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Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring This is Where it is at!


Welcome to this week's Twinkly Tuesday!  Its always a little awkward doing the linky over the school holidays and it gets even less in the way of entries so I wonder, would you prefer the linky to close during them and then restart once the children are back at school? I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

On to this week's Tuesday Twinkler with a post from This is Where it is at, where Sam is sharing some tips to do Easter on a budget.  This year I've been really surprised by how much people are doing for Easter and how big a 'thing' it has become.  I genuinely don't remember everyone decorating and making a big deal about it as I grew up and its not something we personally do, although I love to see how others are taking part. For us, its an Easter egg for the girls and my mother in law does an egg hunt for them. How do you celebrate Easter, do you think the real meaning of it has become lost? 




This Week's Linky

It has been lovely to see some new faces linking up recently - thank you, long may it continue!  
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Gratitude Journal #28


Work
When its half term, I quite like having a day in the office. It almost feels like a little rest after running around after the kids for a few days!  The only thing I struggle with is trying to fit everything in to one day as my hours are cut down due to a lack of child care.  But never mind, its only for a short time.

Brandon Country Park
D took the day off on Friday so we thought we'd try visiting somewhere new and headed to Brandon Country Park.  Its nice that we can get out and explore as a family, with Buddy.  As its half term, we were expecting it to be heaving with other families but it wasn't as busy as expected. We followed the 3.5 mile trail which was stated as taking an hour and 45 minutes and in the time we walked it, we only saw three other lots of walkers and that included some at the start of the trail and then at the end. All in all, it was quite a nice day out.  


Behaviour
I don't want to jinx it but the girls have been pretty good so far.  Its no secret that I'm not a fan of the school holidays but these one has been rather nice.  Don't get me wrong, they've had their moments, but on the whole they've been good and it has been much easier as they've been keeping themselves entertained a little as well. 

Pictures up at home
We've had a collection of pictures piled up in one of our rooms for months, waiting for D to put them up on the wall.  This weekend it finally got done, it took us bloomin' ages as we wanted them going up our stairs and it was a little awkward to measure exactly where they were going but it was worth it as they look great and its nice to add our touch to the house until we get round to decorating.  

Why we decided to Re-Home our Pet Pygmy Goats


Back in 2011, not long after we first started keeping chickens, D decided that he would really like some goats.  We had made the field our chickens were kept in secure and he thought it was an ideal opportunity. I wasn't quite so sure, until we went to the local farm/petting zoo which had two that were in need of re-homing.  Because its a petting zoo, they can only keep so many there so once any kids have been born, they need re-homing before too long.  That first visit was were we met our pygmy goats, Chip and Blackjack and began to learn all about goats!

Having given the farm a deposit, the following weeks were spent reading up on goats and caring for them and making them a shelter.  Finally, we were able to bring them home and I remember we were both so excited to do so! That first afternoon, we penned off a slightly smaller area for them to get used to and sat in there with them.  I can remember them jumping all over us, nudging for attention and following us everywhere.  They were so cute and friendly, having been reared by the farm and handled daily by their visitors.  



(Chip and Blackjack)

In all honesty, we found it quite easy to look after them. We had to register with DEFRA and it was mostly smooth going until we found Blackjack was poorly one day.  I struggled with this as he was my favourite, he was so gentle and friendly compared to Chip.  Unfortunately he had a ruptured bladder and we had to have him put down. I sobbed for ages after!  Without Blackjack, Chip began to look a little depressed and wasn't his usual lively self so we assumed him to be lonely, although he had the chickens and geese around.  So we headed back to the farm and as there were no goats available, we ended up coming home with three sheep which we were assured would give him some company.  And a few weeks later, we ended up with another pygmy goat, George, as one suddenly became available.

On the whole, the sheep and goats lived together quite comfortably.  The goats could be a little livelier and more boisterous than the sheep and were a lot greedier than them but otherwise, they were living together side by side.  That was until a few months ago when we found the goats had escaped the field.  The field has a high, electric fence going round it so we couldn't work it out. They had never escaped before, the sheep had never escaped, there were no holes or gaps in the fence and they couldn't jump high enough to get over it.  This happened a number of times, D kept checking the fence and couldn't work it out.  He brought a temporary electric fence and reduced the amount of field they could access to see if that made any difference. It didn't. We blocked sections of the fence up in other ways and they were still escaping, wondering around my in-laws garden (they were kept at my in-laws, as that was where we were living when we first got them), eating their flowers.  

