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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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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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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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Finding one’s way in the world

At this time we are surrounded by young birds, fresh from the nest. They stand out due to their fresh juvenile plumage and their naive behaviour

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A lot don’t make it. This Blue Tit was found sitting in the middle of a ground feeder with its head under its wing. It wasn’t sure how to feed itself and later that day it was dead

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Was it another case of becoming an orphan due to the Sparrowhawk?

Some young birds have no worries

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As they live in a hotel with all needs supplied

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One person went to mow…

Gribin Isaf has three quarters of an acre of grassland, last grazed by sheep fifteen months ago. Since then uncut, so grass is smothering wider diversity. Time to remove all that stored up nutrient and give space for other species.

If it takes one person a bit of time to mow a bit of grass how long does it take the same person to mow a lot of grass?

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Brutus watches, still wondering why he is the last piglet left

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he talks it over with Bert

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Lottie does not spend much time philosophising

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but Spot has been mediating on the meaning of life

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Floppy the Emperor

Having decided to downsize to one cockerel, and having said goodbye to the wonderful Shelia, today we brought all the hens under one rule

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Floppy could not believe his luck

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even though two of his flock were in the naughty box due to broody tendencies

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Lower Ducklings were also on the move

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needing more space to flex their wings.

As the new month develops there are hints of being over the top. A red tinge appears in hedges as the hazel blushes

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and we begin to stock up for the months ahead

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We don’t have pet rabbits as we don’t need them

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Meanwhile the birds around us have their tragedies

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and their delights

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11 – 6 = 5

Today Spot watched surreptitiously

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as her offspring settle down in their transport

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to set off

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for new homes.

Brutus is left behind

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and wonders why.

First stop and the two boar weaners need some persuasion to leave the trailer

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until they realise green stuff is available

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A further journey, into England, brings the four gilts to their destination

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a quiet field in deep rural Shropshire – with cutting room on site.

They seem to like it here

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Back at home Bert indulges in his favourite occupation

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While he waits for Bina

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and Lottie

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to grow up.