The Last Days?

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There is a saying in these parts that is voiced as October dwindles: “That’s it”

We are therefore relishing each moment of this sunlit time:

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and we are still harvesting:

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Toasting the Showman

Tardis like, the Showman’s Wagon perches at the top of the meadow

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Well actually it seems quite big on the outside but the inside must be enormous as it needs two stoves. Well, three if you count the gas one.

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We have been revving them up

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The one in the sitting room is drawing nicely

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and now we have fitted the flue

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for the Nordica

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which seems designed to cook farmhouse dinners while heating the farmhouse at the same time.
So we are now firing on all cylinders

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and very toasty

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Outside we have had a few morning frosts but the calm air and bright sun gives us a lingering languor

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Emphasising the remaining colour

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Neighboring cattle are enjoying their last days of outdoor freedom

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After a scythe mishap

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meadow mowing has resumed

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Jessie prefers the long grass where the voles tunnel

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Winter visitors are moving in
Mistle thrushes

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and fieldfares

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taking advantage of the hedgerow harvest

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Last Chance Corral

For various reasons (mostly unknowns) we have had over a year without piglets. Artificial insemination and Bert’s Best Efforts all led to nothing.

Now it is last chance for Bert and his harem of two down in the mating corral,

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It takes forethought to move pigs around.

Is Bert past it? Has Lottie left it to late? Will Dinah have the chance to be a perfect mother again? This week the seeds will be sown but results will not be known until well into next year.

Today is Lottie’s turn – she enters the corral

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Bert joins her and starts off by eating her food while she sticks her head in the nettles

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worrying if she has paid sufficient attention to her tail grooming

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She stands well for Bert

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which shows she is ready and also calm for her first real boar following the failed AI

It was hard to judge how successful Bert was

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but he did his best

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Afterwards Lottie’s back legs were a bit wobbly for ten minutes or so

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Bert had a lie down

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Securing the borders

Jessie now knows her patch

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and likes to go exploring

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She only looks at sheep

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and they look at her

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But we feel the need to secure the borders a bit.
So after fashioning a new mallet handle

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we rejuvenate some sagging fences

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and improve a gateway

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taking advantage of a gatepost kindly supplied by Openreach

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Meanwhile the Buddhist Tree intensifies

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and the harvest continues

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Thanks to a comment on here from David Gould we have new additions for the freezer

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Glowing

As the evening darkness creeps forward the indoor glow invites

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The outdoor weather the last few days has been calm and balmy with its own glowing moments

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This Japanese Maple was bought, many years ago, as a few inches in a pot from this Sheffield Bhuddhist Centre and has therefore always been known as the Bhuddhist Tree. Only liberated from a pot in the last year or so, with its roots flexing out into good Welsh soil, it is glowing like never before; a basking ground

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The scabious also attracts

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The glowing of the unexpected bumper apple harvest continues

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The surrounding hedge lines are picked out with a range of Rowan colour – as yet untouched by birds

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We would be interested if anyone can identify this shrub/tree which seems to flower at strange times like now

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The sloes are now soft

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leading to this

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leading to this…

It has been too long since we had piglets. A number of unsuccessful attempts this year has left Bert restless and anxious

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Dinah has had permanent residence in the maternity quarters since she failed to deliver

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We have been seeing to the drainage in the lower field

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and are now reinstating the tunnel of love

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ready for a concerted effort.
Copious supplies of beans might provide encouragement

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It is good to see The Lake brim full after its summer drought low

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Jessie has been guarding wood cinders

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which she seems to use for sharpening her teeth

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Other glowing moments

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