Our update for our none Facebook Group friends…

 

Good Morning,

It has been a long time since I wrote an update to our blog and for that I am truly sorry… With the move to my new home and the kittens I have had running amok, I really have been busy.

So where to start LOL…..

Gerard has been so busy building all the outdoor pens, so all the girls and boys have access to the outside, although this time thankfully not on GRASS…. Decking and for now concrete in places, soon to be all decking.

So currently we have a Siamese/oriental boys pen, a mixed pen with most of our older boys, who lived together before the move, plus our young boys who lived in one of the sin bins before we moved, plus a new pen for our snow Bengal boy and his two neutered friends..

The girls and the neuters at the moment share their accommodation, but this will change in a couple of weeks, or before depending if I get time to finish the partition we started off…

When this is completed the entire girls will have a place of their own and so will the neuters. Some of the neuters already have freedom to roam, with the summer house as a shelter, this will soon be changed in to the girls old 12×8 chalet, which is being erected on decking (NEXT PROJECT) near to the back of the house. Meanwhile Jet, Aphrodite, Possie, Adele, Ronnie and a recent edition Mini have freedom to do as they please. We are no where near a main road and there are thousands of acres of either fields or fells to roam on, we just have to take care in the nesting months to keep them closer… though to be honest they rarely go for birds, we don't want so of the rare ones to disappear and ours be blamed…

The girls and neuters live in the old shippon, this is going to be modernised for them over the next few months. The roof will be enclosed with 6×4 sheets of hardboard and painted, the floor will be repaired in places that need it after the partitions were knocked down then the floor will be tiled. We can’t finish the whole roof as we sprung a leak where the old roof joins the new roof, so that has to be done first, it is leaning to the back of the shippon were the cats have no access to, but we know how water spreads and we do not want to get it all done only to remove it again.

The house is a work in progress.. we have opened up the fireplace in the dinning room, that had been shut for 10 years plus, which is brilliant for those cold morning, the indoor cats and kittens love it..

Wendy found me a Victorian fire place from a hall in Skipton, so once I can find a fire surround I like and get rid of the ugly marble stuff that is currently there, I will be a happy bunny…. The lounge has a wood burning stove which again needs a few repairs to ensure it is perfect, but we do light it every evening, because anyone that has lived in a place with walls which are over 36 inches thick, knows, that even when its 80 degrees outside it can be cold inside… the cold is quite welcoming when it is warm outside, but the walls need to be warmed up or the damp will seep in…

I have had a brand new oil boiler installed, so we have lashings of hot spring water and it is a combination boiler so once on eco setting all the radiators will work fine without running away with oil, like the old one did, in the first 4 weeks I used 800 litres of oil, trying to dry the house out, I don't want to be using that much in the future. I do not like my bedroom warm and neither does Wendy when she comes to stay, so heating on full time is not something we will need though each radiator can be turned off so if we need them, they will be going on, according to the locals and the delivery guys who up here seem to always have their own routes, it gets bloody cold up here in winter…..

Wendy and I both have top of the range electric blankets so we might just stick with the fires unless it is really cold, we have found that if you light the wood burner in the lounge and open the door, the heat goes all the way up stairs, and it warms my room, the dinning room fire is just below Wendy room and she says it gets that hot she has to open the window, so that just leaves the guest room/ office and if I am really cold I have a foot and shoulder warmer LOL…..

If you are wondering why Wendy has her own room here, well wonder no more, she comes up weather permitting every 2 weeks, either by train or Gerard brings her over during the weekend, she stay for 2 to 3 weeks with Izzy, while Gerard goes to work, he usually joins us at the weekends.. WHEN we can crack the whip on him we do, but he actually enjoys building and making things so we don't have to crack it too hard!!.

Connor, Gerard and Wendy son, is home from University for 2 weeks and he came up last weekend for a visit, he said he loves it here, but its COLD.... lol.. It sure is that, we might not have hurricane winds, but they sure do make you light on your toes...

Rico, Gerard and Wendy's Spaniel x Collie now lives here with me.. When Wendy is here, she always brings the dogs as they howl when she is not home, but every time Rico went home he was depressed and Baer was down right destructive, so Gerard made the decision when I mentioned getting a puppy, that Rico might as well stay here where he is happy... Izzy is getting really old, she is going on 14 and she does not need the same interaction that 7 year old Rico needs, my Ella is also coming up 12 and Baer being a 16 month old Brat, was getting too much for her when Rico was not here, Izzy does come up with Gerard when he comes, but she hates Baer, so we have to keep them apart, but we have plenty of room to do that, so now we have the best of both worlds...

Everyone is HAPPY...

The people up here are so friendly, I think as friendly as the Dutch… nothing is too much trouble.. we have a village about 6 miles away… you can order what ever you want at the co-operative which is a store for the village and surrounding areas and they will get it in for you.. they will even deliver it… We have a butchers and two bakers plus a pharmacy, post office and a lot of little shops, I still have not explored plus pubs for lunch in abundance, you really don't need to go anywhere else…. For bigger shops etc., we have Hexham around 15 miles and Haltwhistle 11 miles in a different direction… for everything you need….

The cats and the dogs are also much happier here, the dogs have freedom all day if they want it… which makes them happier and there are lots of wonderful walks.

The cats have lots going on around them, both with interaction with each other and with the cows and sheep, that regularly come up for a visit.

Even the bunnies are happy as they too are lose, or in outdoor pens around the farm yard…

We have met some wonderful locals whom have adopted our recent babies, plus some of our past new owners whom have adopted a second… It has been a very busy couple of months indeed…

We are now looking to interview a new vets, as going to Lancashire is not really ideal, though our last litters of kittens were done there, I will miss seeing Sian and Emma, but we know they are coming up to see us in the near future…. Sian is expecting her second baby so she will be off on maternity leave soon, so for us this is the best time to leave… As everything went pear shaped when she had her first baby....

We have a vet on recommendation from a trusted breeder friend so we will contact them this week to make an appointment…

So it is all change as they say…..

I now might have time to update the blog a bit more, however, I have lots of crafts coming up for the cats, so winter time is going to be busy time for me as I also have all the paint bought already for all the rooms here, so I will be busy getting those painted and dressed as I like them... PLUS once again I want a new kitchen, which will be much better than the one that is already here...

No rest for the wicked eh…. And I am seriously wicked…..

We currently have some wonderful Oriental babies, which will be ready to leave us in around 4/5 weeks time... there are 5 babies in total with two already reserved, leaving us with a chocolate spotted boy who is totally ADORABLE... a black spotted boy and girl, though we might just keep the gir, but for sure there are two babies looking for their forever slaves...

I will get some nice photos over the next couple of days, so you can see them... Mum Ria has done an amazing job, dad Charlie is so pleased with his offspring too...

I am also making a start on changing parts of the website that don't make a lot of sense anymore like the about us page etc... I am hoping to do a little bit per day as I sit in front of the fire with all the cats and dogs surrounding me... oh boy do I wish my laptop took a photo... See ya all soon..

Ta Ta

 

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