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Dydh da diworth Kernow
Fri 27-Aug-10
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Danny
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Fantastic, Ruthie smile

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Fri 27-Aug-10
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wave Hi again, ready for more of Pebble's life story?

A few months after Dinky's death my daughter was given another rabbit, Misty, a beautiful white and brown lop. Pebble took one look, recognised that although not black, she was a rabbit and promptly fell in love. He set about wooing this this lovely young thing, and to everyone's surprise in a very short time he had won her over. The two of them were inseparable. On hot, lazy summer days Pebble would lounge contentedly on Misty's back, nestled in the

small of her neck. Seeing them so happy together we could not guess

that tragedy was about to strike.

Misty suddenly became very ill and died from what turned out to be a twisted gut. We humans were distraught at her loss, and Pebble was bereft, grieving, a

widower again.

That was when the top bird in the aviary took Pebble to one side, and told him

a few home truths. It must have been a shock " "What do you mean I'm not a rabbit?"  Still, Pebble had overcome a lot of difficulties in his life and well, he took this new stage in his stride. Next thing I knew, he was installed as husband to the top bird " who just happened to be a striking lady pigeon. A strong

lady who kept the whole aviary in check and gave a hefty wing whack

to any young rook or crow who needed to learn that pigeons eat first.

By his association with the top lady Pebble gained rank, becoming quite suddenly second in the pecking order. His position was accepted and respected, and when he was widowed for the third time he became top bird, with no question that it was his right to hold that position. Not only that, but

during his third marriage he'd also discovered the joy of flirting and had gained himself a œbit on the side, a pretty white feathered young pigeon. So this time he wasn't alone in his bereavement.

From his start as a brain damaged, half blind little runt Pebble had a long and happy life, achieving status and finding true love, not once but four times over.

Don't you just love a happy ending? smile

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Welcome to the forum they are a bit, toys in the attic here big_laugh but not me just ask my trickcyclist.wave

Fri 27-Aug-10
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Awww.. You are a really great storyteller, Ruthie. That was so lovely. welldone

Thank you very much. big_hug

Do you have more like those? Have you published a book of stories?

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Sat 28-Aug-10
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Brilliant Ruthie!  More please, it's lovely to hear about your creatures. smile

I'll try that again!

Sat 28-Aug-10
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wave Oh I really enjoyed Pebble's story.  Thank you so much Ruthie.  As Danny says do you have any more stories?   You write so well.   welldone

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Sat 28-Aug-10
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Is there a smiley that means stop it you're making me blush? You're very kind, all of you. And thanks for the welcome Mutley. waveThanks to the hours I've been spending catching up on past posts I know the names of the regular posters very well now! Such a wealth of information about so many topics that interest me, and the diverting banter and amusing craziness - its great here, I love it!

About my birdy tales, no, I've not tried to write them down.  I've often thought Pebble's tale deserved to be written out in full (I left a lot out) and served up with appropriate illustrations though! I should write it up properly before the memories fade, he died a few years ago now. It just really gets to me that he was supposedly a no hoper, and if I'd followed advice instead of being so soft he'd have been put down. Instead he had a great life. There's a lot to be drawn from that.

There's so many memories - the only bird in the world to sleep curled up on her side, the  nearly blind baby jackdaw who flew with his feet stretched out in front of him, the jackdaw and rook couple who couldn't agree on how to build a nest, the elderly rook and her decision to finally live wild, the blackbird who slept on a coat hanger, the shuttlecock crow and the flowerpot... oh now you've got me thinking...

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Sounds like a good idea Ruthie, real life stories of crazy pets can be wonderful. cheers

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It sounds like a best seller and a movie, Ruthie. I would love to read all about them. And we forumites can bask in the reflected glory - "you know that Cornish lady who wrote the book Sick Dears - you know, the hit movie of last year - well she actually waved Hello to me yesterday. No, not in the street but in our forum . . "

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Ruthie, write them all down, they are wonderful stories, I don't know of anyone else who rescues creatures the way you do! big_hug

I'll try that again!

Sun 29-Aug-10
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big_laugh "Sick Dears"big_laugh Thats a title that'll sell! 

Ok, you've convinced me, I'll add writing a book to my list of things i intend to getting around to someday... how does that list go again? Oh yes, housework, paint the stairwell, declutter, build a duck house, did I mention housework?, make a new wormery, cut down that dead tree, renovate the aviary, oh yes cut that triangular piece of glass I need for the greenhouse..., um something about housework I think.... um....

Jobs that involve birds or vegetables seem to get priority funnily enough. My most urgent job tomorrow is dong something worthwhile with four pounds of rhubarb. Having already made a batch of rhubarb and ginger jam with the last armful I'm open to suggestions!

Off to search the recipes again.

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Ruthie, I have a recipe for rhubarb sauce - unfortunately it is in the UK - and I won't be home till Wednesday evening.

The recipe is a gorgeous fruity brown sauce, with rhubarb, raisins, sugar and vinegar - not too difficult either. Fab on bacon sandwiches.

I'll have to get back to you if you would like that recipe - and if the rhubarb can wait that long!!

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Freeze it until you know what to do with it. Well that is how I deal with my produce a lot of the time as either I am too busy at the time, haven't enough jars or haven't enough of all the ingredients.

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Thanks for the recipe offer Brightspark, I've actually made something that sounds quite similar this afternoon, with half of it anyway. Cavalier Ginger and Rhubarb Ketchup. I found it from a link on the recipe part of the forum. Or a link off a link, I can't remember now! Turned out great, I'll be making it again. It said to press it through a sieve, and not wanting to waste what remained I mixed it with some nut meat left over from making almond milk. That'd been in the freezer for ages so doubley good idea, spicy nut burgers for tea and a little space in the freezer. Thats why I couldn't freeze it for later you see Joanna, my freezer is constantly crammed full. (Hence my interest in a dehydrator.) I save everything edible and have a multitude of mystery packs that the labels fell off! I did have the "not enough jars" problem until I raided the recycling. Then I only had the "no lids" problem but I used jampot covers and elastic bands. Felt like old times.

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That's why I have two dehydrators now. Sometimes I even dehydrate then freeze when I am not sure if they are going to reabsorb moisture like marrows but still takes up less space anyway. I have found loads of jars and loads of lids but not the right ones for the right jars at the same time. Had to buy a single lid to test next time I am in the shop which had loads of jars doh

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