On a hot day in June

Today I watched the butterflies dancing amongst the meadow grasses. There’s quite a view from up here in the cherry orchard, and on this very hot day it’s so clear you can see for miles. The sheep are enjoying the shade and I did too, eating cherries as I went, and I caught sight of a blackbird sneaking away with a bit of bright red in its beak. Mrs N told me that years ago her dear husband set up a contraption to disuade the birds from making off with the fruit. In amongst the trees he rigged up a metal device that bashed and clanged, and at its source was a rope at the farmhouse that he pulled vigorously early every morning to make lots of noise! Mrs N was none too happy about the din at that early hour, but it did serve its purpose – and as requested she dilligently pulled away at the rope from time to time during the day. The noise maker has long gone. The birds probably have belly ache from the amount they have eaten now but they have left some for us humans to enjoy. Such a lovely day, such a beautiful view, and shared with the sleepy sheep and the dancing butterflies.

Summer time… and the living is easy.

Well, not all that easy. When your Mamma can’t feed you despite every effort, someone has to lend a hand. In a few weeks little Jade will not need regular bottle feeding, but in the meantime she stays with her Mum for love and companionship – and a special blend of warm milk helps her to thrive.

Spring into Summer

The Winter has left us after what seems like a long visit and the orchards and meadows have suddenly bloomed into life. The farm sounds different too. Calls from mothers to their lambs and calves. Birds sing as they work to collect nesting material and food. Children laughing and having fun as they learn on their field trip to the farm. The blossom is popping out in their own time, some of the cherries are already losing their petals yet many of the apple varieties are yet to fully open. The sunshine has brought the fishermen to the banks of the pools, glad to be enjoying the warmth along with their sport. It’s so beautiful, fresh, uplifting and a joy to be here!