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Monday, 24 October 2016

Force Feeding Economical Truths No Longer Work.

Force feeding a political ideology and hijacking genuine concerns and then dismissing others. It all adds up to an economic truth - an a la carte menu, as the EU is so fond of pointing out to our more right of centre government. 

This glorious European Union and its supporters don't say the same to these trendy left-wing film producers who peddle their propaganda and hide other real concerns because they do not exist in their rum little political ideology.

What if Right-wing film-makers produced documentaries about wonderful, white working-class neighbours whose lives were torn apart by mass immigration and political correctness. They would not be considered by Cannes trendy left-wing film festival organisers for movie nominations. They would be ostracised with court orders trying to bring custodial sentences upon them.  

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Dusty - A Wonderful Cockerel with Small Man Syndrome

Great Cockerel but too big and loud.
The Trouble with Hens

We acquired eight hens three years back. The eight became seven when one sadly passed away. However, we are fond of our hens and they lay eggs daily except when going through a seasonal moult. We have four ducks too, one of which is a drake. The ducks lay eggs too.

They all used to live in the chicken coup together, but one of the hens became a very dominant matriarch and took a dislike to Polo, the white Aylesbury drake. The matriarch started to henpeck him and then all the other hens followed suit and ganged up on the drake. 

It was obvious that the drake was getting traumatised and we had to take him out of the coup with the female ducks and build a new compound for the duck house in the other corner of our garden. We also allowed the ducks free range to wander the garden. Within days, Polo was more relaxed and feeling so much better.

For a while, all went well and the problem with the ducks was solved and remains so to this day. However, the matriarch hen then took a dislike to one of the hens. Again, she started henpecking and the followers joined in. We had to remove one chicken coup and put it in the duck compound. The victimised chicken now wanders the garden with the ducks. She is fine and seems happy. 

Who will the matriarch hen start on next? If we get rid of her, will another hen take up the position in her stead? I sometimes joke with my wife. Those chickens have a plan of a great escape, like in the Chicken Run movie. They are henpecking a way out for the big get out one day.

As we came out of our local supermarket, there was a man collecting for an animal charity centre for rehoming animals. We decided to donate and he gave us brochures of the sanctuary close by near Huntingdon. A few days later we decided to pay a visit. 

As we wandered around we saw some smashing cockerels. Carole told me that with one such bird in the coop, the hens would become easier to manage and the matriarch would be put in her place. It was a wonderful notion but these grand cockerels were just too loud with the 'cockle doodle doing.'
I loved it, but I'm sure some of my neighbours would be rather angry at being woken up at the crack of dawn. I get up at that time anyway, but the rest of the road would not like it. 

Our house is semi-rural and there is farm field across the roads to us. We do have neighbours either side, however, and it would not be fair to keep such a load cockerel.

Dusty could be the man we're looking for.
Then my heart leapt at the sight of a little Bantam cockerel. A small breed of chicken. He was in the coup with Rhode Island Red hens who dwarfed him. I was surprised by this and spoke with the volunteer who was attending the chicken coups. She said he was a surly little fellow who was the boss. He stood his ground with all the rescued hens and brought harmony among them. He was no different to the big cockerels and was good with his cockle doodle doing too.

He still did the morning call but his noise was not half as bad or loud as the bigger cockerels. We spoke to the lady about our hens and the matriarch and she said, if we wanted, we could give him a trial period. 

We are now in the process of trying to adopt Dusty, the little Bantam cockerel with small man syndrome. We hope he will put his manly ways to good use with our hens and their matriarchal boss. He is short with wonderful long hair that goes over his feet like black spats. Let's hope he makes the matriarch know that he wears the spats. 

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Autumn is Blowing Kisses at Me.

After the lovely summer, autumn seems to be blowing kisses at me when I get up each morning. The darkness is about for around an hour and a half, plus the leaves are turning various shades of bronze and gold. 

The foliage looks very appealing but the chill in the Fenland air lets one know that the beginning of the bleak seasons is upon us.

The fields are now just muddy furrows awaiting crops to be planted in the spring. Soon the flat fenlands will have a hazy mist over the fields with bare trees in scattered lines here and there along the dykes.

This is the time of year that Carole and I book a cruise to the Canary Islands. We start off from Southampton to Madeira and then to the various Canary Islands each day, returning via Cadiz in Spain and Lisbon in Portugal. It is our two-week break that clouds the bleak winter for us.

