I was so distressed watching the mother squirrel moving her babies, and after reading some of your comments, I wrote to the council.
Here is the reply
Thank you for your email.
Unfortunately we have a
large tree stock in Brighton and Hove that needs to be pruned in a relatively
small window of time. Due to fresh Elm wounds attracting Elm bark beetles which
carry Elm disease, we have to operate in the colder months in order to carry
out our duties.
Our contractors Connick
Tree Care are aware of their responsibilities and check every tree for birds
nests before they prune each tree. Unfortunately we cannot clear trees of all
wildlife before we carry out works but we ensure that we do everything that we
can to minimise the impact of the tree pruning on the local wildlife.
Not much help there.
I replied explaining that in Scotland and Wales there is a cut off period for pruning the trees. Also I wouldn't call May a cold month.
Let's see if we get and answer to that.
I know that we have the last big standing of Elm trees in the country, saved due to the Downs I think, but then they should concentrate on them first in my opinion.
Finally got round to doing another post and got my crafting mojo back. I've let things get in the way just lately and lost my ideas head, lol
I go like this from time to time but I feel all fired up again and have been having a go at felting.
I bought a felting machine a long while back but could never get on with it and didn't like the end result, but my mind took me to felt for the surround of the 'Willow' embroidery so I got my felt bits out and had a go.
This time I did it all by hand, punching in with one needle. It is a bit time consuming but therapeutic as well if you just let go.
Here it is , not finished but you can see the effect.
A blend of different greens for the bottom which I intend to embroider on.
And the sky to finish off the top.
I still need to punch a bit more to keep it all in place.
Meanwhile over in the corner minding his own business is Tom getting near the end of his tapestry cushion.
So lets hope this creative phase stays for a bit.
We have got all of the doctor's appointments out of the way and can now relax and try to enjoy each day.
As I have written before, Tom is suffering from IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) for those who do not know what this is,
Idiopathic means that nobody knows what causes it and therefore there is no known treatment at the moment that cures it.
One of the things that goes with this complaint is a dry uncontrollable cough.
He has been given Codeine linctus for this but has not taken it as he has found the CBD drops to be fairly effective. However, he temporarily ran out of them and so tried the linctus.
The result of this was that he was up half of the night with terrible tinnitus and when we looked into why this was we found that the linctus contained 'sunset yellow' colouring.
I rang the chemist this morning explaining the situation and was told that 'yes' it was probably the cause.
He is going to try to get some without the colouring for us, but as a new supply of CBD oil is in the pipeline he will not need it for now, just as a backup thank goodness.
I thought that all of these E numbers were being phased out but obviously not.
I then got to thinking of all the kids that are so angry and the knife crime etc that is rife and the thought crossed my mind that if this could annoy Tom so much what are the additives in our food doing to us all.
Is this why kids are so bolshy, irritable and hyper (not all of them of course)
Have you ever found yourself feeling a bit ratty and not knowing why?
I haven't mentioned it much before but I'm suffering from Arthur.
Arthritis I mean and for ages now my hip has been giving me jip to put it mildly.
I often find myself involuntarily shouting when it catches me, thankfully I've managed to contain it when I've been out or it might be thought I was auditioning for a carry on film, lol
A while ago after sitting in a cafe for a meal I genuinely couldn't stand on my left leg (no alcohol was imbibed) when I got up to go. Good job Tom was there with a chivalrous arm for me to hold on to or I couldn't have got out to the car.
This told me it was time to go to see the Doctor.
I hate going to see the Doctor and avoid it at all cost if possible.
I was sent for an x ray and the decision made was that it was indeed the Arthur.
My left index finger was a good pointer, even if it does point the wrong way. lol
The Doctor has advised taking paracetamol and codeine pills 4 times a day. WHAT?
As a person who hates taking pills this seems a bit excessive, and have I got to take them for the rest of my life, because the arthritis isn't going anywhere soon is it?
If things do not improve (not likely) then I could take a look at steroid injections or a hip replacement..
I have told the doctor that I am not interested in a hip replacement having been given some details of the op from a nurse close to me.
So am looking to try to lose some of my 'warm padding' to see if things improve.