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AnninGlos Report 25 Jun 2016 19:00

Jane, it was not that she couldn't manage. She gave her the first feed, credit to her because she said that was important but because Inara didn't settle she decided that she was not going to be ok with the breast and a midwife, instead of suggesting she persevere, told her to put Inara on the bottle. Jess is a bit strange in that she hates being touched and we think she thought she would be self concious feeding in case anyone saw her. Inara does seem ok on the bottle though.

We went for a walk at Barrow Dock museum today along the estuary and saw Oyster Catchers, Small Egrets and a Cormorant. :-) :-) the museum was interesting too


Jane Report 25 Jun 2016 18:22

Vera I hope you are feeling better today.
I am going to go and inspect out Lavender and Rosemary Plants .Don't want any pretty looking bug munching on them .I spotted lots of those Lilly Beetles yesterday so OH was out there quick with the spray.I say I saw lots.I saw 3.But even 3 is too many lol

Thomas ..well what can I say.He had us in panic stations the day before yesterday(or was it yesterday?) .He managed to slip out of his harness and ran and grabbed a mouse !!.He then took it under the hedge so there was no way of reaching him.After much calling and whistling and going around to next door to see if he had got through there,I got a plate of cooked roast chicken and walked up and down the length of the hedge throwing little bits down.A few minutes later a rather Sheepish looking Thomas appeared.PHEW !!.. He was then confined to barracks lol
Today I found him upstairs.So he is well on the mend.But even though he looks good on his leg I still have to restrict movement for several weeks yet.He is actually becoming very bored being cooped up in the house so much and is a bit of a pain in the neck.He keeps attacking my feet when I am sat at the table on the laptop.Not funny :-| :-|.I think it just meant to be playful but he has very sharp claws !!!

I haven't heard the Nightingale today.I hope it hasn't gone on to pastures new.


SuffolkVera Report 24 Jun 2016 11:27

How is Thomas doing now Jane? How lovely to hear the nightingale. I've never heard one for real, just heard recordings.

Not feeling 100% and in an attempt to get away from the referendum analysis I just had a stroll round the garden. The salvias are covered with several types of bee and their humming is so restful. There were also a couple of the blue dragonflies and lots of ladybirds. Then on a viburnum I spotted a lovely looking bug. It was ladybird size and shape but it had iridescent green and purple stripes. Very pretty so I googled it. It turned out to be a Rosemary leaf beetle whose favourite food is new shoots of rosemary and lavender, with a side order of sage and thyme :-| I'm not so keen on it now!

A short while ago I also hung a feeder of chopped peanuts on an overhanging bough from a tree next door. It is in a shady corner and fairly well hidden amongst the leaves. We haven't seen the birds there but the feeder has been emptied. I am now going to hang something else up there in the hope that I can work out whether they are attracted by the peanuts or by the concealed location. I suspect it might be the location that they like.


Jane Report 22 Jun 2016 20:39

Maybe Mum couldn't manage with the Breast feeding Ann.I had to give up after just a few days .Tried my best ,but then it was the bottle .Both of mine thrived well on the bottle :-D.I never felt guilty.The dreadful stress of unsuccesful breast feeding was awful and then it was happy feeding on the bottle for both baby and me.

Well I think we have a Nightingale again like last year :-D :-D.It has been singing it's head off for ages. :-D.I just wish I could see it !!!


AnninGlos Report 21 Jun 2016 22:09

Yes the barbecue went off well and Inara slept through it. Had more cuddles of course.our only surprise was that they have already put her on the bottle, encouraged it seems by the midwife in the hospital. They obviously weren't encouraged to persevere with it which is a shame.


Jane Report 21 Jun 2016 17:56

Yes things have changed so much Ann.They are in and out in a blink of an eye these days after giving birth.Even C Sections are home after a couple of days!
I had C Sections with both of mine.The first in 1983.I think I stayed in for about 8 days then,and then the second in 1986.I insisted on leaving after 4 days even though they wanted me in for 7.The only reason I wanted out was for my Dad to see my son.Dad was suffering from MND and couldn't face being in a hospital.
I hope you have all had a great day and enjoyed the BBQ..Little Inara might not remeber her first BBQ but I bet there will be plenty of pics for her in the future :-D


AnninGlos Report 20 Jun 2016 21:22

When I had my two in the sixties, I was in the nursing home for ten days, not allowed out of bed even for the loo for two days, and at least another day before allowed a shower or bath. Had to sleep on our stomachs for an hour every afternoon as well, babies kept in the nursery, only alloed on the ward at feed times, no night feeds. Shown how to bath baby, put on nappy etc. only fathers allowed to see babies in the nursery and only one visitor allowed at a time.

How things have changed. Jess was up and showering yesterday, (the day baby was born). Kept in overnight as her pulse was fast. Home this afternoon, going up and down stairs, doing all sorts and coming over for a barbecue with Inara in the carry cot tomorrow. And what is more she genuinely seems to have enjoyed the birth.


