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to tell her shes not aloud pets in the home ever

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rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 06:19:07

ok i got up 30 mins ago
youngest dd is ill
she got a bug and put it in a pot

messy and hard work

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 06:20:24

back ground info
she got the idea from her freind who puts bugs in a pot all the time
she says well [name] lets [name] put bugs in her home [name]

CaptainSweatPants Thu 25-Jul-13 06:30:28

It's messy & hard work to put an insect in a pot?

Maybe you're tired & cranky

HintofBream Thu 25-Jul-13 06:32:40

It is better in a pot than in a bugwidge.

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 25-Jul-13 06:34:14

(Background info: a bugwidge is:



dilbertina Thu 25-Jul-13 06:36:55

Is it loud?

daisychain01 Thu 25-Jul-13 06:39:36

As I alighted on this thread, I had the sinking feeling its another one of those hamwitch ones that goes on for 15 pages and achieves naught. Enjoy your day y'all.....

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:20:47


rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:21:43

not me
she put the bug [dd] in a pot
well i dont even know what they feed with
i dont know how to take care about it

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:22:19

What sort of bug is it?

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:23:06

a small bug i dont know its name im not a pet lover

PseudoBadger Thu 25-Jul-13 07:23:30

Is she allowed a quiet pet?

Well. I don't understand the pets at home reference tbh.

But, bugs in a pot?

Well depends what type of bug I suppose?

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:24:33

Doesn't sound that messy and hard work. I don't imagine the bug is happy though. Poor bug. sad Has it got food and water?

Aloud bug? I would have thought bugs were pretty quiet.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:26:04

no shes not aloud pets in the home
i cant look after a pet i dont even know what they feed with and how to care about the bug im busy i dont need a pet to look after and clean up

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:26:12

I am worried the bug may be deceased.

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Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:27:41

Ooh do tell Malcolm. Have I missed another fun thread somewhere?

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:28:03

sparklingbrook it looks fine no spots its the colour its ment to be and its legs move

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:29:05

I think it may be depressed and best that you release it......

BringBackBod Thu 25-Jul-13 07:29:27

I would just set the bug free, it'll be easier that way.

Montybojangles Thu 25-Jul-13 07:29:34

Are you saying she is not allowed any pet at all? Or just the bug?

Pets are good for children, teaches them some responsibility and caring.

Are you in the uk? If you describe the bug maybe we can identify it and tell you what it might eat.

It might be a bit cruel though if it's a flying insect and it's confined to a little pot. I also imagine it would get pretty hot in a pot in this weather.

redlac Thu 25-Jul-13 07:29:40


malcolmtuckersmums it wasn't really funny the first time either smile

<wishes there was a hide poster option>

CinnabarRed Thu 25-Jul-13 07:30:32

Don't let her put bugs in pots because it's cruel to bugs.

The bug will not have made your DD poorly.

phantomhairpuller Thu 25-Jul-13 07:30:42

Oh boy, you're back. And FYI- it's allowed not aloud confused

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:31:00

what do i do just give it crums or leafs or what
i have never had to look after 1 .. its inferiating
no comment

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:31:05

Get a cat.

Montybojangles Thu 25-Jul-13 07:31:06

Ah, just noticed its pettel.

Yes, bugwidge may be the way to go...

phantomhairpuller Thu 25-Jul-13 07:31:44

Sparkling- shouldn't that read get a LIFE wink

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:33:22

Oh possibly phantom. I am a wee bit lost TBH.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:33:47

but my dd is small and she cant look after a cat or any pets this is my point i will need to care about it if i had a pet
but im busy
i dont know what they feed with
and how to care about

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:33:48

I am quite inferiated myself.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:34:46

about what

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:36:15

Everything. It's the frist day of the school holidays for a start and it's raining.

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:36:28

first even.

Oh dear .. I must be one weird mother then, I actually brought my DS bugs* one Christmas (complete with terrarium and kit to look after them of course!). It confirmed my suspicion he was not ready to look after a hamster grin.

* Giant hissing roaches if anyone cares - they're actually pretty fascinating and great first pets if you need low maintenance animals

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:37:53

kk back ground info
dd went to the park with [name] [name] and my dd and thats how she knows about bugs you can put in a pot

SlimePrincess Thu 25-Jul-13 07:38:21

Is the bug callled Sharon?

