Last month all three of our hens were broody so my sister sent me four eggs for them to sit on. One hatched last week so we now have a lovely fluffy little chick. As soon as we discovered the chick we moved it along with the hen who hatched it to an empty rabbit hutch as the other hens tried to attack it as soon as they saw it. My sister had warned us that they may over mother it and kill it as they were all broody.
The chick is a sablepoot which looks like this but hopefully ours will be a hen so we can keep it. The sablepoot cockerel is the photo is Gorgeous George ( before he grew his full tail ) who lived with us for a while. Last year my niece hatched a clutch of sablepoot eggs and ended up with one hen the rest cockerels so she asked if we wanted one. I said on condition they have him back if he starts making too much noise (I live in a residential area so I don't think being woken by a cock crowing would go down to well with the neighbours). It took him quite a while to find his voice and for a little thing, he was very loud. Also he started to attack us which didn't hurt us at all because he could only reach our legs. He was becoming very protective of his girls and didn't like us hand feeding them which while we knew to keep an eye on him, he could easily get Little L in the face so we set him back to my sisters. He's settled in well and hangs about with their sablepoot hen. Our chick is from those two getting together so at least my sister knows George is fertile.
On the way back home from Prestatyn we stopped off at Mostyn to take a look at the permanently beached ship, Duke of Lancaster. I've been past it many times but never taken a closer look. From the road there are two tracks either side of a stream which you can walk along to get close to the ship. The track on the left side takes you nearer to the ship and there is also more art work on this side. It is not possible to go right up to the ship as it is surrounded by razor wire and there was also a security guard and guard dog present. These photos are all taken from the left track.
These were taken from the right.
The street art being painted on the ship is still an on going project. More information about the art work and artists can be found here here. It certainly seems a popular place to take snaps as we bumped in to four groups of people armed with camera's while we were there.
On Saturday Little L took to walking about the house with her little metal detector, pretending to look for pirates treasure. This was a Christmas present which someone had bought for her and it had been left untouched on top of her wardrobe until now. We decided to head for a beach the next day so she could try it out and find a treasure chest or even a pirates sword, which she was convinced she would find.
The weather was fabulous on Sunday, warm and very sunny. Caleb joined us but my eldest boy could not be talked in to coming ( I think it's his age ). The first beach that we tried, we couldn't even get near to so we went to the next one long the coast which was Prestatyn. This one was very busy with lots of sand castle building, rock pool exploring and paddling taking place.
Well Little L's metal detector did quite a bit of beeping but we didn't find anything, not one thing.
The thing which she enjoyed the most was looking through the rock pools, she loved it. I don't think that she had ever seen a starfish before.
Even though Little L didn't manage to find any pirates treasure, she was more excited with the shells that she had collected and called those her treasures.
On Friday my husband and I had the rare opportunity to go gallivanting child free. As soon as the children were in school we set off on our travels. We headed towards Llangollen via what my husband called a scenic route to cut out stretches of by passes. The scenic route involved us going down Horseshoe Pass ( a very high, long winding road, no fences, )where I discovered my fear of heights has definitely got much worse with age. Most of the time I had my eyes shut and I did debate whether to get out of the car and walk down. I was petrified.
When we reached Llangollen I was glad I'd put my mitts in my pocket, the wind was bitterly cold and felt like we were still in Winter. During the day we did have some quick bursts of sunshine and a few showers but the wind was the worse.
Llangollen bridge over the River Dee
Old sluice gate at Llangollen
I spotted this taxidermy shop while we were there which I thought was pretty unusual, I've certainly never come across one before.
After our wander around Llangollen we headed to Ruabon to pay my sister a quick visit. We had a nice brew and natter with Jay and my brother in law and I made friends with their dog, Bandit. He's 2 years old, weighs almost 8 stone and is as daft as a brush. Jay showed us all the incubators full of eggs, about 20,000. It's approaching a busy time of year for them work wise.
Our next stop was Ruthin . The town was quite busy and has some lovely houses and shops. I managed to find a craft shop and a wool shop which I just had to pop into for a look. There were lots of historical buildings there which we didn't have the chance to look at as many had started to shut for the day.We walked to the castle which was also in the town where I took some photos of the grounds
and the peacocks which were wandering around. The peacocks were making a right noise and were not at all bothered when we got quite close to them. I didn't take any photos of the castle its self as there was a wedding taking place.
We also had a child free night and the plan was to grab a take away and watch a film but I had a job to keep my eyes open after nine hours of gallivanting about.
This week I finally got around to finishing off these felt animal brooches. I cut them out and made a start on them a while ago but due to the tiny stitches used on them I only do the sewing in daylight. The patterns for these were purchased from Gingermelon's Etsy shop.
There is a similar free pattern for the cats and rabbits available from the Gingermelon Dolls blog.
Bits and bobs is written by myself, Shell and my little sister , Jay. We are both married with children. I am a stay at home mum living in Cheshire and Jay is a gamekeeper living in Wales. We both love crafts, cooking and baking. Bits and bobs is about our hobbies with snippets of our everyday life thrown in.
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