Semi-detached

It is the season where youngsters have been raised and sent out into the world – but remain under a watchful eye.

The young rabbit thinks this is how it should feed

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while mother looks on indulgently

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The young robin goes exploring

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while mother hopes for the best

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The young blackbird is slightly puzzled

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father is not impressed

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The young sparrow thinks that if it sits in the feeder, someone will feed it

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and the young blue tit

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and siskin

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hope for the best.

Meanwhile getting in the grass proceeds apace

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Some of our harvest today

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The Goodness of Grass

As the sun goes down on Gribin Isaf tonight the air is a abuzz with flying creatures

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and with the rumble of surrounding machinery.

This is because as the year came to life during the Spring the grass in the fields around us woke up and the neighbouring farmers were thankful that the sheep could feed themselves. As the year progressed the tide of growth rose up the hills until the sheep could follow it to the rough pasture up above. The lower fields were left to grow until the grabbed opportunity of a dry window when that goodness could be captured and stored for the dead season ahead. That is this weekend as across the valley patterns emerge

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and closer by strange machines loom over the hedgerows

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Drawn by the disturbance, opportunists arrive – buzzards, kites, and then a solitary gull

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Not to be outdone, our haymaking proceeds – although at a more leisurely pace

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Apple hunt

In the orchard

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there are droppings and thinnings

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good chance for an apple hunt

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Bert is not sure

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Lottie and Bina do want their main meal too

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Brutus would like dinner every hour

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and would also like his bed refreshed

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Meanwhile, the Rabbit Who Wants To Be a Pet poses for a 360 degree photo shoot

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Wigglying ones roots in the ground

Many years ago we visited an open day at our local Buddhist centre in the City (which has since moved here).  We bought a six inch tree in a pot – thereafter known as the Buddhist Tree.  In the City it stood in a pot in the back yard.  That pot travelled to Gribin Isaf in the removal van and has moved around the plot for the last eighteen months. This week it sunk its roots in the solid ground:

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It is here to stay

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spreading its goldeness

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Produce round up:

We have inherited many varieties of strawberries. As soon as one ends its fruiting, another starts

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We have a very well organised succession sowing radish system. This means if we don’t eat them for a week they do grow a bit – but perfect and devoid of slug nibbles

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Two rows of beetroot were sown, most came to nothing but it appears we do have one available

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We have been growing chard because it is pretty, but are not sure what to do with it next

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After last year’s fruitless weather the orchard looks a little more promising

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Lemons have tantalised us in the past, now they are tucked up in the polytunnel can they see it through?

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The first tomatoes are colouring up

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Like the lemons, last year the aubergines teased us, flowering and then wilting. Will it be different this year?

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Meanwhile the newt rests in the Green Room tank

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the guinea pigs practise ramp walking in their new home

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and the youngest ducks (who are not really -lings any longer) move to their evening quarters and line up for the bedtime bath

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Making Hay While The Sun Shines

Earlier this week we had summer – which was a bit stressful as it was hot.

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The problem is, if you make hay while the sun shines, then you get hot.

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Beetles frolic in the heat

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beans and courgettes are ready to eat

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The Rabbit that wants to be a pet is holding the duck fence to ransom

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and also brings a friend

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Mist and mizzle

For the last two days we have been moist. The air is full of dampness – mist, drizzle and fog. Not unpleasant. We feel a bit surrounded by mystery as things loom out of the whiteness

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All things have droplets

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The Rabbit That Wants To Be A Pet dines on the ground feeders

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and takes refuge under the car

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from where it eyes up the new guineapig run, wondering if it too can have one like that

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Young birds are still everywhere

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apart from where the female Sparrowhawk has visited

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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What do you do when a rabbit wants to be a pet?

What do you do when a rabbit wants to be a pet?

There are a number of rabbits around the plot but one is special

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it occupies the inner zone and continues about its business as we continue about ours.

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it waits to be let into the wood shed – but we don’t know what it does in there. Today it was seen doing a tour of the freezer shed.

Today it was laying up, at first outside, and then later inside a vacant hen run

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asking if it could use it as a home.

Meanwhile the Guinea Pigs watch apprehensively (mind you, they do everything apprehensively)

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as a new mobile home is fashioned

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The polytunnel is swelling

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aubergines, peppers and tomatoes

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In the greenhouse the chicks are striking poses

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and pushing their boundaries

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Down in the meadow, about 2% of the three-quarters of an acre have been mown

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the proceeds are being appreciated by Brutus

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Bina

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Spot

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and even Bert deigns to try a mouthful

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Down in the Valley the engine is watered

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and sets off with its happy load

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Essential life skill No 32

Essential life skill No 32 is Peening

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essential if two years of lodge upon thatch is to be cleared

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The chicks in the greenhouse are pushing their boundaries

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while developing their plumage

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including on the feet

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Elsewhere things are swelling

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Plenty for us, and for others

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