Saturday, 1 November 2008

~ This and That ~

The babies continue to grow but are causing us some concern as the nest seems to have tipped on an angle and we are unsure what to do. We are concerned for the safety of the little ones but fear if we start to intervene by trying to adjust it, Mrs Bird may not like the fact that we have handled things. What to do ?? Such a dilemma. I know that in nature this is what happens but we are concerned about predators and also the fact that the babies might fall out!! We did manange to get a photo this week and although a bit hard to see, here they are...

Well....we decided rightly or wrongly we had to do something as the babies were on the verge of toppling right out. DH tied the nest up and poor Mrs B was quite frantic and let it be known but we couldn't let anything happen. The babies are quite vocal now ~ well tiny, tiny little chirping is coming from the nest and I can just see two little beaks wide open waiting for mumma to come back to feed them. It is really hot here today so hope they don't get too hot out there. Oh dear, this really is quite nerve wrecking.

I can now show you my finish that I spoke about in my last entry. It was a gift for my dear friend Mary's birthday which is today and I know she has now received it. I didn't want to show you in case Mary happened to drop by my blog and see it.
Anyway, "Happy Birthday Mary" and hope you are having a lovely day.

I stitched an Indigo Rose design ~ Mary's Pin Pillow for her which I thought was appropriate because of the name. I changed the colours from the original design and stitched it with Thread Gatherer and Gloriana Threads both called by the same name ~ Dried Roses. I love that name as it seems to just perfectly describe the colour.

This week the posty brought me something nice too. My new Gingher's arrived. I now have Roberta design added to my collection which brings the total of my Ginghers to eleven pairs.

My beautiful shadow is here at my feet as I write today and is more special and loved than ever (if that is at all possible) after giving us a very scary experience the other night. I won't go into detail as I find it really hard but he gave us a big scare and although the vet suggested a 'wait and watch' approach, it seems he may have had an epileptic seizure. We have found out it is quite a common thing in dogs and we hope this might have just been an isolated incident.

"Love you big boy"

"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."



  1. Oh Chrissie, I do hope Ben is OK - you know I have a soft spot for that name! One of my cats had an epileptic fit but only ever had 2 and then seemed to outgrow it.
    Your stitching, and more importantly your finishing off on your pincushion is superb, it looks terrific.
    Thanks for the bird update too I have been wondering what they are up

  2. Mary's birthday gift is gorgeous, Happy Birthday Mary!! Give Ben a big hig from me please and a tickle behind the ears and tell him Sandra sends her love. Glad you intervened with the nest, it would have been terrible if the babies had fallen out. Spring is a very trying time for us nature lovers, so many new lives about, but so much danger too.

  3. I meant a big HUG of course - sorry about my dyslexic fingers.

  4. I just found this post of yours from quite a while back. If it comforts you at all, I adopted a Golden Retriever, my Scout, at the age of three with little history at all about his past. A few months after I adopted him he had a small seizure. My vet just said to let things be. I did and it's OK.

    Scoutie does have a small seizure every few months or so (he's now 8) but they are few and far between. I just sit with him, with my arms wrapped around him and I keep telling him that I am there with and that he is not alone. Scout seems to come out of the seizure more quickly if I talk to him and rub his head and neck.

    They are NOT fatal. Many dogs live long lives with this problem. I can say that not allowing him to go more than a couple of hours without a tiny, small treat does help. If Scout had his way, they would be big treats, but tiny ones are plenty. He is fed his regular food twice a day.

    Ben is going to be around for a long time. I know all too well how horrible it is to watch one of those things and feel helpless. That's why I sit with him, talk to him and massage him. At least I am doing something.

    Please keep in touch with me as to his health. I care, honestly, I do.