A Summer Day

Things are hotting up here

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We did move to live at an altitude of 900 feet to avoid temperatures above 20 degrees, which are a bit inhibiting, so today was perfection.

The guest room is filling up

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as is the front of house

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facilities are in use

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Some guests come bringing the Favorite Flowers

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Others come  bringing gifts of roadkill

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Unusual to see a buzzard in this state, looked like a young one so perhaps lacking Green Cross Code training. We retain certain parts and the remainder is offered on the Tower of Silence

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However the Blackbirds are so spooked by this – distracted from their non-stop feeding trips to sound alarm calls from the tops – we remove it to the compost heap.

Among the guests an ecologist enthuses and advises on the woodland and meadow – and finds Field Mushrooms

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The Guests take off to the hilltop for a bit of wild swimming in The Three Lakes

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as the sheep return to the field for the Last Time.

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On each occasion that shearing is available down the lane, the whole population of the field – shorn, unshorn, lambs – go down  and then return with a few more ewes liberated into their summer coats. Now our field is done, we are told there are only 200 more to shear.

We have loads of lovely nettles

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but a worrying absence of butterflies. Today a solitary Red Admiral reconnoiters but without a companion ovipositing is out of the question

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Elsewhere on the plot today

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