Looking after small things

Sometimes we worry about losing track of the small things dependant on us.

Thankfully Claire has taken responsibility for some
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and she is doing a grand job teaching them how to peck
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(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
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In the incubator hatchee number one
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is trying to coax out some company.

If it does they will need the brooder so Minor Ducklings have moved out to a shed
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where they seem to be settling in
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Major Ducklings also seem happy in their quarters
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now that they have a day shelter.

Bees, of course, are an enigma
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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
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The colony must have orientated itself.

Meanwhile the lily moved to the Lake is trying to surface a flower
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and nearby we spot a new flower in the meadow.
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We will have to add it here – when we know what it is. Can you help?

Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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and what is happening in Colchester
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Hen v Machine

Claire has been sitting here for three weeks
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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
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Meanwhile indoors
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we also have signs of life
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Watching the Bees

We have a new way to spend our time
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Looking closely
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as this morning we were brought ten thousand new living things to take care of
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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
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They inspect their quarters
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While Lucky and Unlucky, the grown up drakes next door, have a good look
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Paucity and Plenty

Vole
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and Mouse
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were not impressed with the food supplies today.
Their feeder has been invaded by the sparrow community
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trying pretend it is hard to satisfy all their fledglings
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Meanwhile we feel the flow of Plenty
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although we have to make sure inhabitants are rehoused
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Hints of Plenty to come with beans in flower
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and preparations continue for maybe future flowing honey
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The Lake lilies are settling in
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and irises are brought to join them
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complete with inhabitants
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A chance to test the Lake’s depth
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and visit its residents
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Borrowed power

A change in the weather means that the previously hot ewe
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finds herself a little bit chilly in the rain
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Other neighbours look in
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The slight dampness leads to a four-hour regional power cut.

Not many critical needs here. Elders can be wrapped up
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But three-quarters of the way through their incubation these do need power
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A quick neighbourly visit brings us supplies
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We relax
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Lilies and Strawberries

There are three things in life which it is hard to have too many of.

Sheds. obviously, compost bins
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and ponds.

Of these (so far) we have the two-foot tub, the four-foot prairie garden pool, the woodland pond and – The Lake
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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
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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
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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
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Pea plants are a very individual shade of green – and it is not pea-green
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Also
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Peak Light, Peak Heat

The fat old sun, having swept round through 263.85 degrees during the course of the longest day,
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finally decides to sink, barely three degrees short of north-west
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We wash out the day’s toil
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and breath in the solstice scent
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While noting the fly in the…
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The boldest fledgling swallow contemplates leaving the woodshed
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and the sheep next door wonders if she will soon be able to shed her winter coat
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We spot a different coloured damselfly
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Bert has a lie down
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While Bina wonders if he will ever be interested in her
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