Taming the beast

We have spent a lot of time and effort taming the Beast in the corner of the kitchen

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We have experimented with every combination of dials, levers and sliding dampers; we have purged its channels and changed its seals. We have mastered overnight banking.  At last we thought we had its behaviour under control.

Then this morning, as light revealed the snow-topped mountains.

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it sulked and scowled, spewing smoke from every crevice. We thought we would let it burn out and then investigate but as carbon monoxide alarms shrilled more insistently we resorted to two buckets of water in the firebox.

The autopsy showed a damper box completely blocked by tar lumps

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in spite of being cleaned out only two days ago – we wondered if lumps had fallen from the chimney lining.

By the end of the day, as the moon moved through the ash,

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all was cleaned out and the dragon breathed again

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Dreaming of making hay

As the sun rose this morning

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lighting up the northern hills

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and as the ducks started their normal round of activity

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and the woodpecker tried to eat a whole fatball

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the postman brought a strange parcel

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which we carefully unpacked

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and examined

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Last year we failed to get anyone to mow the meadow.  This year we won’t need anyone else (although, as you will have just seen, ours is obviously not a single grip snath):

Creeping chill

The temperature is falling

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and snow is in the air

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was the red sky this morning a shepherd’s warning?

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But the sun keeps sneaking through in unexpected ways.  Picking out local hills

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and projecting trees onto shed doors

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We spend time cleaning and sharpening garden tools

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and the ducks spend time pushing their boundaries

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each day they range a little further, popping up all over the place

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and so far they are the only living creatures here that seem upbeat whatever the weather.

Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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The Year Rolls On

Into the second week of the New Year and Christmas is left behind

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At the end of the afternoon, a few more minutes of daylight can be detected – especially if there is a patch of blue sky

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between the sweeping rain

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There are many mysteries here.  One of the most mysterious is why do ducks sometimes move as a group and at other times in equally spaced single file

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We continue to get a lot of pleasure from our stumps

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even if some of them seem to be keeping an eye on us

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There has been an increase in bird activity of late

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Gribin Woodpecker

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Meanwhile Fred enjoys her dinner

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