Now the dry glare of May has been replaced by at least a little moistness the pieces of gold can be better appreciated.
The juvenile woodpecker
seems small to its parents, but when it comes to feed all the other birds keep clear.
The “small” Blue Tit looks bigger than its parent
a big mouth is the way to get fed.
All chicks are small but some a smaller than others
says Hubble the hobbled, now holding her own.
Outside, the older teenagers, while larger
are cultivating the mean scrawny look.
Bees might be small but a Bumble Bee
is a big bee.
We tend to see the big small things, whether they are beetles
Although this Elephant Hawk moth doesn’t need to claim the name of such a large mammal in order to prove its point.
The vast majority of living creatures who live here are much, much smaller than any of these.
It is learning time at Gribin Isaf
Anna’s four kits have had their security bed removed
They look a little lost
“No time for sulking” says Anna “time to come next door”
“Listen carefully – you need to learn to feed yourself. I know water is not as good as milk, but you need to move on”
“Now it is time to try some proper food”
Later in the day (hence the low light photos) another family is trying the same thing:
“I am hungry, but I can’t see any food anywhere”
“Don’t know what this stuff is”
“No, I can’t get the hang of it”
“Can someone come and help?”
“Ah, now this I do understand”
“I didn’t ask you to help my sister though”
We seem to have been more organised with our veg growing this year, getting more ground under control and keeping to a sowing plan – although note for next year is just because a packet contains 150 seeds doesn’t mean they all have to be sown.
The greenhouse is thinning out a bit
as seedlings move out. The chillies are going to stay here this year
The small polytunnel has a good round of salad on the go
plus the fig is fruiting
Outside beds are filling up
Courgettes getting going
Runners are grasping their poles
Next door, the broad beans
and French beans making a start
Trying to stop the raspberries escaping
The birds will probably get to the gooseberries before we do
The large polytunnel is filling up
Keeping tomato plants trained
first ones coming into flower
We have had to create a new overflow bed for flowers
Also today the blue tit brood nearest to the house fledged
A few glimpses of May life over the last few days
Today started with a new damselfly to add to our list
a Beautiful Demoiselle – that’s its name, so this really was a beautiful Beautiful Demoiselle
May has been glowing
and in the case of the lilac, pouring down fragrance
This red hawthorn was planted in memory of Murial who lived here with us until she died on the first day of 2018
The normal variety
is punctuating the hedgerows, although this one is right outside our window.
The bird feeders are busy
Comfrey fertiliser is on the brew, ready for the tomatoes
and Field Buttercups
may not be the most romantic of flowers but right now they streak our meadow with gold and purple.
There, we are pleased to see the Rattle start flowering – with its ability to restrict grass growth.
The purple Clover
is doing the opposite, putting nitrogen back into the soil, but we tolerate a few clumps.
Jessie has been needing to cool off
Baby round up…
Hubble is holding her own amongst siblings twice the size
Claire’s brood of two are having a cushy time
as is only child Comet
the next litter have to share
and due next – faithful Cagney – who is nearing the end of her 35-day sit
A Happy Story
To recap – the last chick to hatch had a problem
and an aid was constructed
She started off in solitary
Hubble could hear her siblings next door
but was all alone
Today she has shed her shackles
and, so far, is walking and surviving in the middle of the flock