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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Dressing for guests, juggling ducks

With the foundations ready
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The Guest Room is now in place and time to get it dressed. Obviously the things that need sorting first are the ornaments
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The electricity supply is tested
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Just remains to try out the wood-burner
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Good view of the hills – and the pig house
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We continue with the tortuous, and basically failing, attempt to expand our flock of laying ducks.
Solo seems kind of grateful for his three muscovite companions
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Although he wonders why they only drink from the water bowl when he knows it is for jumping on and jumping off
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Outside we have five that side
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and five this side
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nerving ourselves to end the five a side and go for a merger.

It has been good to have Claire and her brood free roaming round the site
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but as they roam wider with a gleam of intent in the eye
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the range will soon have to be limited to give flower and vegetable beds a chance.

We enjoy our home grown lunch
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The Japanese Honeysuckle is also edible but we haven’t tried yet
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The bees seem busy
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and we pleased to spot the Queen
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Solo and The Three Muscoveers

This morning one day-old Solo was all alone in the world
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But following a cross border mission tonight, beneath the swelling moon
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he has company
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three day-old Muscovies.

Down at the Lake
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our bees collect water
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and…
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a new arrival. Our second dragonfly species – a Ruddy Darter, if we are not mistaken.

Today’s butterfly pictures:
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and in the woodshed there has been a non-stop feeding shuttle as brood two approach fledging
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Up until now the swallows have determinedly built their own nests in the rafters but for this last minute effort they have taken advantage of our concrete offering.

The salad thrives
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Guest Room foundation work continues
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and Claire teachers her brood deportment – how to walk like a lady
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Short of babies

Population increase has not been going as planned this week.

After feeling we did a good job at the beginning of April, Lottie kept us guessing until the last minute – and beyond.

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Her increase in weight during the last couple of weeks must have been due to the extra rations she received in the belief she was in pig, rather than due to actually being in pig.

Also, out latest attempts to increase our flock of laying Cayugas resulted in one hatched duckling out of 12 eggs. We now know this is probably due to a faulty incubator which is being replaced. We were quite clear it would be silly to care for one duckling, would be better off culled… we now appear to be caring for one duckling.

The previous two mini-batches now seem happy living together
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although they have asked for a bigger bath so they don’t have to queue.

The vetch
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is the latest addition to our meadow plant list although we do also have a handful of other candidates waiting for firm identification.

At the bottom of the meadow the Sunny Bank shrubs are beginning to establish themselves
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The Green Veined Whites continue to be around
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and we continue to try and augment the exiting butterfly population
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this time by hatching and releasing some Tortoiseshells
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Claire takes her brood on ever expanding journeys of exploration
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Here doing a tour of the duckhouse:
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and work continues on the guest room foundations
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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