Size is Relative

The juvenile woodpecker

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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

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a big mouth is the way to get fed.

All chicks are small but some a smaller than others

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says Hubble the hobbled, now holding her own.

Outside, the older teenagers, while larger

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are cultivating the mean scrawny look.

Bees might be small but a Bumble Bee

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is a big bee.

We tend to see the big small things, whether they are beetles

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or moths

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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.

Home Schooling

It is learning time at Gribin Isaf

Anna’s four kits have had their security bed removed

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They look a little lost

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“No time for sulking” says Anna “time to come next door”

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“Listen carefully – you need to learn to feed yourself. I know water is not as good as milk, but you need to move on”

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“Well done”

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“Now it is time to try some proper food”

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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”

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“Don’t know what this stuff is”

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“No, I can’t get the hang of it”

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“Can someone come and help?”

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“Ah, now this I do understand”

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“I didn’t ask you to help my sister though”

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Veg box filling

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

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as seedlings move out. The chillies are going to stay here this year

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The small polytunnel has a good round of salad on the go

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plus the fig is fruiting

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Outside beds are filling up

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Courgettes getting going

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Runners are grasping their poles

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Next door, the broad beans

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and French beans making a start

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Trying to stop the raspberries escaping

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The birds will probably get to the gooseberries before we do

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The large polytunnel is filling up

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Keeping tomato plants trained

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first ones coming into flower

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We have had to create a new overflow bed for flowers

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Also today the blue tit brood nearest to the house fledged

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May Moments

A few glimpses of May life over the last few days

Today started with a new damselfly to add to our list

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a Beautiful Demoiselle – that’s its name, so this really was a beautiful Beautiful Demoiselle

May has been glowing

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and in the case of the lilac, pouring down fragrance

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This red hawthorn was planted in memory of Murial who lived here with us until she died on the first day of 2018

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The normal variety

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is punctuating the hedgerows, although this one is right outside our window.

The bird feeders are busy

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Comfrey fertiliser is on the brew, ready for the tomatoes

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Plantains

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and Field Buttercups

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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.

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The purple Clover

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is doing the opposite, putting nitrogen back into the soil, but we tolerate a few clumps.

Jessie has been needing to cool off

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Baby round up…

Hubble is holding her own amongst siblings twice the size

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Claire’s brood of two are having a cushy time

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as is only child Comet

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the next litter have to share

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and due next – faithful Cagney – who is nearing the end of her 35-day sit

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