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25 December 2008 @ 09:16 pm
On the first day of Christmas, Blamebrampton gave to me ...  
Two blackboards, and a pair of fat chickadees ...





Well, chickens really ...

The chickens come from Oxfam, you can read about them here ...  and here ... while the blackboards are from CARE Australia, however I fear I cocked up my email address as I have still not received an ecard from them. But they go to schools in developing countries and are a great low-tech way of teaching children and adults!

And yes, there will be presents every day between now and Twelfth Night! (It is quite probable that after a few days of this, the definition of 'present' will be stretched to its limits and people will be receiving limericks. At which point, remember that I started well with chickens!)


 
 
 
Seshetasesheta_66 on December 25th, 2008 10:44 am (UTC)
:D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 25th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
I am telling myself that they will be keeping the chickens for the EGGS! Happy Christmas/Late Solstice/Early New Year!
It's a Deensedeensey on December 25th, 2008 10:55 am (UTC)
THEY WILL! THEY WILL KEEP THEM FOR THE EGGS!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 25th, 2008 10:56 am (UTC)
Until they die of great old age!
It's a Deensedeensey on December 25th, 2008 11:02 am (UTC)
A peaceful death, after a well earned retirement!
pingridpingrid on December 25th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
What a fantastic idea, Brammers! I love those kinds of gifts, but it's never occurred to me to do an flist thing with them. Inspired! And thank you. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 25th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
I stole it from shu_shu_sleeps, who took the idea from deense, who cottoned onto the Oxfam chicken as a pressie when I asked for one for my 40th (and she gave me an actual present too, because she's fabulous). Cheerfully circular!

And you are very welcome!
pingridpingrid on December 25th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
I got chickens for Christmas too! No goats this year, or trees or stretches of road. Boo. Gifts have run more towards cameras and mp3 players; I think I shall have to feed my conscience some charitable donations after Christmas!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 25th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
I gave my friend a goat, she grew up with them, but lives in suburban Melbourne now where they are frowned upon. Chickens rule, though! Next time I move, I shall make sure it is to a house that has enough grass to allow for a little run.
pingridpingrid on December 25th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
But chickens are certifiably crazy, and they stink! :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 25th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
Bantams! Saner and, if you have portable runs that you move about the garden, very little smell. I fear the kitties would see them as a challenge, though, good thing they are indoor cats!
pingridpingrid on December 25th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
You could stage kitty/bantam fights and make enough to finance frequent trips to Europe!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 25th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
I believe that they would look at each other, then all come to us and sit at our feet saying 'Is that toast? Can I have some?'

Monster has now trained Cookie in the above trick. Carbo cats, good grief!
pingridpingrid on December 25th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Phu, back from 1,5 hours of walking through the winter wonderland. So beautiful, but of course I didn't remember to bring my snazzy new camera! Will picspam later if it should turn out that my mobile camera managed any useable pics.

Carbo cats indeed! It doesn't sound as though you've trained them with any thought for profitable illegal fights, how very remiss of you. ;)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 25th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
But if I can figure out how to make a profit from cuteness, I have the market CORNERED!

Picspam sounds lovely! I wish I was somewhere snowy ...
Azure Jane Lunatic: loud fayoumisazurelunatic on December 25th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, but sometimes it's a trainable crazy! My hen Calico (of the pictured breed) would jump for green beans and other treats, and would lay eggs in my hand, and even come when called and read with me. My hen Hematite and her sister Onyx would come inside for coffee with Mama.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
What a magnificent hen!
Azure Jane Lunatic: Nineazurelunatic on December 26th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
She was. This icon is me at age nine or so, and her, standing on my foot. She was a very patient hen, and my best friend for a while.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 27th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
She's brilliant! We had a rooster that we were all very fond of, he would hang out down at the stables and enjoyed being blow-dried whenever we were doing the ponies up for gymkhanas. To this day the memory of his out-stretched wings with hot air streaming under them makes me smile.
Azure Jane Lunatic: Nineazurelunatic on December 31st, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
All of our chickens hated the blowdryer, although that was mostly related to hating to be bathed. (A broody hen with rotten egg and eggshells on her is no-one's friend.)
Meredythmeredyth_13 on December 25th, 2008 11:07 am (UTC)
I think you're doing an eggscelent job of Christmas!

*hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 25th, 2008 11:09 am (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You sounds as though you've been into the egg nog ;-)
Meredythmeredyth_13 on December 25th, 2008 11:30 am (UTC)
Were you making a little yolk, dear?

While it's true I may have dabbled in some bubbles earlier in the day, I am disgustingly sober right now, and watching a damp Drew weep.

*smooch*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 25th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
Me too! J and I decided that we would have a celebratory Boxing Day dinner, since we are still stuffed from last night ;-)

These jokes are getting fowler ...
Meredythmeredyth_13 on December 25th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
*cackles*

Did you hear the one about the little chicken, who went to say hello to his mother one day, and
found her sitting on a seville orange instead of an egg?

He ran around the yard squawking 'Look at the orange mama laid!'

We had a very quiet day, but with plenty of lovely food for just the two of us. Saturday I'm doing the big roast Turkey dinner.

Didn't even get to the pavlova today. *sigh*

More for tomorrow, I guess.

*sends love to you and J*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 27th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
I cannot top that joke! Did you get to the pavlova yesterday or today?

And we send love back to all of you!
Meredythmeredyth_13 on December 27th, 2008 04:19 am (UTC)
*snerk*

We had some last night, and the rest will be on offer alongside the giant boiled pudding this evening.

*argh!*
women's lasers: abfab - patsysarcasticpixie on December 25th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Hullo, chickens!

I bought a case of Gemtree shiraz as emergency gifts, and after killing bottle #2 with my mom and our friend last night, I noticed that $2 per bottle went to Greening Australia. I have contributed $24 towards your wetlands! My amateur philanthropy just went international!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
On behalf of the Australian people, I think you and your mother and say that your mild dipsomania has been put towards a good cause! Yay you! Happy Holidays!
Leela: snowflakeleela_cat on December 25th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
They're brilliant gifts.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
Thanks, Leela! And a Happy New Year!
&helena;uminohikari on December 25th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
I see only one blackboard..
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Yes, two took up too much space in the post ...
the center of the room and beyond: Buon Natalesnottygrrl on December 25th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
i sense the best twelve days of christmas eveh. thanks for sharing, hon!

and can i tell you how gleeful it makes me to have someone around that actually understands when the twelve days are? ecstatic. seriously.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
I can count!

And it's going to be grim by the end, I can tell ...
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on December 25th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
That's fabulous, I particularly like the blackboards - gosh sometimes I miss them - chalk was messy, but its soooo nice to write with - even if the little darlings would then grizzle - "we can't read your writing Mrs R....." yes I was single when I was teaching, but in a school full of married female teachers so the kids all called me Mrs too :)

I am looking forward to twelve days of benevolent gifts - even the limmericks which are also benevolent gifts as they share joy and laughter with the readers - VERY important gift that!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 26th, 2008 12:06 pm (UTC)
Blackboards RULE! And I stole the idea from this v smart woman ...

I am afraid it will be mostly words and photos, fingers crossed I will be paid in time for a few more chickens ...