Brutus boxed

Most days the sun finds an early morning opportunity to slip in beneath the clouds
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and then as the waning moon hovers above
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and the morning light
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spotlights nipple mountain
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the hens lift themselves from the frost below
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to catch the low-angled warmth
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Floppy stands guard
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while secretly admiring the plumage
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Then we are off to the very excellent D & J Thomas and Sons
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to collect Brutus
59.2 kg of cuts
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203 sausages
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and
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Tornado!

Yesterday started benignly
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and then just before midday the wind did this
gust

It must be true because the BBC says so
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It whistled through
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The electricity cut out, the neighbours rallied round

and we had a strange assortment of misalignment
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Undercover of this drama the surrounding hordes sent in a spy
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Bluetits watched askance and then today, just because it is a bit chilly in the hills
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we have a takeover
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Frost creeps in: Strength in numbers

As the rose on its ladder of thorns hangs in the gallery of frost
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and the steam’s coming off the boundary
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we muse on the solitude of strength as the starlings command the field
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and then take the only tree that’s left
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as the buzzard is pursued by the armies of a dark regime
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the last starling, like a knight from some old fashioned book
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takes to the Ash to preen and sing.

Meanwhile the nuthatch has a nut
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The tup has a friend
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and the sun will rise tomorrow
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Life goes on

It is nearly four weeks since Dinah came to Gribin Isaf. A few days later she was keen to get a little closer to Bert but wasn’t really up to the experience.  Today she wanted to try again.

We created a suitable space, away from soft ground, next to Lottie and Bina.  Dinah’s first job was to give them a good sniff

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When Bert arrived she shifted her attentions. The loudest pig noises in this video are Lottie and Bina providing encouragement.

But all went well

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So around March 4th next year Gribin Isaf should see the arrival of the first pedigree Saddleback litter.

20° is good

…and we don’t mean temperature…

sun altitude

…but the highest altitude the sun reached today.

Which means we were treated to exciting lighting effects all day:

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And Brutus too, hopefully enjoyed the light

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as he went on his last journey

journey

to Market Street