Three, Two, One

Three ducks a sitting

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These are the Adventurous Three, otherwise known as “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” who sit superciliously on the fence and then, one one’s back is turned, take off for a quick fly round. Clipping is scheduled for Saturday.

Two hens a pecking

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Well, obviously one is not a hen but a cockerel, and neither of them is actually pecking here. The cockerel is one of Gilbert and George, the two which keep this quite large flock in order. We had two cockerels with a flock before and used to remark how well they got on together. Until the day when they had the bloodiest of battles. This time, of course, it will be different. These two do have a larger number of hens to share… we will see. The hen is Honey, who is Top Hen. Just after this picture was taken she was observed standing stock still while one of her subordinates pecked blemishes out of her plumage. A few months ago she got stuck in a fence and cut her neck. You would think that would have set her back but she is fully restored and maintaining her dominance.

One pig a drooling

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Bert is ready for his dinner. He is now ten and a half years old and is living a life of leisurely retirement. We can empathise. Apart from the leisurely bit.

Borders and Barriers

The starlings flew in at the start of the month

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taking over as if this is their land

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which it is for these winter months.

Large flocks fly over to to roost but during the day they seem to split up the local territory – we have our Ash Tree Mob

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Each day, and in their annual movements, they are only restricted by their internal plans and plottings.

More domestic birds

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we try to enclose. Sometimes it doesn’t work

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Jessie

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thinks she is Borderless (“I am a Welsh sheepdog NOT a Border Collie”)

but we have made her one

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The Rabbits may be in their winter quarters

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but we have learned Rabbit/Jessie proximity is too stressful for both parties.

So the barrier goes round the house

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across the lawn

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down to the house

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and generally keeps the peace.

Last week we had action on our border

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replacing a fence to increase the width of our developing hedge corridor

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It maybe our border but for other living things it is a highway.

Post Script

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Seasonal Confusion

As Autumn

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merges into Winter

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our weather expectations have changed.

As Monty Don writes: “the bright cold crisp days are [now] the unexpected treat that all too rarely light up winter” instead we have “a succession of mild, grey, wet days strung like malevolent beads on winter’s thread.”

So tonight the temperature at Gribin Isaf is rising

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Earlier the cloud was rising too

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and the sun seeped through

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But the camellia is confused

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it has never flowered in November before

And this sparrow

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seems to be building a nest.

Bathing in the Sun

Yesterday the sun shone

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all day

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Filtering through the wood

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picking out the colours

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The Eucalyptus showed their faces

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etc

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The hens are on Solstice strike

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lots of food in – no eggs out

But the ducks take life more seriously

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keeping clean is the main occupation

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wash

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and brush up

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Get rid of the fluff

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and maybe lay a few eggs later on if we feel like it.

Uppity Ducks

Another drippy day

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Hard to distinguish the sheep from the fog

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Down in the Duck zone

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The Muscovy Ducks are thinking

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they should be up there too

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We are not ground ducks

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but tree ducks

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The first step

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Time for a bit of wing clipping – last time a Muscovy went a-roaming it led to a Bad End.

And it wasn’t down to the buzzard

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although she is watching

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As is the Goose

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Colourful November

As Autumn raspberries keep on coming

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we are surrounded by colour

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you just have to look carefully

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It seems to be a terrific year for fungi

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presumably the wet and warm of recent times suits them.

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The stinkhorn

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attracts in the flies to help disperse its spores

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Elsewhere, gold seems the main treasure

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Winter quarters

With the last apples picked

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and rain setting in

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It is time for the rabbits to leave their summer camp

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and move indoors (this picture was taken when the sun was shining – ie, not today)

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What has been added today is their kitchenette,

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for salad preparation

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and an indoor playpen to replace their summer exercise opportunities

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Rory tries it out

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