Looking Up; Looking Down

Today was a day of two halves.

As the wind blew and the rain beat, sight was focussed down

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and then the squall passed, the sky cleared, and eyes lifted

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There were other faces looking elsewhere

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Other glimpses from today

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Bert Tries Again

A windy day

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and Pyramus-and-Thisbe-like Bert and Dinah seek a chink

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through which to touch

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Time to escort them to where the grass is greener.

Dinah has to wait while Bert finishes the snack that tempted him there

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before he sniffs out other pleasures

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Dinah stands well and Bert does his best

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Piglets in the Spring?

The Essentials of Life

November 27th, and today was more or less the first time this season that it felt as if weather was starting to constrain activity.

Wind chill, or in modern parlance “feels like” temperature is what matters, together with how much water is falling out of the sky and, more importantly, what it does to the clay beneath one’s feet.

So, we are reminded of the plan that is designed to stop us fossilising.

The recent tweak was to invite in Jessie

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Who has spent all evening collapsed on her chair – but only because we have been out and about all day.

By deliberately making ourselves responsible for land and livestock we have to continue with the essentials of life:

Pigs need bedding

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and their drainage requires maintenance

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If the meadow is going to thrive in the Spring it needs to be cleared before the year end

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daily sessions are the way to get there

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The hens may be looking cocky

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but we know they know they don’t really like the bitter blasts, so we must prepare

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Other glimpses from today:

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Mutton, not dressed as lamb

We read: “Although mutton is often considered an old-fashioned cut, it’s recently seen a huge resurgence in popularity. It’s now featured on the menus of many high-end restaurants”

Well, in this high-end restaurant mutton has always been the superior choice. Not always easy to find good mutton in the shops, today we take matters into our own hands

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and buy a suitable animal from our neighbours to take away for preparation.

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We leave it in safe hands and come home with a bonus of two fleeces and a bag of testicles

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Without much by the way of major storms this season the branches have gradually emptied with a little more sky visible each day

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As the leaves leave they build up patterns below

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different spots

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reflecting the different species above

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