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
and recycled to the pig zone
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
which they go exploring…
…with Solo in the rear.
As fruits are harvested – bubbling increases. Damsons are fermenting
and plums lie in waiting
For some time, Solo and the Three Muscoveers have been commuting daily
between their night time shelter
and day time hutch
Today it is time to move on.
First we need a gate capable of enclosing Muscovies
They have to wait outside the back door for a bit
Then their new 24 hour home is ready
(note Floppy keeping an eye on things)
Meanwhile today we think of the best way to use quite a lot of plums
and enjoy this
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
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
and interesting tails
Solo is jealous
Other brightness comes from today’s rainbow
and a new lamp for the Guest Caravan
On several recent days we have witnessed a rainbow spectrum spread across the horizon
Is it the September azimuth or just the fact that currently the air is saturated round here?
A Nuthatch, Goldfinch and Siskin reckon they can display their own spectrum
While the Coaltit champions a more subdued palette
Our neighbours suggest browns and blacks can be equally gorgeous