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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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Ducks Return

23 January 2010 23:59:52
Ducks Return

Ducks Return

Cold and foggy morning but looking out to the pond there were 4 ducks and 2 moorhens floating about. The last few days we've had 2 ducks in the evening but as soon as there is any movement outside they were up and away. Took some photos through the window and then decided to open the window to get a better shot must have been the click of the camera but they were up and away as soon as I pressed the shutter. Will have to try and set up a feeding station to try and get them more settled.

Due to work I didn't get much time in the garden till after 4:30pm and it was pretty cold but I managed to get James son no 3 to start and dig out the Lysimachia that is rampaging through the eastern bed, We actually love it's brightness but other planting was being smothered, It's amazing how dry this bed is but possibly it's due to the way the plant has run everywhere that isn't covered with membrane and weighted down. There is a massive pile removed and still a lot more to go, the plan is to relocate it to around the pond where it will not impinge on other plants. We will keep some in the eastern bed but I plan to plant it in a similar way to mint in a deep bottomless pot in groups and hopefully this will solve the problem. James is on the hunt for funds to spend on a 4 day trip to Edinburgh his birthday and Christmas present from his girlfriend, great when they want to work instead of looking for a sub so hopefully tomorrow we'll get a lot more done.

Have put up some photos of the ducks in the Wildlife Album.


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Mairin Mairin 24 January 2010 00:05:08

Oh, bribery - excellent! 


Jacinta Jacinta 24 January 2010 00:08:49

Make the most of him looking for a favour. He wont always be like that. In a few years his wife will keep him too busy to get anything done for you. You always have stunning photos for your journals. Lucky thing, with gorgeous vistas like that.


AitAlainn AitAlainn 24 January 2010 00:19:09

Thats a good idea - planting in a bottomless pot!  Must remember that tip.


Cloncaw Cloncaw 24 January 2010 00:20:41

James has just finished exams at ITB and knows that money doesn't grow on trees so it's a case of work as no money no fun unfortunately. He's doing Sports Management and Coaching so he's young fit and strong.

Jacinta the views are fabulous and the great thing is it's our farm all around.


Jacinta Jacinta 24 January 2010 00:24:13

Unfortunately I have no sons. Two daughters.  And Steve is sprawled out on the couch with a bad back. He helped the coalman today to bring in 8 bags of coal. He is not getting any younger.


Rachel Rachel 24 January 2010 01:11:22

I love Lysmachia firecracker. Its red foliate was one of the first perennials to show its head last spring. I've yet to see how far it will spread. Great to have a bit of help in the garden this weather.


fran m fran m 24 January 2010 08:29:38

Great to get that help, make the most of it. Once the ducks get settled, you will be all the photos you want, and then the ducklings.


Jacinta Jacinta 24 January 2010 11:52:49

Just looking at the pics you put up. Gorgeous. And you have that view without even going outside. Can't wait to see your summer photos.


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