Posted by: Olly | September 7, 2008

This website has moved (finally)

If you’re reading this then a) you probably don’t know what you’re doing and b) you should know that I have finally moved to a new server.

This site can now be found at www.justwhereileftit.com

CLICK HERE TO GO THERE NOW

O.

Posted by: Olly | September 7, 2008

Ooooops I buggered my you-tube videos

Well, I was on holiday, that was my excuse. If you tried to view my home videos in the last few posts and got an error, it was my fault (clearly, it could hardly be yours). I marked the videos as private when uploading to you-tube. I’ve fixed the issue now, and I can tell that you will be only too keen to check the films agains.

O.

Posted by: Olly | September 6, 2008

End of my holiday

It’s the last night of our mini-world tour and we are sitting down to a goodbye curry after struggling with getting mini-me to bed. It’s been a sad day. My T-Mobile MDA Vario III has died. I’ve spoken to T-Mobile Business Support who tell me that the much awaited T-Mobile MDA Vario IV (HTC Touch Pro) is due on the next boat which arrives in the next quarter, starting October. As I really can’t wait, I’ve ordered a nice shiney HTC Touch Diamond and reserved my T-Mobile MDA Vario IV for release day :)

O.

Posted by: Olly | September 5, 2008

Wooooooooookey

Today, on day two (or is this three) of the grand world tour, we visited Wookey hole. Now, I will say that I loved the actual caves. I was really blown away by them, even if my daughter thought the height of sophistication was to shout “BAAHHHHHHH!” at the top of her voice to hear the echo. However, at £15 an adult, we got about an hour or maybe an hour and a half before we had seen it all and done it all. Compare that to Longleat, where £22 per adult got us easily 6 hours of fun where everything was included accept lunch. Longleat is still the best day out I know of.

Here’s some more dull photos.

O.

Posted by: Olly | September 4, 2008

Monkey at the zoo

Today we went off for jollies at Longleat Safari Park. We currently have a world tour on our holidays (well, a tour around the south-west of the UK…and by tour I mean we’re staying in a caravan park) and of course having a small child Longleat was first on our list. Get ready for some dull photos and clips.

Posted by: Olly | August 31, 2008

White ears

My chicken, Flo, has white inner ear flap things. She’s had them forever (well around the 6 months of her life so far) and seems fine in herself. Her fellow friends have normal looking ear flappy bits, all red and flappy. Flo though has a flat ear-flap, with a raised outter edge and a white center. The white part almost looks powdery.

What do you think ?

Flo has white ears

Flo has white ears

Posted by: Olly | July 28, 2008

Coil…Cuil…gone down

Cuil, the new wanna-be for Googles thrown has been launched. Despite being setup by ex google monkeys, they haven’t learnt about users, numbers, and the impact of advertising yourself as googles next in line.

Coils gone down....Cuil....Cuil...must say Cuil

Coils gone down....Cuil....Cuil...must say Cuil

O.

Posted by: Olly | July 27, 2008

The end of the day

Well, we’ve had to seperate the chickens tonight after a few mental clashes. The new ones are sleeping in a box in the greenhouse (doors open and secured with chicken wire) and the original ones are in their proper place. Tomorrow will see a day of seperation with the new ones in one side of the run and the old ones on the other and then we’ll try to put the new chickens to bed with the others when they are settled.

Heaven help us.

O.

Posted by: Olly | July 27, 2008

Chicken wars

Well, it’s been almost 24 hours since we got our new additions, Queeny and Gladys, arrived in chicken-towers. I think it’s fair to say that Hens are clearly very territorial and don’t like new additions at all. Originally we put them in the garden with the original ladys so they could mix but have a bit of space. However eventually we had to bite the bullet and put them in to their area to get ready for bed. This is when World War Chicken started. I was going to post a video clip of just how mental chickens can get, as you have probably never seen a balls of feather moving as one around a chicken pen before, but I thought the good folks at YouTube may think I’m peddling cock-fighting videos or something.

Suprisingly when we went to close the door on the chickens run all the chickens were happily cuddled up together. I think they’ve been brought together by a mutal hatred of foxes. However, the calm was short lived. When we opened the door in the morning we had about 10 seconds of peace before three old chickens lynched the two new arrivals.

At the moment the two new ones are wondering around the garden and the originals are busy laying in the hen house, but we have to go out later, and the chickens can’t be in the garden on their own as it’s not secure for them….what will happen next ?

O.

Posted by: Olly | July 26, 2008

The usual suspects

I thought I’d introduce you to the farm. Here’s an introduction to the fussiest chickens on the block.
Flo

Introducing Flo

Flo is your bog standard Warren egg layer. Warren is a brand name relating to a breed of chicken also known as ISA Brown but let’s face it ‘ISA Brown’ is hardly something you want to call your chick. This breed was bred for it’s egg laying and is used alot within the UK egg laying industry. She lays one egg a day at the height of the season.   

Introducing Ivy

Ivy is an Amber Star being white with brown bits (or is that brown with white bits?). She seems to lay the biggest eggs of the trio. This is an assumption on our part as it’s hard to know which chicken lays which egg, but we think she pops them out larger than the rest. As is the case with other Amber Stars she can be a bit of a nutter. She once tried to climb up me by clawing on to my jeans and flapping, only falling off when she got to my belt. While the others are pecking for insects, Ivy tends to be found running her beak side to side along the chicken wire. Not to be messed with !

Introducing Ethel

Introducing Ethel

Ethel is another ISA-Brown Warren. She’s probably the Alpha-Hen of the group, given her reaction to the new arrivals today. In general she’s the most docile, perhaps it’s a karma thing, perhaps it comes from being the boss. Like Flo she’s a good layer, with around 330 eggs a year dropping out.

The new arrivals

Introducing Gladys

Introducing Gladys

Introducing Queeny

Introducing Queeny

Today we took delivery of our two new ladys. A quick trip to South Mead Poultry near Leatherhead on a Saturday morning gave us something to do, and they had a whole load of choice. In the end we got two. Queeny, a Bovan Nera and Gladys, a Maran Cuivre. We’ve only just got them, so I don’t have a lot of information about either yet, but all I know is that Queeny (the Bovan) looks like something from a superhero film and Gladys (the Maran) is meant to lay rich dark brown/red eggs, albeit not many of them. The Bovan is meant to be a more productive layer and so should be a good mix of design and function (something I’m sure will make many of my clients happy).

I’ll post some more delightfully dull stuff about the new ladys when I get a chance.

O.

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