Tuesday, 4 May 2010

The last of the suns' rays are bathing the far hill in that amazing gold light that comes at this time of the year with the sun still low. The cherry blossom is gleaming and the differing tones of green in the new leaves are all so many shades as to be a wonder to the eyes. I have a copper beech tree in the middle of the field, two actually, and there used to be a wild cherry tree in front of them which sadly fell while I was away, the mixture of the copper leaves from the beeches and the white cherry blossom was a sight to behold. There is a sapling coming up from the old fallen tree, I hope I live long enough to see it fill the gap that was left. The birds are singing away and the white lilac is nearly out. The oaks have almost come into full leaf and I swear they did it while I was not looking! The fence at the bottom of the field is almost done thanks to lots of volunteers and particularly Pete on the chestnut paling, so I need some sheep now. The new hedge in front of the fence has been watered copiously by the rain over the bank holiday!! It is another beech hedge but with five holly trees to give me berries for Christmases to come.

All the birds did well at the two shows over the weekend, I was flying at the Falconers Fair, OK I wasn’t, the birds were, and Adam did demonstrations at East Knor Castle, which went well. Holly, Simon and Robin with John and the kids did all the flying here and all the birds did their stuff. Cool Ground (Snowy Owl) is now grounded for moulting, which he needs badly, we will get him going again in the autumn when he will be a beautiful white bird ready for the owl evenings and the winter flying demonstrations.

Simon took the Kite eggs and there are two which are both fertile, so hopefully all being well we will have two more for the team to join Theft and Deception. I flew Watamu loose this evening, he has forgotten nothing, and we plan to fly the Bald Eagle loose tomorrow and then she can have a name! The new weighing room extension is now painted and Richard did sterling work over the weekend putting in the electrics, we are going to be very smart in there, although I suspect his wife may not be talking to him as he worked late on each evening. Mike and I went into B and Q to look at kitchen units but one of our founder members is going to give us a better price, they should arrive on Friday, hooray, it will be lovely to get things done and in so we can work in more space. And woe betide anyone who leaves it untidy – they will have to lick the floor clean – and without help from Acer!



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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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