As August makes way for September…

1 Sep



As August makes way for September we are very busy here at Flynn’s Cottage. Haven’t been blogging or visiting blogs very much as all energies are now on getting the house in order.  Filling, sanding and painting are now the order of the day…every day. The builder is finished in the main house and is now working on the new polycarbonate roof for the conservatory. Much as I appreciate getting the work done I will be glad when it’s just us again. Seems like we have had people here doing various jobs for months now. When all is done our pockets will be empty but the house will be just as we like it.



We have taken time off for the occasional day out. As Andy has been working 6 days a week throughout the Summer our days out are mostly on Saturdays. Two Saturdays ago we went up to the Donkey Sanctuary in Castlebaldwin where our donkey Daphne had been residing since we moved. Sue had to tell us the sad news that Daphne had passed away recently. We had forgotten to leave our new phone number so Sue could not contact us.  It was strange in a way as talking about it later at home we both had a feeling going up there that Daphne would not be there. Some sixth sense was telling us I suppose. We did stay some time and had a lovely visit with Sue and the donkeys. Sue is just wonderful and has a heart of gold. A true treasure in this times of animal cruelty and neglect. These dudes are  trying to get at the biscuits behind Andy’s back…donkeys just love Ginger Nuts.



This is little Juniper…born in June…so cute…and so privileged to be born here.



This cutie came running when he heard the rustle of the biscuit packaging.



The lovely Daphne when she lived with us in our old place in Arigna. This was taken last Summer. R.I.P lovely girl.



Meanwhile this wonderful contraption has appeared in our shed. Isn’t it just beautiful!  It’s a wasps nest.  The wonder of Nature…a bunch of tiny creatures co-operated together to make this home for themselves. We humans could learn a lot from our animal companions.

37 Responses to “As August makes way for September…”

  1. Ena Ronayne September 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Oh wow devastating news about Daphne No doubt she had a good life with you both though.

    • bridget September 1, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

      She had indeed but I felt she had’nt the same zest for life since her companion Smokie died last November.

  2. Donna@Gardens Eye View September 1, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Wonderful…I understand the need to finish a project. I should be taking some days away. Need some time to play…and yes we can learn so much from the critters.

  3. Kevin September 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss — but I hope that your love of life and positive outlook will bring you some comfort and peace. Best of luck with the renovations!

  4. cathsveggies1 September 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Aaaw so sad to hear about Daphne 😦

  5. Mominthegarden September 1, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    So sorry to hear about Daphne. I’m sure it was a sad thing to learn…

    • bridget September 1, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      It was indeed but we had somehow had a sense of it before we even heard the news.

  6. Sarah September 1, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    It’s always hard when the animals that have shared your life pass away – sorry to hear about Daphne. I didn’t notice the packet of biscuits in the photo until I read about the ginger nuts… didn’t realise that donkeys have a sweet tooth!

    • bridget September 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

      Oh yes! They love Polo mints too.

  7. Anne Wilson September 1, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    So sorry to hear about Daphne but at least you know that she was well cared for right up to the end, Sue does an amazing job. We must have the only donkeys in the world that don’t like ginger biscuits or polo mints but carrots are another story. Wonderful wasp nest.

    • bridget September 2, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Can’t argue with that…Sue is just amazing…totally dedicated to the animals.

  8. pianolearner September 2, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    Some very cute photos!

  9. Jane September 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Sorry to hear about Daphne,and thankful she ended her days in such a beautiful place.
    Jane x

    • bridget September 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      Yes it was good that she went there…pity it was’nt for longer but c’est la vie.

  10. vanessa September 2, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Gosh you guys are making me feel knackered just reading your blog.
    it will be worth it in the end.xx

    • bridget September 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

      It sure will…then it’s time to start on the garden.

  11. KL September 3, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    You are going to have a conservatory?? Wooooowwwww……can’t wait to see your garden, conservatory, and house. It’s my long dream to open a farm and animal rescue center.

    • bridget September 3, 2013 at 8:55 am #

      The conservatory was already there but the roof needed renewing…that’s happening at the moment.

