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Ian Fisher
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Goodbye old buddy, and happy trails
Yesterday, our dear old Billy Big Balls (aka Comet) eased off his mortal coil and went to the eternal rutting grounds in the sky.  It's a time of sadness and reflection.  While the reality is that all living things eventually die, some of our animals make m...
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Mizzle, mizzle, mizzle
Yup, it’s raining again down here in the south-west.  I know it keeps things green, but that would
still be the case with a quarter of the water and I fear that the only way I am
going to get the lawn under control is with a flamethrower and a dose of Round...
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Ann's Diary 3
While we went away to Kefalonia for a week, woken daily by
the gentle tinkling of goat bells on the hillside, Ann held the fort, with an
incontinent geriatric Joey and widdling nipper Ned.  Ann in charge?  We all know what that means…another
instalment of A...
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Goodbyes and hellos
Blue skies, happy cattle, the moon and Sonny. It’s not the same once the swallows have gone.  Not long ago they were chasing each other
around the house, chittering with excitement and keeping the insect population
in check.  Our gang flew south and were
te...
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Invasion of the seed snatchers
So... ...our sparrow breeding programme is going well...
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A week on the farm
Recently Ian M went to Sardinia to meet his new nephew
Sebastiano, and left me in charge of all things farmy.  As Ann does, I write a diary to bring him
up-to-speed on his return... Tuesday The sheep in Cleave want to move and are hanging around by
the gate...
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Swallow Tales
A goodly while back, on a clear Wednesday morning, we
decided that the weekend would see us finally complete the roofing under the
large covered area outside our kitchen - our room outdoors.  On Wednesday afternoon, a pair of swallows started
poking around,...
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Drifting into summer
Lambing seems like it was months ago.  Farmer Rob says if we had to put the rams in the day lambing finished, we wouldn't...but by November we'll have forgotten how we felt by the end of week two and merrily look forwards to the next round the following spr...
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Wildlife not always welcome
The swallows are back swooping across 13 Acres, linnets and
goldfinches pull apart the dandelion heads on the bank behind the house, and
this morning a buzzard and raven were aerial fighting for something tasty as
they careened past the window.  We are
alwa...
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Blacktail Lodge lives up to its name
Vermin control took an unexpected turn in the sheds
recently.  This year we've been
reasonably (reasonably...) pest-free and we now know why.  Out from the straw pile ran a rat, with a
stoat (blacktail) hot on its heels.  A
squeak and a brief struggle later...
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