Friday, 29 February 2008
Actually she can get pretty grumpy even around food! If it is not forthcoming after several seconds of staring like this she follows me around making a sort of whine like miaow and pretends that she is starving. She does this with all the neighbours as well; many of whom succumb to her pleading and threaten to report me to the RSPCA for not feeding my animals. Fortunately her large belly gives the game away!
Thursday, 28 February 2008
Tuesday, 26 February 2008
NO FIDDLING WITH HUMANS' BODIES. That definitely includes playing with shoes and boots -- an action that is a prelude to fighting behavior.
Apparently this is common behaviour in bored young llamas who pass time fiddling with another animate being. This includes ear or neck mouthing, head-ducking, neck-pushing, and usually leads to some sort of wresting match. However, a bored llama may make the human the focus of his fiddling and then you have a problem!
for more details!
For an excellent video as to what you can get llamas to do with patience look at
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Monday, 18 February 2008
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
Bonsoir Monsieur ,
Je viens de lire votre message et m’empresse d’y répondre. C’est un peu tard mais à mon tour je vous souhaite une bonne et Heureuse année 2008. J’ai pris un peu de retard sur mes chantiers mais je suis en mesure de vous dire dès à présent que j’ai commandé la semie De blocs pour votre chantier et je vais démarrer les travaux avant la fin février.
J’ai bien noté la précision pour l’escalier de la cave. Si vous voulez me joindre pour plus d’informations je vous rappelle mon numéro De portable : 08.80.74.04.70.
Je vous dis à très bientôt. Cordialement.
I think it means I am sorry but I am bit late, I am just about to order the bricks for your house and will start building by the end of February!
Saturday, 9 February 2008
Thursday, 7 February 2008
I spoke to Emma and Mark. They said it had been a bad day as this morning they had to have their cat put down, at lunchtime they had estate agents round to value to house and this evening the chimney caught fire. Emma told me that they were separating and that she was going off WWOOFing which apparently means willing workers on organic farms. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WWOOF
I am beginning to think that the square may be a bit jinxed. There are 15 houses and in the five years I have lived there, 3 have caught fire. That is 20%! Surely that must be higher than average!
Monday, 4 February 2008
Sunday, 3 February 2008
I started not really knowing what I would write but I had been inspired to start by reading the book Blood, Sweat and Tea, based on the blog Random acts of Reality http://randomreality.blogware.com/ and by the thought that one day our collective blogs may be used by social historians to find out what life was really like in the 2000s. I also remembered that at school I used to like writing but now never get the time to write anything other than comments on students' work, dull papers, even duller lectures, quality reports and course documents (I can feel the tension mounting when I just start thinking about them!). So, practice makes perfect and a year ago I thought it would be a good time to start writing for myself! At first I felt very self-concious about writing something that other people might read....although of course I write all the time for other people to read, but this is much more personal and felt strange and a bit exposing for myself but also for other people that I might mention. I also soon realised that writing is quite hard. Although I do and did write many things quite quickly I still had to give some thought to how much sense it all makes, whether I have really expressed what I wanted to say with the sentiment that I intended, whether the grammar and spelling are okay (spell checker seems to be out of action today so no doubt this will be full of errors). I soon learnt writing a blog is not like writing a story as you need to ensure that each entry makes sense in its own right and can sustain interest using the minimal number of words.
So harder than I thought but actually much more enjoyable. During my mothers illness and the clearing out of the family home I found writing the blot positively therapeutic and I think those entries are some of the better ones although I would hate to think that in order to write well I have to be that stressed all the time! I have loved the fact that it has been an alternative way to communicate with friends, especially friends that I don't see very often, and I love the way that you can develop a community of likeminded bloggers. As the year has progressed I have become more brave with the addition of pictures and links and I think I now feel that it doesn't matter if not every entry is interesting or well written as the important thing is to communicate something, intially between me and the blot, and maybe other people will read it or maybe not but either way it doesn't matter. So my plan for next year of the blot is to keep doing it, but to be more adventurous with it.