Selective reporting

Today – heavy rain, mist and cloud until noon; end of the afternoon the temperature drops and sleet beats on the roof.

But we take out the camera during the brief spell when the sun shines…

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Capturing the wind on camera can be unrewarding
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Here is another attempt:

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Meanwhile, we continue our experiment with geometric salad
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Ne’er cast a clout…

At this time of year (ie March to May) we know that when the sun shines, the mud dries and the spirits lift it is only a temporary state.

Next day the wind can whip through
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and piglets line up in the warm
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Water plants battered but resilient
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Rain runs off the trees
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New life and hanging mist
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While hints and promises are glimpsed
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Inside the polytunnel is another world where geometric salad planting can progress
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Strawberries evacuated from the polytunnel site have been relocated
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And broccoli, sown ten months ago, is now producing
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Meanwhile, the hotbed, currently not in use, has decided on its own crop
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Sunshine!

From Dawn to Dusk
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Dinah takes a few moments in the sun
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as respite from
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Much water has to be drunk
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Bert tries sunbathing too
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But it is all a bit much and he has to take to the mud instead
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Expanding horizons

It is getting a bit boring inside
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so Dinah suggests a change of scenery
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come and spend a little time on the porch
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Learn how to root
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and try it for yourself
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Now everyone wants a go
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See how to interact with other species
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Time for a bit of a play
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Time to go back in – follow me
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Three inside
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and another three
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One missing
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You should be inside
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In you go
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all safe and sound
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One week old – and sold

We continue to be impressed by Dinah’s mothering. After returning from dinner, with added extras:
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she gently noses round the litter, as they snooze beside her
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(the other two have decided to bury themselves beneath the straw)
When Dinah has recharged her glands she rolls over, gives a small grunt, and…
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(the other two are on the bottom layer)
Then after dinner it is off to the corner for relief
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A phone call today from a local who had weaners from us last July, together with our specialist Shrewsbury outlet, mean that all these babies have a future “home”

Also today, following an adjustment to avian flu precautions, we return the ducks to the orchard
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It is good to have them back in sight and sound of the house.

On the threshold

It is as if everything is teetering on the starting block waiting for assurance that it ok to get going

Just as the moon is waiting to be full
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So are the daffodils
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Although the crocuses have stolen a lead
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Bird activity has reached a new level – interlaced Owl calling tonight, and during the day the Wren broadcasting his nest building skills; Blackbirds hovering up mud, Chaffinches amplifying their very irritating call. We clean out the last few nest boxes just in time – some previously occupies by wasps
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The Starlings are still with us
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grazing the field and then regrouping on the ash before moving up the valley to their roost site.

Down in Zenith things progress slowly
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and all is contentment in Dinah’s house
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