|Posted on 27 November, 2018 at 14:00||comments (2)|
After a day on the computer I was ready to get out and see the animals. With one of our lovely volunteers clearing the donkey shed and filling their hay nets meant we could spend a little more time with the ponies. After feeding alpacas and hens we managed to brush Nelson and Milly. Nelson is always reluctant to be caught but once stopped and cuddled he actually enjoys a brush. His mane needed a good detangle as had a few of those pesky burrs in knoting it up. Milly, the grandmother of the three munchkins, had a quick brush to fluff up her coat which will protect her against the weather. Good job too listening to the wind out there tonight. The fat accumulated this summer will be keeping them all warm tonight.
After making sure they all got water it was time to check the bantams in the other field and give their house a complete clean out. None of the hens are laying many eggs now as the days are shorter and colder. Not so many feathers in the house this time either as the moult has stopped. The little bantam with her two chicks is staying under the hedge and popping out for corn in the morning then back to the safety and warmth of the hedge. This morning I noticed one of the little cockerals keeping an eye on them.
After feeding them time to collect a bale of straw and head off to the pigs. Their pens are becoming quite muddy so plenty of straw required in their covered bed area so they have somewhere warm and dry to lay down.
After the rounds it was back to the office to send out a few more letters and leaflets to encourage people to donate. Also getting banner and leaflets, collecting buckets and tins ready for the Morrison Store Collection on Monday 3rd December. Where we also be selling raffle tickets.
Over this weekend it is Burnham Deepdale Christmas Market https://www.dalegatemarket.co.uk/christmas-market/" target="_blank">http://https://www.dalegatemarket.co.uk/christmas-market/ and the lovely http://www.tuppennylane.co.uk/ will have a stall selling our doggie overnight bags. Also avaiable on our webstore of course.Do go along and take a look and support Penny, Deepdale and of course our little charity.
|Posted on 27 November, 2018 at 0:30||comments (0)|
Am going to start putting up a diary of daily activities. Maybe not every day but as often as I can remember.
This morning I had an office day while MC did the rounds and fed everyone. Now the ponies are back in the village for the winter I am always on tender hooks that Sooty may have decided to break out and visit the surrounding fields overnight. Mind you we have put up an electric fence infront of the old fence so hopefully this will keep him from being tempted to push his way through until we can raise enough money to pay the £1500 for a new post and wire fence put up by professional so properly tensioned.
Anyway they all stayed put for another day and happily eating. Two of the smaller ones are keeping their eyes on the shed though as they know there is food in there. Can only hope they do not work out the combination for the lock!!! https://photos.app.goo.gl/gak3V2hJ3aWqh3t38" target="_blank">http://https://photos.app.goo.gl/gak3V2hJ3aWqh3t38
After doing the Thorpe rounds MC went to the pigs to bang in a couple of fence posts as Betty and Beatrice have been snuffling their way underneath to try and get to the brambles on the other side. I wish we could find them a wood land area nearby It would be so lovely for them rather than a very muddy enclosure!! If anyone has an area of wood they want cleared we have two friendly piggies who would be very happy to do the job.
I spent the day on the computer sending out messages to facebook friends to try persuade them to buy raffle tickets with a degree of success. We need to fund raise a lot. Thank you Facebook Friends. We have some fantastic prizes and will be linking any donors of prizes websites with ours as soon as I can get to it.
Also posting another fantastic photo of one of our alpacas Cristal who is available for sponsorship. I have to now put her on website along with the others. (Just click on the webstore page)
I started sending out letters to solicitors who deal with wills, together with our leaflet suggesting people may like to leave our charity a legacy. It is a difficult subject to talk about, but many charities obtain a large proportion of income from legacies, which can be substantial and make a huge difference to the services, facillities and growth of the charity. It is something I have been meaning to do for quite a while.
Off to do a bit more knitting - Just started an alpaca yarn sock for a youngsters. Not sure what size yet until I finshed it!!
|Posted on 13 September, 2018 at 10:05||comments (0)|
Here at Nanny P’s we have rescued animals living with. They are cared for by the small charity set up by a lady who tries to help make the life better for animals. Through stories about the animals she hopes it will help people to understand them. A bit like learning about different lifestyles of different humans around the world. Animals just live differently to humans.
Summer Picnics & Ponies
One of the rescued animals is Sooty the Fell Pony. He is gentle friendly and loving when given love and care. He loves food and will gladly eat anything he is given, even when he shouldn’t!! Just like some people.
He can be a bit naughty and will escape his field if he can during the winter when he sees the gamekeeper filling the pheasant feeders.
While he is in his own winter field, people from the village visit and give him carrots which of course he loves. He sometimes chases the other ponies away if he can, but he usually only with one other in case they get too rough with each other.
One particular lady and her children fed Sooty carrots throughout the winter last year.
Now this summer Sooty and the other ponies have had use of a lovely big field with a stream running through it. They have all been very happy with enough grass to eat, shade under the big tree, water to drink and cool down in as well as space to get away if they did not feel like they wanted to be too close to each other.
The field has a footpath running alongside the stream and through the field. People are able to walk through and enjoy the sights of the wildlife in the stream and field as well as watch the ponies grazing happily.
One day the lady who fed Sooty during the winter took her children into the field to say hello, but also took a picnic. She thought it would be lovely to sit by the stream under the willow tree and eat their picnic.