It was at this point that I suggested to D it would be worth re-homing them.  D was reluctant.  The road next to the field and garden isn't a busy one but the cars do drive down it rather fast and as its a country road, it has winds and bends and I was becoming very anxious at the thought they could make their way to the road and cause an accident. There was also a pond that I was worried they would fall into, as well as a number of other hazards.  It got to the point that I would worry as I drove down the road about where they were. We would pull up in to the driveway and they would trot down out of nowhere, which whilst it was was rather lovely having them come to say hello, was also a huge worry about where they would go next!



(Chip)

So eventually D agreed that we should re-home them.  I put some messages out across Facebook on the Friday morning and by the Sunday lunchtime they were safe in their new home.  The family that has re-homed them have several acres divided into paddocks with stabling for their horses and they also have chickens and dogs, as well as that all important DEFRA registration sitting there ready. I had a stalk of the family's Facebook and business pages and was confident they were going to a good home. They have since added me as a friend and I have been able to see photos of them and can see they have settled in, which is lovely.  

Re-homing a family pet is never an easy decision, regardless of the animal they are, so knowing they have gone to a nice, loving and, more importantly safe and secure home has made it all that much easier.

Twinkly Tuesday | Featuring An Ordinary Mom's Musings


Good Morning, happy Tuesday to you!  Its the Easter holidays here and so far the weather's been rather nice and we've been able to spend some time at the park and in the garden.  

So you might notice the new look and theme.  I have tested the new badges and I am keeping everything firmly crossed that they will work for you all.  Please do let me know if that isn't the case and I will take another look at them. 

On to this week's Tuesday Twinkler with a post from An Ordinary Mom's Musings.  Colleen has written about how helicopter parenting can land us on rickety pedestals if we aren't careful and how we should allow children to make decisions, fail and learn from their own mistakes. 



This Week's Linky

It has been lovely to see some new faces linking up recently - thank you, long may it continue!  
Please don't forget to follow the rules below, it only takes a moment to share your post and the linky.


Linking
* You can link up to one post per week, old or new.  Any additional posts will be deleted.
* The linky will open at 6am Tuesday and close at 23.55 the next day (Wednesday).
*  Please add the Twinkly Tuesday badge to the bottom of your post.
* By linking up, you are giving me permission to use the images from your blog if featured as a Tuesday Twinkler.

Commenting 
*  Please comment on my post and at least two other posts, including the one directly before yours and as many others as you can - we're all busy but lets show other blogs some love.
* I will comment on as many posts as I possibly can but please do not be offended if I don't manage to visit your blog. Rest assured, I'll continue to choose a Tuesday Twinkler.
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Gratitude Journal #27



Half Term
Half term means no making packed lunches, no alarms and no running around to after school clubs. Hoorah! Of course, that then means I've got to keep them amused. Our first day has been spent tidying and cleaning the playroom followed by a trip to the park with a picnic and feeding the ducks.

Birthday Parties
This weekend T had a soft play party whilst E had one at a spa!  They were super excited about going and I was pleased too as it meant they were separated for a while, perfect for the start of the school holidays as they both get a bit fed up with each other after a while! It was a good chance to catch up with a couple of the Mums I've not spoken to for ages and to speak to those I've not spoken with before.  

New Blog Theme

With all the Pipdig drama going on over the last week or so, it was a good time to give my blog a little makeover.  I must admit that I was a little anxious at tackling it but I found myself a theme on Etsy and took a couple of hours to change it over. Its not quite as I want it and no doubt I'll be tweaking it for days to come but I was quite proud of myself for managing to do it!

The Opticians
This week I have been very grateful for the opticians! I'm now used to wearing my glasses but I do find them a little uncomfortable when I get warm and I know it'll be an irritation in the summer so I thought I'd attempt contact lenses. Oh my!  The optician checked my eyes first and confirmed I was suitable for them, although I do have dry eyes so I had to buy some special eye drops for that (£11 for eye drops!).  The contact lenses trial went well whilst I was there, I took them in and out absolutely fine after a couple of attempts so they sent me off whilst I still wore them, telling me to take them out after two hours. And that was where I had the problem, the first came out find but the second one, in my left eye, just didn't want to budge.  In the end, after a good 15 minutes or so of trying, I ended up calling the opticians and they told me to go straight back up to see them.  I felt such an idiot but apparently its not uncommon and they whipped it straight out for me. It was such a relief!  I must admit that I'm now a little anxious about trying the other pairs I've been given but I need to man up and get on with it.