Dec. 21st, 2010 03:30 pm
Hurrah, the light is going to come back!

Have the view out of my door, to celebrate.



Aug. 21st, 2010 02:02 pm

Wedging myself out of the way while the watch members move past me to get into position for stowing.


May. 18th, 2010 11:19 pm
I'm still getting to know them.
Roo is a firecracker. He's the most pushy with people, and though he looks as if Tijgje would wipe the floor with him, he's also the one who bugs his brother. He also doesn't cover his shit. Urgh. AND he managed to sit inside the litterbox but piss outside of it. Clearly the cat is a genius. Good grief.
He's still not eating dry food. I think I'm going to have to give up the plan of dry food only, or he'll starve. And drive us all nuts in the process.

Roo is intrigued by your idea and would like to subscribe to your newsletter )

Roo is a cuddlebug and he does the sweetest thing where he'll reach out for you with his paw, trying to get your attention. If you let him, he'll just gently pat your hand or arm. He also sits up like a meerkat. Will try to get that on camera.

I've worked on manners especially in the kitchen, because they all but assaulted my housemate while she was cutting cheese on the first evening. After two applications of a spray bottle and a few bits of ham to reinforce polite waiting, they are MUCH better.
I've also managed to clip Roo's front-feet nails. Took a lot of patience throughout the day because he didn't like it, but I got them all done and he's a lot less prone to getting stuck now.

Roo is Buddha Cat )

Tijgje is far more cautious than his brother, and tends to hang back a bit. He's the one I've heard growl, usually when he's just settled in and Roo looks like he's going to come over to bug him. Tijgje likes to sleep in the cat carrier I've put in the room (door removed). I think because Roo can't sneak up on him there. He's less an attention seeker, but oh so sweet when he wants a snuggle. He also makes the sweetest kirr-purr sound.

Tijgje is considering that newsletter )

I've started clicker training with both of them - introducing the target stick mostly. Roo took to it immediately and is already following the targetstick up onto a box. Tijg is still cautious of the stick itself and is also a bit less interested in playing along.

Tijgje is cautious )

They are both weird about eating wet food. They go nuts for eachother's bowls (if I feed them on opposite sides of the kitchen they immediately switch and keep switching). When fed next to each other they bolt down the food, which I'd like to change because there's been puke twice now. I think from Roo, but it's hard to be sure. I was hoping they'd go for dry food because that I can free-feed. I can't exactly put down unlimited wet food...
Made this after the last time I did henna

I need to get the sailing photos sorted as well, but there were fewer photos of the cow clinic so that was easily done. click for photos )

Yay! Cows!

Aug. 29th, 2009 09:32 pm
I went to a basic cow-work clinic today with Rowan. He tends to think cows are pretty scary, so I had no idea how it would turn out. My hopeful guess was that he would take his usual approach of shying back for ScaryThing and then immediately approach it again to research its scariness. And I was right, I took a few minutes to let him meet the cows through the fence of the pen, and he thought they were a bit scary but mostly very intriguing.
Once we actually started working under saddle, it took him a few moments to figure out that cows aren't solid objects, they'll move aside if you push. So a 'wall of cow' can be shouldered into without pain. Once that clicked, the lightbulb came on and he took to it really well, following the cow we picked, pressured it in the right ways without much direction from me, and generally displayed uncommon amounts of cow-sense for a horse not bred to work with cows. I suspect that working with the big blue ball has given him a bit of an insight into pushing something to get it to move. (will try to get some photos&vid of that, it's fun to watch) We had a blast.

(I look a bit awkward because I was trying to keep him off the cow a bit, he was getting overly enthusiastic!)

I live in Wageningen, a small city which happens to be the place where the peace was signed that ended WW2. On May 5.
May 4 is national rememberance day. It's quite a solemn occasion. May 5 is liberation day, and the party is on. In town here, May 5 is when nobody bothers trying to get anything done. It's a 'You can't beat 'em, might as well join 'em' sort of day. Cars can't get in. Or out. The busses are stuffed full. And diverted off their routes. There are 6 music podia spread over the (small) city centre. And in the late afternoon there's a march of veterans right through the city centre.
More & photos! )
Stowing the royal
cut for space )
Entire album is HERE (password 'bikkit')
When Simon was here around New Year he made photos of Moz and of Rowan. I've finally gotten around to sorting them out and resizing them into viewable sizes.

Photo index

Rowan gallery

Mozzie gallery



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