Sometimes we worry about losing track of the small things dependant on us.
Thankfully Claire has taken responsibility for some
and she is doing a grand job teaching them how to peck
(Although we of course have to take care of Claire. Today she was set up with a nursery in the woodshed as it was a bit chilly outside)
We wish we had given her more eggs rather than hedging our bets. This was the only one of hers that didn’t quite make it
In the incubator hatchee number one
is trying to coax out some company.
If it does they will need the brooder so Minor Ducklings have moved out to a shed
where they seem to be settling in
Major Ducklings also seem happy in their quarters
now that they have a day shelter.
Bees, of course, are an enigma
are they dependent on us or are we dependant on them?
We make our first inspection and are heartened to see pollen being ferried in
The colony must have orientated itself.
Meanwhile the lily moved to the Lake is trying to surface a flower
and nearby we spot a new flower in the meadow.
We will have to add it here – when we know what it is. Can you help?
Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:
and what is happening in Colchester
Claire has been sitting here for three weeks
Well, longer actually as she had been broody for a few days before we decided to give her some eggs. We have never used a broody for hatching before. We did try a while ago but were so concerned about the hen losing condition we moved the eggs to an incubator.
Claire has sat motionless for 23 hours and 50 minutes every day, only emerging for a quick feed and comfort break.
And today, underneath her, we have
we also have signs of life
We have a new way to spend our time
as this morning we were brought ten thousand new living things to take care of
Meanwhile, because we have an incubator full of hen eggs due to hatch this week, the Lower Ducklings have to move out of the brooder and into the run previously occupied by the Upper Ducklings who, in turn, have to move in next door to the Real Ducks
They inspect their quarters
While Lucky and Unlucky, the grown up drakes next door, have a good look
A change in the weather means that the previously hot ewe
finds herself a little bit chilly in the rain
Other neighbours look in
The slight dampness leads to a four-hour regional power cut.
Not many critical needs here. Elders can be wrapped up
But three-quarters of the way through their incubation these do need power
A quick neighbourly visit brings us supplies
There are three things in life which it is hard to have too many of.
Sheds. obviously, compost bins
Of these (so far) we have the two-foot tub, the four-foot prairie garden pool, the woodland pond and – The Lake
here seen in context at the bottom of the meadow with the pigs at the top and the beehive in waiting.
The four-foot pool currently contains enough water-lilies to fill a lake so today we moved some of them there
The recent heatwave has advanced the outdoor strawberries before their time so tonight, ahead of rain with its accompanying slug army, we harvest a few
Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:
One day we will learn how to cook Chard but in the meantime we are happy just to look at it
Pea plants are a very individual shade of green – and it is not pea-green
Earlier this year we brought water to the bottom of the Meadow
Insects dutifully turned up…
Pond Skaters, Water Boatmen, Diving Beetles, and small shiny things that zoom round in circles.
Damsel flies are nice
Coenagrion puella moves in
And then today
We read “Libellula depressa is often the first dragonfly to colonise new habitats such as newly created ponds” so this is the first… others to follow?
We read “They characteristically return to a favoured perch, in the sun” and we watch as, for several hours, it repeatedly circles the water and returns to:
We read ” When a female enters a male’s territory the male will fly up and grab the female. Mating occurs on the wing and the pair are in tandem for only a brief period, often less than a minute”