Old MacDonald had a farm

…and so do we, or it’s beginning to look a lot like that anyway!

On Friday last week we trekked 40 minutes across the county to visit, and ultimately bring home, a pair of guinea pigs from Piggy Kingdom, a local(ish) guinea pig rescue. The grand plan was that we’d bring the pair of baby piggies home and attempt a bond with Big Pig (aka Ginger) who’s been with us since 2008 but lost his mate Afro a couple of years later. It’s been on my todo list for a while but always seemed low priority. Big Pig seems content enough, right?

So, brought them home, popped them together on the kitchen floor (neutral space) with some food, hay and hideyholes and let them get on with it. Thought that it was all going well, as demonstrated by the picture I posted to twitter:

guinea pig trio

But unfortunately this moment of calm sharing of mutual space was short-lived; Stripe (the name will be self-explanatory when I can get some better pics) had objections to being usurped as chief pig of the pair and we had to separate them before somepig got hurt.

Stripe and Spot are currently living in temporary indoor accomodation and will probably stay that way until after Christmas where we will be addressing the living space.

So, the hunt was on to find another pig – a single this time – and I was planning on going back to the rescue because they’d been so helpful, but then Karl sends me a link to an article on the local newspaper website about a lady that bequeathed 20 guinea pigs to a nearby plant & animal centre. They already have 40 guinea pigs and 60 was putting them over capacity so were after homes for the extras. One phone call later and a mad dash 20 minutes down the road and I brought home Little Pig (who may or may not be renamed..!)

big-and-little-pig

And it’s all looking quite positive :D


Well I cocked that up

So much for NaBloPoMo. Oliver’s poorly, and that threw me for six over the weekend (honest guv) because he was un-put-down-able. You know, as kids do when they’re full of snot and all gross and sticky. Normal service will resume tomorrow. Maybe.


Chores and Pocket Money

Isabel turns four next week and as such I’ve been slowly introducing her to the idea of pocket money. It is my hope that if I give her the opportunity to earn money from an early age (and really, we’re only talking about the odd 10 pence here, nothing significant because I’m not made of… read full entry »

13 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Bunnies

With having had to source a mate for Flymo this year we had to research into how to introduce a second rabbit. It’s not as simple as sticking rabbit #2 in the hutch and letting them get on with things; each rabbit is different and a gradual bonding process works best. Anyway, in doing this… read full entry »


The Woman With 40 Cats

Karl and I have just watched The Woman With 40 Cats on catch-up TV and joked at length how that could easily be me. Not 5 minutes later, we’re discussing ways to increase the capacity for guinea pigs in the garden and he suggests the potential for re-using Flymo’s old hutch for more piggies. And… read full entry »


An Oliver Update

As requested, an update on the small people (breaking it up to get more posts out of it, hahaha) The last time I blogged about Oliver, I was talking about how I’d felt ‘forced’ to wean him over night because his latch is at its absolute worst then. Within a few weeks, he’d stopped asking… read full entry »

Quick Product Mention: B&Q Mega Playmat

We nipped to B&Q yesterday to get some bits to finish boarding the animal shed for winter and, as is the nature of any shopping trip, ended up buying things we didn’t plan on. One of the things we bought was the B&Q mega playmat to replace the aging and unravelling (thanks to a certain… read full entry »

I want chickens

If you’ve ever read my about page you’ll know that I would quite like to keep chickens. Part of it is because I just have this thing about animals but mostly it’s because we spend an absolute fortune on eggs. I eat them in cakes & mayonnaise, Isabel can eat 3-4 hardboiled eggs in one… read full entry »


NaBloPoMo

Of course it’s a brilliant idea to decide to revive your neglected blog by taking part in National Blog Posting Month despite having absolutely craploads of work to do, 2 personal projects to launch, your portfolio site to do-over and countless other things including cleaning the manky house and getting the garden prepped for winter… read full entry »

Does the Taxman know about your Blog?

The rise of the professional blogger and those who monetise their personal blogs has crept up slowly and now, everyone’s doing it. For some people it’s a genuine source of income, for some it’s their business and others simply do it for a bit of extra cash. In every instance you earn tangible money from… read full entry »

Izzy’s Pictures

Earlier on this year I saw a Travel Supermarket competition being mentioned on twitter – Kids Capture the Colour. The basic gist is that parent bloggers enter, get sent a camera, get their kids to take some pics and then someone votes on some based on the colours or something. I admit I only entered… read full entry »


The Animal Shed

We recently bought two sheds: a 6×4″ for the tools and general garden crap, and an 8×6″ for the animal hutches. Or that was the general plan anyway. After battling for an entire weekend to get the 8×6″ up (due to a combination of location, size and having to build it around 2 ‘helpful’ small… read full entry »