Sunday, 25 October 2009

As soon as you hear nothing with puppies around, suspect the worst. Just caught Acer eating a wine glass, luckily I found all the pieces.

The clocks have changed, although you always have to go and find the ones you forgot, and the day is perfectly lovely. Nathan is hoovering up leaves, I guess it is worth it, but there are a hell of a lot still to come!! He looks very sweet doing it though. I love walking through piles of autumn leaves, they are better when they are dry, but even wet they are fun. The dogs have nearly finished the pears from the cider pear tree. There is a tree towards the bottom of the field at the far end of the upper pond (it was described as a lake in the house particulars when this place was put up for sale last year!! Some lake!). Its an old Cider Pear tree and if you pick one of the pears and bite into it your cheeks will meet and your tongue will cleave to the roof of your mouth, they are very bitter. But once they have fallen and started to soften and rot on the ground my dogs love them. Generations of Labradors, starting at Bramble and Tomale and going on through to the sixth and last of this generation, Rush and Indigo, and the first of the new line, Acer, have lain in the autumn sunlight munching rotting cider pears until the last one is gone.

Hummmmmm the weather forecast was wrong as ever, the day started well, but just as we had got all the birds out and sitting on the lawns, with their fresh baths, it started to rain. We left them out until about 12.00 noon, giving us time to clean their compartments and then put them all under again. It rained and then shone, and rained and shone again until about 2.00pm when the sun came out and stayed out. Holly and I managed to get all the birds done, we left Oath (Ural Owl) until the sun was down and tried him in the semi dark with the spot light torches. We tried it with Woodland Venture a couple of days ago and both of them appear oblivious to the strong lights and they both look wonderful flying in the beam and going up into the trees, its going to be fun doing the Owl Evenings. The Gymnogene is continuing to improve, he was keen for me to come through the door today, the new Harris jumped to the fist for Steve, Fortina was just amazing in the wind, I struggle to swing a lure for her at the speeds and angles she is coming in. Dawn Run did 27 stoops, counted by one of the smaller visitors for me, and my Steppe Eagle even behaved on the fist just before dark.

The Hunter Trials were not as well attended as we would have liked, but the volunteers were amazing and helped Adam and Micaela get through the day. I did not go and fly the birds as the attendance was low and the weather was not good at the time I would have flown. Still it was worth while and we may do it again next year, but earlier in the year.

Acer is completely flat out on the floor by my desk, back legs stretched out behind and looking like a somewhat flattened frog! She has settled so well and she and Sedge adore one another.


Ben said...

Sweet web-log Jemima , looks like you're properly settled back in .. is that a full year now ? with a good staff and plenty of labradors . hope your bitten tongue is healing .. Ben (Evans)


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It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
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An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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