Waning moon, Rising ducks

As the sun sets over Gribin Isaf tonight

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casting its glow into our wood

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and the just-past-full moon rises, a little late, a little flushed

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The elder ducks are shedding fluff and trying to take on an adult sheen

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Meanwhile the younger ducks look out, thinking of the future

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Round in the chicken run, cockerels Shelia

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and Fanny

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have negotiated a joint agreement as to the management of their harem

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The Buddhist Acer, a Sheffield refugee, basks in the last September glow

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under the embrace of the long-established Ash

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which although being the last tree to leaf is prematurely shedding green tresses, which the rabbits nibble and carry away

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As the sun sets over Gribin Isaf tonight

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and the Waxing Gibbous moon gets close to full

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we are enjoying this high pressure moment, which saw near twenty degrees this afternoon but frost crystals on the meadow grass this morning

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For some reason the neighbouring cattle came to visit this morning

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and then a Red Kite dropped by

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was it eyeing up the young ducks below who were investigating their new living accommodation

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Unlike hens, who are always curious to explore new stimuli, the ducks seem over cautious about anything new

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Bert and Spot don’t really do caution.  Their modus operandi mainly consists of getting excited about food, getting excited about each other, chilling – and repeat.

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Nothing as satisfying as 18 holes

Right now, there is nothing as satisfying as having achieved 18 holes:

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each one thirty inches deep and containing a concreted in ground pole which will support the forthcoming polytunnel  through all the possible gales and storms of the next twenty years.

Meanwhile, the second generation ducklings seem a little frisky.  They have a nice cosy brooder to nestle beneath but they seem to prefer to spend time on top of it:

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Big duck in a small pond – small duck in a big pond

When the four ducks (we have to call them ducks now, even though they are still mostly fluffy, so as to differentiate them from the ducklings which live on the dining table) got into their paddling pool they did really have to sit (float) still as they took up all the space.  So it was time to upgrade to something a bit bigger

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They were excited but a little perplexed as how to gain entry

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They had to examine the situation from all angles

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and eventually, with the help of a stepping stone

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the two brightest entered leaving their siblings still slightly puzzled

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Getting to the bottom of things

At the end of last week we were quite pleased having dug nine three-foot deep holes and concreted in the ground posts for one side of the polytunnel.  So this week the other side should follow in the same way… Except that the slight slope of the land proved to equal a nine inch increase in height, ie a nine inch increase in the depth of holes.  It was hard getting to the bottom of it:

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Other bottoms today:

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Here is advice about underweight autumn hedgehogs:

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But not much point in us ringing 01584 890 891, we have to do it ourselves… maybe with a small sigh as hoglet number 15 stumbles across our path tonight.  The spare room is FULL.

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It has been a tough day for Bert

As the sun sets over Gribin Isaf tonight

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Bert is probably glad to be back in his home.

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he has had a stressful day as Spot has been in season

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all all they have been able to do is kiss through the fence

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More problematical proximities for the poultry.

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We really wanted a Speckled Sussex cockerel and here he is, in the foreground, Floppy with his two lady friends. The problem is, the main chicken community already includes two cockerels – Shelia and Fanny who were both so adorable they have come to be fixtures – and, rather surprisingly, best friends. It seems highly unlikely they will accept a rival but in a desperate attempt to integrate Floppy he was today moved to this position close by the others.

By the end of today we had put in the place the ground posts for one side of the poytunnel – nine three-foot deep holes dug and posts concreted in.  Only the other side – nine more – needed before exciting construction can commence

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