Finally, it’s raining! I couldn’t be more happy.
It’s been scorching hot around here, well by UK standards anyway. My pond has completed dried out and animals and plants are sulking and yearning for shade. On the farm at the rescue, Wilma has taken to holding up the wall,
while Daisy and Maisy, along with their cockerel friend have retired to their den, and refuse to come out at all.
The sheep are dotted along the perimeters…
the chickens under the tyres.
Turkeys don’t seem to mind the sun. This guy is a monster, he attacks everything, people, sheep, and pigs, the only animal he fears are the geese, geese y’see, take no prisoners, ever!
This turkey is the opposite, he loves everyone and everything. The more I’m around animals the more I realize how like people they are. They all have totally different personalities, even within the same species.
Trying to keep plants watered has been challenging. I’m amazed these lilies flowered at all given the relentless attacks from the dreaded lily beetle, pretty but lethal.
The begonias are coming into their own now,
honeysuckle is flowering,
and buddleia is calling far and wide to the bees and butterflies.
Lady Marmalade hung on in there,
as did this pretty-planted by birds tea rose.
Laura, my wonderful dog sitter brought me another racing pigeon for release a few days ago, we were both delighted to see how quickly it found the bird feeder. Looks like it’s sticking around.
Of course, wherever Laura goes, Emmi, aka Baby Bear, my little foster puppy, goes too. It’s always so touching seeing how she remembers me, my face is literally dripping wet after a welcome from her! She’s always so at home here.
Summer wouldn’t be summer without Basilica!