A Lovely morning for a bath

It is very hard to have a decent bath when the soil is soggy but a couple of days of sun makes it possible to create a bit of dust. And when you have been in confined quarantine for so long it is particularly pleasurable

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The new arrivals follow suit

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Meanwhile, there are squatters in the Owl Box

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they will have to be evicted

and a pair of Dunnocks flirt in the sycamore

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Lambs lambs everywhere

As the near-full moon arches over Gribin Isaf tonight

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we are surrounded by lambs and it is quite hard work. They seem to end up on the opposite side of a fence to their mother and have to be returned – plus, they keep asking to have their photo taken

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The greenhouse is filling up with growing things

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tonight the aubergines are out of the propagator for the first time so they need their night-caps

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Spot is now on single digit count down

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Bert keeps himself to himself

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11 days to go

Spot is feeling heavy

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And is a bit tetchy, making increasing demands of her maternity quarters. We had provided ventilation, but she demanded hatches in case the wind blew strong

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We had provided automatic water but she had demanded mud protection

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Other animals just get on with life

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This drake, following the UPS carnage, had to take on top duck responsibilities.  This includes checking peoples shoe-laces

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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The lambs are getting bolder

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and the moon is getting bigger

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The Lamb Gang

The Lamb Gang is coming

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and going

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before being rounded up to come home

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for tea

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ready to settle down for the night

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in the evening sun

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when the hen pheasant comes for her tea

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as the light fades

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and the blackbird sings evensong

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and the moon rises

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Earlier today Pippin 1, who has been in purdah due to an eye infection,

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went on a walk to visit her sibling

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which seemed to result in sibling rivalry

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A Walk in the Countryside

Every year or so we go for a walk in the countryside

Down the lane

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look at the waterfall

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enjoy the tranquility of the stream

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admire the wild strawberries flowering in the hedgerow

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and twenty minutes later we are home again.

The tyre obsessed Blackbird started work again this morning

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until we needed to go out

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This evening she was seen taking moss and mud to a more suitable spot.

Meanwhile Aubergines are germinating

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and the solitary swallow is singing encouragement for his mate to hurry up

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Rabbit starts doing sensible rabbit things in the wood

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and later decides to pass by to browse our primroses

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Mobile homes and inexperienced mothers

This morning the local garage came to take our car to be looked at. Meanwhile they left their car here.

Shortly afterwards we had a visit from someone else and within minutes a blackbird was transporting mud and twigs to start building a nest on one of the tyres [tyre-nest number 1]

Within an hour the visitors left. The blackbird turned its attention to the garage car [tyre-nest number 2]

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Our car was retuned and the mechanic took his away (without nest)

We went out, leaving our car at home, and returned to find tyre-nest number 3 on our car

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Spot just lies there

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knowing someone else is doing the hard work for her

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Today she is pleased to see the addition of a modesty curtain and the beginning of decoration in the colour she asked for – “my favouite paint is mud coloured – dark rich mud”

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