Look! Legs!

In yesterday’s moistness down at the Meadow
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some of the vast tadpole population enjoying the Lake
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decided to grow legs and go terrestrial
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the surrounding grass was filled with little hoppers
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The tomato invasion continues to take over all available space
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But like the Magic Pudding, however much is taken out of the greenhouse, it still seems full
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

The sparrows’ breakfast is interrupted
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the vine twines
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and shows promise of future grapes
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Each night the beans survive the slugs is a step forward
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And the fresh frisson of May is starting to merge into the steady intensity of June
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Lettuce and Lilies

A glimpse through the doors of Zenith today
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Shows that, inch by inch, we are getting the inside of this polytunnel sorted
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A (what we thought at the time) slight lateral gradient leads to major excavations to establish a level equilibrium
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Over the last two days fifty tubs of subsoil moved out to advance us on a few feet. Fortunately we are trying to create a bank below the Lake, only a couple of hundred yards away.
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The first sensation on entering is the scent from these lilies
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We plan to make this a space that combines production with sensation
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When we erected the structure some strawberries were trapped inside. Last year, without water, they produced luscious fruit. They have now been moved outside. This pot was stuffed with a few stray runners
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Likewise raspberries trapped inside last year fruited luxuriantly – also without water. Too late to move them out they have another chance
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We could spend all out time developing these 320 square feet
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But we do have another three and a half acres to care for:

Tomatoes begin to colonise the Green Room
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as we try to find homes for all of these
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The mooli feel threatened
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Outside, the Copper Beeches present deep velvet leaves
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This poplar is in our tree nursery
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Behind is the comfrey, waiting to feed the tomatoes.

Currents
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and gooseberries
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swell

And this clematis is climbing the woodshed
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Is May a dream?

Eight months of wind, rain and mud now seem a small price to pay for May days like this.

In the still air the willow seeds spin down to form feathery drifts
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The wild geese pass through the cloudless sky
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ignoring our water below
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where the Great Diving Beetle dives
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the Waterboatman sculls
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and the Pond Scater scates
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Bert has a refreshing mud bath and a little lie down
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he has heard his services might be needed…

How today was seen…

Today we see the most perfect of May days – extreme warmth, calm air, clear skies. Through our nature and our past we see this as a blissful nirvana. only experienced for a few days (every?) year.

The birds around us see it as an opportunity to frantically scoop up as much food as possible
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to transport back to hungry broods
or, in some cases, to fledglings that come to help
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Surrounding flora just want to get on with the boring process of blooming so the important business of setting seed can ensue
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Down at The Lake the soup thickens and we make two first time sightings:
The first newt in this water
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and the first Damselfly visiting
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In the surrounding meadow
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the all important Rattle shows its first flowering
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Under our control we do have possible fruits
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and a host of plants trying to breakout
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Cross-border plundering

Yesterday we hitched up the trailer and journeyed to foreign lands. We saw strange sights: roads so wide that two vehicles could travel in the same direction side by side; houses joined together and with land at the front strangely hardened.

When we returned to the plot we had to have a quick work out
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to remind ourselves that shaping the land is why we exist (although it is really the land that is shaping us)

From across the border we brought back, among other things,

Three conifers to go behind the Lake
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Two tyres, found in a lay-by
and one sekura, flowering cherry
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Plus a seat from which to view it all
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