Updates, and Enough Platform Perches to Go ‘Round

July 9, 2011 § 4 Comments

Synthetic vitamin research was making my brain go a bit haywire and I needed to take a bit of a hiatus.  I’m back up and running though, and working laboriously on ZuPreem FruitBlend.  I hope to finish it in a few days if I have the time.

I also hope that in the next few weeks I will have a brand new camera!!  I think I have finally settled on the Nikon D7000.  It will be my first DSLR– up until now I have only ever used point and shoots, and most recently, cell phone cameras. 😦  I’m guessing that the Nikon will be a significant upgrade in picture quality from my cell phone!

In the mean time, the rest of my sale orders have arrived!!  Here’s my order from Oliver’s Garden.  I am so pleased with everything, as usual of course!  Susan, the owner, is a real gem and simply makes the most beautiful, unique, and well-crafted bird toys out there.

Goodies from Oliver's Garden!

I went a bit crazy with the platform perches, I think.  I loved the one Lola currently has so much that I ordered her another one– and asked for it to be a bit larger.  The new one is just HUGE!  I love it!  It’s so thick and sturdy.  She could host a party on it; it’s so big!  I also purchased two smaller and thinner ones with the beautiful beads.  I think that when the budgies get their big cage, I’ll put one of them in there.  I am thinking of giving the remaining one to my mom’s Hahn’s Macaw, Karat.  There are also two adorable little round platform perches for the budgies too.  They are too cute.

A close-up of the Chunky Monkey toy with the stainless steel base

In the top right is an amazing toy that isn’t up on the website yet.  It’s basically the Chunky Monkey toy with 1/4″ wood pieces (with great, beak-enticing ridges that drive Lola crazy!), but they are on this incredible 100% stainless steel base!  It’s not very visible what with all of the wood on it right now, but I am so excited about it.  When Lola destroys all of the wood, I’ll have an amazing and high quality stainless steel toy base with several holes that I can reuse over and over again.  It’s a double-decker one as well so it’s twice the fun!  I purchased some wood refills for this toy as well.  Lola isn’t actually a huge fan of pine wood but she does seem to make an exception for Oliver’s Garden pine with its funky cuts.

Two free gifts! A "Plain Jane" and a fantastic foot toy

As always… Susan included two fantastic gifts for Lola.  The first is an adorable “Plain Jane,” or a fragrant pine wood fish with the classic Oliver’s Garden ridges and threaded bead as an eye.  Lola is going to adore destroying this extra large fishy foot toy!  The beads really get her going.  And I know I’ve said it before, but seriously, this pine is incredibly fragrant.  I just love the smell and can’t get enough of it.  No other pine I’ve ever ordered smells quite like this; it’s wonderful!

Lola playing with her foot toy

She also included an amazing little foot toy as well that has Lola totally stumped.  It’s basically a small section of a twig or branch hollowed out so that a few plastic star beads fit extremely snugly inside.  It is driving Lola nuts!!  She has been gnawing at it all day trying to get at the beads but they are really tightly wedged inside.  I will definitely have to invest in more of these for her!

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