EduCated Thu 25-Jul-13 07:39:45

Let the bug go.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:39:59

no dd didnt say a name
i dont wana let her love it i dont even know how to make it stay alive and i wana let it be with the grass

thistlelicker Thu 25-Jul-13 07:40:04

biscuit Hmmm !

Sparklingbrook Thu 25-Jul-13 07:41:30

Well it's been a blast but I think I will back slowly out of the thread now.....

MalcolmTuckersMum Thu 25-Jul-13 07:41:44

Sparkling Just one painful example grin

I always think it's a mark of extreme stupidity to beat a joke to death.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:42:28

can i ask you some thing

I have no milk for my coffee til the shopping is delivered, I reckon that's more interesting than this bug in a pot thread hmm.

Feed him a hamwidge and be done with it!

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 25-Jul-13 07:43:21

Just. Set. It. Free.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:43:53

its not that easy

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:44:51

do you think its bitchy of me to never let her have pets in the home
but i cant take care about them
dd to small

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:45:45

her freind says its mean of me and her mum allways lets her bring bugs in

Celador Thu 25-Jul-13 07:45:53

Take it to the neighbour that keeps cycling past your house. Put it outside her house as some kind of 'Mafiaesque' warning against hamwidges.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:46:08

dd is ill i dont wana make her sad

MrsWolowitz Thu 25-Jul-13 07:46:54

Let the bug go and buy her a proper pet.

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rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:48:51

celdor thats the mum of her freind allways lets her put bugs in her home !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shes still a shitty peice of bitch trouble but she add me on a dds face book and i did not let her me by freind so things changed for the good side of things

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:50:35

no i dont wana get her a proper pet i will need to feed it foods clean it up brush hims fur cut it clean it walk it tell it off make it do things and get so much stuff for it and spend cash !!!!

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 25-Jul-13 07:51:34

At least she put them in the pot, dd2 put 12 woodlice and 3 lady birds inside her dolls house once. Or she thinks that's how many she put in, there's only 1 ladybug and 2 woodlice now, oh wait make that one ladybug and one woodlouse.

MrsWolowitz Thu 25-Jul-13 07:52:00


I think you might be over estimating the amount of work a hamster or guinea pig will be.

Either way, you're being silly.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:53:50

but im to busy i am carring a mini rose pettel

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 07:57:10

shell i put the bug in the tree
on the grass
on a bush
do i feed it a snack first
how will it find its family
dd says she found it on the grass

crashdoll Thu 25-Jul-13 07:59:07

How many rose pettel's do you have?

Madratlady Thu 25-Jul-13 07:59:51

Carying a mini rose pettel. Is that supposed to mean you're pregnant?

Funnily enough I don't find that makes me any busier than usual.

Although I definitely don't think you should get your dd a pet if you don;t want one, that's how animals end up neglected.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:00:11

3 and im carring 1

SoupDragon Thu 25-Jul-13 08:00:13

Just set the bloody bug free in the garden and tell your DD not to be so cruel to wildlife.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:02:17

madratlady if i got a pet
it will still be hear wen mini rose pettel gets born
i am busy any way with 3 of them i no that my dds wana have a pet but i will be the 1 cleaning it up cutting it and feeding it and walking !

Saidar Thu 25-Jul-13 08:04:06

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Weird thread, but assuming it's real....

My 5yo DD2 likes to put bugs in pots as pets.

I let her keep them for about 10 minutes and then tell her to let them go because bugs don't like being in pots and will die. Because they will.

However, banning your DD from ever having a pet because she puts bugs in pots is just weird.

If you think she's too young (you're right) or don't want the responsibility for a real pet, that's fine. You are the parent and in charge.

Perhaps you should suggest pet rocks to her?

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:04:49

saldar >:O

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 25-Jul-13 08:05:26

Why would you cut their pet? confused

Don't get fish, they take bloody hours to care for. Hamsters are eevil. Rats are nice and easy to look after. You only have to feed them once a day and clean them about once a week. Budgies appear to be fairly easy too. Cockatiels can be a bit hissy, ime.

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rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:07:21

kk im gona go to dds room and get the pot shes ill so i dont wana make her sad thou

Saidar Thu 25-Jul-13 08:07:29

Well come on now, massive drama, child puts insect in a pot. QUICK! TO MUMSNET! Firstly, it's bloody cruel and secondly although I like a thread about the little things in life, I cannot believe anyone needs advise from AIBU on this subject.

