Badsworth –Debbie of Debbie and Wendy has moved..

Good Morning,

I know it has been a long time since I blogged, though my family and Facebook friends know why. I have moved, I found the perfect place for me, my own little farm, where the neuters can roam free and I can be myself without the nosy intrusion of others…. LOL I have many weeks to pack in to couple of blogs… So here I go…

We that is Wendy, Gerard and I, looked for the best way to move me. We decided on hiring a Luton van and doing it slowly, during Friday and Saturday and Sunday. I signed for the house on the 1st of March and that weekend we started to move and despite it being our choice boy was it hell… The cats for a while were in Gerard care while we got the barns ready for their arrival. We went through all kind of weather to include foot deep snow but we finally got there… The Kentucky and the local chip shop was our best friend, as arriving at 10pm most nights’ home, there was no way we were starting cooking.

 

On Tuesday the 11th of April 2017, we set off on our final journey from Windam Cottage, the place was cleaned and painted, the keys were handed back to the estate agent and off we went... I thought I would  cry when I left, but in a way I was relived, I tried it with the cats on Grass, it did not work, I wont be doing it again....

I took photos of our final Journey home….

The climb to my home, has the most magnificent scenery. it takes your breath away, most of these photos were taken whilst the car was moving. The title we chose for these block of photos is.

The last and first day of the rest of my life. The last day of old and mostly bad memories to the first and hopefully the best memories. So far, I have not been disappointed.

Baer who at first was petrified of being in the car, travelled up in my car more than once plus at least 8 times with Izzy Rico and Ella in the Luton van....

She kept an eye out of the window to ensure we did not get lost....

On the top of the last hill as we round the bend, to mine, the cats and dogs new home.  I have never been happier... Wendy who is here more than she is at home.. I think sighed a huge sigh of relief on this our final journey..

In the very first week of moving here, we had snow... LOTS of it, but despite the amount it only lasted 2 days in total. I took as you would expect lots of photos but I would be here all day adding them so I just put two on of the dogs.

The dogs love it here, they spend 90% of their day outside if the weather is fine, when Gerard is here, he trains them on the hills, with the Frisbees and the Kong’s, Baer is great at retrieve now. Baer is now also happy to go in the car after all she has travelled many times in a Luton van with Rico, Ella and Izzy, stayed home… We have had some not so nice moment when Baer decided to lose her bowels in my car, at 1,004 feet above sea level this was FUN…. NOT…. I am ashamed to say my Juke is a disgrace inside something he has not been since I got him almost 3 years ago, BUT he will clean up its only dirt…

Summer house

The first two building Gerard put up were the hens house and the Summer house, currently the summer house is a temporary store until we can sort out the main brick store next to the barn... we have put the two-seater leather settee in the summer house and a couple of quilts for the cats that like to wander and sleep elsewhere... Though eventually this will be the main place for the neuters who wander to sleep in. Below in this photo, he is adding the base for the decking.... This is after he has driven all the way here and unloaded a van...  DEDICATION to a very special HUSBAND OF MINE.... ( it was Sunday) lol

 

THE BIG BOYS

The cats on a whole have been much happier since we moved, despite the fact that some still do not yet have an outside run. But Gerard is on the job…. This past weekend he made the run for the main big boys, who now all live together, in harmony, I have to say. Though Harry and Diego still bitch now and again, the boys run is made of new and recycled stuff from their old run, they have the original boy’s chalet bought in 2015, plus one of the mini chalets to sleep in, this seems to be perfect for them. Prior to building the run, Gerard put a new tongue and groove wood floor in their chalet plus a full length shelf for them to lie on, if it is raining outside they can still see out, we still have a safety run and outdoor cat scratches, plus walkways to make for them, but the fact that they are not locked in the shed and the brick store, is heaven for them, despite the snow the other day, they were all on the roof watching the outside world and the beauty that it holds.

Gerard has lots of helpers, some he wanted and some he didn't... LOL.... but he is keeping busy and out of trouble all he wants is his cooked breakfast every morning and his large evening meal plus pudding... I CAN DO THAT!! 🙂

Diego did the honours with Gerard cutting the ribbon, on opening day...