You may be already be thinking about what happened. Sooty remembered the lady from the winter carrot feeding and decided to go and see if she had any, but of course there were other ponies who may have got there before him! He decided to run towards the lady and her little children to get there quickly. This frightened the lady as not only was Sooty running towards her but the other ponies started to also. Of course the lady then realised she was in their field with no gate or fence between her and Sooty.
She ran out very quickly because she got scared and thought Sooty was going to run into them and knock them over. He just wanted carrots!
Now Sooty did not mean to be scary and he certainly would not want to hurt anyone especially someone who feeds him carrots, he just didn’t want anyone else to have them – just like some children I know. The sad thing is that the lady did not understand what she had done and so gets cross and tells Nanny P’s and the charity off for putting the ponies in the field. She forgot that it was actually the ponies’ field and she was just visiting. As well as having food!
So everyone please remember most animals who are fed by humans will react like this, dogs, cattle, sheep if they think there is food being given out especially if they know the human too.
If you walk through a field with ponies, sheep, cattle or alpacas in please just walk straight through, keep to the footpath and remember you are in the animals’ home, not in yours, there may be no fence to protect you if they get boisterous. If you encourage them towards you on purpose or by accident they will not act the way you think. Each animal will behave differently, but most get surprised if a stranger walked into their home, much like you would if someone or some animal walked into your home. If you like your food and someone walked into your home with cake you may well want some just like Sooty wanted carrots, but ponies and other animals do not always wait to be asked – a bit like some people I know!
|Posted on 14 June, 2018 at 10:25||comments (0)|
It is now June 2018 and quite a lot has happened quite apart from the amount of time lapsed since last blog......
Anyway just a quick update about this site if nothing else. You may have noticed a slight rebranding. Nanny P's has become the home of the charity and trips of the tongue slightly more easily too. This will enable us to sell more products and donate the proceeds to the charity.
Talking of which we have added an online shop page/webstore for this and will now sell some merchandise and products from our animals. At the moment we have alpaca yarn, alpaca fertiliser for your plants, and coming soon doggie overnight bags.
We shall be sourcing new products all the time so please check in regularly to see what;s new. We aim for the products to be both animal and environmentally friendly.
|Posted on 22 June, 2017 at 10:55||comments (0)|
Monday 19th was MOT Day for the Subaru our trusty workhorse. As it is quite an elderly vehicle it is always a nerve racking time and sure enough it failed on a few 'gators' whatever they are. Anyway the lovely Sid from Rowe Brothers in Stanhoe replaced them and repaired a few things including some extras that he did not need to do like tow bar, electric aerial, and it made it through on the re-test later that day. It feels like a new car - well nearly.
Not sure it going to manage next year as emmissions are getting worse. Anyway huge thank you to Rowe Brothers and at least we have another year's motoring. Fingers crossed.
Guess what we will be fund raising for very soon especially if we start getting bookings for our mobile farm. Mind you we are going to need a pick up truck to tow the horse box and carry the hurdles anyway - Always something!
|Posted on 22 June, 2017 at 10:25||comments (0)|
Friday 16th was a busy very hot day. The ladies from http://www.azsualpacas.com/ came to shear our alpacas. They were lovely mother, daughter and friend who were gentle, professional and certainly seem to be 'alpaca whisperers'
Mind you they should know a thing or two as they have over 200 of their own.
We are so grateful to have such caring shearers not too far away and just a call away if any problems. Now to decide what to do with the fleeces!
|Posted on 19 June, 2017 at 7:00||comments (0)|
Having spoken to several schools it appears one of the main difficulties for them is getting children to our site especially on one to one basis so we are about to launch our 'Mobile Farm' in 2017/18 academic year which will take the animals to the schools. This will enable the children to carry out activities aligned to the National Curriculum without leaving the school premises saving time and money. Whole year groups can access the 'farm' and then we may be able to identify any individual who may benefit fom one to one session in the future.
This format has been successfully tried in other parts of the country with great success. It is primarily Age range 5 - 11 but we hope it will be expanded in the future. Starting in a small way with a pony and/or donkey, sheep and chickens, the youngsters will be able to handle ,ask questions and identify what they eat, how to care for them, the differences between them and humans. All fitting in with KS1 Science activities, making it fun and interesting.
We will liase with the teachers to ensure they get as much benefit as possible from the experience, helping to keep the children interested and engaged with activities at a fraction of the cost of an out of school visit.
If any school is interested in having a visit from the Mobile Farm please get in touch via e mail [email protected] or telephone 07584 192846 01485 211076 to discuss and view example lesson plan.
|Posted on 1 June, 2017 at 7:55||comments (0)|
|Posted on 20 February, 2017 at 10:15||comments (0)|
We are gaining so much support this year and it is only February!!!
After Dave's head shave we now have the wonderful Matt Watson about to do a sponsored walk around the coastal path of Suffolk and Norfolk. You can read all about this epic walk here https://www.facebook.com/theendlesscoastlinetour2017/?pnref=story
Not only will he be walking but also gigging along the way. We are so excited and grateful for this. You can donate via the just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/changeofscene-forchildren
Please keep a watch out for news of this event in May and support Matt by donating or going to one of the gigs along the way.
|Posted on 21 January, 2017 at 0:20||comments (0)|
Our charity has started off the New Year with a fantastic fund raising event. A very brave man called David Reeve agreed to have his head shaved and raised over £700 in the process!!! Amazing