I'm just surprised you haven't left them on a bus or something.

I have no idea what those symbols represent when placed in that order.

Saidar Thu 25-Jul-13 08:08:30


WynkenBlynkenandNod Thu 25-Jul-13 08:09:37

Bugs are much easier than babies. Google is your friend.

WynkenBlynkenandNod Thu 25-Jul-13 08:10:37

Unless they are nits which to be fair, take hours to comb out.

scarletforya Thu 25-Jul-13 08:10:47

Giant hissing roaches

<runs screaming from thread>

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:12:28

im back dd is sad but im getting her a tea to take her mind away
i put the bug on grass it seems ok
i did not feed it
she says im mean
no she was nice to her bug not cruel !

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rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:15:02

whats bad about loving bugs and

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rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:19:11

shes 5 not 7 and i dont put the bag in long ! its fine ! kk

Madratlady Thu 25-Jul-13 08:19:26

'if I got a pet it would still be here when mini rose pettel gets born'

I may be naive here, do correct me if I'm being totally ridiculous, but I am managing 3 cages of rats, 2 rabbits, a cage of ice and 2 cats fine now while I'm pregnant, and they'll all still be here when dc1 is born. I'm reasonably sure that won't be the end of the world...

Madratlady Thu 25-Jul-13 08:20:07

Mice not ice. Ice would just melt. And be fairly boring as a pet.

You said your DD was 7 on a previous thread I'm sure.

nurseneedshelp Thu 25-Jul-13 08:20:34

*Full moon alert*

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:21:36

but i will be to busy with my mini rose pettel to feed clean cut walk a pet madratlady !
my dd is 7 and 5

Madratlady Thu 25-Jul-13 08:21:39

Oh you have 3 dc.

Madratlady it's just 'odd' isn't it. grin

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:23:00

yap and soon will be 4 wen mini rose pettel comes out

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yap what is that?

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:25:26

i mean 4 dcs youstayclassandiego

Chopstheduck Thu 25-Jul-13 08:28:32

YouStayClassySanDiego - you need to read the other threads to catch up. I've just spent the past half hour or so reading them and nearly pissing myself! SAMWIDGE! gringrin The kids think I have lost the plot!

ShadeofViolet Thu 25-Jul-13 08:29:28

Put the poor thing back in the garden and get her a hamster.

ShadeofViolet Thu 25-Jul-13 08:30:07

And call said hamster Sharon.

filee777 Thu 25-Jul-13 08:30:25

Not at all

I hate 'loud' pets

She isn't real, is she?

My face is like confused , I need coffee and there's no milk <waaaaahhh>

Stropzilla Thu 25-Jul-13 08:35:31

Youstayclassy yap is the OPs version of yes. Easier to type apparently.

Did the bug t-Rex with happiness as it waddled away?

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:36:29

i did put the bug on the grass !
dd is still abit sad !
no i dont wana get a hampster or a dog or a pet or any pets !
its to much hard work and cash

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 25-Jul-13 08:37:06

'Yap'? Has she been taking lessons from the dog?

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:39:46

no i dont let a pet tell me what to do hellhasnofuryilkehungrewoman

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:39:53


filee777 Thu 25-Jul-13 08:40:01

I can't believe that thread went on for 17 pages malcom

Background info.
yap is apparently yes.
Like kk is ok.

I also hope this is a wind up.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Thu 25-Jul-13 08:45:19

I saw a shop in North London yesterday called Sam Widge grin

We said no pets until DD was old enough to take some responsibility for them.

Is bug in jar woman the same as hamwidge woman?

mystaplerisevil Thu 25-Jul-13 08:46:12

best you don't get any pets then op

Yes empress

ChubbyKitty Thu 25-Jul-13 08:47:00

Another of life's problems that could be solved with a cat. £5 a week for my pair. And they groom themselves.

And I might be shamelessly marking my place.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 25-Jul-13 08:49:11

There used to be a sandwich bar in my local city called Mr Sam Widges.

EmpressOfTheSevenOceans Thu 25-Jul-13 08:50:00

Brilliant. So the wasp, miraculously recovering from its bath of red wine but with the red now disguising its waspness, struggled to consciousness only to be mistaken for a bug, caught and put in a pot....

