3 Eggs already.

P1020346Having been doubtful as to whether these were swallows or house martins looked them up on the RSBP website and they are definitely swallows as they have red on their heads and the tail feathers are very forked.I crept up the out side stairs when Mrs Swallow was away and the Dad not about with my camera, I could see that there are at least 3 lovely little eggs nestling in the feather lined bed. I am not sure how long birds take to hatch their young, a chicken takes 3 weeks. Do hope she will stay and hatch them out.

New House Mates!

P1020343Last Monday I saw a muddy patch on the wall and a week later the house has been built and Mrs Swallow [or is it House martin] is in residence soon to lay some eggs. Guests have found it intriguing watching the building process from bedroom 1 the care that the birds take to get the straw or feather in exactly the right place . There is great chattering when they approach the nest but if they see a camera pointing at them they are soon away, one guests hopes to get a picture with her tablet as it hides her face, she also draped a dark shawl over her shoulders to help the disguise.

So how long should a stick of rhubarb be?

2015-06-09 18.26.50My rhubarb has been excellent this year, guests have really appreciated it cooked with orange for their breakfast.

Here is my 4 year old granddaughter seeing just how long the stems are. She was over the moon that she’s taller – just! The rhubarb stem measured 28 inches.

I knew there was one more Easter Egg!

2015-06-07 13.16.23I have just been cutting the hedge in the garden and out pops this Easter Egg, 10 weeks later and still looking as good as new.

A good old Cadbury Creme Egg! Yes, it still tastes the same as one that has not been in the hedge for so long (I didn’t share it with the grand kids, it was all mine!).

Pansies have such dear little faces!

P1020310These are some of the pansies we planted just before Easter and are now looking in their prime, though we did have a problem with the chickens trying to dig them up to start with, but a small but of wire mesh did the trick.

There was something eating my plants!

P1020321I could see that some thing was eating my new plants in the border but never expected quite so many snails in one night after putting down some environmentally friendly bait. Nearly 100 shells. I think they must have been wintering in the stone wall.

Jolly little caravan

P1020306What a lovely little caravan and such a jolly colour too. The owner says it is excellent , so easy to tow and well planned out inside.

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