  12. David Marsden September 3, 2013 at 5:58 am #

    I’m rather fond of ginger nuts myself and would act similarly to the donkey in the photo. We have a big wasp nest as the Priory at the moment which makes walking amongst the windfall apples a risky business. D

    • bridget September 3, 2013 at 8:56 am #

      Seems to be lots of wasps this year. Two nests around the cottage and I’ve seen a few down in the woods too.

  13. June September 3, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    Dear Bridget, I’m so sorry and saddened about Daphne. I know how much you and Andy loved her and took such loving care of her, and Smokie too, and all the animal companions you had. But she was given so much love and she knew she was loved and she was safe, both with the two of you and then with Sue.

    • bridget September 3, 2013 at 8:57 am #

      Thanks June. I know she had a goof life with us and was well looked after by Sue but I can’t help feeling a little sad at her passing.

      • June September 3, 2013 at 9:05 am #

        I know, as do probably all if not most of us, how you’re feeling, Bridget. Our furry companions become a real part of our family, and we feel the loss of them on a deep level.

  14. Alberto September 5, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    Bridget I’m so sad about Daphe, was she old? Do you think she let herself die because she missed you too much? Although I guess this is unexpected seen the place she moved to… I know what you mean with pockets emptied by the house restoration, but they’re always well spent, on your own property.
    What are you going to do with that wasp nest??

    • bridget September 5, 2013 at 11:39 am #

      She was in her thirties. She spent the last 6 years with us in Arigna. Then last November her companion Smokie (goat) died suddenly. That’s why she went to the Sanctuary. I don’t think she ever got over Smokie’s passing. I thought being with other donkeys would help her but it was not to be.

  15. elaine September 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    Awww so sorry to hear about Daphne. I bet you’ll be glad when all the work on your house is finished won’t you.

    • bridget September 5, 2013 at 6:39 pm #

      I will Elaine…it will be so nice to have the place to ourselves.

  16. The Lonely Dogs September 6, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    It looks like a beautiful sanctuary, and I am sure every moment Daphne spent there was a wonderful one.

  17. Caro September 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    Every time we have to have work done in the flats here, I dread the disruption – and the cleaning up afterwards! I bet it will be wonderful when the builders have gone and you can enjoy your house again. Very sad to find out about Daphne’s passing so suddenly – I love donkeys and am not surprised to find that they can die of a broken heart. That little Juniper is just the cutest thing, I’m amazed you’re not tempted to keep donkeys again!

    • bridget September 12, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      The builder finishes tomorrow…happy day. I’ve already started the painting. Just want to be organised again then it’s garden work for the rest of Autumn into Winter. We don’t have enough land for Donkeys now.

  18. Mizz Winkens September 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Sorry to hear about Daphne Bridget. I’m sure you gave her a great life and that she was happy at the sanctuary. We have had buildiers/trademen in our house on and off for most of the year and still for few weeks more. So I really do empathise! I’m looking forward to having my space back…..

    • bridget September 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

      Today was the first day in months we did’nt have someone working here…such relief.

  19. judithornot May 2, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    I’m catching up with your blog. Were you able to peacefully coexist with the wasps, or did you have to remove the nest?

    • bridget May 3, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      It was trashed by something. Went in one day and the whole thing was on the floor.

      • judithornot May 4, 2014 at 2:41 am #

        Out of curiosity I looked up their natural enemies, and found this: “In the countries where wasps originate, a wide range of natural predators have been recorded including invertebrates (dragonflies, robber flies, hornets, centipedes, and spiders), birds (at least 24 species are known to eat wasps, including blackbirds, magpies, starlings) and mammals. In Britain, badgers are the chief predator: they destroy entire colonies to obtain the brood-filled comb.” Maybe a bird got them?

      • bridget May 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

        Must have been a bird as the nest was too high for a badger to get. We do have a lot of Starlings around here. We also wondered about Magpies as they are terrible predators. They recently destroyed a Starlings nest and did’nt even eat the eggs just dropped them in the yard. Don’t like Magpies!

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