AnninGlos Report 20 Jun 2016 19:54

Had lots of cuddles this afternoon, she is, of course, beautiful.


kandj Report 20 Jun 2016 12:45

Very many congratulations Ann and OH on the arrival of your new Gt Granddaughter. Welcome baby Inara, very unusual, a very nice name. Obviously well thought about.


AnninGlos Report 19 Jun 2016 21:40

Apparently the name is from mythology if you google it, it is an arabic name meaning into the light or similar but was from the fantasy programme as well, as was Sarah and Kaylee (spelt like that not how I spelt it.)


Jane Report 19 Jun 2016 21:06

Congratulations Ann on the birth of your Gt Granddaughter .What an unusual name.There won't be too many little girls with her name.
The son of a friend of ours has named his new daughter Ottelie,and my Son's friends new baby boy is Huxley.Unusual names must be the 'in thing' lol


SuffolkVera Report 19 Jun 2016 17:58

That's an interesting name Ann. Say it out loud a few times and you might find you like it. I think it is a nice name and unlikely to be shortened to anything horrible. You'll very quickly get used to it. I have a grandchild called Edith, usually known as Edie. When she was born I didn't like it because it made me think of an old family friend "Auntie Edie" who was a real old cockney character, never seen without her glass of milk stout and a fag. Now I can't imagine my lovely, bubbly Edie being called anything else

I googled Inara and there is quite a lot about it - originally an arabic name, it means Ray of Light, or Shining. Apparently in one mythology Inara was the goddess of the wild animals of the Steppes.

Parents seem to be going for more unusual names these days. The latest addition to our family a few months back was named Arisa and she is gorgeous as I am sure Inara will be :-D


AnninGlos Report 19 Jun 2016 16:59

Thank you Vera her name is Inara Sarah Kayleigh.

We had not heard of Inara before but apparently it is from quite an old fantasy series. No doubt we will get used to it. :-)


SuffolkVera Report 19 Jun 2016 16:50

Lovely news Ann. Congratulations to the new parents, the grandparents and to you and your OH. Welcome to the world baby.


AnninGlos Report 19 Jun 2016 16:36

Now at daughters and great granddaughter was born this morning.


kandj Report 18 Jun 2016 18:45

That is pretty coloured moth Vera, how lucky to see it so closely.

Thomas would have enjoyed his breath of fresh air Jane, a change from being inside the cage, poor Thomas. He is having a rough time. It's good he has you there now.


Jane Report 17 Jun 2016 18:42

Vera It does sound as though the Elephant Hawk Moth had just emerged and as you say drying off :-D.I love Olive and Pink colours :-D.I have a couple of tops with Olive colour in.

Oh Kandj,I hope your little Robin hasn't come to a sticky end :-(..Robins do fight,so maybe it got into a scrap :-S

I have seen some very little fluffy Sparrows today :-D and also a little family of very young Blue Tits coming to the feeder.

Thomas has had his first sniff of outdoors,in the cat harness..He wasn't intersted in walking far(which he isn't allowed to do),but he just enjoyed lying on the grass in the sunshine :-D :-D..It perked him up a bit I think just to have a bit of fresh air and to see the outdoors.A long road to full recovery for him but we will get there :-D


SuffolkVera Report 15 Jun 2016 19:47

Walking back to my house earlier today, a neighbour called me over to look at something on his fuchsia. It was an elephant hawk moth, just hanging there. I did wonder if it had just emerged and was drying its wings.

I know they are fairly common in this country but I have never seen one at such close quarters before or one that stayed still long enough to be identified.

They are a very attractive moth, a sort of olive green and pink. Now, if only I could find a skirt in that mixture of colours........


kandj Report 15 Jun 2016 08:58

We have far too many starlings Vera, do you want some?

They are greedy birds and have knocked the window feeder on the floor this morning.
No manners!!! It's raining hard and so there is no way I'm going outside to pick the feeder up and sweep the suet pellets up just now.

The robin is still missing, we haven't seen him for some time now.

Jane, I hope Thomas is continuing to make a good recovery.


SuffolkVera Report 14 Jun 2016 19:59

I'm glad Thomas is doing so well. I think you may have trouble keeping him in check as he starts to feel stronger. He'll want to be out hunting again.

A neighbour has a large maple in her garden and it overhangs our fence in a nice corner so I've hung a feeder of crushed peanuts on one of the boughs. It's fairly secluded and the birds can hide among the leaves so I hoped it might attract a few, but no such luck :-( I fill feeders, then when the food has got wet and starting to go mouldy I empty and clean them and start all over again. We see the occasional bird - one bluetit yesterday, a wren a couple of days ago, four starlings today but nothing to speak of. As we have lived here for nearly 3 years now I hoped a few more might have been attracted to the garden. Perhaps they'll come around more when winter comes.