Blossoming

Is it really here? Was last night the end of frost for the time being? Can we whisper S P R I N G?

We had an omen today.

Our Pied Flycatcher flew in from Africa and… straight into a shed.

This rather fuzzy picture shows him being redirected

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towards his reserved quarters which we described here. (As soon as we unblocked the entrance a pair of sparrows were inspecting the box)

Elsewhere chicks are growing

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Lambs are congregating

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Ponds are vibrating

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and insects are on the move

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And Blossom is blossoming…

The cherry in the polytunnel

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and the ornamental ones outside

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Blackthorn is everywhere

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Plum

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Pear

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Time to blossom

Mobility aids for Chicks

We have hatched many many hen eggs over the years and it was not until last May that we had a case of Splayed Leg.

It took as a little research to find the solution:

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The full story can be read here and here.

And now Hubble looks like this:

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a slightly too feisty cockerel, in charge of five Speckled Sussex hens

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So we were ready when it happened again this month

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This time the, as yet, un-named chick only took two days to find his/her own feet

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and join her/his peers

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We just hope we don’t have a case of Crooked Toes and have to make chick sandals

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Chilled Lamb

You can see where our wind has been coming from today:

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In other words, straight from the arctic bringing… chill:

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Recently the skies have held more than the usual quota of Buzzards, Kites:

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and Ravens

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All keeping a close eye on the ground below

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criss-crossing the fields

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passing on the news

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Because it is lambing time

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They are mainly looking for nutrition-rich after-birth, which they won’t find in the field next to us as it is designated as the nursery for some of the weaker, indoor born lambs

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They are brought in by taxi

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and then have to sort themselves out

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Ewes closely inspecting the numbers

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until they know they have their right lambs

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Our small contribution is to provide the water supply

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through the fence

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and into the trough

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From where it is magically turned into milk

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A happy scene

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(Before the arctic blast)