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 08:50:11

rolf mumnets love bread

JollyHolidayGiant Thu 25-Jul-13 08:52:24


ladyjadie Thu 25-Jul-13 08:58:46

Nope. Too soon for another pettel thread. Like those simples or go compare adverts, first one was vaguely amusing. Two so close together is like a club yourself in the headwidge



DowntonTrout Thu 25-Jul-13 09:02:36

God help us!

I can't be drawn back into this parallel universe.

Yap! <wanders of to make a Hamwidge. Bread Ham Bread>

SoupDragon Thu 25-Jul-13 09:46:50

This was mildly amusing the first time round. Now it is just dull and predictable.

Lj8893 Thu 25-Jul-13 09:54:44

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TheProsAndConsOfHitchhiking Thu 25-Jul-13 10:04:13

Back so soon pettel?

VanitasVanitatum Thu 25-Jul-13 10:05:46

Rolf? You have a laughing floor? Or is that the bug's name.. ?

WorraLiberty Thu 25-Jul-13 10:09:04

I agree with Malcolm

These threads are silly, not funny.

Xihha Thu 25-Jul-13 10:26:53

what the hell was the point of all this? its a bug in a jar, its not like she went and caught a snake and tried to keep it in her lunch box!

Pettel, get your daughter some robotic fish, then she can pretend they are real! Alternatively my dd's 4 and has newts, they take next to no effort to look after (just feed once every 2-3 days and clean occasionally) she looks after them herself.

TotallyBursar Thu 25-Jul-13 10:49:21

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Some of my posts have been deleted, I didn't say anything rude , goady or untrue shock yet this whole stupid bloody thread is still here.

I'm totally with TotallyBursar on this.

MalcolmTuckersMum Thu 25-Jul-13 10:58:27

Totally - I think I might love you. Completely brilliant post and I 100% agree with all if it.

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Thu 25-Jul-13 11:01:15

What kind of bug was it?

That's really important.

Ladybirds like greenflies (so get some more pots and catch some of those bad boys)

Whereas flies eat their own spew.

Most bugs only live for a few days anyway. I'd set him free and get her a hamster instead. Much less faff.

waist deep piles of liquid shit , so true! grin

rosepettel hope you read that before it's zapped!

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Thu 25-Jul-13 11:06:47

Sorry, just caught up.

i can sympathise.

My dd is dog-obsessed at the mo. But i neither want a dog nor can i get one as i live in a block of flats with no garden.

So i let her make a little dog-project book. We watched doggy films, watched clips on youtube, Googled how to care for pet dogs, visited the park and stroked various doggies (with owner's permission of course), dd did sketches of dogs, she wrote little stories about them etc etc.

So i clipped it all together and put it in a folder. Now whenever she starts whinging about wanting a dog, we get out her little dog-project, give it a look, and discuss again why we can't have one.

Might be worth a shot?

(replacing the dog with bugs of course)

Oldraver Thu 25-Jul-13 11:10:08

I've just taken delivery of 5 little bugs......caterpillars. They dont have names yet.

Get her some, not much to do, she gets to look after them for a few weeks then release as butterflies.

rosepettel.....Is English not you're first language ?

Gruntfuttock Thu 25-Jul-13 11:12:46

"Oldraver* Caterpillars? UGH! I can't stand caterpillars too chewy

EweHaveGoatToBeKiddin Thu 25-Jul-13 11:16:00

OldRaver - dd has been asking about this for a while. I think she saw it advertised on TV. Where do you order them from? And how likely is it that they'll escape and lay eggs in my brain while i sleep...?

BramshawHill Thu 25-Jul-13 11:19:09

Why can't I stop laughing at this thread! Its all this talk of shitty pieces of bitch trouble, and the sheer earnestness of the OP. I love it smile

<Gets down on one knee, presents Totally with a ring, asks her if she'd do me the honour of being my internet wife>

But most important of all pettal - is the bug a vege? You can't make a bugwidge of a non vege bug. Or at all if bugs are meat. Are they?

Kk background information - I don't have a clue wtf is going on.

