Pancake Monday

 

This is what is needed right now

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Batter making for toad-in-the-hole was so enthusiastic last night

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that there was plenty left for lunch today

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and we are well supplied with everlasting fruit for desert

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More excitement outside

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where our skillful neighbour is at work

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For six winters we have waded through mud on the much trodden trek between house and stock

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now it is getting a hard surface

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with some handy topsoil as a by-product

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In here

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are 360 litres of compost … from here

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Time for a new bin

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and an internal Spring Clean

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Meanwhile, food growth is slowly starting

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The cherry is budding

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The carnivorous plants are waking up

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The willow is fluffing

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and, even if slightly confused by the ten degree drop in temperature over the last few day, plants are giving it a go

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Something to sing about

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Spring is in the Air

We are still reeling from the lack of rain and the presence non-stop sun

The lambs are multiplying

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The bees are on the move

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The tadpoles are writhing

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Other pond life is awakening

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The buzzard is cruising

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The hens are dust bathing

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The newly planted trees are budding

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Daffodils and Jonquils are glowing

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Other flowers are proliferating

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and Jessie is never happier than when she has her head in a bucket

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Of course, like everyone, we are moving with the times

Home baked bread

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Mainly eating eggs

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Waste management seems to have gone by the board when it comes to home deliveries of food

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We are only having essential deliveries

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and essential visitors

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An Outbreak of Dryness

This was our rainfall in February:

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and this was our rainfall for the first nineteen days of March:

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and then over the last four days something very strange has happened:

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There has been a frost the last couple of nights but, rather surprisingly, by mid-morning our bees have been out and about visiting the Hellebores

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The dogs have been sitting out in the sun

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The Celandines are beginning to shine

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and other flowers take on a new face

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This pine was broken in half by Ciara last month

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Some other sights in the sun:

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The Equinox tips and Life Goes On

The Skies may be ominous

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but life goes on

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Lambs are appearing

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The brisk Easterly breeeze is sucking the water from the ground…

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…so the hens can almost dust bath rather than mud bath

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busy producing

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for us

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and at what was the local community cafe/shop and now is the local shop/take-away/home delivery to anyone who wants it…

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The ducks

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have an equinoxial glint in the eye

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as do the does

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as Rory goes visiting

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The bees are flying

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The frogs are producing spawn

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which is already developing

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Jessie remains stoic

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Things That Grow in Wales in March

Daffodils

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obviously

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and Jonquils.

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Although some of ours are quite small in recognition of the fact we are not really Welsh

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The first sign of a Fritillary

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Cowslips

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and Primroses

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The Yew Hedge round the Orchard has been completed

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thanks to Geronimo, who today finished the eBay sponsored mixed beech hedge

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which also financed these

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Elsewhere, last year’s Beetroot is flourishing

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and next month’s salad is starting

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The Tarragon is waking up

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as are the Delphiniums

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This Laurel is ceasing to grow

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in order to bring more light into the wood.

And of course the Welsh Toilet-Roll-Tree is proving a boon

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