Six Hedgehogs

As the sun sets over Gribin Isaf tonight

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our evening meal is overlooked by jealous sheep outside

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and interested ducklings inside

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Meanwhile, outside six hedgehogs enjoy their dinner (we can only show four of them here)

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As it is Bank Holiday Monday it is only right that our thoughts turn to winter.  Working out how to frost-proof the new water supply

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and putting some vegetable plots to bed

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But also, thinking even further ahead we prepare the ground for another polytunnel having realised gardening is probably best done indoors

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Being responsible for a community of chickens is very complicated.  We wanted a Speckled Sussex cockerel, hearing they were friendly, and Floppy is growing into that role

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The problem is, he is still corralled as one of the youngest while in the Main Enclosure cockerels Shelia and Fanny are, in cooperation, ruling the roost.  Plus they are both very friendly.  Can Floppy ever have a role?

Pethau eraill ar y tyddyn heddiw

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Caring for Big Things

As the sun goes down tonight

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we are getting used to the fact that the hens need shutting up for the night, the guineas need their supper, the ducklings are safe as they are back on the dining table after their first outdoor experience

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but we presume Spot

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and Bert have put themselves to bed.

They have had their dinner

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and Spot has had her postprandial tummy rub

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(not sure that Bert would appreciate that)

so we presume they are safely in bed – one thing for sure; they don’t need protection from foxes.

Pethau eraill ar y tyddyn heddiw

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The Arrival of Bert

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He had been away from his former holding visiting some lady friends and arrived direct from there in need of a bit of respite. He took a little persuasion to enter his new home

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but was keen to start exploring

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Spot mooned at him through the fence but he initially ignored her

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Before deigning a brief greeting

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She was content to admire him from her viewpoint

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We feel the weight of responsibility of being the carers of creatures bigger than ourselves

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It seems a liitle different from drying ducklings’ tummies

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and helping baby hedgehogs

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Spot Day

Spot has officially moved

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She had never left her previous holding, having been born there, and found the journey a bit stressful

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But as soon as she walked out of the trailer and into her new home

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and was given a guided tour

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she started to make herself at home

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investigating the wood

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testing the water

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starting to root around

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and testing the tummy tickling skills of her new custodians

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Too soon it is time for goodbyes

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Other animal developments today:

Duckling bathtime includes a broccoli sprinkling for the first time

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and the rabbits are surrounding us with a pincer movement

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Pig Day Minus 1

The torrential rain of yesterday drained away and this morning mist drifted up from below

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For Pigling Bland it went like this:

“And remember,” said I impressively, “if you once cross the county boundary you cannot come back. Alexander, you are not attending. Here are two licenses permitting two pigs to go to market in Lancashire. Attend Alexander. I have had no end of trouble in getting these papers from the policeman.” Pigling Bland listened gravely; Alexander was hopelessly volatile.

I pinned the papers, for safety, inside their waistcoat pockets; Aunt Pettitoes gave to each a little bundle, and eight conversation peppermints with appropriate moral sentiments in screws of paper. Then they started.

Now it is all done on line

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New home awaits

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The second brood swallow chicks are overflowing their slight nest; magpies lurk outside and have to be regularly moved on.

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Pethau eraill ar y tyddyn heddiw

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Pig Day Minus Two

Almost ready for Spot, just got to put some preservative on her house

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Then the dark skies gush forth

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and wash it all off again.

At least it shows the wallow hole holds water

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as does the phone line repair hole

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which does need covering up before Bert comes rooting.

Later things clear a little

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and Spot’s house can be positioned

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Elsewhere on the plot today

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