On a High

A record high
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which, in deep December, brings mild still air and glowing twilights
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A couple of months ago the hedgehog population, not being able to predict this December warmth, settled down for the Big Sleep. There was one little hedgehog, weighing in at under 400g, that did not have the resources to last such a lengthy snooze.

We invited him in. He developed a cough. He visited the vet – worming and antibiotics. Then he became fixated on mealworms, rejecting all other food. Weight went down – then he worked out what was good for himself.

Today – 901g – he is now on a diet!
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and moving out of the guest room. (The red spikes are nail varnish we put on to identify him when we initially let him back out only to find he was not able to put on enough weight)

The grass is still growing and the sheep kneel in appreciation
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Floppy just hopes his attentions are appreciated
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Lucky, from the twinkle in his eye, knows that his are
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Dinah is above appreciation
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and the Nuthatch doesn’t care
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A walk round the plot today reveals these wonders
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Christmas decorations

Wandering round the plot today it is easy to see natural decorations superior to any people could devise
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Plus we have the Robin
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and the two turtle-tits
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Floppy would like to audition as a solitary partridge
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and Fleur and Fred would like to declare themselves available
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Meanwhile Dinah enjoys the dry weather
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and, as always, the Starlings gather
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and blend
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also, as always, the Dryads bide their time
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:
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Short Days

Even with the return of sunlight today
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days are short.

So from dawn
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to moon-rise
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everyone has to keep busy.

The starlings take off at first light
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and fill the day with feeding
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and preening
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Smaller birds don’t have much time to pause
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from the full time job of eating… and avoid being eaten as when the Sparowhawk swooped through the feeders this lunchtime.

The ducks spend a lot of time trying to look beautiful
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and the neighbour’s sheep spend their time walking up and down the lane
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Bert spends quite a bit of time drooling
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for his dinner and also for Dinah next door, who is more interested in spending time making her bed
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(knowing that Bert has already done his duty)

Rose is not quite sure what time is
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It is well known that Wales tends to be short of rain but at long last the new pond is full
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and work starts on channeling overflow to the adjoining bog area

Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:
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Fog. Mist. Drizzle

The weather at Gribin Isaf over the last few days has been mainly like this
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It has been quite interesting deciding at which times we are experiencing Fog
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When it is Mist
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And when Drizzle
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All these states seem to bring a general moistness
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and when combined with the mild still air provide perfect Robin feeding conditions
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Of course this is all water off a pig’s back to Dinah
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and Bert retires to make his bed
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Patience

23 months on the plot and we have learned the necessity of preparing and waiting.

We are burning wood we felled a year ago

We are using horse manure we brought on site a year ago, while we store away what will be needed next year:
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One cycle has only started, so we are looking forward to Christmas – 2017
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