Lucy’s List – June (week 3)

Summer is here! We’ve had lovely weather this week. The girls have been playing barefoot in the garden every day after school and again after dinner. It’s great to see them coming in at bedtime, grubby and tired and happy. I hope they remember these days of childhood.

Meanwhile we have a new member of the family! I’d like you all to meet Enid…


You might remember we lost our poor old Cat a few months ago. My eldest daughter has been wanting a small pet for a while now so we took the plunge and got a rat!


She really is a pretty little thing. Very nervous. And not used to being handled. She’d been in the adoption centre at the pet shop for a while and needed a new home.


She will take food from my hand, so that’s a good start. I’m going to try to hold her for a short while every day so hopefully, by the summer holidays, she should be well socialised and ready to play with the girls. They’re both so happy to have a pet in the house again!


MONDAY: chickpea, spinach, and green bean curry, with rice and naan

TUESDAY: cheeseburgers, oven chips, and salad


WEDNESDAY: slow cooker spaghetti bolognese

THURSDAY: fish finger sandwiches


FRIDAY: slow cooker lamb and lentil stew

SATURDAY: Lily’s birthday lunch at Harvester


SUNDAY: birthday tea with sardines on toast and a lot of cake!


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6 thoughts on “Lucy’s List – June (week 3)

  1. Sophie June 20, 2015 at 08:41 Reply

    Enid is a cutie! Not sure if it helps but we used to pop our rats in our tops, like put on a baggy tshirt and tuck it in. They’d run around inside and eventually find somewhere to settle, they would also pop out the top and groom me or whoever had them… πŸ˜€

    • The Pie Patch June 20, 2015 at 08:44 Reply

      Thank you! She’s a little too nervous for that at the moment. And I’m a bit nervous of her too. We’ll build up to it! πŸ™‚

      • Sophie June 20, 2015 at 14:10

        My dad started before any of us others did. He was far more confident with our first rat. She might enjoy a paddle in the bath too. Or fishing for peas in a shallow bowl of water.

      • The Pie Patch June 20, 2015 at 14:24

        Oooh, good idea! I just picked our first crop of peas from the garden today!

  2. Me July 15, 2015 at 07:13 Reply

    Enid is lovely! Will she be getting a ratty friend? Rats are very social and need to live in pairs.

    We adopted a female rat that looked just like her too, many years ago! She started off quite nervous, but when we intro’d her to another female rat she actually became the confident one, and they both loved to be handled πŸ™‚

    Also, for cheap cage furnishings (ignore if you already have / know these!) you can make hammocks from fleece. Wooden wine racks, boxes of tissues and hung up toilet paper rolls (with the tissue still on) make fun interactive toys. Branches from apple trees are safe once cleared of bugs, and a container with a few cm of water in the bottom is great for pea fishing!! πŸ˜€

    Enjoy your rat, they make wonderful pets πŸ™‚ We just took in a rehome and he is very nervous too…I’m hoping with a lot of patience and a ratty playmate he will come out of his shell.

    • The Pie Patch July 15, 2015 at 08:06 Reply

      Hello! Enid is much more sociable with us now & both girls have stroked her. The eldest has sat with her on her lap. She’s a rescued rat. Her old owners gave her up becausr she doesn’t like other rats, so we won’t be getting any more. She’s a happy little thing. Thanks for commenting!

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