friend of James
Has successfully raised several duckling broods
and this month she has been sitting again
But the clutch we put under her have come from a variety of sources. James is a bit indiscriminate
The problem is – Muscovys are genetically very different from other breeds and have a a longer incubation time so there was a possibility the eggs might hatch at different times.
In the event, one egg hatched two days ago
Looks like a pure bred Cayuga (nothing to do with Cagney or James) – Lucky and his ladies
must still be up to it.
Anyway, this individual needs care while Cagney sits tight a little longer. Then she can go back.
She is not amused about being all alone and would prefer our constant company if nothing else is available. To get it she will climb the bars
squeeze through onto the table
pretend she can fly
and set off across the carpet
We had a grassed area around our fruit trees. Then the ducks moved in and poached the ground leading to run off into… the wood shed. Not good. The ducks have now moved down the plot and earlier this year we started developing the area for meadow flowers, maybe a bit more curated than our main meadow
We scraped off the remaining grass area, sowed a meadow seed mix and threw in a few seed packets. We will develop it further in the Autumn but right now we are starting to get some blooms:
And here are some flowers happening elsewhere at the moment:
plus, these harebells are over the fence next door
The year has tipped, half gone. But that half has seemed a year in itself: two months of non-stop water; two months of non-stop drought; and now the timeless background of living in our self-contained little world in even greater immersion than we normally do.
When the flora starts fruiting
we know that they see their year as over.
And as the days start shortening
we know what they mean.
like other birds, is filling up its last brood
ready to leave the nest
and the Jay
has time on her hands to clear the feeders.
After a shaky start the rabbit breeding plan is taking off
and has led us to grow things never before cultivated here
provisions for rabbit salad
not to be confused with ours
we argue over the fennel
Our crops seem to take longer to come to fruition, courgettes beginning to form
the first aubergine flowers
beetroot almost ready
beans on the rise
leeks ready in the winter
We have been enjoying the peas
and the cherries
plus the wine making apparatus is being dusted down
So, come rain
we enter the downward slope of the year in good spirits.
(a story of small families)
The Cayuga duckling hatched all by herself and was a bit lonely
So a kind neighbour donated two Muscovies to keep her company
and today they had to leave our house for one of their own
where they got very excited about being able to eat wood shavings
This meant that the hen chicks who had been living there for the last month
and were getting a bit big for their boots
had to move outdoors
for a treat of raspberries
This meant that Claire with the two chicks she hatched
had to relinquish the area they had enjoyed roaming
visiting the rabbits
and rejoin her flock
(somehow “losing” the male youngster on the way)
where she quickly bagged the best roosting spot