LookMaw Thu 25-Jul-13 13:07:33

Oh no it isn't that wankerbitchtwats kid is it? I dunno where she gets off slagging your kids off and feeding the hamwidges all the time. She knows you're vege.

kungfupannda Thu 25-Jul-13 13:13:41

Who was that bonkers poster that everyone thought was a bot? Is he back?

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Thu 25-Jul-13 13:40:10

Ewe-Caterpillars. Used to do them with my DS when he was a lad.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 14:18:21

im back
dd is not sad any more
but she says she will be putting bugs in a pot wen she next plays with [name]
bug is back on the grass i put it on the grass very long ago
mabey in about 2 ... 3 years i can get a bug from the shop and get the food for it and find out how to clean it feed it cut it and what work out they do and how to care about it
dd wanas watch the bug lifes [envy so its a hard work day !!!!

filee777 Thu 25-Jul-13 14:31:19

Wow that was a really long post pettal

Pancakeflipper Thu 25-Jul-13 14:36:29

What you need is an African Snail. It will bring you all much joy.

ItsQuiteHardtocomeupwithaname Thu 25-Jul-13 14:40:20

You sound very much like a robot in the way you type...

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 14:45:42

thenx filee777 i did not post in a long time so i wana give the back ground info

CockyFox Thu 25-Jul-13 14:45:57

I just can't get past the 'cutting' a pet, what is that about?

I only opened the thread because I misread the title and couldn't understand why you would ban a child from going in pets at home.

FWIW I used to catch crickets put them in a pot and count how many seconds they stayed in before leaping out.

MrsDeVere Thu 25-Jul-13 14:52:36

I have two dogs <helpful and chatty>

cockyfox I thought I was the only person to read it like that. I feel better now grin

SarahStrattonIsBackForJustABit Thu 25-Jul-13 15:06:01

Oi, I like rosepettel, stop being meanies sad

Pancakeflipper Thu 25-Jul-13 16:52:28

Pet At Home - go there for a day trip. Your child will be thrilled.

Madratlady Thu 25-Jul-13 18:48:35

If you don't want your dd to bring bugs in the house you could tell her off, you could tell her to stoppit.

rosepettel Thu 25-Jul-13 19:16:03

yap i did say your not aloud
she was sad
but i got her a tea
and she was abit sad
shes not sad any more

Splitheadgirl Thu 25-Jul-13 19:22:00

This thread is weird.

Xihha Thu 25-Jul-13 23:04:55

Rosepettel, did you know that you type almost exactly how my dd tells me about her baby dolls day?

ToysRLuv Thu 25-Jul-13 23:50:23

Oh, another one of these. Again.

AnnabelleLee Fri 26-Jul-13 00:36:42

You have to laugh a little at TotallyBursar defending the OP from heckling by calling her illiterate and unintelligent. Wow, thanks for the largesse support, really, uh.....hmm

TotallyBursar Fri 26-Jul-13 00:52:41

No Annabelle, I wasn't defending the op. That was rather the point due to the history.
So you can laugh but it would be at a completely imaginary situation.

Thanks for the hmm , have a coke and a smile

AnnabelleLee Fri 26-Jul-13 01:15:25

Ah, then you were complaining about pointless trolling threads, and giving out about people giggling at the pretend unintelligent and illiterate, even though you don't know if OP is for real or not?
If its not that, I give up.

everlong Fri 26-Jul-13 01:53:02

Haven't read thread.

But it's allowed OP not aloud.

KhaosandKalamity Fri 26-Jul-13 06:39:26

It is a bug. You do not need to feed it, you do not need to clean it or clean up after it, and you do not need to walk it.

The pot plant that the bug lives on will require more care than the actual bug.

But the fact that you do not know what bugs eat does indicate that it is probably for the best that you do not want pets.

hiddenhome Fri 26-Jul-13 09:13:21

rosepettel might be a bit of a pest, but I absolutely love shitty piece of bitch trouble grin

BabyMakesMyEyesGoSleepy Fri 26-Jul-13 11:33:38

Um,yeah OK.

