Let’s pretend it is Spring – just for one day

The skies cleared
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the sun shone, the temperature rose – real shirt-sleeves and wellies weather
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Bert did a bit of sunbathing and then had to have a mud-bath to cool off
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And we nearly had a fatality in the new pond
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fortunately, due to the sun, the spider could be rescued with a long cow parsley stem and hung out to dry

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Living in your subject

Just received this
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In one piece Wendell Berry writes about the failed construction of a pond:
“The ground grew heavy with water, and soft. The earthwork slumped; a large slice of the woods floor on the upper side slipped down into the pond.” and the trauma of causing damage to the land: “too much power, too little knowledge.”

It is indeed a big responsibility to alter the contours, rearrange the soil, making changes that may well exist in some form for many years ahead.

Today we made progress on blending our interference with the surroundings
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Wendell Berry says: “I no longer ‘go to work.’ If I live in my place, which is my subject, then I am ‘at’ my work even when I am not working. It is ‘my’ work because I cannot escape it.”

When life and place and work become one – that is contentment indeed.

It also means you are at work in time to see this in the morning
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The whole of the Wendell Berry piece referred to, and Paul Kingsnorth’s introduction to the book, can be found here.

Infiltrators

The usual Starling flocks circle around us today
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But the colour looks wrong – flashes of pale among the normal black and gold
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Looking closer, there are infiltrators
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Fieldfares
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and Redwing
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Also today, through the kitchen window:
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Meanwhile the Broccoli is sprouting
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the Chard is glowing
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the Salad is growing
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the hotbed is expanding
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and colour is peeping up all around
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Don’t feed pigs by hand, and other wise sayings.

If you hand feed pigs
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they might think
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that hands are associated with food
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and get the two mixed up
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unless you have pigs with the intelligence of Bert
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Wise saying number 2: Don’t count your starlings…
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…before they have flown
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(and don’t count them afterwards either)
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Meanwhile, the Lake is continuing to be naturalised
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bringing grass and soil to the edge
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where, once the temperatures rise, the grass will blend with the water
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Bringing in some natural forms
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and getting new perspectives on others.
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Don’t believe what they tell you about the future

Don’t believe what they tell you about the future, or maybe it is not you they know about.

We were forecast blanket fog
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But they did not mean us, they meant the valley below. We rose above such things and the sun shone through.
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We decided best to keep our heads down and, using the wonderful Leveraxe,
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prepare for next winter
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But the gloom would not come so we gave in and decided to start moving plants into the Lake
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Humph, is that what you call snow?

Weather warnings flash across the screen – wind, ice, snow…
And all we get is this
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We live in the golden west of course, so we have to be grateful when we get a token of winter:
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The pigs don’t even notice
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The hens just peck the white corn along with the yellow corn
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Inside the tunnel
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The three week old hotbed still has a heart well above 40 degrees
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and keeps the surface above twelve
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enough for germination of salad batch number two
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and also to encourage alien growths
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A Monochrome Day

Things have been a bit black and white here today
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Flurries of snow passing through; dull cloud blanking out variations in light.

The starlings become silhouettes
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The salad seedlings are biding their time
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Zenith is relishing its potential
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Calories lie in wait
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But the Hazel defies the mood to wave a flag for the future
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