Friday, 5 February 2010

Flipping Hell what a day! It has been non stop. Neil Forbes and Karen arrived first, Neil was running a half day MSc. course. We were expecting 16 students, so we got Charlie’s Room ready, warm and cosy, but in fact there were 24 of them, which was great, but a bit of a squash and certainly warm in there. But they were all very nice and the dogs had a field day with people wanting to talk and play with them. Then the two people for the Falconry Experience Day arrived. Actually I am wrong; David Kenworthy arrived first and got on with the clearing of the fallen willow by the Lime tree opposite Barn 2. He has cleared it all and there is a wonderful view now right through to Green Farm’s lake, which will look lovely in the summer, it has lifted the whole area.

So after coffee I was continuing to clear paths and leaves, Robin took the course with help from Adam. Simon was clearing branches with David cutting, and all the students were happily learning with Neil. At 11.30 he needed some birds for them to look at, so Simon and Adam did that, Robin did the guided tour and I did the flying demonstration for the bus driver!!! You need to be nice to bus drivers – they might bring other visitors and anyway the birds have to be flown. Hannah a work experience girl phoned and needed picking up from Newent so I managed that after the demo, then a photographer for the Forester Newspaper wanted a photo of us with an owl and then a chap from Travers Perkins wanted to have a chat!! It was hectic. Still the day went well, we had a few visitors, the courses went very well, the visitors were happy, the place is looking better by the minute. Holly came in on her day off and took photos with her new camera – I hope they are good. Robin took Hannah down to the bus at the end of the day. Mike did a great job on the start of the path drainage although the digger is not well at the end of it, but Julie’s dad is coming to fix it tomorrow – hooray. Its so nice to start to get the paths right and the water sorted out, I will be sooooooooo pleased when it is done and works.

I could say the same for my car, but apparently we are not there yet. Honestly I have not had my bloody range rover working properly since last July. You would not think it was that difficult but I gather it is a crap BMW engine. We never should have sold it to the Germans, Americans, Indians, we should have kept it. And as for Cadbury’s!!! Bad move, have you ever tasted American chocolate, it is dire!! I did finally manage at the end of the day, to empty my barrow of leaves, but only one got done, pathetic, I hope to do better tomorrow.
The young Bald Eagle (in picture) is doing well, although I could do with him stopping biting my head!! Ah well its early days yet, he only arrived in the Hawk Walk yesterday, handsome chap isn't he!



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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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