Madratlady Fri 26-Jul-13 12:13:07

MNHQ are usually fairly good at keeping on top of hairy handed posters. It makes me think that rosepettel is actually for real confused

SoupDragon Fri 26-Jul-13 12:13:46

Real or one of MNHQ <<narrows eyes>>

rosepettel Fri 26-Jul-13 12:44:09

no not a plant a pot but no its on the grass i put it on the grass the day dd put it in a pot she wanad to keep the bug thats why i did this

Sparklingbrook Fri 26-Jul-13 12:45:13

It is not against MN Talk Guidelines to be a little bit bonkers. grin

Pancakeflipper Fri 26-Jul-13 15:32:34

Ha ha SparklingB - can you imagine the carnage if MNHQ started deleting us on our bonkers rating?

They'd need to expand their staff number quite a bit.

Sparklingbrook Fri 26-Jul-13 15:45:23

Yes the Report button should be

a) Spam
b) Bonkers
c) Other reasons

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Stinkyminkymoo Fri 26-Jul-13 16:01:26

One of my friends at play-school was never allowed a pet. So he found a rock and kept that as a pet instead hmm

Maybe that might work for your poor pet deprived dd?

everlong Fri 26-Jul-13 16:08:23

Never in a month of Sundays joseph

Pancakeflipper Fri 26-Jul-13 16:32:51

Ooh good idea StinkyMoo, and a nice sock would make a lovely bed.

rosepettel Fri 26-Jul-13 21:38:13

thenx but what do you mean by a rock ?

Oldraver Fri 26-Jul-13 21:48:47

ewe the caterpillars are lovely..they come in a sealed pot with their food, and you just watch them until they puptae then hang them up in the habitat...We're on our third year with them so we just buy a new pot and reuse the tent thingy.

Non have escaped to eat our ears yet

coffeeinbed Fri 26-Jul-13 21:52:09

Oh I get it.
She ill, it's a bug and she's put it in a pot.

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MrsDeVere Sat 27-Jul-13 11:00:23

That isn't very nice.

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YouTheCat Sat 27-Jul-13 11:05:22

I have no idea what is going on but the first page made my eyes bleed. grin

I used to collect snails in a big old sweet jar (the plastic ones you got 2oz of sherbet lemons from). I'd fill it with leaves and twigs, collect my snails, keep them a few days and then let them go.

Also collected ladybirds in '76 when there were loads of them. And slugs. And I had a pet house spider called 'Fred'. grin

nennypops Sat 27-Jul-13 11:07:00

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Passmethecrisps Sat 27-Jul-13 11:11:42

I once had stick insects. You are supposed to feed them privet or ivy. We had no ivy and I had no idea what privet looked like to I fed them generic bush.

They failed to thrive but lived an astonishingly long time in their coffee jar on my windowsill.

I never ever cut them.

Fuzzysnout Sat 27-Jul-13 11:58:45

I always feel like I need to be on the grass when I read anything by the OP.

Stupidwidge. Yap.
That's bread

With a very large side serving of you're not funny.

ToysRLuv Sat 27-Jul-13 12:15:07


DowntonTrout Sat 27-Jul-13 12:26:13

Rosepettel has delighted and entertained some of us with her previous threads and her unique posting style.

She has endured a great deal of mocking and disparaging remarks (admittedly, I have mocked) and cries of hairy handedness, and yet has not retaliated or risen to the bait. In fact, I believe MNHQ have said they have no reason to doubt that she is anything other than who she claims.

Therefore there are two possibilities here. One, that she is actually very clever and is enjoying winding people up, in a nice way, she has maintained her persona throughout and that must take some doing.

Or, two, she is, her life is, exactly what she appears to be. In which case she probably needs more support than many of us. In which case comments about her being too simple to be allowed to be in charge of children are really uncalled for.

Either way, she has made me laugh, sometimes at her, but I actually hope, with her.

CoteDAzur Sat 27-Jul-13 15:31:58

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MrsDeVere Sat 27-Jul-13 20:01:06

This is the first thread I have seen by the OP
But simply having a LDs and children is no good reason to call SS in.

Having difficulties expressing yourself in writing or processing language is not a reason to call SS in either.


GoodTouchBadTouch Sat 27-Jul-13 20:09:22

I don't understand why anyone thinks she is anything other than foreign.

ToysRLuv Sat 27-Jul-13 20:09:48

Foreign grin

GoodTouchBadTouch Sat 27-Jul-13 20:15:09

Yes. That's why she doesn't reply to Qs, because she doesn't understand them.

Why would anyone make this stuff up?

