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New Potatoes – 25 June 2013

Out on the land seasons aren’t dictated by the official looking statements printed below numbers in the diary, ‘mid summer’s day’ etc. The sky and the growing grass, the bird song and the smell of the woods, the veg in … Continue reading

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18th June 2013 – Chequer Returns

Chequer, the impish jackdaw which I raised from a fledgling last summer, has returned to Foxridge. Having not seem him for six months, I was convinced that he had succumbed to a sparrow hawk or a shot gun or simply … Continue reading

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14th June 2013 – Feeding the Ferrets

The official tally of young ferrets this year is thirty-one from four jills –  one litter numbered thirteen which is probably one of the largest I’ve seen. As the kits grow, the appetite of their milk producing mothers becomes insatiable … Continue reading

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10th June 2013 – More New Arrivals

High pitched squeaking, like a choir of impatient mice, announced the first litter of ferret kits a couple of weeks back and now four of my  jills have given birth. The fifth, ‘Honey’ didn’t come into season and I’m not … Continue reading

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4th June 2013 – Roe-d Kill!

The otherwise monotonous act of driving has one large benefit, save for simply arriving at one’s intended location – road kill. No other mode of transport allows long distances to be traversed, whilst still having the ability to stop and … Continue reading

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1st June 2013 – Wild Stem Artichoke

A modest bit of re-branding would I’m sure lead to many people enjoying foraged food much more. Hand someone a  hairy bitter cress leaf and (understandably) they look at you with the horror of one expected to gulp back a … Continue reading

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28th May 2013 – Bee-hind

After the difficult conditions for bees last year I was hoping for something better this summer, but again things are not looking promising. Like the hawthorn (which is out now), my colonies are a month behind and despite being healthy, … Continue reading

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24th May 2013 – Fairy Ring Champignon

After the a poor showing of St George’s Mushrooms a few Fairy Ring Champignon brought on by the rain are a very welcome addition to the larder. Their drying qualities are fabled and a few hours left in a warm … Continue reading

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22nd May 2013 – Bull Finches

The front lawn has been left to grow wild for the sake of the bulbs and is now dotted with the downy spheres of dandelion seed heads. Gold finches are the usual birds seen harvesting the tiny umbrella seeds, but for a week now … Continue reading

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20th May 2013 – Turkey Chicks

Although most years I endeavour to do most of my incubation under broody birds of various sorts (hens, turkeys or geese), this year has been so dismal for fertility and hatching that I have had to resort to filling up a couple of incubators. … Continue reading

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