|Cayuga duck. They lay black eggs.|
|Laura's legacy. Our ground is as neat as manicured parkland.|
|Figs this year? It is a very young tree.|
|Normal for here. 2 geese gone broody in the same nest.|
I had to 'coppice' out an ash which I'd planted too close to neighbouring chestnuts and oak and a 'Golden Hornet' crab apple which had been badly ring-barked by the geese. This tree had struggled on with its main trunk for a couple of years but never got enough water aloft to give it proper expansion of leaves (or much fruit), but had then shot out a back-up 2nd 'trunk' from low down. I have now cut the old tree down at 3' high and used the old trunk as a tree-stake for the new whip. Should work. Elizabeth's rescued peach tree is currently doing the same, so may get the same 'repair'.
|Breakfast does not come with fewer food-miles than this.|
Our own eggs and our home grown, home cured bacon.
|Golden Hornet crab apple cut down and|
re-started from a low down 'coppice' shoot.
|Landing the new Appleyard family.|
|The grass is a bit too long for ducks in the Hubbard pen but|
they will surely sort it out.
|Mum duck is in there somewhere, watching me warily.|
|'Shtumpy' teaching her 4 baby chicks to dust-bathe. The chicks |
are close in to her chest here, not clearly visible.
|7 turkey eggs currently being brooded in a corner of the Tígín|
but by a hen. She has nipped off for a toilet break.
|The bees are very busy in this hot weather. Ignore the ash seed.|
It has just fallen from the tree above and landed there.