ToysRLuv Sat 27-Jul-13 20:20:21

She seems to understand and reply to some of the questions, though. The writing style doesn't really suggest "foreign" (could take offense, being one myself grin ). To me it seems more like a case of "someone who thinks they're funny, but they're flogging a dead horse now".

Passmethecrisps Sat 27-Jul-13 20:20:42

Are people so sheltered as to think that everyone who bears a child must have a top notch grasp of English?

I find the hostility weird.

Her posts make me smile. Where's the harm? If you don't like it, don't post.

ToysRLuv Sat 27-Jul-13 20:21:13

And to answer your second question: Someone who's bored.

GoodTouchBadTouch Sat 27-Jul-13 20:24:05

See Toys - I think the writing style suggests foreign.

Just the way she is really stilted, and over-simplified. My husband is one too, and some things remind me of him.

ToysRLuv Sat 27-Jul-13 20:25:12

The hostility stems from people thinking she's taking the piss. I'm not sure what to make of it myself, but my gut instinct says that even if your literacy and writing skills aren't perfect, you still try to be legible, answer questions (or ask for clarification) and not repeat things a million times in an effect that borders on poetic (and seems rather deliberate). but, i could be wrong.

Passmethecrisps Sat 27-Jul-13 20:28:28

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ToysRLuv Sat 27-Jul-13 20:28:39

GoodTouch: Fascinating. I would however rule out the (clueless) foreigner angle because of her the knowledge and ample use of urban/slang/txt msg abbreviations. But, again, I could be wrong.

SoupDragon Sat 27-Jul-13 20:29:26

See Toys - I think the writing style suggests foreign.

Just the way she is really stilted, and over-simplified. My husband is one too, and some things remind me of him.

I am fairly confident that on the original thread she claimed to have been born in the UK. So, not foreign.

Passmethecrisps Sat 27-Jul-13 20:29:48

And personally, I thought hamwidge was a stroke of genius which I have adopted smile

ToysRLuv Sat 27-Jul-13 20:30:21

Passme: I agree with your last sentence wholeheartedly.

ToysRLuv Sat 27-Jul-13 20:30:52

Thanks, Soup.

altostratus Sat 27-Jul-13 20:31:44

I think she's developed this posting style for her own amusement (I didn't say troll). The spelling 'errors' seem too studied and contrived to me.

But it is quite amusing, and there's no harm in it. Just a bit of silliness.

aldiwhore Sat 27-Jul-13 20:32:21

Me too Passmethecrisps grin

Passmethecrisps Sat 27-Jul-13 20:34:06

And she has been much more successful at becoming the fabled 'Mumsnet royalty' than those millions of flouncy, goady, earnest threads.

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CoteDAzur Sat 27-Jul-13 20:39:30

I'm foreign. OP is something else.

Did you people miss the part where she is talking about a bug as a pet, maybe learning to take care of it, wondering how said bug will find its family once released in the garden?

GoodTouchBadTouch Sat 27-Jul-13 20:41:12

Haha, no I saw that. My theory is that she doesn't mean bug, but some sort of rodent. Maybe a vole or something.

Passmethecrisps Sat 27-Jul-13 20:46:20

Hmm. My parents bought a pot plant once because it was the only one left on the shelf so it would be lonely.

Maybe that experience sheds some light on my empathy with OP grin

Pigsmummy Sat 27-Jul-13 21:37:50

No it was confirmed in the "hamwich" saga that English is her native Tongue.

JulieMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 27-Jul-13 21:50:37


Just to remind you of our talk guidelines.

We can see nothing to suggest that there is a troll at work here, so please be aware before you post that you could be posting to someone genuine and in need of some support.


everlong Sat 27-Jul-13 21:56:10

I actually think the OP is very clever in her posting style.

She certainly gets a crowd.

Almost like she's been here forever.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sat 27-Jul-13 21:58:25

Hmmm - how much actual support do you need to turn an insect out of a pot into the garden?

DS2 had a pet wood louse for about three minutes til I trod on it

Beamur Sat 27-Jul-13 22:02:16

My DD came home with a bug she found at sports day.
We kept it in a pot.
Surprisingly not messy.
But not terribly happy in there either....
Ended up putting said grub in garden and shelling out for some fancy butterfly hatchery to fulfil DD's NEED for bug pets. They are now chrysalids and V.EXCITING. Honest.

