Bank Holiday Occupations

We have Bank Holiday weather

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lighting up the distant mountains

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sunlight filtering through

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The neighbouring cattle are venturing up the hill

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and Spot is sporting new ear furniture

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so time for Bank Holiday jobs…

(1) Rearranging our brick collection

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this does disturb frogs and beetles

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and attracts a lot of Robin interest

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(2) Scything the field

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this is not really a Bank Holiday job, more a July, August, September… job

(3) Preparing the Big Pond

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We also have to address the reality of livestock care: we don’t need many males

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his number one sidekick is a little askance

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but once she starts laying she will forget all about him.

Plus

The Buddhist tree seems happy now it has its toes in the ground

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the Nuthatch does a nose dive

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and we would like help in identifying this shrub

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Competitive horticulture

This summer we have been visiting the local shows and taking notes on categories where we might sweep the board next year.

We think we might have a chance in class 169

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We are contacting the relevant committees and suggesting a new class – longest hedgehog dropping

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Here is a roundup of some current produce which may or may not be suitable for competition:

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with the runner beans it is quantity, not quality as we have to eat this each day:

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On the pond front, the new one has its water level marked out

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the woodland pond can now relax in the shade

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and the little pond has bounty to give

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Ponds are like sheds because…

…you can never have too many.

We have a shady woodland pond

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but today the digger left

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leaving us with a way to take Brutus to his destiny

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a large pile of topsoil

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and…

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a pond hole.

Meanwhile, after many months of attentive care, we have a small aubergine

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Vet’s bills – phew…

This nightly visitor was obviously struggling compared with its companions

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Not a youngster but an overwintering hedgehog from last year that is not thriving – losing weight due to a bad case of worms. So a visit to the vet seemed in order.

A personal consultation and a course of drugs.

We have to pay

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Brutus is excited about getting weighed but has been worried about how he will leave the plot.

Today a solution starts to take shape

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Earthworks. Not just a way out for Brutus but a way in for frogs and newts as a large pond is fashioned.

We have been visiting local shows and are are measuring up our possible contributions

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We have lots of large tomatoes – the problem is they are mostly green

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a few are harvested today

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as are the broad beans

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Feeling the Rhythm

As we live the Gribin Isaf year the second time round we recognise the rhythm of the seasons. Right now it is the time when this year’s lambs go down the lane

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with encouragement

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for dipping or dagging or docking and then come up again

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pausing to enjoy the verges

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But all years are the same – each year is different…

last year the slugs had the beans – this year

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and each day we have to eat this

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Meanwhile we have company in the bottom field

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Grass life

We are learning a lot about grass. To our neighbour it is food. The next door field was stripped for silage and is now having nitrogen returned from the accumulated deposits of the indoor winter cattle who ate last years silage

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In contrast, we are trying to reduce the fertility of our field to give other plants a chance when competing against the all advancing grass community.

Beneath our grass, left uncut for over a year, there are hollows and caves – homes to frogs, toads, shrews and voles.

Today we find some rather lost juvenile voles. Have they lost their mother? This one might make it for itself

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but this one won’t

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Meanwhile here is today’s bean harvest

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we are interested in ideas for on-line bean selling….