Blanchland Moors are just up the road from here, the other side of Slaley Forest. They are a wonderful place for a walk or mountain bike ride especially on a fine day like this, you could even smell the warmth! There are long distance views towards Consett and over to Blanchland. Blanchland is a very pritty village with an excellent tea room, an easy walk from where I took this photo.
I have just harvest my orange crop from the tree we have grown from a pip about 30 years age! This year we got nearly 2 lbs of fruit enough to make a batch of sweet orange marmalade, This has been an idea that I have had for some time as we do not get that much fruit staying on the tree every year, you can see one of hopefully next years oranges starting to form next to this years last 2 oranges.
These large sacks can hold up to 30 ewe’s fleeces if you pack them tight, which means getting into the sack and jumping on the fleeces to pack them down, a job the children love to do!
We had 70 ewes to shear,16 ewe lambs who had not been shawn before, so they had very large fleeces and the 2 boys or rams who are rather large and can be strong to handle. The 3 shearers had the whole job done, packed up and away in 2 hours including their lunch break! Shearing is a very specialize job only for the strong and fit guys, not me! My granddaughter who lives in the hills behind Rye Hill, travelled by horse, a lovely ride over the moors and through Slaley Forest. It takes her about an hour depending how much time she spends on the phone on her way!
Having been doubtful as to whether these were swallows or house martins, I 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 outside stairs when Mrs Swallow was away (Dad wasn’t about either) with my camera, and 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. Check back for a follow up blog.