Twittering twigs

All of a sudden the trees are filled with the sound of twittering fledglings
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Although out of the nest, these Bluetits still act as dependants
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A gaping beak and a wing flutter
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get the desired result
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Also in the branches are fledgling Great Tits
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and Robins
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This brood of Flycatches is still in the box
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with this male and the female
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working full time to bring in food
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and off to find more
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Tomatoes, tomatoes everywhere…

We have just looked back at our photos from a year ago and they are very similar to those we have taken this week. The thing is, a year is plenty long enough to forget so we can go round marvelling at new things.

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One thing we do remember from year to year is the challenge of finding space for all the tomato plants we want to grow on. We sow loads of seeds and then find it hard not to find a home for every plant.

Today we stripped the greenhouse of its benches in order to make tomato space
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Having made progress with polytunnel Zenith since last year
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We have room for more tomatoes
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as well as peas
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and sweet peas
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(Outside we now have the Welsh French Beans:)
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In the other polytunnel
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the hotbed earlier used for germination now hosts these plants
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germinated from supermarket bought tomatoes.

Other sights that have made us exclaim at something new (at least since last year)

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So as the sun goes down
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We end a day which is just like before but different in every way.

Floppy doesn’t change though
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Woodpecker down

It is hard not to take sides with prey and predators; we enjoy the woodpecker visits
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but are less appreciative when it tries to drill into a tit nest box.

But we can’t but be sorry to find one woodpecker dead on the ground – sparrow hawk presumably but must have been disturbed.

So we offer it up on the Tower of Silence
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together with a window-strike siskin. Will probably be taken by magpies – ironically our most heated predator (not counting the wild cat)

More cheerfully today…
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this wisteria bestows exquisite perfume on the air outside the door
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Lucky keeps an eye on things
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we re-discovered the blue rose when clearing the verdant growth
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Lane verge flowers:
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The cordoned cherry in polytunnel Zenith seems to be producing… cherries
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Bloomin’ June

When one concentrates on how trees and shrubs are changing day by day the sheer bulk of stuff that is being created out of thin air is amazing – if it was being done on a 3D-printer people would be impressed – here it is being done with no visible raw materials and no visible means of construction.

As an embellishment strange coloured shapes erupt:

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Accelerated progress

Spring came late and then everything seemed to happen very fast.

Now, bearly one week into June, fruits are forming.

Cherries
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Apples
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We are preoccupied with tomato security
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will there be enough?
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Other recent sights…

French beans
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(We have some Welsh French beans – seed given to us by the National Botanical Garden of Wales which have germinated well and are awaiting planting out)

Perennial sweet peas
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There seems to be more Yellow Rattle in the Meadow this year
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Radish
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Strawberries coming
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Beetroot
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Old ducks, new tricks

During the last Winter, more than previously, spin-offs from the starling flocks ate a lot of our poultry food. Some groups are netted but for the others we have decided buying treadle feeders, where the lid is opened by the hens or ducks, is now economic.

There is a training period, where the feeder is set with an open lid
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The hens had no problem but ducks, who are a lot more suspicious of change, gathered round to have a meeting.

After being tempted by some pellets on the platform
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eventually The Saint (or John) took the plunge
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Ian got the idea but since James was in charge of access he had to have his own supply
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We are behind with our vegetables this year and are now scrambling to establish beans
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leeks
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broccoli
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and tomatoes
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Courgettes will always triumph
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Scarlet Tiger

There seems to have been more moths about this year, both day-flying and nocturnal.

This impressive individual passed through today
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Reading about the Scarlet Tiger it does not seem to be widespread and prefers wetlands – well I suppose Wales normally counts as a Wet Land. It does seem to like comfrey, of which we have a lucious patch, so maybe that is why it visited.