A little update . . .

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by V Chic Chick, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    I know I haven't been posting here much lately, what with the pressures of school and everything, so I thought I'd just give everyone a little update . . . .

    On New Year's Day, I broke my knee whilst skiing in the French Alps (idiot snowboarder cut me up, I swerved to avoid him - not hangover related, honest!). Today, I got the plaster taken off and a brace put on. In short, I have no movement in my knee, and I cannot get anywhere without crutches, and I can't go very far on them. The brace will be on for another month and then physio begins. As someone who normally walks (or uses public transport) to get everywhere and is very active, it's extremely limiting. I cannot look after the chickens, dig the garden, go to the town centre with my friends, use the bus etc. etc.

    Anyway, yesterday was my 16th birthday (yay!) and I got a greenhouse (no one can understand me for this). I went out and bought a scratchcard just because I could, but didn't win anything (surprise surprise).

    Some of you may know that I'm a glider (sailplane) pilot. It is legal to go solo on your 16th birthday here, but obviously that was scuppered by my knee. On the plus side, I won the club prize for best junior, and got £25 ($50) to be used for gliding fees and a silver cup for a year [​IMG] .

    The chickens are still in good shape as ever, eating just as much but not laying (as per usual).
  2. karri25

    karri25 Songster

    Feb 5, 2007
    Happy Birthday!!!!!!
  3. cknmom

    cknmom Songster

    Apr 10, 2007
    Dickson TN
    Happy birthday! Sorry to hear about your knee, at least you did it while doing something fun! I am still recovering from a bad ankle break I suffereed June 06. I was at a plant nursery. I love plants but we had just picked up a trampoline that I was going to teach our DGD some thing on, I still can't get on it. Hope your recovery goes well and quick.

  4. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    Happy Birthday! Wishing you a speedy recovery too.
  5. LindaN

    LindaN Songster

    Jul 28, 2007
    It's been sort of a good news/bad news sort of month, eh?

    Happy b-day and hope you get to enjoy the pleasures of solo very soon!

    Must be interesting keeping chickens in the UK at this time. My news reader has many stories about the TV programs and campaigns against battery hens and factory farms for meat chickens!
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Youch Helena...not a good start for the year!

    Happy Birthday to you anyways.
    I would love to have a green house, you lucky thing!
  7. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Wow, you are out to a bad start for the New year...but, this just means you got it all out of the way, for a better year to come! So sorry about your accident...hope you heal strong and fast! Jeesh, I wish I could get a green house for MY B day! I would love it! Congrats!
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Happy Birthday, I'll bet one of your chickens would like to kiss you on the nose on your special day!
  9. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    Quote:Yep, two very high profile celebrity chefs (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, whose first series was about moving to a smallholding and becoming self-sufficient, and Jamie Oliver, who did a programme about the atrocious school dinners that get served up, and effectively got Turkey Twizzlers taken off the shelves, through all his publicity) have done programmes on meat and battery chickens respectively. They seem to have put quite a few people off the "two for £5" chickens (£5 is about $10 but doesn't go so far as it would in the US; a bag of chicken feed is ~£6.50), and I have heard some people reporting that there have been far less free range chickens on the shelves than normal [​IMG]

    Jamie Oliver even had Jane Howorth from the Battery Hen Welfare Trust on, a charity that rescues and rehomes battery hens, with the permission of the factory farmer, instead of having them slaughtered.

    On the downside, H5N1 was found at a swannery about 60 miles from me [​IMG] , but on the plus side the chickens did the impossible this morning and laid [​IMG]! I've never had them laying in January before.

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