Monthly Archives: March 2014

Steph gets Ferrets

IMG_3731 IMG_3728 IMG_3769 IMG_3770 IMG_3771 IMG_3774 When we moved I managed to obtain two ferrets, as our neighbours (Alex’s grandma and great aunt) find it a bit hard to look after them and they were going to be got rid of if I didn’t take them in. I know nothing about ferrets so I got googling and am slowly learning about them. Here are things I have learnt (through experience) so far:

– our ferrets love woodpiles (I have been sitting outside of woodpiles and holes waiting for them to come out quite a few times over the last month)

– they like to play, and playing means biting. They do as a rule not bite hands but this changes if they can smell treats (they have really poor vision and I’m not sure if they can tell what are hands and what are treats). I have a sock on a sheet that I use to play with them when they are feeling nippy and so far I’ve been bitten only one, but if you move quickly to pick them up then they think you’re playing and try to bite you

– they often try to climb stuff and give up halfway and just drop. I have yet to work out if it’s because they’re not that good at climbing, or just lazy

– they smell (oh, they smell so much! I have to have special ferret clothes so that I don’t have to wash everything I own as soon as I’ve worn it near them) and are really intrigued by smelly things, if they run off and I can’t find them they’re often either in my rot bucket or rolling in the compost heap.

– the internet says they have a really good sense of smell but my ferrets can be sniffing food and still not find it, so I’m not sure if their sense of smell is really bad or if they’re just not that bright

– they sleep all curled up together and it’s really cute but I rarely get to see them like that because as soon as they hear me coming they run to the wire side of the cage and jump around until the door opens

– they treat dry food with great distain, so I’m having to mix dry and wet food so they eat it. They have had a diet of dog food but I read that it was best to get them ferret food, especially dry ferret food as it’s better for their teeth but they look at it as though I’m trying to feed them pebbles

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Tea, Glorious Tea!

If you know me even a little bit, you know that I have a serious tea habit. I have at least ten types of tea in my cupboard at the moment (much to my partner’s annoyance) and rarely drink cold drinks, even in the summer.

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So I thought I’d do a few reviews! These are from Mecca in Aberystwyth (you can order from them by email or phone so if you aren’t from Aber you can still get some! Although they don’t actually have a website – I went in and asked for their catalog and they emailed it to me but if you live far away their phone no is 01970 612888)

I currently have:

Almond black tea

Mango black tea

Summer black tea

Rooibos tea (to which I’ve added toasted coconut and cardamom because I get bored of straight tea easily)

And have in the past had: winter tea, vanilla, chai, green sencha cherry, passionfruit and maybe a few others that I’ve forgotten.

Almond

The almond tea is really delicious, it tastes like sweet almonds but smells really strongly of marzipan which had me worried (I’m NOT a marzipan fan!). It’s perfect winter tea and it started me drinking tea black which is very unlike me! It’s not too sweet but not as bitter as most black tea so sugar isn’t really necessary. I added almond milk to it once and it tasted like cake, amazing!

Mango

I thought mango tea sounded kind of icky and I’m usually very wary of fruit teas because they smell amazing and then just taste sour and horrible BUT this one is awesome! I think because it has black tea maybe it’s less sour, either way it tastes a lot like mango and is just really lovely and refreshing and brilliant for summer when you want something hot! It’s also really pretty, it has yellow petals and bits of mango in it.

Summer 

I don’t actually understand why this is called summer tea rather than peach tea – I mean, I get that peaches are summery but so are mangoes and summer tea suggests to me a blend of summery flavours. Anyhoo, it is really good for summer, tastes just like peaches and if you don’t like fruit teas but do like peaches I’d recommend you check this out, it tastes and smells amazing and isn’t as disappointing as fruit teas often are! Like the mango tea it’s really pretty, it has marigold and cornflower petals in it so it looks flowery!

Rooibos

I guess there’s not really much to say about this one, it’s pretty standard rooibos and I only got it because they don’t have any flavoured rooibos and I needed something caffeine free! I toasted a cup of desiccated coconut and some cardamom pods and then mixed it in with a 125g bag of it and now it’s one of my favourites!

I’m going to be trying to blog once a week (let’s see how long that lasts…) so there’ll inevitably be more tea reviews as I attempt to hit my self imposed deadlines =p