A few leaves from around the plot today:
Two days of rushing…
with a lot of water falling from the sky
Inspired by all this water, one Muscovy looks at what is on offer….
…is not impressed, and goes off to find something more exciting
She might look picturesque
but the Lake is not for ducks so she has to be encouraged to leave
and take the long walk home
where she keeps quiet
just looking pityingly on her fellow Muscovies and where they have to swim
this Cayuga in its bath
and the Aylesburys having to take turns
We are slowly increasing the diversity in the meadow area, some of which is documented here
This depends on cutting the grass at the end of every growing season and then removing it.
This takes time
Currently the mowed grass is being used to cover the mud in the duck pen
and to give Bert an island
Rain every day, 98.8 mm so far this month, but with day-time temperatures well into double figures and very little wind it has been pleasant working outside.
The young apple trees we planted two years ago are bearing fruit…
and the cookers from one of the established trees are being put to good use
The damsons have moved from this..
The last of the tomatoes have been picked
So far this Autumn we have not had to take into care any juvenile hedgehogs. However, we are being prepared as the hostelry roof was leaking.
It is getting a bit muddy in the rabbitry …
…so work is starting on some winter quarters
Our neighbours are on the lookout for the tup
and colour is spreading across the Buddhist Tree
Other signs of Autumn:
The ducks have all settled down happily together
and we too are looking forward to having a bath
Twenty-five years ago Gribin Isaf was made up of sheep fields. Many trees were then planted but in order to get quick results Eucalyptus was included!
Now, some of them tower over everything
their swaying silver tops a beacon visible from far away.
But, as the RHS notes, the species is prone to windrock – not ideal for 900 feet up a Welsh hillside:
Unlike any native tree, Eucalyptus adds a layer of bark every year and the outermost layer dies and is shed adding fascinating sights to our surroundings:
The colour is starting to creep across the Acer
We are starting to stockpile next winter’s wood
The rabbits are outgrowing their quarters
so Floppy and his two remaining ladies have had to shunt up
as ground is cleared for a rabbit extension
harvest continues… the less successful
and the more useful
Jessie’s water bowl seems a fertile hunting ground for interesting species. First this Hairworm
and then a newt
Oh, and it has rained everyday
and is due to continue that way