20. Oct, 2014

All in a days work!

There was plenty of work to be done at our home for waifs and strays today, besides a late shift on the ward.

     Golden leaves were dragged off the pond and heaps more from around the garden. Compost bins were turned and emptied onto the vegetable patch where the winter vegetables continue to thrive.  Hedges were cut and the remainder of the trees were pruned. The magnolia tree was cut in late summer as healing is quicker then. This also applies to walnut trees.  

      In the quiet garden, the hens and the wild birds competed for the remainder of the grapes which hung in bunches over the wall. Their scraggly bodies are the result of moulting. This can be quite alarming for those who are not used to it. Feathers are scattered over the ground and the girls strut about unaware of their scraggly appearance. This is the time they also stop laying albeit temporarily. You see, their feathers are 85% protein and their eggs just the same, so it is just too much for the hen to produce feathers as well as eggs. But we love them just as much!  

       There have been no more sightings of the polecat or the ferret in the woodshed so hopefully they have found a new home and are in good health. However, we will continue to keep a watchful eye.

       It’s the end of the day and I’m sitting in front of the log fire drinking a cup of sweet tea. As strange as it seems, I’m too tired to sleep! My head is full of thoughts and ideas as well as reflection. So I shall wait until the embers fade before climbing the wooden hill to bed! After all, it is later than we think!