain the green turf hid a mightly collection of rocks, bricks and large pebbles.
We started digging, Jon sweating as his spade bashed against yet more stones, I shovelled the earth away and be both cleared away the stones and made two heaps, one of soil the other of the stones.
When we had dug down a sufficient amount we stopped and put our spades to one side.
Jon carried Wilma out and carefully, lovingly placed her into the space.
We packed the stones around her and I was particularly careful to pack her newly pinned hip to support it as she prepared to run and play on her next beach.
I placed her favourite ball next to her, together with an apple, so the seeds of autumn one day may take root.
We said our few words and then we threw some soil over the stones and packed the space safely allowing Wilma to be comfortable.
She is facing the field where the horses run freely, just as Wilma will one day!

It was a hard task yet one which we both had to do.
It was appropriate that Wilma remained at home.

There will never be another Wilma and I do not want to try and even find one.
For now I want time to heal, space to think and time to remember!

Saturday, October 24

Wilma is at peace!

No more troubled moments or fear of others for our brave little soldier who died in her sleep early morning.
The one picture I can not get out of my mind is of her yesterday, huge stitches on her head, massive shaven leg and pelvis walking tentatively around the house using her arthritic leg as the main one, allowing the pinned hip to rest.
Even when she was lying down it was just as the vet had said he would want.

Last night after her tea Wilma wanted to go outside to eat grass.
Obviously in discomfort.
At one point she was lying between the greenhouse and the shed.

She came into the house but was obviously unsettled.
She dozed off and I did too.
I awoke at 3.30 and she had died in her sleep!

Friday, October 23

Wilma is Home!



We had to go to the vets at 3.30pm Thursday to discuss Wilma's condition with the vet.
The x-ray he showed us showed the pin which had been inserted on Wilma's right hip and the arthritic left hip.

We have to ensure Wilma does not jump up and displace the pinned hip in any way so the next 4 weeks are to be a time of complete rest for Wilma. What she shouldn't do is to put all her weight on the newly pinned hip.

In order for Wilma to receive the rest and peace she needs we are on 24/7 care. We will not be leaving her, one of us will be with her all of the time, sleeping downstairsso she does not try and climb the stairs.

Wilma is also on a number of pain killers, anti-biotics and sedatives.

We let her out to have a twinkle last night and were really pleased to see her walking in a way which the vet wanted to see.

We are so so proud of our little fighter!

Tuesday, October 20

N...News on Wilma!

 


Wilma has a dislocated one hip, apparantly the other one is arthritic, well for a dog with arthritis (which we did not know) I think she does remarkably well. One of her ankles? is broken too.

These injuries although serious are not as bad as things could have been or as I was imagining. Wilma suffered an almighty gash to her head exposing part of her skull, and when her nose was bleeding we were fearing internal bleeding or even brain injury.

He did pose the question......but Jon pointed out quite rightly we owe it to Wilma to have the hip put back and for the necessary surgery to be carried out so we can have her home where she will be looked after 24/7. Wilma does not like to be any other place and will be very very nervous and worried, so the sooner she is home the better.
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Monday, October 19

Wilma needs our Thoughts!

 

 

 



At lunchtime today I went to collect the gazette from the wall, just along from our house. Wilma stopped in our drive, but when I checked that the village nuisance dog was not about I signalled for her to come with me for the few yards.

Unfortunately the nuisance dog in question was laying hidden from us, so as we passed it bolted, strtled Wilma who ran after it, over the road. I shouted Wilma and she returned, faithful as she is, running towards me....at the same time as a car, not doing 30 mph sped into view, hurtling Wilma a few feet up the road.

Her cries were blood curdling and so so obvious an indication of her pain, shock and anguish.

We lifted her into the back of the van and sped off to the vets, where she remains.
Sedated, on a drip and having helpful drugs administered.

She needs our thoughts right now, so much appreciated.
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