Cuckoo!

Today we heard our first Cuckoo of the year.

It had arrived following a journey like these

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We did not see the Cuckoo of course.

But here are some pictures of the things we could see while hearing it.

You can look at the pictures and imagine the call of the Cuckoo

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May Day

A few May Day Moments from around the plot today…

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Accelerated Development

As we come to the end of an exceptionally warm few days it appears that the living things around us have moved on a fortnight.

Water has been precious

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and where last week there was blossom, fruits are now forming

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The chicks are no longer chicks

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and everywhere is abuzz with insect life

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which suits the flycatchers, who have just flown in from West Africa

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and are busy nest building.

Orange Tips have appeared

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along with Peacocks and Tortoiseshells.

The little pond in the the polytunnel

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has one resident taking advantage of the insect life there

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Flowering plants have been basking in the sun

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and even Sycamore can look attractive

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Mid-April Musings

Can’t believe we are halfway through April. This Moon has slowly been waxing

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and Spring seems to have been stuttering in a stop start way. Today a biting Easterly breeze cut through clothing layers and the day started with icy puddles.

The daffodils keep going

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and each morning the lamb population next door increases

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The chicks are now three weeks old and at home under a bench in the greenhouse

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It has been warm in the polytunnels, which we have been reclaiming from some winter neglect

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including installing dog guards to give seedlings a chance

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Blossom time is lasting well

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Here on a young apple we planted

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When we lived in the city our street was lined with mature flowering cherries which at this time laid a soft pink carpet on the pavement – until the Council cut them down. In memoriam we have planted our own, which is currently trying to cram as much blossom as possible onto its young frame

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We are now planting a magnolia and wanting it outside the house, direct into solid clay, are lifting it to aid drainage

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Here are some other glimpses from round the plot in the last few days:

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and the soup plant is doing well

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