05 August 2009 23:02:10
Moor hen in the reeds
It's not often we're chasing water but at Cloncaw we had developed very boggy areas in the field that the house is sited in. Yesterday and today was spent draining it and a while ago Johnny had relocated one of the many springs on the farm to see if we could divert it to the pond, a 2nd flow of water had also been discovered but where was it coming from. There were old crockery drains all over the place in very odd places. The hymac tried to follow the drain and it turned towards the pond, I had wondered if there was any possibility this 2nd run was seeping from the pond and yes it was. While digging to locate the pipes there in the massive hole was a brilliant green frog trying to clamber up the sheer bank- wish I'd had my camera, hymac to the rescue and the frog was lifted out in the bucket and deposited on the ground, hope he escaped before the hole was filled in to stop the water leaking from the pond. Now it's a case of rising the spring and diverting it into a pipe that drains water from the field.
Potatoes don't appear to have detoriated further keeping my fingers crossed that blight is under control. Picked one of the apples in the orchard to try quite sharp in taste but need to think about picking them before the birds do. Only a small number of cookers though.
Today Allie who occasionally does odd days working on the cross country course removed all the weeds that were on the verge of spreading seeds along the path below the south bed, it's been too windy to spray them and I certainly didn't want any drift onto the flower beds. Then this evening I planted up more of the plants added to my collection on Monday- hope to get some photos up to morrow as it was too dark by the time I finished. Before the planting session I sat outside having my tea listening to the birds chattering, watching swallows swooping over the pond, the family of ducks and a moorhen swim in and out of the reeds. This was all possible as my eldest daughter offered to teach for me what a joy.