Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Egg Heist

I was just in the process of making the bed when I heard a God awful commotion on the field.
It was Camilla and she was honking like an express train.
I ran to the window thinking a fox had struck, only to see Winnie struggling to squeeze herself under the dividing gate from the bottom to the top field. Camilla was behind her honking angrily and was snapping at her struggling bottom while the other dogs gleefully bounced around behind the fencing obviously enjoyed the drama.
Some egg thievery was afoot!
I grabbed my ipad and jogged over to capture what was left of the drama on film
It is the ever resourceful George who has taught Winnie to steal eggs, but wisely George has never tried to nab one of the goose eggs when they are broody. Winnie's greed obviously had got the best of her and when Camilla was off the nest for a moment she had ventured into the goose house, grabbed an egg and had legged it.
Unfortunately for her Camilla had seen the theft and had launched what can only be described as a spirited defence.
But Bulldogs love their food, and a few bites up the arsehole didnt upset Winnie too much for when I got over to the field, she was busy eating the contents as Camilla sulked on the sidelines.

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    1. Yes, this is the first year she has made a proper nest and laid in it.....jo, one of the other geese has also laid in the nest

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  2. High-voltage drama indeed! How distressful for Camilla - and how enjoyable for Winnie (no doubt!), who'll have to learn how to respect the territory of others, though don't hold out much hope for that.

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    1. She was back at the goose hut door only half an hour later !

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  3. Glad it wasn't a rotten one, or Winnie would be getting a good scrubbing, though from experience, it wouldn't dissuade Winnie from doing it again.

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    1. She even ate the shell

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    2. Doesn't sound tasty...all that crunching.

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  4. There must be a big gap under that gate!!

    The only time Rosy stole an egg I made her hand it over, she knows now that theft is pointless, but when I have a cracked one that is too delicate to carry back over to the house she does get a treat and loves it.

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    1. Its big enough for the geese to slip under
      Now, after winnie's big arse pushed its way through, it's a whole lot bigger

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  5. Naughty! At least it wasn't a bird. Our Thistle the Jack Russell is a bird killer if he can arrange it.

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    1. The dogs are now all accepting of anything on the field.....including all the birds and the sheep

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  6. Oh Winnie...how could you. You know you've made an enemy for life in Camilla don't you?

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  7. In a unkinder time, Winnie would have been put down. I have heard the phrase "Nothing worse than an egg sucking dog" through out my child hood.

    I am so glad your place is a kinder place.

    You must write a book, John! Your stories are delightful.

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    1. Killing a dog for stealing...how barbaric

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    2. It was. Long ago eggs could possibly be all that stood between you and starvation. No eggs, no chicks, no eat. Thank goodness I've never seen that, I think it was more in my grandparents' time.

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  8. LOL I am with Sue, that must be a big gap under the gate :O)

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    1. Like I said tex..the gap is bigger now

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  9. Although there are differences, your yard and mine have a lot of same-same going on.

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    1. Never a dull moment eh?

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  10. Winnie is a girl after my own heart, I am partial to a goose egg although I like mine cooked. I am much too sensible to try and steal one from the nesting box while mum is nearby.

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    1. If you liced closer I'd give you one!

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  11. Does Winnie eat anything?........

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    1. Anything and everything

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  12. So, does Winnie lick the ground clean, or leave the eggs shell mess?

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    1. Shell was eaten! All of it

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  13. The Square Ones know what drop it means. Although thehamish will drop it then scope it up again. So naughty.
    I will pick it up and not let them have it.
    But on a farm I would think that would be so much harder.
    Poor Camilla I hope she nips naughty Winnie now and again.
    I keep meaning to tell you how much I enjoy hearing you speak. I am such a tourist !

    cheers, parsnip

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  14. Is this the first time Camilla has laid eggs? I don't remember your mentioning that she had eggs before.

    I had a cracked egg in the last dozen I bought (the store discounted the price for the cracked one), and I put it out for the crows. They were very happy with it, for within a minute of my putting it outside in the spot where i'd been leaving the leftover cat food the cats didn't want, I heard a loud caw and then the ground was bare.

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    1. Megan
      She started to lay last year, though she never made a nest until this season
      She's four years old

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  15. You have got to admire that bulldog - real British spirit - no wonder they were Winston Churchill's favourite dog!!

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    1. I heard on MASTERCHEF recently that Churchil was reported to be greedy when he was a boy in school....
      So he and my winnie have a lot in common

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  16. Infanticide!

    But I'm afraid I do like a good egg myself. Cooked, not raw.

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  17. I still love Winnie !

    John I want to hear you with your own radio show !

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  18. If that was a Scotch Egg, you would have shot her. Oh well, at least you have a glut...

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    1. Well if not shooting, i would have bitten her up the arse too

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  19. TSK TSK Winnie!
    I know, a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do!

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  20. There really is never a dull moment for you is there, got to admire Winnie's pluck

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    1. ....and the size of her stomach

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  21. Is Camilla named after the not Princess of Wales? You know, the one with the horse face who makes honking noises. I'm waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge to go into hospital. I wonder if stupid Camilla will make another comment about Kate being lazy. I want the baby to be a girl, named Diana. I know a lot of people don't care about the hoopla, but I loved Diana, and I want so much for William and Kate to be happy. I have to send your post to The Hurricane. She will enjoy the sight of all the critters running about and making noise.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Janie,
      The naming of Camilla was a funny story
      See my old blog entry

      http://disasterfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/mixed-bag-fickle-updatescamilla-and.html

      Jxxx

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    2. I read the post about the naming of Camilla and laughed so hard it hurt. I don't know how even a child could think that woman is attractive.

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    3. I kinda like camilla....shes a trouper

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  22. I love your village! Thanks to Google Earth, when I have a bit of wander lust I can fly from my village in Florida all the way to Trelawnyd and wander the streets and see the cottages and countryside....beautiful and relaxing without leaving my computer!

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    1. Did you see me on the field? And old Maddie sat patiently near the gate?

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  23. Oh that girl!
    Nice to see the bosoms springing forth.

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  24. Superb still shot of the shadow, the spade and the arm reaching out into the unknown. Great stand alone shot. I like it.

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  25. Naughty Winnie and poor Camilla. There is always little or big drama's when you have animals . Reminds me sadly of the saying "when you have live stock you have dead stock ".

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  26. First time I've heard you!

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  27. Yes, of course I'm shocked too, dismayed, etc....
    But, let's get down to business...
    Thanks again for the reference for the Unalaska police blog, it is effin' funny. Sad because of the ETOH issues there and elsewhere in Alaska.

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    1. Thanks for publicising the site michael...its a cracker

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  28. Life on the farm.

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  29. I'd love to see the animals break down into all-out war, complete with forts and planning meetings.

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  30. Lovely to meet Camilla in situ and Winnie, rather deft for such a hefty gal. Grabbing that egg no mean feat :D
    XO
    WWW

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  31. Aww, poor Camilla. I can't help but feel bad for her. :(

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  32. Aww John, I love your neck of the woods, never a dull moment, poor Camilla but paws five to the resourceful Winnie!!!! Naughty girl.... but an egg is an egg no matter who lays it.

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  33. Curious as to why you let Winnie finish off the egg, though it looked fairly intact when you caught up to her?

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