today …

The good and the not so good on the farm today. But mainly good.

fox in great forest

Look carefully and you can make out a vixen staring back at me, while just around the corner two fox cubs frolicked together. Lovely to see when they’re miles from home, but rather less welcome when they’re close to the yard and my hens.

wild rose in Great Forest field

Wild roses cascade from the hedgerow, reminding me of Alexandra Rose Day at school when pupils would raise money by holding competitions such as “guess the weight of the cake”

wild rose

and we’d pin a paper rose just like this on our blazer.

duck sitting on nest

Two of my ducks are sitting on eggs. This duck is amongst the stinging nettles in a nest made of down and feathers and every time she leaves to take a dip in the pond, she carefully covers up her eggs. The other duck is in the duck house, where she’s piled up a tower of straw and shredded paper that she sits atop. This morning I found two eggs moved from one of the nests, lying in the duck pen. One had been holed and the contents eaten, the other smashed to reveal a half formed duckling. Crow or rat?

nest containing blackbird eggsAn abandoned blackbird’s nest wedged between a rose bush and the wall of the house.

building an earth bundBuilding up an earth bund around the yard

new gateand installing a new gate to increase security and keep out unwelcome night-time visitors.

ox eye daisiesA sea of ox-eye daisies in the corner of one of the grass paddocks.

Best of all, the sun is shining!

11 thoughts on “today …

  1. Thomasina Tittlemouse says:

    Lovely pics, Anne! I do hope your ducks keep their eggs safe from marauders and they manage to hatch. Not so good with Foxy-Loxy loitering nearby – we nearly lost a broody bantam to one the other day. Only a pile of feathers in the morning to reveal where she’d been but would you believe it? she reappeared subsequently with a nasty bald patch but nothing worse. Hope she’s learned her lesson! I remember those pink paper roses for Alexandra Rose Day! We too pinned them on our school uniform! E x

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  2. andreamynard says:

    Hadn’t heard of Alexandra Rose day, sounds lovely – as does your farm, despite Mr Fox around the corner. I do love the ox-eye daisies in the paddock, have some in a corner of the garden and have been told “they’ll take over the garden” but wishing they’d start rampaging a little more as I’m a big fan.

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  3. Jane @ Shady Baker says:

    Your property is beautiful Anne complete with flowers and green grass! I love the photo of the duck. What a shame that one of the eggs has been eaten by a pest. There is something special about a bird nest, that blackbird’s house looks like a little sculpture…I wonder why the eggs were abandoned? Enjoy the sunshine.

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