In March when the first bluebells appeared we thought it would be a very short season for them. But as the wet weather came in, they kept on growing and blooming - and still are! The rhododendrons in their pink, white, purple and red dresses are lighting up the darkest corners of the woods. Lois is being visited by the Jackdaws and Magpies - all after a bit of soft lining for their nests. It provides a welcome mobile scratching service for Lois, who has no interest whatsoever in her hay now, prefering the lush meadow grass. We have been warming our bodies in the sunshine at the top of the paddock, and the ground is alive with bugs and worms - a veritable feast.
At Wattlebury Cottage the wild birds are very busy. There is a pair of Goldfinches nesting in the fir trees; Wilf and his mate - the Greater Spotted Woodpeckers; Sparrows under the tiles in the roof; Wood Pigeons and Collared Doves; Chaffinches, Blackbirds, Great Tits, Blue Tits - oh and a gang of swallows! On Friday we had our power supply cut off from 8 in the morning until 4 p.m. And our babies are under the brooder and the big incubator is full of our eggs. So Dad took them all to work with him! The babies were very tired that evening as it had been a very exciting day for them.