When we return, it is soon Christmas and from here on, the spring is but a few weeks. Or at least, it seems to be. The last time we were in Grand Canaria, we watched people on the beach playing football in the sand. We also saw a man dressed as Father Christmas sweating because it was still warm. We laughed and made a vow that we'll always cruise in the winter to the Canary Islands, just to break up the monotony of our English winter. 

One of Lord Byron's Radical Friends - Mary Shelly Remembered

The Rose fair comes to Wisbech every July. It is a big event and a number of stalls are set up in the old church grounds. I clean and empty the bins around the small park and the blind gardens. From here it is a few paces to the steps where the old museum is and onwards towards the circular crescent where neat terraced Georgian buildings are.

One of the main historical names from the town, is that of a man called William Godwin. He was a political philosopher from Wisbech and was active in social circles of London from 1790 onwards. He had a daughter who caught much controversy and scandal back in that day and age. Her name was Mary Godwin. As a young woman she ran off with one of William’s political followers. His name was Percy Bysshe Shelly.

By the church in the above picture, one can see a small plaque to the right of the church archway. It is of the lady who was William Godwin's daughter. Her name became Mary Shelly and she wrote the famous novel, Frankenstein.   

In a remote Fenland town, outside an old church archway, Mary Shelly is remembered with proud affection. 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Dotty Dog Dotty and the Mad Cosmos Plant.

Every morning when we get up, our lovable little dog Dotty likes to go straight out into the garden. She runs out and does, what Carole and I call, Dotty patrol. She knows that field mice are about from the fields and she will go around the entire perimeter of the garden sniffing her way about.
Occasionally, she catches a mouse. Most of the time it's just a reconnoitre. 
I was looking at the various flowers when I got this wonderful little shot of Dotty Dog Dotty amid the mad Cosmos plant on Dotty patrol. 

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Old Doctor Who Story Animation (MISSION TO THE UNKNOWN)

From YouTube

This single episode story was a prelude to THE DALEK MASTERPLAN. The Doctor was not in this introduction story, but what followed was a twelve episode story. Thirteen episodes if one includes this single introduction story.

Like 'Forget Me Nots' But They Are Not!

My wife, Carole, was pottering about in the garden this morning. I was surfing the web and doing twitter etc. After a while, I decided to go out and see her. She was deadheading many of the withered flowers and generally tidying up as I upset the ducks by daring to walk into their little domain. For some reason, they always start to get alarmed when I first set foot in the garden. After a short time, they calm down.

I was rather surprised to see that there were still a number of flowers in full bloom. I do like the look of all the grand flowers but I'm not too good on remembering their many names. I looked down at some small blue ones. They looked very striking. Because Carole knows more about them than me, I decided to ask.

"What are these flowers called?"

She looked over and frowned. "Oh err... They're like Forget Me Nots, but they're not," she answered.

"Oh," I replied. "Like Forget Me Nots But They're Not?" I knew flowers had some strange names but I was taking the mickey out of her.

We both laughed and I decided to get my camera and get a few autumn snaps of some of the remaining flowers. As we went out the front, I saw a vivid blue flower and a passing dog walker wandered in to talk with us about it. He did not know what it was either but agreed it was rather striking. Like a cornflower but not! :D

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Nooks and Crannies of Downham Market.

Downham Market is full of odd little passageways and courtyards. They always look inviting and I can't resist going down them. I enjoy having a wander around the town. It is upon a hill and the little town centre looks as though it is captured in time. We were going to buy a house here when moving up from Essex. However, we settled upon the notion of moving to March in the end.

We still venture to Downham every now and then. Sometimes we do our grocery shopping there. It all makes for a nice afternoon out.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Red Mite Treatment For Chickens.

Red Mite is a blood sucking parasite. A flea that sucks the blood of chickens and can harm egg production. We bought an anti-Red Mite powder for our chickens and we had to clean the inside of the chicken hut with it a jet wash. We then doused it out with Jeyes fluid. This needs to be done every five to six weeks. I never realised how many things chickens are susceptible too.

Bob the Cat's New Best Friend is the Fridge.

Bob is a rather reserved and often, crafty cat. He sits by the fridge and just stares at me. He knows that is where the ham is kept. The place where his favourite meat gets lovingly chilled. He looks up at me on the laptop with his big blue eyes. He never responds to much chatter but will if he thinks there might be ham in it for him.
When there is a hint of ham, he suddenly becomes your best friend and he starts to purr and rub his fur aginst your leg or the cupboard. He is, indeed, a most cunning and mercenary cat.
In the picture above, my wife was about to get a good pose when my son Robbie opened the fridge. That was it. I could not contain the big lump. I took the phone and ran a short YouTube video below.