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Progress report

Apr 30 2017
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Harrier has reported back that the yellow and black striped thing is off the needles and partially sewn up.  A tub of different sizes wiggly eyes has appeared so presumably we are at the feature selection stage.  It will need legs and antennae I suppose, but I'm wondering whether or not wings will be involved.  Its too early to tell.

A growing frenzy

Apr 23 2017
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Well, the growing season is definitely upon us.  Almost overnight the grass seems to have grown and there are bright yellow dandelions everywhere.  The seedlings in the conservatory are also coming along well.  Aunty Biscuit has also spotted stitchwort,cowslips and forgetmenots whilst out and about on her travels.  I'm wondering whether any of these things will inspire a project but I guess I will have to wait and see. The striped thing seems to have been cast off the needles.  Mum meanwhile is progressing with the gate painting and making the most of the pleasant weather, especially as there is a cold snap forecast. I take a dim view of this as I have just about finished moulting.

Benchmarking

Apr 17 2017
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Harriers bench has been brought out from where it was stored over the easter weekend.  It has been washed down and checked over.  Three leaves and a bit of a branch on the painting need a bit of a touch up, otherwise the decoration is in good condition.  All that now remains is for Aunty Biscuit to find the correct size & type of paintbrush and paws crossed that she hasn't managed to mislay the paints.  she assures me she hasn't but you never know....

Car cleaning

Apr 08 2017
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I am pleased to announce that Aunty Biscuit has cleaned her car out again.  This was done in record time and naturally we hopped in during proceedings.  Amongst the treasures unearthed were a bag of yarn scraps with a crochet hook for making blanket squares, some acrylic paint in case Harriers bench needs a touch up and a square of muslin destined for making lavender bags.  She hasn't had a lot of time this spring to do much crafting but she's hoping this will change soon.  Mum meanwhile has now completed painting one gate and is making good progress on another, she is now managing not to cover herself in the paint. 

Splat!

Apr 02 2017
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We have a sheep!  I was right about my assumption that Aunty Biscuit was finally happy with the legs.  We have also established that rawl plugs or the plastic tube from inside a roll of doggy bags (cut in half) are ideal for using as a support inside the legs.  It surprises me at times how long some of these things take to do.  Some black and yellow wool has now appeared, so I'm retreating under a blanket, Harrier can supervise this one and give me regular reports.  Mum no longer has green splodges but Aunty Jo came and helped yesterday, so she's now infected with them instead. Aunty Biscuit ended up covered in mud earlier in the week.  She took Harrier and I for a walk, slid down a hoof hole left by the horses and fell over forwards.  She then got up and immediately fell over backwards!  We did our best to look concerned but I'm pleased to report that none of our treats were harmed during the whoie escapade, although she did at this point decide ...

Catch up

Mar 26 2017
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Ooops its a few days since I shared my little pearls of wisdom and observations with the world.  On the Granny Biscuit front she had her checkup after her operation and they are really really pleased with her progress. It was mothers day today so Aunty Biscuit bought her a mug with a squirrel on it.  Aunty Biscuit has managed to sew the ends in on four crochet dog blankets and knit four sheep legs so it looks as though she must be fairly happy with the current modification.  Mum has gone green in places.  I was a little alarmed about this but it turns out that it is paint for a metal gate.  She was complaining that it wouldn't wash off easily until someone pointed out that if it is supposed to be weatherproof etc would you want it to wash off?  It is a very nice shade of darkish metallic green and  none of the places are embarrassing so we will monitor how long it takes to wear off her.  It may also teach her to be a bit more careful with the pai ...

Unconvinced

Mar 17 2017
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As far as I can see there has been little progress on either the whittling or the cream pot. Although I am assured that a number of receipts have been collected towards the cream pot I remain sceptical at this point, however I will continue my watching brief.  Experiments with the sheep are still ongoing as time available to work on it has been a little limited over the past couple of weeks due to unforseen circumstances which have now been resolved.  I thought they had been firmed up but apparently not, I think someone needs a whack with a paw to motivate them or a Harrier special leg rake. .

Wood carving and cream pots

Mar 11 2017
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Aunty Biscuit is really excited as Great Aunty Biscuit has sent her a set of wood carving chisels and a book on whittling as a birthday present.  This is something that she hasn't tried before.  it is veiwed with slight trepidation by some around her as......

Complicated genetic theories

Mar 03 2017
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Okay, so everyone likes a bargain and most people like a novelty item.  Aunty Biscuit managed to combine the two the other day with......

Baler twine and spring

Feb 23 2017
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A mixture of things have prevented me from doing my doggie diary for a few days so there seems a lot to catch up on but not enough time to do so.  I spent a lot of time outside at the weekend supervising Mum with several outside jobs, some of which Aunty Biscuit turned up to help with although neither of them helped me check out the wood pile -so much for inter species co-operation.  She was at one point teasing Mum about colour co-ordinating baler twine to temporarily tie a piece of wood up.  This did set me thinking, perhaps some of it could be knitted or crocheted to make a wellie mat.  Much as I appreciate that it may take a large size of needle I may suggest it as a possible project.  I was enjoying the springlike conditions and signs then such as snowdrops and catkins and now we seem to be back to winter with wintery showers forecast, good job I have only just started moulting.