Sunday, 11 August 2019

Baby Hedgehogs

Last Tuesday evening my neighbour, Jackie brought her Scottie and Jack Russel for a walk up the lane past my house as she often did. She walked a few yards up the lane to make a phone call leaving the two rips on their own for a few minutes. All of a sudden, Jack Russel dived into the hedge and brought out a brown ball in his mouth, dropping it smartly and then brought out another and another. They were little baby hedgehogs. Neither of us knew what to do. I found a cardboard box, lined it with dry grasses and straw and brought them in. I knew that if we popped them back into the hedge their mother would reject them because of the scent of the dogs. I looked up the RSPCA site on the web. The advice - take them to an animal welfare site, which is fine if you don't live 2 miles from the middle of nowhere, it's not 8pm and the nearest site probably around 50 miles away. I found an old fleece hat, made a nest for them and fed them with warmed up semi skimmed milk through a small syringe. One didn't make it through the night but the other two are doing OK. Hopefully they'll make it and live and eat eat all the slugs munching on my cabbage and lettuce.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Log Fires and Below Zero

I had a good day yesterday. A local farmer came with his Landrover and brought me a trailer load of logs. Must have been well over a ton. He dropped them on the driveway outside my back door and then waved good bye. Hard working farmers are always busy.

 I got my wheelbarrow and started to ferry them across the lawn into  the nearest polytunnel. And then the heavens opened and didn't it rain. It took me just over an hour to stack them all in the dry. Wet through to the skin but so chuffed to get the job completed. 

Not so long after the sun came out for a few moments - (yeah I know) - and brought with it the most fabulous sunset. Two gifts in one day.

I woke up this morning to minus 6 and ice on the insides of my window.

Like this

                                    and this

But soon had my Rayburn lit and a roaring log fire in my 'front room'

All toasty.
It was a good day yesterday.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Shadows after the Storm

Yesterday Storm Callum hit home, bucketed down all day and most of the night.

Still raining Sunday morning.

Then late afternoon the sun came out.

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Saturday, 28 July 2018

Shadow Shot Sunday II - Hot Dry Summer

Today we walked the hot, dusty  single track right up to the top of the Long Mountain. I hadn't been up there for ten years. And it's still as beautiful.
Lots of sheep and lambs.
Silage bales lined up ready to be taken down into storage for  Winter feed.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Shadow Glass on Shadow Shot Sunday 2

I bought a set of glasses way back in the 70's. They have a picture of a pheasant in flight embossed on the side. I still use them. I was amazed today as the sun caught the picture and left the shadow on the table. Just for me !

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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Shadow Falls

Out and about today. During the last storm at the end of January, the brook which runs from the Long Mountain and along the border of England and Wales (and also along my little bits of property) became blocked and flooded my ground. Too deep and too heavy for me to deal with. Didn't know what to do. But today, on a bitterly cold East wind with buckets of sunshine, the water's found a way through. Not a vast amount, more of a trickle really and my ground is all dry again. Life is good.

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