Ah, this is what Winter should be like

As the snow settles on Gribin Isaf tonight

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We are not sure whether to mourn the loss of double-digit temperatures (and non-stop gales and torrential rain) or embrace the crisp coldness that is to come…

When the weather is arriving from the North we can see it from afar

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although sometimes it veers off and goes down the valley.

The pre-dusk feeding frenzy is building up

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as we become aware that leaves on branches are now a thing of the past

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As the chickens’ quarters deteriorate to the level of the pigs’ we prepare a winter run

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While for one young hen thinks it is still Spring as she lays her first egg

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Changing weather, Changing climate

These days we are all primed to recognise climate changes when we are probably just seeing the normal ups and downs of what can happen during our normal seasons.  We can see the true harbingers of the future in  global changes while here at Gribin Isaf we know that so far this month of November has been very wet, very windy and very mild – is this unusual or has it happened before?

The sky continues to provide a succession of displays

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But the real business of this season is happening below our feet, as things drop down to meld with the mixture below

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Amongst all the livestock the ducks seem most impervious to changes

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The Guineas have moved sheds

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and seem to feel at home

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Half Time Break

For the first half of November it has rained solidly and the forecast seems to indicate the same for the second half.  But today it did not rain (much). In fact at times the sun shone

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Lighting up ducks that previously appeared black

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Not only did it rain but it also galed.  Trees are now bare

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and on the ground are leaves that should not be there

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The wind stripped the hanging bark from the eucalyptus leaving fresh skin below

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The unexpected sun drew our eye to hidden detail

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PS for Phil.  I (accidentally) discovered how to  get that netting really taut on the new hen run panels
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Hanging on to Abigail’s hem.

As Storm Abigail concentrates on the Highlands her peripheral flounces cut through the sullen greyness

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they whip the Eucalyptus tops

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as the last leaves are stripped away

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building up the richness below

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and only lichen can still hold tight to the branches

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Rents in the sky let through the light

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Whatever the weather certain residents go about their normal routines

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Another moist November day

Today we have the normal visitors:

The hens from up the lane come to eat the bird food
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The pheasants come to show off in front of the cockerels
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And the rabbit just comes to pose
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Meanwhile the resident ducks do a tour of their paddling pools… the small one
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then the big one
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Water permeates
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and making the hen run extension becomes a race against time before the hens grow webbed feet and join the ducks
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