It’s bit warm up here

Eh up, we didn’t choose to come and live at this altitude in order to have to put up with things like this:

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The Small Animals have to leave The Small Animal Shed to take a fresh air breather

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The Youngest Of All

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get their first taste of grass and take this as an invitation to start exploring the outside world

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The lane approaching The Plot is sunken between high banks.  For the last hundred metres one side is a ten foot high near vertical south facing edifice. If it was a site for solar panels I am sure it would power  a small village – as it is, an ever-changing network of flora absorbs the energy to grow, blossom and then give way to the following wave. Today the star performers include honeysuckle

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Trefoil

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and assembled cast

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But on the other side of the bank a melodrama is being enacted.  If I say melodrama I am sure you think Blackbird. This pair, having had their previous brood taken from the nest by The Magpie, set up home Number 2 a few yards away  in thick bushes.  In spite of the young being very loud they survived the nest to fledge early today. Dispersed they might be a little safer. One sits in the bushes

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while another, rather unhelpfully, disappears into a huge plant pot

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from which it can’t easily get out or receive food from its parents.

Magpies cruise round, a competing male Blackbird advances threateningly, and of course the parents kick up a major fuss.

We remove fledgling from plantpot, keep watch on Magpie scaring duties, and hope for the best.

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