Some of today’s pickings
The number of animal runs requiring daily attention seems to be increasing by the day.
We set up the night camera last night to see if the badger was still visiting…
One of the Cayugas had been disappearing into the bushes and last night stayed in there. Investigation showed a clutch of fifteen eggs which she was attempting to sit on. Today we retrieved the eggs and set up this home – although unsure which duck was responsible for a while we tested two of them (it was a bit like the Judgement of Solomon) However, come bed time, neither was very interested so we are thinking of calling the whole thing off.
We travel over the hills to the delightful world of Trees and Bees to collect some young Muscovies
who make themselves at home behind the Buzzard Proof Fence.
Checking the defences
and inspecting the accommodation
Jessie enjoyed her first day out but needs recovery time with her new rawhide chew
Meanwhile in polytunnel Zenith
A few hundred yards across the valley is the Buzzards’ home. We love to hear their mewing and see them in the sky. Not so pleased when they visit the poultry – last week one was on the ground in their run.
One person’s downsizing is another person’s guest suite.
Our very good friends and inspirationalists at Acorn Ponds are downsizing.
So, as they have done in the past – with pigs, windows, and miscellaneous bits (but thankfully not geese) they today moved their home to Gribin Isaf.
When your mobile home has not been mobilised for a number of years there is always a worry if the wheels will still turn:
and will that turntable still rotate
A tight squeeze out through the hedges at Acorn Ponds
Reversing an articulated chassis onto a low-loader can have its tricky moments
But eventually all is secure
and the home is leaving England
to arrive in Wales
The low-loader will only go as far as the village
so we wait for the highly skilled services of Steve Gittins
who soon gets connected
Unloading (forwards) as less traumatic than loading in reverse
and the journey continues up the road
down the lane
through the farm for general admiration
across the field
through the gates
passing through a specially prepared gap in the hedge
a little bit of toing and froing
and the van is settles on its spot
commanding the top of the meadow
with a view of the hen run – and beyond