Inspection

Today we inspect the bees
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and the bees inspect us
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We are pleased to find The Queen in residence
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Elsewhere, things are stacking up
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Claire is continuing with her maternal duties
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and things are swelling
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:
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Lazy Days

It is not yet halfway through July but, maybe due to the recent dryness, in some ways it is starting to feel like those late summer days when all is done.
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The swallow in the woodshed, along with all other birds busy with their second brood, would not agree as they try to squeeze maximum life from the season.

After kaleidoscopic changes the meadow is starting to look dry
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But new shapes still appear
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[Please tell us what this is – we know you can]

and the Ringlets are joined by a burst of Veined Whites
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We feel a bit as if golden sunflakes are covering the ground,
as if we are basking in the sunshine of a by gone afternoon

as we watch the bees leave the hive
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to sip at the Lake
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where the Diving Beetle lazies
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and
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even the buzzard appears lazy as it glides through
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For Bert lazy is the norm
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We use lazy days to prepare for dark days
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Kiss me and see

Beneath the flowering water lilies today
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This frog seems to issue a challenge
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Later, another frog seems more happy to remain amphibian
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Earlier, Claire took her brood for a walk
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and showed them interesting things
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as the sun went down
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we brought in a new shed
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always exciting. This one is partly to house bee keeping impedimenta
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And later these young hedgehogs, spotted on their first foray last night, will doubtless be on the prowl
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Out of station

Today we cross the border to visit friends
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in deepest Shropshire.

You can visit them too and sleep in a grain silo here:
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or here:
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We came back with pond treasure
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Meanwhile, back at home…

An unwelcome visitor
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An ant family living in a brass frog
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A happy hen
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An elegant spider
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A polytunnel on the verge of going feral
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An evening floxglove
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and a waxing moon
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Foster Care

After our incubator hatchings so far this year resulted in small cohorts of two and then three ducklings, followed by just three chicks
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with each group needing its own accommodation and care plan, we were keen to share the load.

After sitting still for three weeks
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Claire ended up with four chicks – our first broody hatching
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The incubator trio were one day younger and we didn’t know if it was possible to integrate broods easily. Anyway, yesterday we slipped three extras under Claire and now they are one big happy family
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Many thanks to the THREE people who told us that this
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is Meadow Vetchling (which was what we thought but it is nice to be interactive)
We now know three of the people who sometimes see our jottings, which is nice)