CoteDAzur Sat 27-Jul-13 22:04:49

YoureAll makes a valid point.

ToysRLuv Sat 27-Jul-13 22:07:38

Would a bug not climb out of a pot? Or was there a lid mentioned? DS once wanted to buy a fish from a fish monger on our street to put in our aquarium. I said no. It's already full of goldfish and the dead fish would have really stunk the place out.

Secretswitch Sat 27-Jul-13 22:30:13

rosepettel, maybe you can tell your dd that bugs are happiest and healthiest outside? If she brings it inside it might not live that long.
As an alternative, would sea monkeys be a possibility as a low maintainance pet? They are actually tiny brine shrimp. You can buy the whole deal, shrimp, food and aquarium for less then £10.
I am sorry , I don't know your financial situation, so £10 may not be a possibility for you. Just trying to think of ways to satisfy your dd's pet craving..

Yanbu all pets are bitch trouble. Yap is true.

ZingWidge Sun 28-Jul-13 23:08:27

LuisSuarezTeeth Sun 28-Jul-13 23:39:57

I like sea monkeys.

Although I don't like it when something smells fishy. Yap.

justanuthermanicmumsday Sun 28-Jul-13 23:56:48

They are hassle its like having another person to look after. Even if its a hamster or rabbit it still needs care and like ppl they can get ill and vets are not cheap. I keep fish i would never give them to my kids i have 4, and i barely have time for the fish but i guess i just make time. So relaxing time ill be cleaning out the tanks. Yep it's a lot of money too, especially if vets are involved, i don't need vets though.

Kids Are fickle shell soon move on to next fad. My son wants those electrical jelly fish look real but not. I may get him one he certainly can't get a Marine tank too costly for me and he can't care for it.

LessMissAbs Sun 28-Jul-13 23:59:56

I love these threads. They're like a very soothing and concise form of simple poetry.

Rosepettel YANBU at all to put the bug on the grass. Best place for it. Try to discourage DD from putting any more bugs in pots, as its cruel.

You might get an exotic insect as a pet in the future, if your DD hasn't grown out of her bug fascination. In the meantime, I quite like the suggestion of a rock as a pet. Or you can "adopt" ponies online from welfare organisations, by making a small monthly donation.

TylerHopkins Mon 29-Jul-13 01:09:47

The OP is a hamwidge short of a picnic IMO.

justanuthermanicmumsday Mon 29-Jul-13 01:34:35


seriously ppl suggesting a rock as a pet with a straight face? I don't want my kids patting a rock, talking to a rock. Last i heard taking to an inanimate object = insanity.

Make a tiny pond or put a large bucket outside near spring , in no time at all you will get frogs. She will watch the frogs, try and startle them for hours on end. My kids do i don't need toys in the summer they chase frogs. Upside no cleaning, no vets bills no food bills no mess. Come the cold weather they are gone.

BadLad Mon 29-Jul-13 06:42:02

See Toys - I think the writing style suggests foreign.

I don't think so. Unless you know of a foreign language that uses no punctuation at all, I think she is probably from the UK.

Just hurl the bug into the garden. The chances are that it will be fine.

Wuldric Mon 29-Jul-13 07:07:18

I like rosepettel's threads - they always make me laugh.

The bug is now free and has not been turned into a bugwidge.

ZingWidge Mon 29-Jul-13 09:13:51


Congratulations on carrying Baby Pettel.
it's not nice to have bugs in the house, but if your DD is ill perhaps you could let her have the bug for a few days.
It's a good distraction for a child who is not well.

put some earth at the bottom of the jar and give the bug a piece of leaf or grass to eat.

try not to get to stressed, it's not good for you or baby!

and well done for blocking bitch twat on FB, I hope things have improved.

btw I NC after the hamwidge thread. thank you for that!wink

ZingWidge Mon 29-Jul-13 09:26:05

and here's a crown for you

you are mumnets royalty and queen of the sweats!
yap, tis true!


justanuthermanicmumsday Tue 30-Jul-13 20:20:12

Btw guys are you serious straight faced when you say rock as a pet? My kids would never buy that, they know a rock is just that a rock?

ZingWidge Tue 30-Jul-13 21:41:53

just I imagine a pet rock is a bit like those stupid tamaguchi (sp) games.

or an egg or flour baby - you know?

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