Friday, 13 July 2012

 I am informed that the Jet Stream is moving, well hoobloodyray, about time, maybe the weather will improve which would be lovely. The Falconer’s Fair has been cancelled for the second time, the CLA Game Fair has been cancelled, Gatcombe Horse Trials has been cancelled and the fun day at Quedgely (OK not a hugely significant event like the others, but we were flying there!!) has been cancelled also for the second time, all because of the weather.

Is it affecting us, oh yes of course it is, although I have to say that I think that people are now so fed up with the weather forecast that they are just saying ‘sod it’ and going out anyway. We have had rain I am told for every day for the last 35 days!! However we soldier on, the birds are flying as well as they can considering that they have no consistency because of the weather. The two new Yellow-billed Kites called 51 and 52 until they earn their real names are doing really well. My Lesser Kestrel is a joy, she or he is charm personified, you must come and see her!! Lyra is well and starting to do demonstrations, Shanny and Discovery (along with Adam and Natasha) are on their way back from a film job the other side of London, which I hope has gone well, it should have done as both birds knew what they had to do and were well rehearsed. I have a 20 day old male Sparrowhawk who is going to be my hunting bird for this coming winter if all goes well, and we have two Red-footed Falcons as well, with two more to come to go to Duncombe with Anabelle and Charlie.

With living creatures there is always a big upside and a huge downside. Our beautiful and much needed baby male Tawny Eagle (only one was a male and I was so pleased to have him) has died. We are awaiting the gross PM result, but its such a shame because of all the birds it was a male Indian Tawny Eagle I probably wanted the most. His big sister, the female in the first clutch is well and coming on in her training and his clutch sister is going to start training next week. Holly's Grey Buzzard Eagle is doing well too, and hooding like a dream. The young Hobby that came in last year is being trained for release, it looks a little odd as it has a Jackdaw's tail!

Hemp has been moved to Mozart’s aviary, she looks well and happy in there, but even though I love her dearly, it is not the same. I have not been able to carve Mozart’s headstone yet, either too tired at the end of the day, or bloody raining!!

Art has been going really well, Natasha and I went up yesterday in the pouring rain and raked the school we use so the corners were level, and today Jules and I put up the letters required for a dressage arena, tomorrow we have a workout with him and hopefully he will appreciate the more level school and the letters to guide us!!

We have an unexpectedly quiet weekend ahead, with all the cancellations of shows, so come and see us, we will have time to sit and have a chat – maybe!!!



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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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