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There’s A Tortoise In My Fridge

Tonka is in the fridge. Actually, he’s in his own fridge, bought specially for him. He’s the only tortoise in the world who spends his nine waking months in a conservatory, and the other three in a custom fridge. We’ve never put him in a fridge to hibernate before and the research was substantial. But […]

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By Christopher
December 17th, 2014
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The Hare and the Tortoise

Well, strictly speaking, the rabbit and the tortoise. We have a lovely conservatory. Oak framed, filled with light, perfect for summer dining as the sun sinks over the western horizon, a balmy breeze flowing in through the French doors, candles casting a gentle glow over the table. That was the plan. The truth is it […]

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By Christopher
November 5th, 2014
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Donkeys – the aftermath

Having lost the Eight Years War (see last post), and with a couple of months of donkey experience behind me, I feel a sense of overwhelming self-righteousness. I am so smug I almost don’t like me. Donkeys are far harder to look after than I was led to believe. And they are about ten times […]

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The Equine War Is Lost

Yesterday, I lost the Eight Years’ War, in which, against overwhelming odds, I had doggedly fended off the suggestion that we should add equines of some sort to our vast and ever expanding menagerie. Horses. Ponies. Shetlands. Mules. Fallabellas. You name it, if it has four legs, a mane, hooves, and a face like a […]

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By Christopher
April 13th, 2014
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My Friend Mike Leaves Home

If, 10 years ago, you had told me I would feel sad at the departure of a chicken, I wouldn’t have even thought it particularly funny.  I might have thought you needed help. But here I am, mourning the removal of Mike as though my child had left home. Which, in a way, she has. […]

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