Jill Sparrow

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  1. Despite the large numbers of birds killed by cats in gardens, there is no clear scientific evidence that such mortality is causing bird populations to decline. This may be surprising, but many millions of birds die naturally every year, mainly through starvation, disease or other forms of predation. There is evidence that cats tend to take weak or sickly birds. We also know that of the millions of baby birds hatched each year, most will die before they reach breeding age. This is also quite natural, and each pair needs only to rear two young that survive to breeding age to replace themselves and maintain the population. It is likely that most of the birds killed by cats would have died anyway from other causes before the next breeding season, so cats are unlikely to have a major impact on populations. If their predation was additional to these other causes of mortality, this might have a serious impact on bird populations. Those bird species which have undergone the most serious population declines in the UK (such as skylarks, tree sparrows and corn buntings) rarely encounter cats, so cats cannot be causing their declines. Research shows that these declines are usually caused by habitat change or loss, particularly on farmland. Source: RSPB There is also the threat from wind turbines, plate glass windows, pesticides, pollution, etc. All of them man made. Don't even get me started on hedgehogs
  2. Never going to give up charming the ladies though, are you Ben?
  3. It is distressing, PP, but the cats are only obeying their natural instincts. Far more birds are killed by cars and cats don't drive cars, people drive cars. Can we say that, in doing so, we are only obeying our natural instincts? Garden birds also fly across roads, usually at low level. Most of the damage done on this planet is perpetrated by us. Is that a good case for designating the human race as vermin? Well, I know what I think!
  4. Wish I could lose some weight. I used to be so slim and I had a fantastic metabolism which meant I could eat a box full of cream cakes and lose weight! Not now. Since my thyroid started playing up, my metabolic rate has changed completely. Now, I find it very difficult to lose weight. I eat very little. No one in my family has ever been a big eater but I don't know of anyone who's had thyroid problems and had problems with losing weight. Still, there are many worse things than that, so should think myself lucky I haven't got any of them!
  5. Good news, Loppy! Get out of it, our Ben. It's just an excuse to see the nurses!
  6. You'll be fine, Loppy. It will be painful at first but they should have given you something for that. A friend of mine had this op last September and he's thrilled with the result. You just need to be A good dog for a few weeks. No carrying heavy bones, no digging up the vegetable patch, no racing round the garden. As WW says, daily doses of Bach will make you feel better, along with cuddles from Jake and Bailey. You'll soon be back to normal. Look after yourself.
  7. I think the Moggies see the cage as a voluntary, time out, space. My large ginger cat is a lovely lad but he can be a bit boisterous. He particularly likes to playfight and although never nasty it can get a bit too much for the others who have the option of beetling off to the cage for a bit of respite. One of them knows how to close the door once he's in there, as if to tell ginger Bruno to leave him alone!
  8. I have a cage which was used for each moggie when they arrived here as kittens, so that the others could get used to them but not touch them. They had a litter tray, bed and food/water pots/toys in there. I keep it in a spare room. Its door is always open and there is a blanket and cushion inside. I often find one of the Moggies asleep in there, looking quite comfortable.
  9. There has been an online obituary for this chap for about 2 weeks. Little picture of him wearing a hat. https://www.funeralguide.co.uk/obituaries/78665
  10. My maternal grandfather was fanatical about caring for clothes. He was a very snappy dresser. Suit, waistcoat, watch chain, shirt with winged collar, bow tie or cravat. Always wore a hat when out and carried gloves and a walking cane, shiny shoes and a carnation in his lapel. My mother was brought up to look after her clothes. Never permitted to throw them a chair but had to give them a shake, press the shoulder pads together and put carefully on a coat hanger in the wardrobe. That was handed on to me. I dread to think what grandad would have made of today's modes of dress. Even when gardening, he always wore a suit, shirt and tie.
  11. It's what my uncle George used to call a bobbydazzler! Loved my uncle George. He was straight John Bull, no messing about. If he saw an overweight person in the street, he'd comment, "She's a boiling bit!"
  12. Charlie thinks he's a kitten and he still looks very kittenish. He's now fast asleep, as kittens do after a bout of frantic activity. Arrested development, perhaps? Doesn't matter to me. He's still adorable!
  13. Now, now Margie. I didn't say he was f*t! I said he looks very well fed. We have a Maine Coon at the cat sanctuary. She has an enormous fur coat. We call it fat fur! I've been watching Charlie, my new boy, chasing his tail for over an hour this morning. If I didn't know he was 4 years old, I would never guess.
  14. Perhaps he fancies some Whitstab!e oysters, Margie! He looks very well fed.
  15. Don't you look cute? Love the coat! October. Chilly. Hope you're wearing your LIBERTY BODICE!
  16. Very pleased to know it hasn't gone the way of many buildings which should have been preserved. Such work would be prohibited today by reason of its cost. We are not likely to see such quality and craftsmanship again.
  17. I thought there was a Judge's facing the old Victoria Centre car park on Mansfield Road. It had a very elaborate fascia and interior fittings, almost Victorian or Edwardian. I hope it wasn't all smashed to smithereens when it closed, but I'm not too hopeful.
  18. Have just emailed my older cousin, Cynthia's brother born 1942. He confirms all 3 of them went to Crane, from infants to leaving school. So it is a Crane blazer!
  19. Paignton Close was off Wellstead Avenue, which was off Broxtowe Lane. I believe it's still there. Looks like Cynthia was at Crane but I can't see the badge clearly enough to distinguish what's on it.
  20. It's a grainy, early colour photo and, looking again, she seems to be wearing an orange top under what looks like a school blazer so perhaps she just put the blazer over civvies. The blazer looks navyish with a sort of oval badge on the breast pocket which looks lighter blue and white.
  21. Just to add that Donald and Hilda Pollard with their two daughters, Su and Jean, lived at the first house on Prospect Terrace. On the left as you walked up were 5 or 6 Victorian villas. Nice houses. Small gardens at the front and a yard at the rear. My contemporary at Berridge, Lorraine Seymour, lived with her family towards the other end of the row. These properties were demolished in the mid 70s. A shame because they were solidly built, decent houses. Some years later, an unremarkable brick box was constructed around the site of the middle of the row. Wish they'd left well a!one.
  22. Katyjay, what was the summer uniform for gjrls? I recently saw a photo of my cousin, Cynthia, who was born in 1946 or 7. She lived on Paignton Close. Not sure whether she went to Crane. She seems to be wearing a blue blazer with a badge and a blue and white check skirt or dress.