Over the last ten days we’ve had an out and out heatwave which is set to continue for another week. Not a single drop of rain has fallen, and although I’m boiling alive day and night, I have no intention of complaining. BUT…… wildlife is really suffering. The rescue is flooded with animals that are literally dying from thirst and after 24 hours of refreshments they are good to go again. So I’m leaving water out everywhere…..and am hoping all you guys are too….
Strangely, the rescue is also flooded with herring gull chicks. These birds are similar to ducklings in as much as they remain totally and utterly wild, however young they are when they come in. I think it’s probably because it’s important that both follow the mothers so the first face they see is the only one they will ever accept! Herring gulls are seriously vicious and we do have to be careful around them, especially as they get bigger!
Summer is the ideal time for playing out, and Hubs and I always walk an hour to this pub each week as the house martin’s nest there…..it’s fantastic watching them hatch and fledge….tiny aerial acrobats they are. This year the pub has been decorated and all the nests were removed, but after a good snooping session I found the new ones under the porch. Marvelous!
And the sunsets on the way home are to die for!
On the way back, we always cut across the fields, as the dogs simply love weaving through the long grasses and I just love the sound and feel of the rustling swaying plants, it always reminds me of my childhood. Sadly, I’ve just found out that the field is going to be built upon, so after all these years of cutting across it at dusk, this year may be our last….
The haystacks now litter the fields.
And the vibrant fields of rape are everywhere.
The pond is now TEEMING with tiny frogs, which are about half the size of my little finger nail….
And the swifts are everywhere….every time I see them on the wire I always think of the Leonard Cohen song….
Like a bird on the wire,
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
A great mantra for me!
On our bike rides we always stop to say Hi to the lambs, which sure are getting big…..I always dread the day when they disappear though….
My hollyhocks are out, one of my favourite cottage garden plants.
Along with the first of my cucumbers.
Long walks in the pinewoods are back on the menu.
And the beach is a haven in this weather….as the sea breeze is so cooling.
Since we’ve had the dogs we’ve had real problems letting them off the lead as Sam always takes off following some scent or other, and Annie just runs in wider and wider circles trying to herd him. They can become dots in the distance in seconds and of course Sam always refuses to come back…..wayward he is! Now we only let Annie off and put Sam on an extending lead, hopefully once Annie is trained we can work on His Lordship!!! He may even learn from watching her! One can only hope!
All my seedlings are now in bloom along with Flighty’s marigolds…..
And Finally….I’ve now also decorated the porch! Yeay!!!! This is my lovely old cauldron that houses all sorts of rubbish….and the hat that acts as a lid is hubs Indiana Jones hat, the Indy hat for short. Every time he dons it an adventure is on the cards!!!