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HAPPY HIPS…you may have to copy this picture and hopefully enlarge to read.

26 Mar

HAPPY HIPS...

“A place for teenagers and young adults with hip dysplasia and hip impingement. We want to support and raise awareness for young people with these hip conditions!”

http://www.facebook.com/pages/HappyHips/306333299387634?ref=stream

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STEPS CHARITY…

http://www.steps-charity.org.uk/Get-Involved/become-a-steps-supporter.html

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iBenedictines of Holy Trinity Monastery, Herefordshire PAX…

16 Feb

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Sharing a Vocation with the World . .

Of Mercury and Meteorites

by Digitalnun on February 16, 2013

http://www.ibenedictines.org/2013/02/16/of-mercury-and-meteorites/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

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…then there was this BEAUTY

10 Feb

...then there was this BEAUTY

Unlike most wildlife documentaries this two part BBC delight focuses intimately on one man’s life committed to rescue and nurture of Joeys, baby Kangaroos orphaned in their mother’s pouch, forgotten live victims of roadkill, and his devotion to feeding them, socializing them and eventually setting them free or introducing them to his life’s work reserve and his rescue ‘Mob’…solitary work 24/7, always alert to the danger of dog packs or wild fire in his tin shack and fenced off land near Alice Springs…More of a man than Crocodile Dundee BECAUSE he declares himself MOTHER to these wee tiny needy creatures, who would perish without his care, understanding & love.

The view inside a Kangaroo pouch, bean like baby clamped on teat, and the improvised pillowcase pouches essential for the gangly, needy growing Joeys and the snuggledown time at night…contrasting with the fierce fights he has to escape from, as a once rescue baby, now top Roo in his Mob, shows his muscles and killer strength…tremendous!

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My Mother’s last scent…

9 Feb

My Mother's last scent...I salvaged this Crabtree & Evelyn oily body spray from my dear departed Mother’s things, and am enchanted…Today I ordered a room spray from CRABTREE & EVELYN’s web site, free postage for Saint Valentine’s Day…the day I was Christened in Glasgow Cathedral 1960.
My dear sister bought me their Evelyn Rose hand & body cream and it is intoxicating…

GLASGOW CATHEDRAL xxx

Gasgow Cathedral

My Mother x

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FREYA xxx

9 Feb

FREYA xxx

http://www.facebook.com/BatReachRescueCentre

We have had the most devastating week and are saddened to bring you the news that our little orphaned Green Ringtail Possum, Freya, suddenly passed away last night. This was the last photo taken of her before she died.

Please read her amazing story…

Freya arrived in our care four weeks ago after being plucked from her mother by an owl and accidently dropped onto a road where a friend found her and promptly brought her to us.

It was obvious that there was something wrong, apart from a little swelling around her face there was no evidence of serious physical or internal injury, yet there was blood in her faeces.
Seen by a vet straight away, it was thought to be stress related digestive upset because Green Ringtails are notorious for having very stressed out natures. If it continued through the next day without change then it was to be tested. The result; a high count of the Coccidia Protozoa in her digestive system; multiplying due to stress and stripping the lining of her intestines.

After 48hrs of anti-biotics we saw the complete removal of the infection but it also destroyed all the good bacteria in her guts and disturbed the balance, none the less, she perked up wonderfully, started eating really well, exploring and teething.

And that’s where we were when we last updated you on her progress.

Unfortunately things started to go back downhill, despite all the improvement the good bacteria in her guts were not returning despite high doses of pro-biotics in her milk.
The faeces took on a funny smell after we updated you last week, we thought that the stress on her system had resulted in an e-coli infection; we started her back on the anti-biotics immediately and sent another sample off to the vet to get it confirmed. After a couple of days she started to improve again but then we received the test results from the vet, it wasn’t e-coli, but a drug-resistance staphylococcus and Streptococcus infection that was being kept at bay by the anti-biotics but not being destroyed…We were starting to discuss options when the alarm bells went off Wednesday morning, Freya suffered a large rectal prolapse.

We called the vet and told them we were on the way and they were good enough to spare one of the vets to quickly give her small 5 minute operation under anaesthetic to put the prolapse back in. The veterinary staffs were much taken with Little Freya, as everyone she met was, and they knew how important she was as a rare species and helped us every step of the way to try and get her back to full health so she could return to the wild.
The vet put in a purse string suture which was to hold the rectum in place but that evening it came out again, worse this time, to the point where the end of the colon could be seen, we were so stressed and so worried all night we didn’t get any sleep, we kept it wet with glucose water until we could rush her to the vet first thing Thursday morning.

The options were weighed before she had her surgery. We were stuck in a Catch 22. Being a small animal, with no information or reference to advise us on how well Green Ringtails handle anaesthetic, there was a chance that the surgery could kill her, but without the surgery and just to put the prolapse back in a second time could result in a third prolapse and us having to make the decision to put her down.
So four hours of pacing a hole in the floor later we got the phone rang, it was the vet saying Freya was out of surgery, she was awake and ready to come home, no problems occurred during the procedure.

