Or maybe that should be:
Flying, Fur and Feathers
a few sights from today
and… Feathers to be
A few glimpses of May life over the last few days
Today started with a new damselfly to add to our list
a Beautiful Demoiselle – that’s its name, so this really was a beautiful Beautiful Demoiselle
May has been glowing
and in the case of the lilac, pouring down fragrance
This red hawthorn was planted in memory of Murial who lived here with us until she died on the first day of 2018
The normal variety
is punctuating the hedgerows, although this one is right outside our window.
The bird feeders are busy
Comfrey fertiliser is on the brew, ready for the tomatoes
and Field Buttercups
may not be the most romantic of flowers but right now they streak our meadow with gold and purple.
There, we are pleased to see the Rattle start flowering – with its ability to restrict grass growth.
The purple Clover
is doing the opposite, putting nitrogen back into the soil, but we tolerate a few clumps.
Jessie has been needing to cool off
Baby round up…
Hubble is holding her own amongst siblings twice the size
Claire’s brood of two are having a cushy time
as is only child Comet
the next litter have to share
and due next – faithful Cagney – who is nearing the end of her 35-day sit
A Happy Story
To recap – the last chick to hatch had a problem
and an aid was constructed
She started off in solitary
Hubble could hear her siblings next door
but was all alone
Today she has shed her shackles
and, so far, is walking and surviving in the middle of the flock
The overnight mist lifted
leaving behind spiderweb decorations
The temperature rose
and the bees sucked the clover nectar
The beans have been planted
the fennel is growing
and the tunnel is thriving
(Site of the last Art Club, inspired by an Indian wedding sari hanging)
Time to take today’s Art Club down to the lake
to see what we can see
After the rainfall we have had in the last two weeks
(and looking closely you will see the highlight on May 9th consisted of 1.2mm)
we got excited yesterday when a few drops appeared in the air. They managed to adorn a few flowers
even if they didn’t actually penetrate the ground.
This morning the graphs tell us rain was registered six times overnight… at a rate of 0.2mm in 30 minutes.
We continue in our attempts to produce rabbit babies
The first litter – Comet all alone
has been improved on with a second litter… of four
We are specialising in small families as in Claire’s brood
They still take lessons seriously. Today, preening
Bring on the tulips
The main question in May: Is this the last one?
The Beans await in their insulated prison
hoping for the news that Frost has made his last visit.
But the May light belies the early chill, coming at that unique angle – not too high, not too low – and spotlighting life which is fresh and unsullied.
A few glimpses from today: