Tuesday, November 27

Chickens on Tuesday



It hasn’t been much fun for Ernest and the gals over the last few days. The torrential rain and flooding outside our front gate meant I did not let them out to scrat around as I normally do. When cars were passing our house yesterday huge waves of water were actually being caused and coming over the hedge where the hens like to search for grubs. I had visions of them being washed away!


I ensured they had plenty of dry sawdust and water inside their henhouse and at around 3pm I let them out to have a good feed. They are governed by the light – so once the day starts to draw in they make their way to bed.



Today however I let them out at 11.30am and it has been a joy watching them forage in the garden, drinking from the water pools left behind by the awful weather conditions we have had.

They have had a great day and have had porridge, mixed corn and some vegetarian sausages so they have had lots of their favourite foods and around 4pm they will make their way home – where once again there is a fresh layer of shavings and sawdust on their perch.

Hopefully we have seen most of the torrential rain heading our way – apparently weather conditions are about to get a lot colder! Oh to be in England eh and Yorkshire at that!


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Monday, November 26



Yesterday the weather conditions were particularly bad - so we went for a tootle on the moors. Just near Danby a car was abandoned.


 The River Esk as we had never seen it before.







Returning home we drove as far as we could up Handale Banks. The duck ponds had risen so much the entire road was covered.


The ducks meanwhile had found a make shift pond in the shape of a hugs puddle in one of the fields.


Wednesday, November 21

Old photos never lie!

Been quite a journey ..thank goodness I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
better not be somebody with a torch pointing me in the direction of cheese and biscuits!

Tuesday, November 20

S is for Shavings!

Our hens sleep on a bedding of wood shavings.
Each morning I scatter a good layer of fresh wood shavings onto their shelf.

The nights draw in so early now but they take up in various sleeping groupings each night.
We always see Eva and may at the far end - always Ernest and mabel nearest the door.
Olwyn and Bev seem to flit between one end and the other.

Each morning however as the hens leave their henhouse
a scattering of wood shavings is always evident.
We have tried straw before, but wood shavings definitely seem to be the cleanest and easier to manage choice. Our neighbour is a keen woodworker, only working with environmentally sound timber - so he supplies us with shavings - we supply him with eggs.
Good rarrangement I would say!
Except the gals are having a rest from laying eggs at the moment - but watch this space!
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Monday, November 19

Scam Update!

October 15th Dear customer Thank you for your order.We have shipped out it.It usually takes 7-15 days for shipping.

October 25th Hi - my boots still have not arrived. Regards

October 25th Dear customer, Thank you for your order.We have shipped it out.Here is your tracking number:U110167002 You can track it here: We will track it.Any questions,please feel free to let us know. Best regards! Customer service,

October 30th My boots have still not arrived. Please advise.

October 30th Dear customer Here is another tracking number:RR188811264SE You can track it here You will receive your order in the near future so please wait with patience.

October 31st I have received notification from Deckers Europe Limited and the UK Border Agency informing me that the boots you have sent are counterfeit. I therefore request a full refund. The parcel is currently detained at Heathrow Worldwide Distribution Centre where it will be destroyed.

November 1st Dear customer, We are very sorry to hear that. We are the legal agent and our factory is a result of a long history of dedication, workmanship and attention to details. So our products are authentic. They are of good quality and low price. And the UK boarder agency misunderstood. We can reship out your order but please DON'T take any further action. Do you accept? Sorry for inconvenience.

November 1st I want a full refund.

November 3rd Dear customer Sorry to hear that. We can refund 40% to compensate you and please file a claim with the UKBA because they misunderstood and are responsible for the loss. Do you think so?

November 3rd I am entitled to a full refund. The total amount.

November 4th Dear customer Sorry to hear that.We can refund 50% to compensate you and please file a claim with UKBA. You know we have spent so much money on these boots (advertise fee , shipping fee, processing fee and the cost of the boots).Hope you can understand, we make little profit from the deal. Waiting for your reply.

November 4th I am entitled to a 100% refund.

November 5th Dear customer Sorry to hear that. We can refund 60% to compensate you and please file claim with UKBA. Thank you for your cooperation,. Dear customer Please respond!!! Sorry to hear that. We can refund 60% to compensate you and please file claim with UKBA. Thank you for your cooperation,.

November 15th We will refund your money. Do you think so? Please respond.

November 15th A full refund. Yes.

November 16th When will I receive my full refund please? Thankyou

November 18th Dear customer We have given you a full refund. Usually, we return money to the transaction bank, then they will return money to the issuing bank (it take 7days to handle it), then issuing bank will return money to your account. The issuing bank control the time , it means when you can receive the money depend on the issuing bank. You will receive your money at last but maybe you need to wait for 1-4 weeks. It depends on your issuing bank. Hope you can understand. So we hope you can inquiry the issuing bank and have a check. Thanks. Please don't take any further action.

I will keep you posted!

Friday, November 16


Last night at Slimming World we held a vote for Miss Slinky!
I won!

Was totally bowled over.
Really really touched by the support I received from a group of women who are friends for life - we are all on the same journey.
Some are travelling faster than me - I have been tootling along for 2 years - 3 lbs away from target.
Others have ZOOMED to their destination in a matter of weeks - months.
But I prefer to tootle along......
They say a weight loss is like a journey - so I think about the journeys we do on the motorbike - we rarely use the motorway - what's the point in arriving at the destination in record time?
We prefer the more scenic, slower route - giving us time to take in the scenery, the atmosphere and the lovely people we meet along the way.
Unlike the motorway!

I've been entered for the national final! lol!

Watch this space.

Tuesday, November 13


Every morning when I let the hens out there is a quick run over to the breakfast, always first to the feeding dish is Eva, closely followed my May.

At the moment we can tell how cold the night is going to be by the time the hens go into the henhouse - currently we have a Rotation of sleeping places.

Initially Olwyn was settling down with Bev, Mabel and Ernest.

After a few minutes however she changed her mind and headed towards the other end of the henhouse to settle down with Eva and May.

Ernest had a ponder but settled back with his flame Mabel and Bev.

Notice their feathers are coming back.

Due to technological hitches I was unable to post last week, so this covers my Q and R in my ABC of life with the Nesbitt Chickens.

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Monday, November 12

My Weakness!

Each week at my local slimming class we have a group discussion based on the week's progress - or lack of it. My fellow slimmers seem to be focussed on chocolate and we have many a laugh when people disclose exactly what they have nibbled away at during any given time. Now I have never been a sweet person - my failing is cheese.

Only yesterday when out shopping Jon picked out a cheese selection. Now I am aware of being in control of the shopping - it is indeed a rare occasion for Jon to come shopping - I prefer to go it alone - usually on a Friday with my MIL, the other Mrs Nesbitt. Even then we part company at the door, meeting by the car to load and return home. I know if I bring home tempting delights it will not do my diet any good and I am so close to target.

Yesterday however I did feel sorry for Jon - bless - he has to eat what I bring home and so if he wanted a cheese selection then why not - he works hard enough. We brought home the selection......... It appeared in the snug at about 8pm and the blue cheese was lush!
I limited myself to a very small amount and didn't make any trips to the good.

There had been talk in the slimming group about Laughing Cow's latest edition....but as ever a weekend scouring the local Tesco's was useless. Today however I tried a nearby Asda - and Bingo! £1 a pack! Well I had to buy 3 only 25 calories per triangle they are GORGEOUS!

 I urge any cheese fans out there to give them a try! (I am not being sponsored by laughing Cow by the Way! Trust me.)

Saturday, November 3

A Scam!


Last year I bought a pair of UGG boots when we were visiting York Shopping Outlet. Jon had been asking me what I wanted for Christmas and I had said I would keep my eyes open. When I saw the boots I certainly liked them and when I tried them on - well they were just so so my Christmas present was sorted. Whilst they are not practical for walking in the dirty weather we have I wear them constantly on all other occasions. I wore them with a dress on Christmas Day last year - apparently they were designed as indoor slippers - so you can imagine how comfortable they are. They are sprayed regularly with a protective treatment and should any particularly difficult stains occur they go for a spell in the boot hospital - our local cobbler who is a dab hand with such matters.

Christmas 2012 approaching and once again I was asked what would I like for a pressie.
My MIL likes to give me money towards something she knows I really when I came across this website
I decided another pair would be ideal - but this time I would go for a leather upper rather than suede.
Boots purchased online and I waited.

But when the postman came knocking, he wasn’t armed with sheepskin-lined Sundance II boots in black, just an ominous-looking letter.

‘Notice of Goods Detained,’ read the missive, bearing the UK Border Agency logo. ‘We have detained your parcel containing “UGG” boots because we believe they are counterfeit, pirated or patent-infringing goods. We have contacted the owner of the Trade Mark, Copyright or Right Holder and asked them to determine whether this is the case.’

second letter was enclosed in the same envelope, from Deckers, the owners of the UGG brand. They’ve examined the boots, confirmed that they are fakes and now plan to destroy them.

‘As the goods are counterfeit and were not purchased from a genuine UGG site we are not in a position to offer a refund,’ it concludes.
I have contacted our bank and have filled in the necessary forms to get my money back. I have forwarded all e-mails to and from the company so now I am just waiting to see what happens!
 Watch this space.

Friday, November 2

To brighten your day!

These are sentences exactly as typed by medical secretaries in , Greater Glasgow, NHS Hospital(Think I'll give it a Miss) .
1. The patient has no previous history of suicide.

2. Patient has left her white blood cells at another hospital.

3. Patient's medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.

4. She has no rigors or shaking chills, but her husband states she was very hot in bed last night.

5. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.

6. On the second day the knee was better and on the third day it disappeared.

7. The patient is tearful and crying constantly. She also appears to be depressed.

8. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in 1993.

9. Discharge status:- Alive, but without my permission.

10. Healthy appearing decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert, but forgetful.

11. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

12. She is numb from her toes down.

13. While in ER, she was examined, x-rated and sent home.

14. The skin was moist and dry.

15. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.

16. Patient was alert and unresponsive.

17. Rectal examination revealed a normal size thyroid.

18. She stated that she had been constipated for most of her life until she got a divorce.

19. I saw your patient today, who is still under our care for physical therapy.

20. Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

21. Examination of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

22. The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

23. Skin: somewhat pale, but present.

24. The pelvic exam will be done later on the floor.

25. Large brown stool ambulating in the hall.

26. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.

27. When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

28. The patient was in his usual state of good health until his airplane ran out of fuel and crashed.

29. Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

30. She slipped on the ice and apparently her legs went in separate directions in early December.

31. Patient was seen in consultation by Dr. Smith, who felt we should sit on the abdomen and I agree.

32. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a stock broker instead.

33. By the time he was admitted, his rapid heart had stopped, and he was feeling better.

For the sake of your health - stay away from hospital