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Saturday, 21 March 2009

The Ides of March

Is this the Ides of march ?
A lovely spring day , and the piggies have got the hang of the ramp in their new piggy playpen and are elbowing each other out of the way to trot up and down from ground level to top floor and nesting box and whenever the mood takes them .
The new living quarters are a great success . I am delighted in that the pen can be cleaned on a daily basis without having to be lifted bodily outside and shovelled clean in a "deep litter , I need my painting gear on but can't be bothered to get changed so my DayJob clothes are going to end up spattered with Guinea Pig debris" sort of fashion . Now all that is needed is a duspan and brush , and hey presto once the coffee beans are ground and the coffee is brewing , assuming the pigs can be talked upstairs to nesting level by means of a cucumber chunk , the plastic tray and ground level can be slid out and brushed neatly ( well , ok neatly -ish ) into a waiting bin liner , and further sawdust added . Then , with Piggy cereal bowl slipped back into the dining room , the pigs come trotting down like Shetland ponies and the nest on level one can be scraped out into the waiting bag and once the cats are removed from the area ( they sit open mouthed watching the proceedings , aghast that pig cleaning takes precedence over cat feeding ) the kitchen floor can be restored to its former ahem glory with a bit of spray disinfectant just as the coffee pot bubbles itself full and D's croissants bake themselves to perfection in the microwave ( twenty seconds ).

You really wanted to know all that didn't you ? I'm over excited about the new gp quarters as you may have gathered , but really this is the fruition of months of planning .
Next on my list is a wardrobe so that my own quarters can be similarly cleaned and organised . If only I had a ramp ....

5 comments:

Silliyak said...

But I'll bet you at least told them someone brought up gp prods.

MsCatCalls said...

I did . They weren't amused .. Hedgehog splatted some sawdust overboard as a mark of disrespect . Tinkerbell kept her counsel as is her wont . But I fear there will be trouble ahead . She has those little pink eyes ....and stares thoughtfully into the middle distance

Silliyak said...

They HATE being manipulated, but it worked!

BetteJo said...

I'm glad they like their new home - it looks so palatial! And I'm sure they will appreciate the ability to have a cleaner home too.
So - what kinds of things to piggies play with?

MsCatCalls said...

What do they play with ? tunnels made out of cardboard which they run through and chew . We got them a big log yesterday made of alfalfa and honey which they can eat as well as sit and hide in .
So Far I'm not sure about cattle prods and the like ....

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