- Take one £2 coin.
- Add a willing Sainsburys employee and a good stock of £1 scratch-cards.
- Stir in a good helping of luck (and a shiny new penny to do the scratching with!).
And what do you get? £21! GET IN!
Most of you will know that my lovely boyfriend makes beautiful music in his spare time. Up until now he’s mainly focused on pop music both within his former band, Circa, as well as a solo artist, whereby he writes, performs and produces tracks to rival the likes of Justin Timberlake and Calvin Harris. Fewer of you will know that he has also written music tracks for videogames such as Supercar Challenge. And probably none of you will know that he also recently volunteered to write the music for this short documentary, charting the plight of Orangutans in Borneo and the amazing work of International Animal Rescue.
Since the cold snap, Hueyetta and Louie had been living inside with us. They had a make-shift pen in the kitchen, which they had started breaking out of by the end… After that we invested in a proper pet-pen, which was much better until they worked out how to unzip the doors… But, now that the mornings are a little less frosty, they’re back outside in their duck pen and are loving it. (More on that to come in another blog post!).
Anyway… just before the duckies moved out, they had started “getting jiggy with it” – particularly awkward when you’re trying to cook dinner and you have to ducks going at it in the corner of the kitchen… And even worse was the fact that try as he might, poor old Louie couldn’t seem to stay on long enough to finish up. It’s been about 2 weeks since this naughtiness began, and back then we started to think about eggs. Ducks should start laying when they’re about 6 months old and tend to lay an egg every other morning. Our Hueyetta was born in August, and she seemed fairly happy and healthy so we were counting on eggies in February – and sure as eggs is eggs, this morning we were blessed with the news that we are now proud grandparents to Eggburt!
Mother and egg seem healthy and happy, and Hueyetta & Louie were back to their naughtiness by the time we left for work this morning. So all being well, in a couple of months time we might even have some fertilised eggies to incubate and hatch for some new additions to our ever-growing brood.
To all my US and Canadian readers (and the adopted-Americans – yes I’m talking to you Mum, Dad and Leila!) happy Groundhog Day!
According to folklore (aka Wikipedia), if a Groundhog emerges from its burrow on 2nd February and doesn’t see his shadow, he will venture out – signifying that winter is almost over, and that spring will arrive early! Yippee! If, on the other hand, a Groundhog emerges and is faced with his shadow, he will retreat back inside the depths of the burrow – signifying that we’re all in for another gruelling 6 weeks of winter… Boo!
So, after the frankly God-awful weather we’ve all been experiencing over recent months (if I see so much as a hint of another snow flake, I swear I’ll never go out again), it’s time to ask the big question. Nope, not “what’s the time, Mister Wolf?”, but rather “what’s the weather going to be like, Mr Groundhog!” And so it is that I hand over to the most famous of all Groundhogs – Punxsutawney Phil.
Phil has a temporary “February” home in Gobbler’s Knob, which is about 2 miles east of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. During the rest of the year, he lives in the town with his wife Phyllis and a group called the Inner Circle, who take care of them both. Phil is the original Groundhog, and all other Groundhog weathermen are said to be imposters. As of 2010, Phil has been predicting the weather for over 120 years – and before you ask, every summer he is fed a sip of the mysterious Groundhog Punch, which extends his life by a further 7 years. According to the Groundhog Club, after making the prediction, Phil speaks to the Club President in Groundhogese (which is only understood by members of the Inner Circle), and his prediction if then translated for the rest of the world.
And so, without further ado I would like to unveil Phil’s prediction for 2010 – which is… that we’re in for another 6 weeks of winter… Nice one Phil.
PS – Groundhogs are more commonly known as Woodchucks. And how much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood? You’ll have to ask Phil when he finally gets out of bed in 6 weeks time.