Planning ahead

One exciting part of this time of year is seeing the preparations that are taking place for Spring. Trees show the buds for next year’s leaves even while shedding those from this summer. Birds, having had their late summer rest, are establishing territories and, as in the case of these wagtails, forging matrimonial agreements
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One suspects the Guineas don’t have the same foresight. Today they move into their winter quarters – a room with a view
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:
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Moving in, moving out.

Last night, under cover of darkness, the five pullets we raised from our own eggs were moved into the main hen house. In the morning they formed a caucus in the corner
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while Floppy looked on
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The Guineas will be shortly moving out of their summer quarters (known as the lawn mover)
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and, like the neighbour’s cattle, will be moving Indoors for the duration.

This drake had to move indoors briefly today for a leg ring change and afterwards had to violently wash off the human contact
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Dinah is not yet too sure about where she has moved into but deigns to enjoy some fresh cut grass
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while Bert looks on
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We hope some small things are starting to move into the slowly filling pond
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:
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At the end of the rainbow…

Yesterday we went way down South to the remarkable home of the Gwyndy Herd. Through the fading light we travelled back North, through rainbow arches as the rain lashed behind us.

This morning we awoke to our own rainbows
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and a new inhabitant
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Gwyndy Dinah 3 – a mature experienced round the block sow – litters, had them; shows, been to them; and a match for Bert, who is ready and waiting
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Decay is new life

As the carbon dragged out of the air during the past months is consigned to the earth
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The agents of decay set to work
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The neighbouring cattle pay us a final visit
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before being marched down the lane to their winter quarters.

Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Animals should definitely not wear clothing

We are on the roller-coaster of sunset times, swooping down before the precipitous fall of the clock change
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All around us adjustments are taking place:

Hedgehogs weigh in for the winter bout
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However the consensus is
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Following advice from the vet Aunt Homily tried to help out the Guineas
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They did not comply and quickly shed the protection.

We were beguiled by a mysterious sound of running water. It was a composite of the wind in the brittle sycamore leaves and the punctuation of occasional ones hitting the ground
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Some trees seem intent on bypassing the tiresome process of changing colour and are quietly shedding leaves when no one is looking.

Fruits keep on giving
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Although more ripening is hoped for
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A couple of our favourite tastes
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Not sure when this one will be ready
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Courgettes still flower with vain optimism
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and the broccoli jungle looms
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Amid the end of year fruits
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is the promise of next year’s fertility
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while the world of fungi always thrives
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So as we enjoy the Scandinavian High
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which deposits any rain in the deserving East, leaving us high and dry
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we enjoy the evening sun
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along with one escaped pullet
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one basking duck
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and the neighbouring bullocks
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