The Bath after The Storm

Ophelia passes and leaves some leaves still in place

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The sun shines

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So it must be time for the First Bath

Ian shows how it is done while St John looks on sceptically

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before long there is a toe in the water

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leading to a a wash and brush up all round

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Then back to the after-bath…

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Ian stands on the water bowl to maintain his stature

while his former buddy is hung out to dry

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Ophelia’s red veil

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This is not sunrise or set but 9.15 this morning quite high in the sky. North African sand and Iberian forest ash colour our morning.

The winds pick up and we are glad we harvested our last apples yesterday

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This Red Admiral might have had an interesting day

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Other harvest today

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Plus, we seem to have some new lodgers

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Ian and Saint and John

So, back at the beginning of August we had some Cayuga eggs in the incubator and only one hatched.

Welcome Solo

Solo was lonely. The only ducklings we could find in the locality were Muscovies so three came to help Solo along

They grew up happily together

(although Solo had some difficult learning to speak Muscovy)

The Muscovies were so interesting we got some eggs to put in the incubator.

But only one hatched.

Welcome Ian

A mirror, a pet guineapig and non-stop Radio 4 kept him amused for a week but he really needed feathered company.

So today we fetched the only other young ducklings we could find – two Aylesburys

At first Ian was a bit aloof

But soon they were in step

and Ian was enjoying something new to peck

Ian of course is a Lavender but now he is part of Ian, Saint and John

(We are not planning to get any Aylesbury hatching eggs)

Climbing for beginners

Ian is a Muscovy and Muscovies like climbing up into trees so, as (currently) Ian’s only companions, we feel obliged to give him climbing opportunities

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Tomorrow we go in search of more suitable companions wondering if we have trod this path before…

Computing for ducks

The area just to the left of the laptop touchpad has always seemed a little warm. Now we have discovered its purpose

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Earlier Ian started his computer education by spending time watching

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Then he brought along his companion

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who needed encouragement to take an interest

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Ian decided to go it alone

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and get on with checking the email

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Educating Ian

It is quite time consuming bringing up a solitary duckling…

A stuffed guinea pig is fine as a surrogate sibling if you just want to cuddle up but if you want a conversation someone has to pull the strings

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Ian is developing a range of places he likes to be. When on the move

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can make one a bit sleepy though

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In the evening Ian likes to do a bit of duck research
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And then is happy just hanging out
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Meanwhile Hedgehog Hostel contains seven Autumn juveniles (a couple more are in Greenhouse Half-way House). Work starts on internal insulation in case any are thinking of staying for the duration

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Elsewhere harvest continues

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and the Buddhist Tree glows

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How to care for an only child

So, we ended up with a single Muscovy hatching

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a Lavender Muscovy to be precise – Ian.

The call has gone out to try and find him siblings but meanwhile he is positioned in the noisiest, busiest room in the house, in a transparent box so he can see what is going on

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and with the help of a mirror and a stuffed guinea pig…

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he almost thinks he is group of four.

He seems to be enjoying watching the television

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