X is for – Xtra, Xtra – read all about it!

XThis is the newz according to Julz!

Readers of this blog may have noticed I have a campaigning streak – I’m not sure what you think about it, but its in my genes!

My other blog – julzcrafts.com – as well as being about crafts and all kinds of information that might be useful to knitters, quilters, spinners & weavers etc, is where I find that sometimes, I can’t help but get on my soap box about matters that matter!

I have used this last week of the A-Z challenge to do a review of these campaigns, and to remind people of the issues – if you’d like to see what I am talking about – please go and have a look!

The last two posts in this series will be posted on this blog, and I promise you, are totally frivolous – its been a hard slog to post something each day for a month and its time I had some jokes and stuff on these pages – smile!

O is for there are Other chickens!

OI moved the chicks yesterday, as they had outgrown their cardboard box, and were agile enough to keep jumping out of it.

They are now about 4 weeks old and don’t need the brooder any more, so I put them in   the pen in the cellar – which opens into the garden.

You can see them at one day old HERE, and at 10 days old HERE.

As you can see, they discovered that there were OTHER CHICKENS around, and my chickens had a good look at them!

 

A is for Aylesbury Ducks

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0I have joined the A-Z challenge, which means I will be posting daily short pieces, which follow the alphabet, and other members of the challenge will hopefully visit the blog and comment on it!

At the same time, I hope many of them – you – will be adding your links to your spare, which is a networking page for anyone about anything.  Plug done!

As I’ve just hatched some chicks – see the pictures here – it occurred to me that I might follow a theme – as per the teams suggestions – and am starting off with the idea of choosing different breeds of poultry to talk about.

I may digress at some point, and also add some of these posts on my crafts blog julzcrafts.com, so when there isn’t a daily post here about chickens or poultry, there will hopefully be one on a related subject, or not related, smile, there.

(Addendum:  In fact I emailed the organisers to ask if this was OK, and actually they can’t track me if I do that, but I think a compromise would be – to reblog this first post to julzcrafts.com, and as the cut off point for the challenge is to miss 5 days, switch over to that site for a few days during the month – lets see if it works!)

aylesbury Aylesbury Ducks

were big business in the 18th and 19th century and most of them were reared in  – guess where  – yes you got it – Aylesbury! (Buckinghamshire, UK).  They used to walk the ducks, yes they all walked, sometimes with little leather shoes on their feet, to London, to market, where they were slaughtered and sold for a good profit.  (A bit like the way cattle were taken to the railways in the cowboy days of the USA)

Wikipedia says “By the 1950s only one significant flock of

Prize-winning Aylesbury duck (front) and drake (rear), 1873

Prize-winning Aylesbury duck (front) and drake (rear), 1873

Aylesbury ducks remained in Buckinghamshire, and by 1966 there were no duck-breeding or -rearing businesses of any size remaining in Aylesbury itself. Although there is only one surviving flock of pure Aylesbury ducks in the United Kingdom and the breed is critically endangered in the United States, the Aylesbury duck remains a symbol of the town of Aylesbury, and appears on the coat of arms of Aylesbury and on the club badge of Aylesbury United.”

However, there has been some sort of revival of Aylesbury Ducks in the last few years, I think I bought some eggs a few years ago from a breeder, and they were a commercial cross with the old Aylesbury’s and the more quickly reared Pekin Ducks.

The eggs hatched, the ducks grew, I couldn’t face killing them to eat, and sadly, the fox got them.  I haven’t tried rearing them again!

 

sometimes – the songs you are humming – can tell you something…..

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens)

you must have had that feeling – there you are doing the washing up – walking down the street – or whatever – and you find yourself humming a tune – one you didn’t like much – or one you loved a long time ago – and it keeps coming back!

Well this is what I have been humming, even whistling, for the past week, or more.  Cat Stevens – I ask you – from back when?

I found an old compilation album I had – 1975! – and have been playing it endlesley the last few days – trying to write down the lyrics – silly me – you can just look them up on the internet these days – but I also realised why, when feeding the chickens every day last week, I was whistling this – because I found that the first verse of this was what my subconscious was trying to tell me –

Now I’ve been happy lately – and I have!

listen to it yourself – and don’t blame me if you find yourself humming along to it – smile! This video is from a 1976 tour – doesn’t he look young!

Peace Train Lyrics

from Saturnight

Cat Stevens - lyrics Saturnight Other Album Songs


“Peace Train” is track #1 on the album Saturnight. It was written by Yusuf Islam, Cat Stevens.

Now I’ve been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun

Oh, I’ve been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Some day it’s going to come

‘Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a peace train
Oh, peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Now I’ve been smiling lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on the peace train

Get your bags together
Go bring your good friends too
‘Cause it’s getting nearer
It soon will be with you

Now come and join the living
It’s not so far from you
And it’s getting nearer
Soon it will all be true

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
Peace train

Now I’ve been crying lately
Thinking about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating
Why can’t we live in bliss

‘Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a peace train
Oh, peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train
Come on the peace train
Yes, peace train holy roller

Everyone jump upon the peace train
Come on, come on, come on
Yes, come on the peace train
Yes, it’s a peace train

Come on the peace train
Oh peace train