The animals are going through a bit of a bad patch. Nick had to dispatch our fluffy black silky rooster last week because it got sick and sicker. Then Twilight developed an infection post-snip. Lil has something in her mane and down her neck which we think is either a bacterial or fungal infection – its making her wicked itchy and she’s got a couple of raw spots. Luckily because we had the vet out for Twilight on Saturday we have got some medicated shampoo to wash her in twice a week. There is still the potential that she is pregnant but she wouldn’t be due until February if she was.
Both Lad and Kiwi have an infection of naughtiness, maybe related to spring. With Lad it seems to be threatening to drop Nick if he asks for a canter on the less-favoured lead. With Kiwi its stealing food – she developed a taste for chocolate dog treats and ate the box Saturday evening and then on Sunday she stole some hot beef off the bench. Ok in both cases we shouldn’t have left them out. But I had bought the chocolate treats a month ago in a last-ditch attempt to find her a treat that she actually likes, but she had shown little interest. Previous so-called treats such as schmakos and beggin’ strips left her completely cold and were regularly dropped on the ground rather than eaten. I’m having to mix in a spoonful of mince with her dog food to make it interesting for her.
Apart from that, Nick and I had a lovely night out with Rachael and her new man and his friend at Corianders in Rolleston.
I read about half of a new book – Dog Boy – about a 4 year old boy adopted by a dog pack in Moscow. Apparently based on a true story and very engaging. I also have out a book about Margaret of York called the Diabolical Duchess but have only read a bit of it so far.
And I have made a lot of progress on my new cote that I am making for the Feast of Sir Percival in October. This is the first SCA event that I’ve been excited about for a long time and I am really looking forward to it. Both Nick and I have new cream coloured laurel patterned damask cotes to wear under our blue houppelandes. His just needs the buttonholes made and my needs the lining, hem and lacing holes. I will do the latter by hand if I have time but everything else I am machine sewing. I had forgotten how fast it goes with a machine and am really liking seeing it come together so quickly.
I haven’t done much costume recently – the last thing I finished was some trunkhose for riding in and as that is intended to be part of a suit with matching doublet and cloak I don’t really feel like its finished. Sort of a bit of a let down not to have a horse to ride in them also. Maybe next year. I Lil produces a foal I might convince Nick to let me have Zoe as a riding horse and keep Lil as a broodmare for a few seasons or at least until (if) her leg heals.
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