1 Wink is very pleased to have been put on the waiting list for a new hip, because she’s finding it difficult to get about at present. I know what it’s like and completely sympathise. It’ll probably be November, which will suit her nicely.
2 I feel so mean, I’ve been to buy a muzzle for Ben. I really want to let him out in the garden, but I’m not having the bantams terrorised and he’s got to learn they are not to be bothered. In the meantime, at least he can’t pick them up and take them for a jog round the garden. I took him in the car to the pet shop to have the right size fitted, but the assistant had to come out to the car. He’s not keen on the car and it takes two people to load him, one for the back and one for the front because he’s heavy.
3 I also bought a gizmo called a Shedder, because he’s still moulting.
It doesn’t look as if it does much, but it combs out loose hair in vast quantities. It feels quite scratchy on the hand, but Ben likes it – I suppose it glides over the hair and doesn’t scratch the skin.
4 Martina sent me a recipe for an olive oil cake
which she thoroughly recommends, though she suggests adding more lemon juice and zest. She also has a recipe for chocolate olive oil cake, I’ll ask her for that recipe too. I have no idea what kosher salt is, or what might make it non-kosher.
5 I have been startlingly efficient this morning and dealt with several items of paperwork, which I have sent off by email or post. I have also hoovered – but I had to, after using the Shedder. I’m turning into one of those people that scare me, but I’m confident it’s temporary.