Nitrogen Cycling

We have three-quarters of an acre in which we are trying to encourage more meadow plants

This means that the grass now needs to be removed
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and recycled to the pig zone
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where it provides fodder, leavening for the clay, and a floating island to give the pigs some dry feet.

Dry feet are hard to come by after the last couple of weeks but today there is less precipitation and more sun enjoyed by the Muscovies in their new land
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which they go exploring…
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…with Solo in the rear.

As fruits are harvested – bubbling increases. Damsons are fermenting
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and plums lie in waiting
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Last commute

For some time, Solo and the Three Muscoveers have been commuting daily
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between their night time shelter
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and day time hutch
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Today it is time to move on.

First we need a gate capable of enclosing Muscovies
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They have to wait outside the back door for a bit
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Then their new 24 hour home is ready
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(note Floppy keeping an eye on things)

Meanwhile today we think of the best way to use quite a lot of plums
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and enjoy this
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We are ducks, but not as you know them.

Following our distress purchase of three one-week-old Muscovies we have been getting to know these fascinating birds.

While all other domesticated ducks are descended from the Mallard, Muscovies owe their ancestry to an American Tree Duck.

So we thought we should give them a tree, or at least a stump
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Unfortunately there was only room for two, so number three was a bit miffed – and Solo just watched, a bit puzzled.

They are developing beautiful plumage
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and interesting tails
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Solo is jealous
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Other brightness comes from today’s rainbow
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and a new lamp for the Guest Caravan
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Horizontal rainbows

On several recent days we have witnessed a rainbow spectrum spread across the horizon
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Is it the September azimuth or just the fact that currently the air is saturated round here?
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A Nuthatch, Goldfinch and Siskin reckon they can display their own spectrum
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While the Coaltit champions a more subdued palette
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Our neighbours suggest browns and blacks can be equally gorgeous
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Bina comes home

We fetch Bina from the excellent people of D&J Thomas
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Meanwhile the chicks are growing out of the dining table
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They want more space to try out dust bathing skills
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So they travel by bucket
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to a new home in the greenhouse
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Of all the visitors to the kitchen window feeder this one is the hardest to glimpse
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normally just a bit of a blur
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this time we catch him on camera
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Not the low-hanging fruit

This is our third harvest at Gribin Isaf and by far the most abundant. Today it was plums
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The first ripe ones are at the top
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we are concerned we might end up with too much wine

Meanwhile the smallest feathered things are pushing their boundaries on the dining table
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and so are treated to their first Day Out
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Solo and the Muscovites are used to Days Out
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but are happy to catch the bucket back home for bed
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The latest additions to the main hen flock, a pair of Ambers, are almost feeling at home
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Floppy keeps an eye on things
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Following her meeting with Bert, Dinah has become more houseproud
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Also seen today:
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Meet me under the Willow bower

Following Lottie’s cunning ruse to get extra rations by pretending she was in pig we have a new breeding plan.

Bert
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comes from a distinguished bloodline, which he would like to pass on while he still can.
His last triste with Dinah produced two potential heirs, but neither of them was up to breed standard.
So today he had a chance to try again. First job was to clear up the feed that had enticed them in
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and then a meeting beneath the willow
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A brief moment of companionship
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and it was home for dinner.

Beneath the moon tonight
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the harvest continues to come home
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and we compare our produce with the prize winners at the local show
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