Thursday, July 24, 2008

Another Fowl Mystery Afoot

Today as I was out in the back garden of Rosehaven, feeding my chickens I noticed something that has made me very upset. One, possibly more of my chickens have gone missing! Now while these chickens are nothing like the Steelhead breed, having been imported from Caledon, they are still very dear to me none the less. Because of them, I have a steady supply of eggs for my baking, as well as eating and of course, once the older ones quit producing, I will have chicken for the stewpot as well (and we all know how comforting chicken stew is on a cold winter's night). They are also very friendly birds and would not harm anyone, unlike the Steelhead variety which was known to tackle and defeat elephants.

I did not notice any tracks around the chicken coop nor any in the yard itself. While Sheriff Ortega's club *is* next door, and he has been known to "wolf out" on occasion, I cannot for the life of me picture him stealing a few chickens. He has slightly better morals than that. I have a very solid fence around my property as well, and my dear hens like to stay in the shelter of the backyard and have never been known to stray anyhow.

Having lived through the turkey murders, I am very alarmed at the disappearance of my birds and hope to find a solution soon. Perhaps a stroll through the neighbourhood will give me some clues....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Allow me for a moment to go OOC

As many of you are probably aware, Christine was unable to attend the anniversary party for her and Edward on the 15th. Below are some photos to show you what was going on here in RL that made it impossible for me to be in world.

A few trees at my parent's farm

Someone's t.v. tower

I don't think those trees were planted quite like that...

A pivot irrigation sprinkler...not quite looking like it should.

One of several downed power lines.

The cenotaph in Burdett, which is 11kms from where I live. They had a tornado touch down there.

More of the cenotaph, different angle.

A house in Burdett...I think

Marks from the storm.

Now these next pics are taken of a house that I sold to a family this past spring. It was a lovely farm home, with brick on the outside and well protected by trees. The family was in the home when the storm struck, but are ok.

The front of the home. There was a porch area with a brick planter and climbing vines on the front at one time.

The garage area.

An uprooted tree in the yard.

The garage sidewall...or what's left of it.

The backyard. Pieces of the roof everywhere.

More of the backyard, notice the big building in the background. It would seem someone just peeled back part of the roof (it's not a very good pic, I know)

The front of the house again.

Needless to say, I feel very VERY lucky that the worst damage my own home suffered was some holes in my front screen door and my flowers being decimated. None of our windows were broken, our roof is intact and for the most part, our trees are fine. Everyone is pitching in and working together to get things cleared up.

So, I'm sorry Christine missed the party, but I think it's a good excuse to have another one, just because. :-)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

You are Cordially Invited to Attend...

In celebration of the Inauguration of the Duchy of Argylle and the Duke and Duchess of Argylle's first anniversary, you are invited to attend a reception at Caledon Argylle, Tuesday, July 15 at 7 pm SLT. It would be appreciated if attendees wore clothing that was suitable for such an event.

We look forward to having you celebrate with us. Your presence is gift enough.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Dominon Day Canada!

Warmest wishes to all of our Canadian friends as they celebrate July 1st from the Duke and Duchess of Argylle. We hope your day is filled with fun, family, friends, fireworks, lots of ice cream and no mosquitos!
If you're looking for a picnic after sailing, I do know of a lovely spot right by the shoreline at Argylle. Please enjoy!