Tuesday, 29 March 2011

It was a glorious week last week, just wonderful weather, the best that England can supply and nowhere else can do it. The sun has been out, a slight frost in the morning, soon going and then a heavy dew, the wild daffodils are looking superb, the tree are just starting to come into leaf, or some of them and the Highways department closed our road!! Oh well you can’t have everything I suppose!!!! Then came the weekend grey and cold and then on Monday warm and sunny, sometimes I wonder if someone is having a joke about weekends!

We had a group of photographers in on Sat, they were a really nice bunch and took some great photos. Mike has been here and we have cleared all the dried soil from the ponds that was spread out at the bottom of the flying field, it was in piles all over the bottom horse field waiting to be rotavated into the awful soil that is there. That should make a big difference, however looked like we have a severe outbreak of enormous moles!! It has now been Scuffled!! Bet you don’t know what that is!! Well it’s between a rotavtor and a plough, so now you know. He has also tidied up the top field, and moved the tree trunk with Adam’s help to the wood for the plan Adam has in there (wait and see) and today we are moving the mound that only the dogs use to play on, and putting the soil in holes around the place. He fixed the leak in the pond and made a mess above the top pond!! But is could not be helped.

We also moved the mound that was to the left of the flying ground, and that has been seeded. Robin has almost finished laying out the Owl Maze, which is going to look amazing needless to say.

Sedge has recovered from his trip abroad – OK Wales! The others were very pleased to see him back as were all the staff, to say he got spoilt yesterday would be an understatement! Dante is going on loan tomorrow, which is good because he will get lots of work and hopefully gain the experience he needs to be a great horse. Then I can concentrate on Henry who is still lame at the moment, damn it.

One very sad occasion today was the death of Treasure, she had been self-mutilating again, and we tried all sorts of things to discourage her. Neil saw her last week and we decided that she might have an internal problem that was causing her to bite at her back, so she went in today and was X-rayed. Her spine was twisted, so Neil did not bring her round. She was 25 years old and the first Secretary Bird to be trained in the world. I will miss her dreadfully. We will bury her in the field.

The two peregrines are flying superbly, just amazing to see, they are both climbing and stooping brilliantly, bodes well for the summer. We have grounded Hemp who is about to lay eggs any minute now and also Cool Ground because he needs a rest. Ruby is going to come back into work and also Karis, Brenin, and a couple of others, so we are moving onto a full team of birds again.


SUE said...

sorry to hear about treasure - i loved the displays she did

Jemima Parry-Jones MBE said...

Me too, we will miss her dreadfully


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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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