Wow what a busy summer it has been here at Bumbles it has been a manic one and now it’s starting to feel like Autumn already!!!
Now things have quietened down we are starting to rebuild the rabbit and guinea pig accommodation. The whole building is having a face lift with a new roof, new double glazed windows, new flooring, new layout ok just about pretty much everything is being redone! 😁 But it will be warmer in the winter and air conditioning is going in ready for next summers ridiculously hot days.
Winter is also the time I spend more time at the sewing machine making lots of new Bumbles Bedding designs. Keep looking at the shop for new hammocks and beds, Christmas is coming for the furries too!!
Speaking of furries check out www.smallfurries.org it is a great blogspot with lots of really useful information about how to care for ratties.
Ta Ta for now.....
So 3 years today, 8th April 2016, I had my very first animal boarding her name was Charlotte and she was an African grey parrot. I adopted Charlotte so today I have also had her for 3 years!
I set up Bumbles not knowing how and if there was a need for the business,but to mine and my family’s surprise, the need for small pet boarding was greater than I could have ever imagined.
I wanted to look after all different types of animals but my first thought was for boarding ferrets. Having ferrets of my own and knowing how they are misconstrued I hoped I could offer a service that very few would. Ferrets have been a large part of my business but I have been blessed to have looked after reptiles, birds, hedgehogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and more.
I would like to thank all my customers past and present for the opportunity to look after their animals and be able to continue to do a job that I love so much.
Tinsel the turkey has laid her first eggs this week!!! The first day I thought it looked like a funny chicken egg but when the second egg arrived I wondered if they were turkey eggs. Good old Google confirmed that yes they were turkey eggs!! Last night I had one fried for my dinner and it was yummy. A different taste to duck and chicken eggs and the yolk was massive!!
Waitrose sell seasonal turkey eggs but the reason why they are not popular is, not only do turkeys take up more room and cost more to keep, they only lay about 100 eggs per year. Chickens can lay up to 300,sometimes more, in one year. Also turkeys are later to lay.
Tinsel is such a character and having eggs from her is just a bonus! If anybody would like to try a tinsel egg please do ask if I have any your welcome to try them. I do also sell the duck and chicken eggs at £1 per half a dozen. This time of year I am in constant supply.
This is a saying I heard today and I think it’s brilliant!! About 90% of my animals now and in the past have been adopted and from now on 100% of my animals will be adopted.
For years I have been saying “that’s it, no more animals!” But in reality I can’t do it because there always seems to be animals that need new homes. Last year alone I adopted 4 animals & tinsel the turkey, who was a gift!
Too many people are breeding animals to make money and not caring about where they end up so please everyone before you go out and buy a new pet please remember.....
ADOPT DONT SHOP!!!
Now the days are lighter for longer my chickens are laying more eggs. My favourite thing to make with the eggs is cake! I have such a sweet tooth and I have always been able to bake good cakes.
I would like to share the recipe with everyone so I thought I would share it on my blog. This lemon drizzle recipe is a Mary Berry recipe and is amazing, my family are always asking me to make some.
You will need:
A traybake or roasting tin roughly 12 x 9 x 1.5 inches
225g butter (I use margarine)
225g caster sugar (I use granulated, it’s cheaper)
275g self raising flour
2 level tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
4 tbsp milk
Finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons
FOR THE TOPPING
175g granulated sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees/fan 140 degrees or gas mark 3. Grease the tin and line with baking parchment.
Measure all the ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for 2 minutes, until well blended. I mix all my cakes in a food processor, which was my mums and I believe it is older than myself!
Turn the mixture into the tin and spread evenly.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. I always test it at 35 minutes by putting a knife in the middle and make sure it comes out clean, if the knife is not clean put it back in the oven for a further 5 minutes or until cooked.
Allow the cake to cool slightly in the tin, then remove and place on a wire rack placed over a tray to catch the drips of the topping.
Mix the sugar and lemon juice together then spoon the topping evenly on the cake, whilst it is still warm. Allow to cool before cutting.
NOW TRY NOT TO EAT THE CAKE ALL IN ONE GO!
I have always had a love of gardening thanks to my mum and dad. I grew up helping in the garden growing flowers, fruit and veg. My passion has grown over the past few years since having to give up my career in hairdressing and now being able to work from home.
When we moved to Cambridge the gardens were just overgrown and unloved so we set to clearing and making it home. Last year we found we have a cherry tree, walnut tree, damsons and elderflower growing here. I also found that there is an apple tree and blackberries growing just up the road that nobody seems to make use of. We were so busy last year that I didn’t use all the fruits to their full advantage but this year I intend too, I just need some new recipes.
As you will have seen from my previous posts, I have created a vegetable garden out of the reach of all my animals although I have had the odd chicken get in and cause havoc! Last week was such lovely weather that I was out gardening everyday and have now upgraded my veg garden even more. I do still need to put a roof on my shed/greenhouse though.
We had an old stables falling down in our front garden so before it was pulled down I used old roof tiles and bricks to surround my boarders and found some old tyres which now houses mint. The farmer kindly gave me 2 containers to make my own water butts. I did put the tap slightly too high but only had small bricks to rest it on and that was a height of my watering can. Total cost £1.99 for the tap! 😁
As you may have already seen, Bumbles has its own range of bedding and they have been extremely popular and selling well on EBay too. As you can imagine I end up with lots of odd bits of fleece and fabric that are too small to be used.
Me being frugal and not wanting to waste anything I went through some of my scraps and cut them all up into lots of squares and stashed them neatly away.
I have been wanting to make Mischka & Stoefl a cage liner and remembered all the squares!! So today I sat there and sewed them all together and I am very pleased with the results.
So not only have they got a new comfy cage liner but I have not wasted any fabric! My husband always thinks I am mad but this time he was pleasantly surprised! 😄
Today has been a cold one but the sun was shining so I decided to get out in the vegetable garden! Today I have cleared all the beds of weeds and old plants and put new compost in each of them. I still have the green house to sort out and build two new cold frames then I am all ready to start sowing seeds for all the animals salad and veg for this year! 😁
Also, this year, I am planning to sell salad and veg plants so you can grow your own greens for your furry friends! Even if you don’t have a big garden just a pot with some rocket, romaine lettuce, parsley, a few radishes & some carrots will be the perfect start.
I will be selling individual plants or I can put a pot together for you.
After losing our 12 year old dog back in July our labradoodle, Frank, has really missed her and stuggled being the only dog. We decided to start looking for a friend for him and came across a charity called Love Underdogs.
Love Underdogs rescues dogs from Romania brings them over here and gives them everything they need to give them a better life and find their forever home.
We found a dog named Mademoiselle Ezra that we thought would fit perfectly into our family.
After filling in the forms, having a house visit and being given the permission to adopt a dog , Frank, my husband & I went to visit Ezra at the kennels in Essex.
She was very nervous but her and Frank hit it off straight away. Two visits later and the beautiful lady travelled home with us.
It has been 2 weeks today and now the home trial is over we are completely in love with her and shall finally be adopting her. She still has her nervous moment but on a whole has settled into home life extremely well. The poor little lady was in the kennels for 18 months but all the people at Love Underdogs did an amazing job at giving her the care, affection and attention she needed as they do with all dogs who pass through. Please click the button below to visit their website. Please let others know of them and if you can spare a donation please do, no matter how little.
As you may have seen I created a vegetable garden a couple of months ago, well it has been a bit neglected during the hot weather and my busy period, but amongst the weeds there are still things growing. So I decided to pick some lovely home grown treats for all the fur babies. As you can see above, 14 delicious salads with a wide variety of choice that went down very well. 🐰