Friday, 21 May 2010

I probably should not say this, but we do actually need some rain! It is very very dry, and my poor trees are beginning to look a little unhappy about the lack of water. We are watering all the new beech hedge plants, but it is tough to give them enough. Amazingly my ponds are still quite full though, and we are seeing either ducks or geese on the bottom pond on occasion.

Linda Flanagan and I went to the Old Court Nurseries and Picton Garden on Tuesday, Anabelle who had come on a one day course had talked to the owners about us having some Michaelmas Daisy’s which I love and they had offered us some, which was very nice of them. So we went and collected them, and bought some more, it was a lovely morning and if you want somewhere to go in the autumn it is a beautiful place and the guided tour on their website is so simple and just lovely to browse through Of course now we have to plant everything, which is another reason why a little rain might be good.

The weighing room is all but done and a joy to work in, lots of room and everything neat and tidy!! And it is going to stay that way! The birds seem to like the fact that there is more space, and even the Tawny Eagles are facing up to the fact that the weighing machine has moved. It also makes weighing the Bald Eagle a great deal easier because it is not cramped. Thanks to all those who made it possible.

Mind you, one job finishes and then another problem raises its head. Iloana found a very wet patch when clearing by the back gate, so with help from Mike and the Davis’s digger we now have a huge hole and a water problem again! Hopefully we will fix it today, but sometimes it seems you take two steps forward and one back.

Holly’s baby Ural Owl is a very dynamic owl, it is never still!! And climbs the wire non stop, which means it has scraped its cere now (nose!) so we moved him/her to another aviary and hopefully the problem will be solved, it will stop once he can fly, she has called him Bosbury Pippin! The baby Great Horned Owl is growing by the minute and is my responsibility to train so it has been in the house, Linda Flanagan has been caring for him and he is named Darcy Spice – another apple variety. Adam is waiting for the baby Spectacled Owl to be old enough to come out and be played with, so we add three more owls to the team which is nice.

The grounds are looking good and everyone has been helping with weeding, hoeing and watering the new beech hedges. However the lambs have not exactly been helpful as they keep getting out. There is a ton of grass for them in the sheep field, but no, they would rather have the mown grass and my new beech hedge!!

I just got back from taking Linda to the bus station as she flies back to the US today, it will be a long day, we got to Glos by five forty am, the roads were clear!

Spring watch starts on May 31st and I have been promised that our four films will be on in one of the programmes but we are not sure which one, so you will have to watch all of them. Its been a glorious spring so far, late but lovely.



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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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