Every hurdle, she has overcome and when they called saying that she had survived we didn’t think anything would ever stop her, she had a strong desire to live. She was a brave and beautiful girl.

Having not eaten since the previous afternoon she was hungry and once back at the centre she relaxed and quite happily went to sleep in her pouch down Hannah’s t-shirt after a little bit of milk. We maintained very small, regular feeds all evening to give her little bottom some rest time but that evening before bed her little heart suddenly failed and she died in Hannah’s arms.

Green Ringtails, being rare and stressful, there is no way to know if it was the anaesthetic that caused her to die or just the stress from the whole situation. The Green Ringtails have been known to just die unexpectantly due to stress or separation anxiety. It is because of this that Freya spent the whole four weeks living in a pouch, pegged to the inside of Hannah’s t-shirt, day and night. If she was put down she would cry until she was picked up again.

Such a beautiful animal to care for, she will be dearly missed; her little smiling chubby face was the highlight of everyone’s day. She was the first topic of conversation everyday when the local volunteers came over to help with the fruit chopping. Although she only left us last night, we cannot believe that she is gone and we are burying her under our favourite tree later this afternoon where beautiful white flowers will always stand above her.

Many of you hadn’t heard of a Green Ringtail Possum before you saw Freya and when we first announced her to you, her picture was viewed by thousands of people. Although we won’t get to watch her grow up and get released, she at least raised the awareness of her species ten-fold during her short stay with us.

We did everything we could to save her but in the end you can only try your best.

Thank you all for following her story, although brief, she was a beautiful individual and will always be loved. We all look forward to seeing her again one day at the Rainbow Bridge…x

Freya well xxx

Plain Speaking from the Rule of Saint Benedict…

8 Feb

Holy Trinity

“Digitalnun” of the Holy Trinity Monastery has shared this with us all today…

Plain Speaking « iBenedictines.

Pacis sit cum nobis.

PAX

ASH WEDNESDAY…

http://www.ibenedictines.org/2013/02/13/ash-wednesday-2013/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

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Baby McPhee, Was that you?

7 Feb

Baby McPhee, is that you?

I remember her standing in our hall at Oak Bank…her hair middle parted and twisted behind; Tartan shawl with new born babe enclosed snugly warm.
She was Mrs McPhee of Scottish Tinker stock, a regular visitor with Black Tent beyond Fort Road  Kilcreggan and always came to see my mother.
Oh to hear from Mr McPhee of Glasgow, now in his 50’s, who wrote a Blog and a wonderful poem about his dear departed mother…was that She & He?

One of my earliest memories as a child. Said Mr McPhee is blind now, so perhaps I will never hear back from my little request on his blog…I am intrigued.

President Obama’s Final Rally: “Finish What We Started” – Des Moines, Iowa

13 Nov

Looking for my friend in Iowa…I love you.

IN MEMORIAM  1911-2004

“But there are advantages to being elected President. The day after I was elected, I had my high school grades classified Top Secret.”

Obasanjo Farms Documentary NIGERIA

12 Nov

I had privelige of a month as guest of Olusegun Obasanjo at his Otta Farm 1985; exciting to see Obasanjo Farms flourish over 27 years…

“I arrived Murtala Muhammad Airport 26th March 1985…and no one was expecting me!

Managed to find good people in the chaos, and central Lagos several locally brewed & delicious Guinness later & a night at Hotel Palm Palm 2 watching UK ‘s Rising Damp in TV lounge…I got delivered to Obasanjo Farm Otta…to be greeted by a stripped to the waist and wearing white jeans and purple cap, Olusegun himself, on a bicycle, chatting or shouting, as he did in one breath, whilst great convoy of Chick trucks banked up in the Farm’s main driveway…no one daring to complain at Oba’s important gossip session nor their dusty need for beer & chopping.

One of the most inspiring & welcoming months of my life…amazing people, amazing country, wonderful hot Sun to make ones heart smile every day &  dance…

…EMAJO for Nigeria x

We loved a Farm in Africa…in the heart of the Ogun State…

Evelyn Atholl Moir & Istvan Bohus

  “…and a Hog in th Pond”  

“I don`t have to be here!” – Obasanjo at Ikeja Bomb Blast

10 Nov

“Obasanjo climbed the car, took control of the situation immediately and knew what to say and do, he controlled the whole crowd; that is courage and decisiveness and action that Nigerians need in a leader.”

Obasanjo told me, during lunch at his farm, Easter 1985, that he has been a Soldier, at that time was a Farmer and wanted to be a Lion Tamer…prophetic words. He served  twice as his nation’s head of state, as a military ruler between 13 February 1976 to 1 October 1979, and  became President Elect of Nigeria from 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007.

He trained as a young soldier close to my home in England…

Denison Barracks,  Hermitage, Berkshire.

Small world.

Oluṣẹgun Mathew Okikiọla Arẹmu Ọbasanjọ.