January signs of life

It feels like Spring today. We know it is not Spring. We know that Winter has many tricks up its sleeve. But it feels like Spring.

So we look for signs of Spring:

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and at the same time spot a remarkable range of wildlife:

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Five Years – One Place

The notion that life is going on somewhere else, not here…Most people have to be continually on the move because pleasure or experiences are contained in all of those other places…

If you can stay still in one place all of that experience might come to you… Being committed to one place can feed you sufficiently.

Garry Fabian-Miller

Five years ago today we came to this place. It is feeding us sufficiently – and we don’t mean vegetables.


Here are some memories from the first of those five years

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City dog wondering where she is

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City hens Molly & Delilah happy to be where they are

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City guinea-pigs Anna May & Flo speechless

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City tree breathing deeply


Family bring us appropriate presents


Our new neighbours

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New services

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Starting to plan the patch

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New birds

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New insects

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Lots of room for guests

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Building new facilities

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Preparing for new arrivals

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New plants

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New babies
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…and getting bigger

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New visitors

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Spot arrives

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Followed by Bert

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Old friends reunited

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More babies…

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Sheila

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Fanny

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New views

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New harvest

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and old
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…in abundance

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Learning the West is wetter than the East
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…and more windy

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New ways to get meat

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First Christmas
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Although the dinner escaped

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Christmas dinner for Spot

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Bert ponders the meaning of life

Winter Sun – Wolf Moon

Today the sun shone

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making even a Chaffinch seem exotic

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Bulbs got excited

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and poultry paraded

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Time for a good preen

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and then the Wolf Moon rose

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illuminating…

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the spider, inconspicuous tucked above one of our nature cameras during the day

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not knowing that after dark its every move is magnified for our evening entertainment

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Morning Swim

When the ducks are let out in the morning

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they are mostly content to use the ablution facilities provided

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But two young Muscoveys, in spite of being subjected to a number of wing clippings, fly off to find grander waters

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They take their time

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and try to conceal themselves in the reeds

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before leaving the waters

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and walking back up through the meadow

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asking for the gate to be opened

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so they can rejoin the flock

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where they are interrogated on their absence

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