Friday, 13 July 2012

Can You Hear Me At The Back?


It's a summer morning in July
and this is the mid morning's doom and gloom captured by my webcam.
 The weather is now getting beyond a joke
It's getting me down
Mrs Spriggs and her buggy will be grounded again as
It's effing' raining again


Yesterday I was asked to give a "talk" to the local Women's Institute.
This tickled me, as I have really no real idea of exactly what I could possibly talk about to a group of vital older ladies ..........(Extolling the virtues of The Walking Dead series 3 may be a little too undead perhaps?)


humm perhaps NOT!

I'll think of something to spout on about, no doubt it will be an animal based kind of talk
That's a safe subject as most people enjoy the "fluffy Bunny" kind of stories...
 I have no problems with it at all,..... in fact I kind of miss having the opportunity of "public speaking" and teaching.... I used to do a lot of it at one time
...On reflection I know that there is more of my my father's showmanship in me than I would care to admit to
He would give a speech to the room at the opening of a fridge door!.
Oh that reminds me

This years advertisements for my "chickens for beginners course"
need to be circulated
They will never get me rich... but they are fun to do
It's still raining......

38 comments:

  1. I wouldn´t mind doing that course! I kept chickens at my old place but all I did was feed them and collect the eggs. One of my best layers used to lay them in the laundry basket!

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  2. Hippo. Isn't that what one's supposed to do? It's what I do with mine!

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  3. £20? That's amazing value and if I were thinking of keeping hens or had anywhere to keep them, I would be booking a place pronto. :)

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  4. If you lived nearer i would be there in a flash-well weather, floods etc permitting :-)

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  5. I also don't mind public speaking, I always say that I can talk for an hour about the color orange and even longer about purses and dogs! :-)

    I'd sign up for your class--Even if I can't have chickens I'd like to get a headstart on learning about them when I wear my husband down and he lets me have them!

    Enjoy your day John!

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  6. I think £20 is a bargain!

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  7. Excellent course plan, John, and good value for money. If your course is as fun and informative as your blog it should make you feel a whole lot less glum, too.

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  8. Our weather here is certainly harsh and we still have at least two more months of 100 degree temps and wretched humidity. No weather even for chickens.

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  9. The WI are a formidable bunch - I am a little scared and in awe of them!

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  10. 20 pounds for all those hours of instructions sounds like a deal to me. Do you serve cake and coffee?

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  11. chania
    it was an old poster... my rates are higher now!!!

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  12. If I lived closer John...I'd definitely take your course. Even though our (stupid) town council won't let us keep chickens!

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  13. What a perfect way to start the day...love the web cam shot !

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  14. I'm sure you will know just the right words when the time comes.

    Enjoy the rain because, believe me, the total opposite is pure hell.

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  15. Too much rain in th UK, drought and record heat in US. Someone must have ticked Mother Nature off.

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  16. Before you prepare a fluffy bunny speech for the W.I. take a look at a clip of what they did to Blair - and think again.
    They are not fluffy bunny material.

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  17. Just be you, John, and I am sure your speech will turn out to be a memorable one. Good luck with the course. Would have booked myself in if I had been in the UK, not because I am a novice at chicken keeping but that you will be inspirational to listen to. Hope the weather cheers up for you soon.

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  18. I think you should give a talk about the joys of raising pigs for meat, including the joys of manure-diving.

    So I guess it's true what they say, then, about it always raining in that part of the world.

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  19. As I was speaking I'd just keep thinking Calendar Girls..."we'll be needing some bigger buns!"
    Jane x

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  20. I was out last night with some folk who have just got three chickens...only one is laying...they need your help!

    You could speak about so many things...I'm sure it would be fascinating and absorbing...how about 'How I've made Trelawnyd famous'...

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  21. nota bene
    tell me to emial me if they need any help!

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  22. O this rain . . I am so sick of it. It's forecast until September!

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  23. I also thought of WI and Tony Blair. Don't go there, John! I'd also take your class, even if i don't keep chickens. I think it'd be so interesting to learn more, and i'm sure you'd make it entertaining as well as informative.

    Hmmm, if the topic of your WI talk is the caring of hens, not so sure how that will go over. Crackhouse whores, Vinegar Tits and all that. Choose wisely!

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  24. I posted a video about the WI and Tony Blair recently.. dont worry I will be diplomatic x

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  25. That course sounds great, if you are still running them in a couple of years, i should love to join then. I dont live too far away. Good luck with your talk.

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  26. I had a chicken once and six chicken hawks. That didn't work out too well.

    I probably could have used that course...

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  27. Love the first picture with that "What did you eat?" thing our dogs always do.

    Have you had many sign up yet for the chicken education? I hope you have enough room! Maybe ought to make a video.....?

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  28. It's bright sunshine here in Belfast. Lovely and warm. I've just had a large helping of ice cream.

    And I'm a long way away so you can't come round and clobber me....

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  29. When I saw your photo in my reading list I thought you had been sweeping the chimney again, you looked as black as the Ace of Spades!

    Does the person who asked you to give the talk read your blog? If so they're probably after more of the same with plenty of laughs.

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  30. How I love that Welsh terrier (its owner isn't bad either!)What to talk about to the W I - this is serious John - I was on executive of the W I for some years and I can tell you that the stuff you write on your blog is perfect. I have always said you should write about life in your village and publish a book - so why not write about compiling stuff for a book and tell some of your amusing stories - mabel springs to mind (god rest her), yoiur welsh terriers, those guinea fowl, the piggies - the list is endless and every little story would raise a laugh.

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  31. Incidentally John - I gave a dozen eggs to friends to put in their incubator and they should have hatched out on Tuesday - one did, two chipped but didn't make it and the rest all died in the egg - any ideas? They think the chicks were too big to get out of the eggs but the farmer says the bigger they are the stronger they can fight to get out.

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  32. Emailed you! I'm excited, ha!

    Hannah

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  33. pat
    I suspect the humidity was out of kilter a little

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  34. ps pat. did they stop turning them the last couple of days?
    hannah...look forward to see you

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  35. Good luck with your talk.

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  36. Who will you sell your eggs to when they've all got chickens of their own?

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  37. If only I could get to Wales. Good luck with you talk. Hope you get some sunshine. We were in a drought, but it has been raining everyday here for a week!

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  38. You have rain, we have drought. The weather's going nuts. :(

    I would love to hear you speak!! And I'd definitely sign on for the chicken course.

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