The Siamese and oriental boys to include Charlie who is settled with the others for the moment, will be the next to get their run done, they are in the house at the moment, but a few of them are starting to feel a bit frisky, so out they go lol…. This will happen next weekend, they will have the large girl chalet for their shelter, if we can remember how to put it together, Connor is coming home this weekend from university, so Gerard and Wendy will be spending time with their son…

We will have two safe mating areas, one between the boys and one in the large chalet the Siamese boys will have, as it will be split in half. Plus, we should have one in the barn, we will also have a designated quarantine area in the brick store, for when we come back from cat shows… or if we bring in a new cat… everything as you can see is sorted, we have planned hard well ahead of time, once I decided to go ahead with this house…. there have been many meetings with paper and pen and of course wine for Wendy and I and tea for Gerard, while we worked out the plans etc…. THIS is my final home…. I will not be moving again…

After the Siamese and oriental run has been built the girls side and front runs will be done, the side run is first, this will be built on the side of the barn, access through a cat flap in one of the windows, Gerard will weather permitting be laying the decking, then the run will be added on top of it… Gerard has been coming up on Thursdays recently with Izzy and the cats and staying until Sunday afternoon… Ricco has been here with Baer and Ella most of the time. The final run to be built will be on the concreted area at the front of the barn, this is set on concrete, they should have the same amount of space as they had before, just on two different levels or places.

The house inside is workable we have made some changes of course already, it needs a brand-new kitchen and bathroom eventually, plus carpets all the way through, but what I have for the moment is doable, I have not had carpets for a few years and boy have I missed them lol… I recommend the carpet cleaner you can hire from places like Tesco and Homebase, they are fantastic, we hired one for 3 days and most of the carpets look like new, once I have new carpets fitted, I will buy one of these cleaners, they are not cheap but they sure do clean…

Wendy has her own bedroom here, she will be staying here a lot so I wanted her to feel at home… Gerard takes over the lounge when he comes, he has a blow up double bed and lots of blankets and quilts, he likes it WARM…. He could use the office upstairs, but when we have kittens, there might not be enough room, so he says he is fine in the lounge….

We have oil heating…. NO MORE struggling to light a wood boiler…. The house is WARM when I get up…. a novelty I will enjoy getting used to, we also had 1 wood burning stove in the lounge and a fire place in the dining room, on the very first night we lit the fire in the dining room, we soon realised the chimney was blocked, so I got the chimney sweep up and he swept it, down came several nests. it now burns perfectly, the cats love it, it’s a dam good job I have a fire guard though as the Bengals, Siamese and Orientals try and sit in it… they are so nesh…

HENS

In most books, it says that when you move hens you should lock them in for a couple of days. they have a 6 foot by 4foot shed and it is not enough for 10 hens and peep the cock... so we let them out the morning after the first night and it is as if they have lived here all their lives, they still follow me everywhere including the house and the EGGS.... wow they are far better... totally YUM and so far, they have not missed a day....

 

My neighbours across the valley have already introduced themselves to me, we hit it off great. I asked one of them, why are there so many dead rabbits about? the dogs kept on bringing age old carcasses day after day after day, when we first arrived, he said we shoot them, we have to keep the numbers down, they damage the land and keeping the numbers down controls outbreaks of mixi……

So, my next question was why do you not pick them up? they said no one wants them, I SAID I will have them if no one wants them……. They took me up on my word, I have had two large lots now delivered to my door, I have never seen wild rabbits as big or as healthy as some of these…. They in turn get my eggs…. I have a guy across the valley on the left who will help with anything to do with the spring water supply, an accountant who could do my books and a couple of farmers for hay, straw and also meat when I need it…. The 16th century cottage up the road, is occupied but no one has seen the people since they moved in around 6 months ago, … We asked one of our neighbours whose family used to own it, to find out if it will ever be up for sale again, it would be perfect for Wendy and Gerard to retire too…… J

The fells all around me are preservation areas for Curlews, Lapwings, Grouse and Grey partridge, plus they have shoots in certain areas for pheasants, I wake up to the sound of bird calls from the Curlews and Lapwings every day it is a wonderful sound…. eventually will get some photo so of them, but at the moment they are nesting so we are leaving them be for the moment.

WE have KITTENS.... it has not been a great year to be honest so far though... Kassie needed a C section, after two of her kittens decided they were coming at the same time, this was after she had already had two, she had 4 but we are down to one now sadly... Dobby a Female lilac... from Charlie.

BENGAL ------- Ziva started in labour, but she was not doing great despite being an experienced mum, but she did not bond with them and refused to stay with them, thankfully Kassie took the 3 kittens from Ziva x Malcolm survivors on...

Abyssinian------ Geisha had her two sorrel babies from Vlad and she is helping Kassie with Dobby and the Bengals.

 

MAINE COON----- Jill then went in to labour with Palmers babies, she had them in the dining room next to a roaring fire all 6 are doing fine, she is now in the office watching me as I write this blog....

 BSH---- Q is due next to Gibson, fingers crossed on this mating, this is Gibson’s first litter.

Happiness is sharing a cushion together...

Right that is me for the moment, I hope that you have enjoyed the blog, I will now hopefully as things are settling down a bit, have time to blog again,

 

 

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