Monday, 30 August 2010
I'm worried and here is why....
Having written here in my Blog that I have killed 9 rats in 7 days this morning there are no dead rats although one of the traps has been sprung.
Now does this mean that the rats have the Internet and are secretly following my Blog?
Or am I killing the thick off spring from each new generation so that only the super intelligent ones survive. You know the ones that work out that they can get the food out of the trap without setting it off or the even more clever ones that would actually go hungry rather than risk it?
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Saturday, 28 August 2010
The cause was 5 Jackdaws shouting and flapping on, in and around same. It would appear that many natural things are confused by the similarities between Spring and Autumn and the Jackdaw family who hatched in the box last Spring have returned and are having a re-union.
Over night both rat traps operated correctly!! Last evening, just as dusk fell, I secured the fowl against rat attacks and noticed a gigantic reddy orange moon rising almost due East over the Church. I moved onto our bank to get the best view and whilst there carefully scanned the wheat field (still not harvested and probably ruined) for Barny. A small noise and flutter in my far left peripheral vision drew my attention. Barny was perched on a sheep hurdle not 60 feet away watching ME!
Further news:- The rams have returned...presumably their work is done for another year and the lambs will be with us come Christmas.
The Fox (es) still visit nightly and leave messages to let me know they still lust for my hens.
Roe and Muntjaq deer are almost common place and we see at least one nearly every day.
The Moorhens (all survive) are now full size and indistinguishable from Mum & Dad.
Friday, 27 August 2010
The three remaining young chicks moved in to the main flock hen house yesterday with there adopted Mum (Snowflake no-ring). I don't know what triggers that action but both broods this year have decided themselves, apparently at random, to not return to their secure brooding pen and just move back in with the other hens. It makes life simpler for me but I do have to take extra care to make the house rat proof (well as much as possible). I am slowly catching and killing the latest rat brood (one each day for the last 3 days) but no chance of catching the adults who are just too clever and too fit and, actually quite beautiful. Well they have a good healthy diet! LOL! I just wish they would stop eating my babies.
Meanwhile the foxes are still about although i only see the evidence left marking what they believe is their territory. And the Roe and Muntjaq Deer are still about most days. Rabbits everywhere!! The Kites are still about but they are much quieter and the swallows are still here although they can be seen shivering most days.LOL!
Wednesday, 25 August 2010
My CT scan session was booked for 1600hrs so we took a leisurely stroll through the Spinal Injuries wing to find that there was a designer clothes sale on......one dress and an amazing coat later we were off to the CT.
The staff told us straight away that there would be a delay as they had an emergency from ITU so we knew we were to be there for the long haul. So we sat back with our books to be entertained by the sheer efficiency of the whole operation as the waiting area filled up and the patients were processed with care and attention but incredible efficiency. What team work! The ITU patient had a large amount of equipment, seven nurses and two porters...all of which was fed into and out of the CT room.
Well done Stoke Mandeville!
Sunday, 22 August 2010
Three amazing children
And lots of fun in London,
Friday, 20 August 2010
The Ducklings were attacked (by rats I guess) and one has been killed and the little one appears to be very worried.
I let Blondie back but have no idea how I can protect them from further attacks.
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Saturday, 14 August 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Anyway a day or so ago I saw 4 kites very high up above the village, way above the Luton flight path so I guess they are enjoying the freedom that wings give you! All quiet across the wheat field this morning.
A few days ago Vic found a destroyed wasps nest. It had been dug up out of the ground and the only animal we have heard of that does that is a badger so we may have them wandering about too. Never seen any hereabouts though.
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
This morning everything glistens with a thousand tiny jewels of water in the bright sunshine.
So there I was scanning the wheat field from the end of my garden, searching out every bush for a sign of my wild neighbours and listening to the recorded distress calls of various birds, that the RAF broadcast to try to clear their runways, when I realised that one of the young foxes was standing beside me, not 40 feet away, doing much the same thing.
He nodded "Good Morning" and trotted off into the field!
My poor fowl!
I just can't let them roam free so they have to stay shut in until I can supervise their exercise.
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Maron (green ring) also got the idea and took her teenagers into the main hen house for the first time so I guess that group are fully integrated back into the main flock. How long before she re-starts laying?
Meanwhile Blondie still has the 3 remaining call ducklings who show no sign of interest in our one remaining adult Drake. Yesterday, whilst I supervised their afternoon walk, they all made a break for the wheat field....but I was quick enough and got them back without incident.
Autumn approaches....we swept the chimney, re-fire cemented the cracked bits and heated the old girl up to operating temperature. Now just need the modern equivalent of "Zebo" to make her look good.
Saturday, 7 August 2010
Friday, 6 August 2010
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Tom's Solar Powered boat 's glue has set and it worked when the sun came out!!!