Wednesday, 15 June 2011

MEADOW IN THE POT


THE GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME
Summer came and stayed for good. The smell is insane - Lilly stands on her feet and sniffs the sunshine sinking inside through the half opened window, dreaming of fresh grass, green trees and colorful flowers. She's getting snoopy.
MY LITTLE GIZMO STUNNED
The temperatures got high so I considered taking her outside, on the fresh juicy grass, but few people I talked to about it advised me against this idea. Why? Because of the chemicals in fertilizers and insecticides used to tend the city green. And the cats/dogs/birds poops on the mown. They all can cause serious health disorder to such a small creature like hammie. Unfortunately, we don’t own any garden so I had to improvise. Early spring I took my old plastic flower-pots and sowed some seeds in them: two sorts of parsley with dill and basil but most of all grass with night-scented stock, especially for Lil' Lilly so that she could smell some lovely smelling flowers being active in the
WALKING ON HAND-MADE SAVANNAH
evening. For almost two months the pots were staying in sunshine, at the balcony, where I took good care of the plants watering them every day, talking to them, and watching them grow. Eventually they all got green, juicy and fragrant, especially the grass, so it was time to introduce Lilly to Mother Nature. Lilly haven’t seen any pot before, so I had to help her get inside, but once she managed, she was completely stunned by the smell and texture of young grass. And when she started exploring, chewing sweet blades and biting stock’s leaves, she didn’t want to get out. To me she realy looked perfectly happy. Seeing her like this is the  best
TAKING SOME VITAMINS
reward for weeks of playing a gardener. Well, it led me to some interesting observation, either. For example: did you know that hammies (pretty like dogs and cats) can gain some additional vitamins from the grass...? So if your little furry friend is sucking fresh, juicy blades  don't worry - it's not turning into Dolly the sheep :-) It's only balancing it's diet. On the other hand you have to be careful: it is said that too much of fresh, green food can cause a hamster stomach problems.  Personally I think that hammies - like all of the animals - have brains on their own and know best what's good and what's bad for them. It's quite intuitive, you know... So feel free to sow and remember: If you wanna make your hammie indecently happy you  have to get DIRTY ! :-)))
NO, IT'S NOT LILLY AFTER EATING SOME GRASS. JUST A REGULAR CLONNED SHEEP.

Friday, 10 June 2011

MIRACULOUS REMEDY FOR ALL SORROWS

When you're feeling down, there's nothing more cheerful than something we call 'Therapeutic Hammie Stroking'. It engages and serves both: the hamster and the owner and is the best way of returning colors to the sad, faded world.


Lilly had one of 'those days' back then, so she needed it as much as I did. She didn't want to run or play. The only things she was longing for were: hugging, stroking and kissing. When she wants it, she climbs my legs and hands to get my undivided attention. I never refuse. Sometimes it seems like she could lay in my arms for hours while being petted. These are the most precious moments.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

LITTLE HAMMIE AND THE DEADLY PEANUTS

If you asked Lilly about her favorite snack, without hesitation she’d say: PEANUTS. It’s guaranteed. When she smells them, rushes down the tubes in a hurry (not Potter ;-)) with busy nose and hungry eyes. If I happen to crunch one nearby, she goes crazy and throws herself on the cage bars, begging for a bite. She stuffs all: the nut, it’s peel and the shell, which she uses for her nest.
LILLY CRUNCHING
If it comes to peanuts Lilly is an expert, although - funny thing - she never opens them herself. It’s my job. She can’t or is too lazy to do that. Well, this is how she feels nowadays. But it was not always like this. Her first time with the peanut (which is a kind of bean, actually) was… let’s say… not nice and it went like this:  Lilly is my first hammie. I never had one before and sometimes I’m being too protective. For a long time I kept her in almost sterile cage and fed her only with the seeds and washed, peeled fruits and vegetables. We had to change it. So one day, while Lilly was having her daily noon snack, I gave her a peanut. A common, middle sized  (cleaned ;-)))  peanut with a crunchy shell.  She was very curious:  smelled it,
LILLY MAKING AN OFFERING
sniffing, few times touched it with her nose and must have like it, ‘cause - not thinking any longer - stuffed the whole of it in her mouth and rushed upstairs, to hide the precious in her nest. Well, that ‘nest’ is transparent, so I witnessed what took place next. Lilly placed the peanut onto the cotton bedding, proud and happy. Then watched it for a while, approached it and touched it with her nose once again, and… She jumped up, suddenly, scared to death by something completely unknown to me, trembling all over her body. She tried it once more and jumped again, petrified. She run away from this ‘dreadful’ peanut, avoiding even looking at it. Not standing it any longer, she LEFT HER NEST (!!!) with the peanut inside, and came to me,
LILLY FED UP (TIRED BUT HAPPY)
poor homeless thing, for a hug. It took a while to ease her fears (some pieces of fresh, juicy grapes helped a lot) and to me it became obvious that the peanut can’t stay. I removed it quickly and only then Lilly agreed to come back upstairs. Imagine, how disturbed she must have been. Even now I have no idea what happened between them back then. Did she smell something…? Or maybe heard the nut rattling inside it’s shell…? We’ll never know. Next day I tried to give her peanuts once again outside the cage and showed her how to crush them and how tasty they are. It was not a problem any more. It never happened again. Eventually, Lilly loved peanuts (the pictures prooves that) as much as she was afraid of them in the beginning.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

SCIENCE - FICTION SLIDESHOW STORY

Our second online production inspired partly by Star Wars, partly by Riddick, Prisoner Break and other action movies. Lilly plays there a nasty but honorable character called Lee-Lee Hamstaff (yup, the connotation to the sever dog race is intended) who puts vengeance to the universe. Guest starring Nicolas Cage.


Personally I love Vegan Broccoli's acting, so vivid and emotional. But my favourite part is when Lee-Lee ignores the scenario and improvises with the parsley playing background flowers. In my opinion it's her life role. A must see.