• Olympics Are Bad For Your Health

    Olympics are bad for your health. We’ve probably all been slightly couch-potatoish while they’ve been on, missing out on our own exercise to make sure we watch these phenomenal athletes. But their health is under threat too. I was particularly struck this year by the amount and prevalence of bandaging...


  • Bookmarks and Bertie

    This afternoon I was sorting through some of my books for the children staying at our gite this week, who, bless their hearts, have become great fans of my writing! I came across a stash of bookmarks that went with some of the books. If there was spare cover cardstock...


  • Flystrike

    We’ve got cases of flystrike in our herd for the first time. Bertie is suffering from it, and yesterday we detected that Mellie the alapca is affected too, fortunately to a lesser extent. Bertie's haircut in progress Flystrike, myiasis, is unpleasant but sadly quite common in hairier animals. Attracted by...


  • Llama Drama Featuring Bertie

    We have a poorly llama. We noticed Bertie wasn’t his usually bouncy self on Monday morning, and closer inspection revealed a small wound on his leg. We treated that with Betadine but by afternoon he was even more miserable so I headed off to the vet to get some antibiotics....


  • Turbo Tennis and Turbo-Charged Animals

    I have to stay on a sporty theme, what with the Olympics going on at the moment. You may remember that French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did incredibly well at Wimbledon this year. He’s immensely popular in France and has now become the star of a bande dessinée (BD or...