The Boot that Walked

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How did you get here?

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I see

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No point hiding in there.

Days tick down

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Windy ones

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Wet ones

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Bright ones

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Mixed ones

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We watch

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and wait

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Down into the Depths

Fourteen days until we hit bottom

solstice

Moments of brightness

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are welcomed through the constant drip

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Hens hesitate

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However the dampness enhances

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and is stored up for future flowerings

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In the dryness of Polytunnel World pods can crack

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and the Willow shows fluffiness

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We store up the energy

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watch the starlings

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and count the days

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Unboxing the Sheep

Today started with a touch of frost

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and the hedgerows ablaze

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We had a little time to enjoy the sun

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As did the neighbouring sheep

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before we had to journey to collect one of their sisters

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Think this is our box

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not all chops actually but also mature mutton mince

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Thank you Mr Thomas

Notes from early December

As we enter the darkest of days the equation goes like this:

(daylight time) = (time to do essentials) + (not very much)

also

(time to do essentials) = (constant) x W

where W is Weather factor (wind/rain/low temperatures)

during last year’s worst snow

(daylight time) < (constant) x W

but so far this month W has been low.

A lot of dark skies so when the light does shine through it is savoured

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One of the Cayugas developed a limp and had to do a lot of sitting down.

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She was given her own sitting down place, where she received visitors

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In a day or two she was standing up

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and able to get around again

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Perversely, these shortest days are when the ducks start laying again after an Autumn break. Certainly James and Cagney are back in the mood, after a moulting time

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It is a spectator sport

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and stimulates one of the young cockerels to try out his crow

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Other sights from the last few days:

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Bert Tries Again

A windy day

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and Pyramus-and-Thisbe-like Bert and Dinah seek a chink

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through which to touch

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Time to escort them to where the grass is greener.

Dinah has to wait while Bert finishes the snack that tempted him there

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before he sniffs out other pleasures

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Dinah stands well and Bert does his best

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Piglets in the Spring?

The Essentials of Life

November 27th, and today was more or less the first time this season that it felt as if weather was starting to constrain activity.

Wind chill, or in modern parlance “feels like” temperature is what matters, together with how much water is falling out of the sky and, more importantly, what it does to the clay beneath one’s feet.

So, we are reminded of the plan that is designed to stop us fossilising.

The recent tweak was to invite in Jessie

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Who has spent all evening collapsed on her chair – but only because we have been out and about all day.

By deliberately making ourselves responsible for land and livestock we have to continue with the essentials of life:

Pigs need bedding

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and their drainage requires maintenance

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If the meadow is going to thrive in the Spring it needs to be cleared before the year end

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daily sessions are the way to get there

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The hens may be looking cocky

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but we know they know they don’t really like the bitter blasts, so we must prepare

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Other glimpses from today:

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