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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Wagg dog treats…as tested by blue

We were sent some dog treats from the lovely people at wagg for Blue to test!

Blue is a 9 year old greyhound who spends most of his time asleep or being harassed by chickens.

Being an old racing greyhound with not exactly brilliant teeth he doesn’t know what to do with the hide type chews 
So these little treats looked perfect.

We taught him to give a paw last year for bits of cheese and he’s very keen to show his paws for a treat 

He really enjoyed these little treats, they don’t upset his tummy or give him bad wind….which is brilliant!

And he gets to upstage the chickens for a change 🙂



Can I eat the pack?

All in all I think its fairly plain to see Blue loved the treats. 🙂

Wagg dog treats

Easy Hobbles for chicks with splay legs

First you need some vet wrap, one roll is around £3.50. (you don’t *have* to choose pink)

You need to cut a thin strip along the width

I have substituted pens for chick legs in the absence of tiny chicks….

Wrap one end of vet wrap around chicks leg and press into the middle then repeat on opposite side, it doesn’t need to be tight around the leg just secure to stop legs splaying..

And there you have hobbles!
The vet wrap ones don’t stick to the chick like plasters, they don’t impede walking, eating & drinking like plasters either. Easily adjusted multiple times as will always stick to itself. So 3 or 4 days in vet wrap hobbles and hips are usually sorted! You just unpeel the wrap away from itself when finished.

2010 chick pics

(c) Victoria nightingale

Sainsbury’s, taste the difference?

Sainsburys online. Convenient? Great service?

Ummm no not really!

I stopped using them earlier in the year because I’d order a weeks worth of food and it would turn up all set to go out of date by two days later. Ergo not lasting a week.

I don’t let them substitute after ridiculous substitutions (crumpets instead of fabric conditioner)

And to add to that half the time they can’t be bothered to go down certain aisles, I know this is true as I’ve overheard pickers instore discussing such things)

I had a delivery on the 18th and my Christmas slot booked for the 22nd (today) well on the 18th after my shopping had been delivered they text me
” you have multiple online grocery orders booked this week. Please cancel the slot you don’t need online or call 08003281700 to ensure you get the right delivery”

So…. They want me to cancel my Christmas slot? There are no other slots. Next i am on hold on my mobile for over 30mins its not a freephone number. I tweeted and got told to hold and they’ll answer eventually.


lots of trying to get that sorted and eventually got given an email address. I emailed them headed URGENT and got a reply 3 days later followed by an apology and it’s still unknown why they sent the text.

Next, my Xmas delivery arrives this morning devoid of meat products but does have short shelf life products. Lucky me.


I dispatched the husband to sainsburys, where our delivery comes from an hour or so after. He takes pictures in the fresh meat aisle. It’s full.

I complained to @sainsburys on twitter but they want me to play the hanging on the phone game again. Told them to email me. They won’t.

Basically todays delivery was a waste of time because we had to go to the same store on the same day and get our ‘missing’ stuff by ourselves.

Hubs complained instore, but guess what? they don’t give a toss.

Sainsburys have left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m off to ocado.

UPDATE: I emailed my complaint to Sainsburys on 22nd & they got back to me today.

“I know that this must have left you with a poor impression of us, especially as you rely on our online service to due to your personal circumstances. I would like to assure you that this is not typical of our normal high standard of service.”

They also sent £20 e-voucher to spend on Thomas.

To be honest I just wanted the shopping I ordered, delivered. Not too much to ask really is it?


Couple of pics of flower…

*brushes away cobwebs*

oops neglected blog…
Lots of goings on since I last posted, I shall endeavour to update a bit more frequently….life does gets in the way a bit sometimes…
Sooo lots of baby chicks since I last posted and I’ll be posting plenty of pics soon 🙂