First Bath

A fine sunny day provides a good opportunity for the ducklings’ first bath.
Initial hesitation
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is soon overcome
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Solo, of course, leads the splashing
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Afterwards, a good preen
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Yesterday we penned in Claire and her roaming brood as flower and vegetable beds were suffering.
First thing this morning they broke out – largely due to the fact that the youngsters are smaller than the netting mesh – and continued exploring… the compost bucket
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Tonight they staged a sit out
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refusing to go to bed unless the fence was removed.

The swallows’ second brood left the nest
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and moved as far as the rafters
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before making exploratory flights outside and then returning to the nest tonight.

Over the Lake twenty to thirty neighbourhood swallows swirled and swooped
with an occasional breakaway, coming low to snatch water insects
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Happily they left this one
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our third species of dragonfly – as yet unidentified [update: we think an Emperor] – as it visited the bullrushes
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where it deposited some eggs
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We continue to ornament the Guest Room
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and test the kitchenette
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Tonight we have a mysterious hole staked out
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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