Moving house

After sixty days of lovingly bringing up her babies (apart from tossing them in the air so she could eat their food) Spot today moved on to her own house (actually a house that Bert vacated a while ago

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She was given a choice – did she want to stay with her litter or follow a feed bucket. She neither ummed or ahhed

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For the first time, the youngsters could eat unhurriedly

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Bert looked on

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The hen chicks also moved house – into the greenhouse

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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It has been a bit wet…

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and the fledgling Great Tits have been struggling

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The swallows are better off – still snug in their nest

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There have been evening gaps in the clouds

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In some areas dampness causes swelling

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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One does not move pigs by force

By the end of the week we need to:

– Separate Spot from her offspring
– (But keep one of the litter with her)
– Persuade four out out the remaining six to enter a trailer
– Encourage the other two to go off with a strange man

When we look at this lot

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we realise this will require encouragement and guidance so we starting to get the latter in place:

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Lottie knows she is not under threat

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Around us nests are vacated but youngsters are still acting incapable

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This blackbird has to stock up on snail

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Overhead the Raven does not stoop to such indulgence

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Left the nest but still dependent

As the low sun slants over the opposite hillside tonight

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the fledgling woodpecker knows that the way to get food is to sit in the feeder

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where one’s parent does not have to go far to feed you

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hoping they will put their beak down your gullet

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But parent thinks that is too easy

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Fledgling is left to understand the feeder

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while parent feeds elsewhere

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Down in the field Bert is slightly put out

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he thinks other beings are about

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he is probably right

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We can agree as we have sheep in the house

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It is hot – we are feeling continental

The pig tail barometer:
A double curl means hotter than normal

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and a sign of blue skies

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This is corroborated by the Bert facial mudpack index

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we are still working on the Spot Nasal Hair indicator

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as she currently has to put up with this

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Earlier Bert decided to barricade himself in his house

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he definitely wants to Remain

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Natural hedgehog food – beetles, worms – are in abundance in this warm damp weather but they still think it worthwhile turning up at the bowls

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This post-solstice weekend draws a traditional gathering so preparations are being made

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the facilities also have the traditional reading matter

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Meanwhile the tree-creeper tree creeps

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Bringing up babies can ruin your outfit

Well into night time and the light still ricochets across the field

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The Blackbird still sings but most birds just want to roost after a frantic day of chasing fledglings round the plot.

This robin is finding nursery duties a bit debilitating

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Elsewhere today the leeks are planted out

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as is celeriac

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and the broccoli

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Lottie and Bina enjoy some pruned hazel

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Upon the hill the bull has a little sit down as the sheep mix with the calf nursery

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When Spot left her winter enclosure it was barren and deeply rutted – now it is growing new life forms

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