Over the hills

A bright dawn yesterday
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as we take Muriel over the Pennines
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The previous evening we spent preparing for the journey
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Inside – our lemon, bay, rosemary, yew, fennel seeds and ferns plus hay and lemongrass oil

Outside:
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Family assist the last journey
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While the youngest descendant looks on
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Bertamus and Thisbe

I kiss the wall’s hole, not your lips at all

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We do need Dinah in pig but have not got the time to facilitate that right now

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Bert – mark for calendar for 21 days from now

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Elsewhere in the sun today…

Through last year’s detritus
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New life thrusts
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The sun shines through
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A new poultry enclosure takes shape – with fox-proof (?) electrification
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Three years – Ninety-four years

Three years ago, four of us left the city for a new adventure.

Muriel was the senior adventurer – 91 years old at the time

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Since arriving at Gribin Isaf she has often talked about the peace and tranquility she found here, the freedom from close neighbours, the pleasure she has gained from being close to animals and watching the every changing view to the distant mountains.

In the Autumn she welcomed Robin, her latest great-grandchild, to Gribin Isaf.

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During the first hours of the new year Muriel died peacefully here at home, between the Christmas tree and the log-fire. Robin was there and his call was the last sound she heard.

Muriel Crewe Searle
1923-2018

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Speeding into 2018

We are running fast tonight

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Nearly 2 Mbps is quite unusual.

We have tried DIY

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but rope and tin cans didn’t seem to work

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we thought of carrier starlings

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But now, after a long wait

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things are a-foot

Two weeks ago:

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and now today:

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So, soon we hope to be:

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The Last days

The Year is dying. In these inbetween days we already have seven minutes more light at the end of the day:

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but we still have eleven more days before the morning starts paying back:

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Today – brings sun to light up the landscape

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The sun, always low, gives us sharp shadows

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Ian St John decide it is a day for an exploratory walk-about

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Gloria, the upstart cockerel, decides it is a day to practise his stare

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The psychotic muscovy drakes decide it is a good day to attack

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The neighbouring sheep decide it is a good day to shelter in the dingle

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And the indoor dog decides it is a good day to stay indoors

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Big Duck in a Small Pond

Quite understandably Ian St John thought their pond a bit small
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So they set off to find a better one
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Unfortunately, this pond is full of newts and water lilies – these things should not be duck food.

So we try to make a (temporary) alternative
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This picture is deceptive as John had to be put in the pond, in spite of the pallet ramp
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Later, we try to make the ramp more friendly
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but so far we still have to help all three of them in and out.

Meanwhile all is sorted with the right person top of the tree
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