Bloomin’ May

Some bits of May abundance glimpsed today.

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Duck humidity

Today the drought has its first small relief as clouds touch the hill top
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bringing raindrops to new leaves
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The outdoor ducks fill up with slugs. Indoors we have had twelve eggs incubating for 28 days. After previously low success rates we have been controlling humidity obsessively
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to no avail as we end up with just two ducklings
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only two, but still delightful
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(until they turn out to be drakes)

Dry and Wet

The continuing absence of rain has produced a strangely mudless world.  The time of wading through constant ooze is a distant memory as we stride across hard beaten earth.

Pigs seem taller as legs, which have been underground for the last six months, appear above ground level.
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Water level drops in the Lake
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where we are building up the south facing Sunny Bank
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and intigrating new plant life
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The Meadow is a buzzing
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and the Buddhist Tree, experiencing its first Spring with toes in the unrestricted ground, is spreading its beneficence
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Also, the neighbouring lambs are starting to look quite plump and juicy
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Rewilding

After yesterday finding a battered Orange Tip, presumably overwintering in the polytunnel, we are thrilled today to spot a pristine specimen
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which must have emerged this year.

We have not seen this species until now. Butterflies have been sadly absent from our plot over the last couple of years. One Red Admiral flapping around in various locations.

Down in the meadow
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the Green-veined White has returned
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But apart from that we can be measured by the Butterly Count
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which says
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So today we put in an order
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from here
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to try and improve the situation

This week Monty Don
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talks about the situation when our greenhouse is full but there is nowhere to go.

We know how he feels
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