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Ho hum…

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Hello again blogosphere. I wonder how many times i’ll say i’m going to start blogging and then fail to continue?

Its been a slow week…Mike is in London for a course, so i’ve been getting the bus to uni. I’ve managed to pick up a cold, which is quite annoying, but no way near as annoying as last night where I stood at the bus stop for an hour while nothing turned up. According to the paper timetable at the stop there should have been three buses, according to the online timetable only two. Either way it was rather frustrating! I decided to work from home today to save myself a bit of annoyance, and I hope things are better tomorrow.

On keeping Quail

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

A fortnight ago, I bought 3 quail “chicks” (they were 3.5 weeks old), Waylon, Rose and Daisy. The idea was that they were two females and a male. They would live indoors in a large rabbit cage over the winter, and move outside when spring sprung. I set about buying all sorts of quaily bits and bobs, a nest box, some hay for nesting in, a water dispenser, grit, leg rings, chick crumb and pellets. On the second day I discovered mistake number one. Quail drink a LOT, and one budgie drinker (approx 250ml) needs refilling twice a day, so I invested in a 1.3L mushroom drinker. One thing I had been warned about was that they would kick bedding into their food, but I thought bowls would be OK. However it did get to be a bit of a pain, so I bought a food hopper at the same time as the drinker.

It became obvious after a week that Daisy was actually Dan when further speckly breast feathers came through (there were a few when we bought “her”). From the little information I managed to scrape from the internet, I knew that i’d need an excess of females as the males are over-amorous. Although the lady I bought the quail from had offered to swap Daisy if she did turn out to be a he, I felt reluctant to part with him. I’d joined a Quail Forum and luckily there was a member near enough for me to buy females from. When we got these two home, I let them run round with the others, and all seemed well. 5 quail in a cage 1m x 50cm take up a lot more room than 3 quail though, and so the mushroom drinker became major mistake number 2. After it falling over twice due to much quail stampeding I realised I was going to have to invest in a rabbit bottle for the birds. The two new quail were used to it, and seem to have done a good job of showing the other quail how to use it.

Its been an even longer time…

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

I always start these things with much enthusiasm that peters out in about 5 minutes. On the off chance anyone is interested, lets have an update on what has changed.

  1. We are homeowners. We bought our first house (a 3 bedroom terrace in a less desierable part of town) back in January.
  2. I went back to Uni (October 2006) to do an MSc in Systems Biology. This should lead to a PhD starting October ’07.
  3. Hamsters have changed round a bit. We still have Archie and Reggie (Theo passed away in May). Robos we have Psyche, baby Redrum, and “the girls”, Alysia, Zosima, Little ‘un and Pearl. We acquired a breeding pair of winter whites (who despite a lot of effort on the male’s part have yet to produce babies), Hank and Peggy.

They say nothing ever changes but the shoes, which clearly is not true. I have 2 new pairs of shoes since the last post.

Drosophila and Asda

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Today I started revising Drosophila development, fairly slow going. There are only so many pictures of mutant larvae a girl can look at.
Had a bit of a surf round to see if I could find a cool birthday present for Jill…I want to get a chocolate fountain, but I bet she already has one. It’ll go well with their ice cream maker though.

Went to Asda as its the only supermarket that sells chicken and turkey sausages…well, Big Tesco does but that’s a longer trip. So we wandered round picking up stuff we needed, and stuff we didn’t. It appears Mike’s new idea to stop me buying fun stuff is to make me pay for it myself. First of all, they only had one checkout open and a queue of around 12 customers. Then, they decided to open another, woo-hoo. Put all the sensible shopping through first, with Mike, and after he paid we were asked the postcode. Then as he was putting receipt etc away, she didn’t start to put my shopping through, so we said “we’re together, and she did”. I decided to buy a bottle of Tropical Sourz, because it tastes so damn good. The woman said “Are you over 21”, so I replied “Yes”. She then sat there for a bit, so I decided to get ID out, she then looked at it and appeared to take great difficulty in working out if I was indeed over 21. So I pointed out if I wasn’t, i’d have just got Mike to buy it. I know its their job, but really, have a brain. Or is that why you’re working in Asda…(Is that too controversial?).
Then, to top my evening off, they overcharge me by 99p. Practically £1! So I went to the shelf, whipped off the price tag (I bet they hate it when shoppers do that) and took myself to the “we’re always happy to help desk”. The girl there re-funded me and gave me a £2 Asda voucher, so all was well in the end.

Another thing I feel the need to complain about is that I can’t find an eyeliner for less than £1.99. Perhaps I should just go and buy a 4B pencil…