Near the turning

In 48 hours the year will turn and minute by minute day light will start stretching out again to claim a little bit more of each day.

Tonight the moon rises later and fuller

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through a clear sky, following a day of only partial cloud

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Today the greenhouse is cleared of expended strength

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ready to be cleansed and polished ready to let the light of the new year bring energy to those within.

Life is ready to spring

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but also ready to hold its breath if the wolf of frost calls the time.

The seasoned ones keep an eye on things

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While elsewhere life waxes and wanes

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December growth

As dinner takes shape at Gribin Isaf

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Outside we have some growing things

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And some things that grew earlier

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And some other things

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Broody tantrums

As the lights land on Gribin Isaf today

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we give a pig a nice new way of getting tasty hay

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and ask is she grateful? Well, sort of

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but she wants to do it her way

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Spot doesn’t see the problem

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and we think she has not got enough to do.  She may not know we are on vulva watch

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on the countdown to that juicy moment when Bert

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will be allowed access.

Meanwhile, the latest import of horse manure is left stranded in our neighbour’s field

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moving it back, or forth, will chew up too much grazing – so there it rests.

And now for today’s collection of stumps:

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Signs of Spring?

As we near the end of this day and as we approach the solstice, outside this house, nearly 1000 feet above sea level, the air temperature is over ten degrees.  We all know about the distinction between weather and climate but it does concentrate our minds on this:

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Meanwhile the ducks think it is time to make babies

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and blooms are popping up

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This plant

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is having fun growing new bits

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as last year’s growth recedes and decays

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Some glimpses of blue in the sky today

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Spot knows her time is coming as she is nose

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to tail

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with Bert

Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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All we need is a pedigree herd

As the new moon rises over Gribin Isaf tonight

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we have a Pedigree Herd Prefix and Pedigree Herd Designation Letters

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All we need is a pedigree herd

Spot stands no chance

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but Bert reckons he has a pedigree which we are still trying to unravel.

A rare glimpse of blue sky today

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as recently we have been wet, foggy, wet, wet and wet – although warm. And thanks to that warm, moist tropical maritime air mass spreading in from the south west (apparently) we have snowdrops developing rapidly

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The chickens have been on a seven-day worming pellets-no corn-or-treats regime which had left them very miffed, so today they concentrated on their afternoon corn with determination

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and then pause to watch the ducks go by

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on their inspection round

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And now for today’s collection of stumps:

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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