Cool sheep and warm sparrows

The sheep go down the lane and come back up a little thinner

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When we first arrived the house sparrows did not venture up here. As the news spread that we were indeed a house they started to move in. Now we have fledglings all over the place

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Our neighbour resowed his field next to us last year and after it started to fatten his lambs he is looking forward to the silage

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The air is full of insects – and the blackbird’s evening song

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Earlier he, and the magpies, alerted us to a skulking fox – signalling early bed for the ducks.

We have strange growths on this conifer

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and encouraging flowers on the beans

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and luscious leaves on the lily

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It has been a long day…

and it is not over yet, as the light hangs in the night time air
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some people may think that the year peaks later, but all around us the message is that this solstice marks the beginning of the end. The air is full of fledglings with attendant parents thinking job almost done. Growing things are nearing maturity – although maybe not the celeriac
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or aubergines
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but Jerusalem Artichoke is going for it
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Courgettes are burgeoning
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berries swelling
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Meanwhile the Lower Field has a wash stand
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and we are developing a pigtail barometer – if it is muddy then rain is happening
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Bert is broody, making a nest of rough branches
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The chicks from our own eggs are looking perky
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The Vehicle went for an MOT – we picked it up and were told all was well but there was a nest on the spare wheel:
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Having had a weekend visitation we have cut flowers
These are permeating the house with delicious aroma
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and these are a result of cutting back to allow light to enter the visitor room
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Does floppy know he might be the Last Cockerel Standing
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The ducks divert the hose to provide themselves with a shower
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Water Lily of the day
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Rose of the day:
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The Old and the New

A family visit brings four generations under the Gribin Isaf roof today

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It would be fascinating to know how many generations these walls have sheltered.

Elsewhere today..

The captive and the free share the same grass

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Lunch is satisfactorily home grown

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The Siskins don’t make a fuss

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Eleven more mouths to feed

We had fifteen eggs in the incubator – mainly from our own hens. A little while back we had a broody so we gave two to her which she promptly ate. Of the remaining thirteen, eleven have hatched out:

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So the lower ducklings have been pushed out from the brooder to make room

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The swallow has its nest perched on the snow shovel wedged into the wood shed roof – hope we don’t need it this month

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This is what happens when Spot gives the special grunt from the comfort of her wallow

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Brutus is first on the scene

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and after a quick hello

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he gets down to businesss

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then there are two

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three

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four

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five

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six

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and seven

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Growing Up

In the incubator tonight a motley batch of eggs from own hens starts to hatch

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This has implications, as tomorrow they will need the brooder currently used by Lower Ducklings. They will have to move next door to the house occupied by Middle Ducklings so they have to move in with Great Ducks. At first they sit by themselves

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while the Dominant Trio show nonchalance

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Later they all find themselves inside the same run

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Meanwhile we are surrounded by fledglings also growing up. This Great Tit lands on the peanut feeder for the first time

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He can see the peanuts buts needs to have a bit of a think

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before working out how to get inside

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and eat his fill

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Not a good day to leave home for the first time

This shows the rain that fell here in the first week of June

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and now for the second week

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so even though the moon managed to peep through this evening

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today was not a good day to leave home for the first time

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as the last of our nearest Blue Tit brood did this morning

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At first it kept falling out of various trees and had be be replaced. At the end of the day it was still in evidence and had been fed so maybe it will last into its second day.

This young Nuthatch decided where it would shelter

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Since the rain had flattened some of the comfrey it seemed a good time to prepare a brew for the tomatoes

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ready in three weeks

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Flaming June

The rain is back

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The mud is back

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Making it not a good time to take your first flight

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For the time being food will still be delivered

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Same is true in the Flytacher box

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and at this Blue Tit box further down the plot

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Some creatures take advantage of the moistness

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This visitor always looks as if flying is a bit of a bother as he plods across the gravel

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heading towards the bird ground feeders

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but seeing he has competition

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he changes his mind

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Bert watches

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while a bedding top up is delivered

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Spot just wants her dinner

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and her babies are more interested in solid food

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