Parched in Wales

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Today we had the first real rain since May – a ten minute heavy shower. It did not make much difference to the rock-hard ground but it did show such things are possible although the forecast indicates we will have to wait three days for a repeat performance.

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When the temperature dropped a little a couple of days ago it was like returning home from another country – one where the light was too bright to see properly and the temperature too hot to think properly.

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The fields around are parched and bare

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accentuated by the stripping of grass for silage

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Bringing in the Red Kites

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The broody hen has moved her clutch outside to cool off

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Fortunately we have been developing a tropical house

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but things have felt quite exotic outside as well

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Our guest has been eating well

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and so have we

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with spare to save

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There seem to be a lot of wasp nests around – in the potting shed:

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in the woodshed:

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which they have to share

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and in the hedge:

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The rabbits are moving closer

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on the lookout for a weak link

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We seem to have had an increase in the number of Siskins knocking themselves out on windows

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Sometimes they don’t survive, sometimes after a spell in the recovery box

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they can fly away

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