We've had to say a very sad goodbye to one of our lovely girls today.
Sausage Monster's chicken, Jazz, has had to go back to the farm :(
We noticed her crop was enlarged earlier in the week and followed all the proper advice to help alleviate the problem. However, it did not improve and she became less perky than usual and then, yesterday, stopped laying.
She was our first, and most reliable, layer. She was also, we think, top hen and a very friendly girl too.
We spoke to the very lovely Farmer Brian who asked us to take her back to the farm today. He is going to treat her as he thinks she has an infection. Apparently it's nothing we've done wrong but just one of those unfortunate things that can happen to chickies. If she does not improve in the next three days he will have to put her to sleep :( :( :(
So, it's goodbye to the lovely Jazzy but get well soon chicky!
I've grown really attached to her the past few days as I've massaged and cuddled her.
Farmer Brian told Moogsdad he could take another chookie to replace Jazzyboo. He chose the one who looked the most like her predecessor.
So here is Bumble Bee - in case you're wondering Jazz and Bumble Bee are both Transformers characters. These were the best names, believe me! I had to tell Monster we could not possibly name a chicken Optimus Prime!!!
There may be a bit of peckage for a couple of days as the newcomer establishes her place in the pecking order but we're watching them closely to make sure they play nice!
I'm glad I only keep them for eggs. I'd be in bits if we had to give them the chop so we could eat them!!!
In non-chicken news, I scored at the charity shop today.
The candlewick blanket is going to be a very soft and cuddly back for the red and turquoise quilt and cost me a princely £3.
The Russian dolls are a nest of four rather forlorn looking girls but I've always always wanted some and for £1.50 thought they'd be a good start!
The button box cost me 50p and for a rather extravagant £4 I got a fab build a robot puzzle kit for Monster - three hours of happy peace and quiet.....priceless!!
Now onto something lovely that happened earlier this week.
A most delicious delivery from the postman.
Michaela's scrumptious homemade fudge, which was kept entirely for adult consumption, did not last long but every morsel was appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed :)
Thank you so much Michaela! What's the agreement? Do I keep returning the pretty box for refills?
...just asking....... ;)
Onto some sewing action then.
My naughty bubs don't finish school until Wednesday and there are teachers' presents to sort out. My mind was a big fat blank as I'm so obsessed with other sewing projects right now!
However, I gave myself a big talking to and opted for a simple approach. Zippy pouches for all of them, inspired by perusing a back copy of Cotton Time.
I may buy some pretty tissues to go with them and I have a cushion to make but I'm so relieved these are all done.
I now have to turn my attention to a birthday pressie for my 17 year old niece (17!!!!!....my little niece!!!!!) and of course my latest craze.....
Each square is roughly 12"x 12" and the grand plan is to keep going through my scrap box until I have enough panels for a big king-size quilt.....well possibly.....maybe.....
Oh....and three more days at work of course!!
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend xxxxxx
p.s. I've got a whole day of just me and my boy tomorrow as Moogsdad and Minx are off for the day, rowing a mile along Southsea sea front and going to Longleat with Brownies, respectively. He has plans for me that will involve some emptying of my bank account apparently!!