May Moments

A few glimpses of May life over the last few days

Today started with a new damselfly to add to our list

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a Beautiful Demoiselle – that’s its name, so this really was a beautiful Beautiful Demoiselle

May has been glowing

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and in the case of the lilac, pouring down fragrance

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This red hawthorn was planted in memory of Murial who lived here with us until she died on the first day of 2018

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The normal variety

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is punctuating the hedgerows, although this one is right outside our window.

The bird feeders are busy

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Comfrey fertiliser is on the brew, ready for the tomatoes

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Plantains

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and Field Buttercups

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may not be the most romantic of flowers but right now they streak our meadow with gold and purple.

There, we are pleased to see the Rattle start flowering – with its ability to restrict grass growth.

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The purple Clover

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is doing the opposite, putting nitrogen back into the soil, but we tolerate a few clumps.

Jessie has been needing to cool off

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Baby round up…

Hubble is holding her own amongst siblings twice the size

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Claire’s brood of two are having a cushy time

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as is only child Comet

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the next litter have to share

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and due next – faithful Cagney – who is nearing the end of her 35-day sit

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Hazy, Lazy Day

The overnight mist lifted

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leaving behind spiderweb decorations

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The temperature rose

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and the bees sucked the clover nectar

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The beans have been planted

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the fennel is growing

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and the tunnel is thriving

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(Site of the last Art Club, inspired by an Indian wedding sari hanging)

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Time to take today’s Art Club down to the lake

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to see what we can see

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Almost rain, Babies, and more Tulips

After the rainfall we have had in the last two weeks

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(and looking closely you will see the highlight on May 9th consisted of 1.2mm)

we got excited yesterday when a few drops appeared in the air. They managed to adorn a few flowers

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even if they didn’t actually penetrate the ground.

This morning the graphs tell us rain was registered six times overnight… at a rate of 0.2mm in 30 minutes.

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We continue in our attempts to produce rabbit babies

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The first litter – Comet all alone

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has been improved on with a second litter… of four

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We are specialising in small families as in Claire’s brood

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of two.

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They still take lessons seriously. Today, preening

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with homework

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Bring on the tulips

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