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16 Sep

Last week just whizzed by. I tried to catch it and stall its rushing, but my efforts were in vain.  It was a busy week and, at the same time, a very quiet week.

Let me first introduce you to Crocky and his harem. Crocky is our highly temperamental feather duster…. sorry… silkie rooster.  We have a sign on the fence warning kids (especially the grown kind who have offspring) that he can be mean and has drawn blood on a few occasions. To date, we have no data on his attacks and can’t decide what makes him go for the jugular on some days, but not others.

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His harem is delightful though. We have Rhode Island hens and Barnevelders. The one Barnevelder is currently broody and warming a nest of prospective feather-bundles. We have speculated at length what they’d end up looking like. A mix of Rhode Island or Barnevelder and a white silkie rooster who carries his brain on his beak? They’ll be interesting if nothing else!

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Meet my glove’s nemesis…. mustard seed. The mustard is used here primarily as a green manure. We let it grow, then chop it straight into the soil where it was planted. Picking the seed was bad enough. It’s sticky and pulls at your hair (really tall plant). Then getting the seed off the stalks. Can you see the prickles? They’re little splinters that are out to get you. The mustard shredded a few pairs of gloves already. I’m no fan of the plant, but I guess it’s good.

mustard seed
Some wanted to know where I live. I have to be discreet here. We’re guests, after all. The driveway leads right up to the main house. The second-storey bay window is our day room. We look down on the driveway. If you have a moment, do find the first episode of “The Tudors” on Youtube. At the start of the episode, the horse comes galloping up that very same driveway! Yes, it was filmed here. “Camelot” was another that was filmed here. In fact, the list of films and TV shows that were filmed on this estate is pretty long.

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Another view… in this case, the first floor (second, to Americans) bay window is our apartment.

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Last night, we had our staff party at the Beach pub in Greystones. Ah, it was lovely! As per all drinking occasions, best friends were made and life-long bonds were forged (whether they’ll be remembered in cold daylight is another matter entirely *grins*). We drank, we sang, we danced, we yelled over the band and missed most of what was said (at least, I did). In short, we had loads of fun.

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I love my job. I love where I live (not just the house… the place… the town… the region). I love the people. I love my life. It is good :)

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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in animals, fun, Ireland

 

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5 responses to “Retrospective

  1. sleepinghorse

    September 17, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Can’t wait to see what the babies look like. I have Barnevelders and a partridge wyandotte bantam but no roosters. I am waiting for one of the chooks to go broody and then will buy some fertilised eggs to pop under her. That’s the plan anyway. Good luck.

     
    • tintalasia

      September 17, 2012 at 5:26 pm

      Wouldn’t it be easier to have a rooster? I’ll definitely be posting a progress report on the chicks. They’re certainly going to look interesting, I think ;)

       
  2. amalievonbergen

    September 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    How interesting, Tint! I find the castle lovely! This must be very different, in every sense of the word, from where you lived before?!

     
    • tintalasia

      September 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      It couldn’t get more different than this, Amalie! :)

       

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