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« Reply #1545 on: July 13, 2018, 10:15:07 AM »

We just have the right amount of rain, can you imagine that, ?
                        And it mostly falls during the night. The dry spell continues and our roads continue to degrade and distort. I mentioned the way that the turbine braking affects the surrounding areas and i post these pics as promised. Perhaps i should have pulled an orange line across the ground but that hose pipe will do instead. the hose was pulled perfectly straight and the bends are the actual hollows in the ground. The anchor point for the guy and safety rope opposite the winch are to the left of the pic. The anchor points set at 90% is in the rushes to the right bottom of the pic,
.  The soil/peat is barrowed down the garden from this point below,

Where Fredarica would spend hours pecking and scratching before disappearing to lay her eggs. We worried about her absence but reading up on her clan, we discovered that she sits on her eggs and only take a max of 10 minutes off duty at a time. So luckily this morning she appeared in front of me as i took a pic of the raft of the new conservatory, There was one years when the cats has over populated the place and they used to creep into the hedge on the right not far from where Fredarica has her nest. They would wait until the thrushes and blackbirds would be returning with their loads of bugs and grub.One week we had fantastic birdsong and the next we had total silence.The word went out that blackbird/thrush pie was on the menu and we were left without a bird in the place. Back then i nicknames it Death Row. Now we have a clutch of very sloppy blackbirds camping out under the cherry tree beside the shed. Angel spotted them eating the rasbers and took exception. So now we eat as many rasbers as we can before the blackbirds get at them. She does like rasbers. We will know when the bad times return when the blackbirds go quiet.

Still bold as brass and very trusting but with very little time to spend listening to me. I restocked her larder with crushed dognuts,,crumbled cheddar and popcorn.
   Getting back to the shape changing ground beside the wind turbine, It is something that has been happening for years so I have no worries about it. I used to run the turbine when it was in a reclining position and that was when the ground moved the most. The druth or dry spells exaggerate the problem. I considered taking the top of the ridge which runs in a straight line from the anchor point opposite the winch,,(Anchor point on the left) but decided to leave well enough alone and instead just fill in the hollows with tons of soil. I know the ground underneath and have run the bucket of my ex60 along the flat brown level rock, some 8ft down, which travels a good 100 yards beyond the site out into the bog . The burn that flows along the bottom of the site, has this rock as it,s base.
    I will chop up the peat sods and mix it with sand, then seed the lot for next spring.
  Our visitors have returned South after a very pleasant holiday, We are expecting a new bunch in a few weeks time. Hopefully Fredarica will have her new brood up and about. I sited her feeding table over a water trough. The one i use for mixing. It was the only one that offered any kind of security. She refuses to eat up on a proper bird table well clear of the ground and cats, so having it balanced on the water trough will make the moggies think twice and she has room to jump clear.
  I need another couple of loads of hardcore and then my concreting program will take off again.
I would like to thank all the members for refraining from indulging in political discussions. God knows but times have never been as uncertain as they are at present but happily we stick to RE and that way everyone will have a happy place to discuss things worthwhile.
                                     Biff

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« Reply #1546 on: July 15, 2018, 10:43:40 AM »

We are getting plenty of good wind here,
                                             Our Y/S is milling away steadily, The heavy downpours during the night have brought the grasses back to life but in an ugly green/brown rash. It was much cooler during the night which was very welcome. My road building, tunneling and aircraft runway program are all on hold. Even I need time to catch my breath and Diesel is quite ill. Our walks are slow and pensive but he is happy enough. Angel stole his favorite spot last week and he just stood there. She knew that he did not have the strength to push her out with his nose. I knew something was wrong when I saw that. She knows he is in trouble. She is going to miss him.
      It has been a great season for solar. Our rasbers are mostly gone and a family of blackbirds are the culprits. I will have to find a way to protect the plums. Fredarica sits on her eggs most of the day and only has a few minutes to snatch her favorite cheddar nibbles. Her breast is fluffed out with the outline of her eggs, She is all business. There is no real sign of the cats as yet apart from one long scrawny character who crossed the bottom of the yard last week. Perhaps they are waiting for the place to stock up before they move in to wipe it all out. Fredarica is quite fiesty, alert and strong but our feral cats are a ruthless/heartless bunch and I really would not miss them if they never came back.  Longmire is worth following once again. Vic and Walt could possibly ,,possibly be an item. What ever about Taylor,,Sackhoff is a class act and compulsive viewing. She is the most normal neurotic woman of modern times. I laughed my head off when she asked Walt for a raise and he gave this little slow sneaky smile. I don,t know why I watch it folks but I do. It is very different. Lots of corny stuff but it still flies.
                                    Biff
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« Reply #1547 on: July 15, 2018, 10:56:56 AM »

We could do with some rain here, I can't remember when it last rained and the ground now has 2 inch cracks in it. A downpour won't do any good as it will just go down the cracks.

The cherry tree has provided its best year to date and I managed to get them all (well nearly all) before the birds. Cheesy
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« Reply #1548 on: July 15, 2018, 11:33:48 AM »

Sad to hear of Dieselís slowing down biff.
I picked up a juvenile bird from the drive, hard up against the car tyre. I put it on the corrugated steel roof of the log lean-to for its folks to see but itís toes were wrapped tightly around a finger. It was difficult to disconnect but a burst of wing beats took it up onto the tiled roof above. Iím ashamed to not recognise it. It was sparrow-sized and itís beak was slender and curving down like a tree creeper. However itís plumage was light grey.
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« Reply #1549 on: July 15, 2018, 02:37:51 PM »

Biff sad to hear that Diesel is under the weather, it is truly horrible when you witness a decline and there is nothing that you can do.

Still hot  and dry here, we have walked in the cool of the early morning. This afternoon glued to the telly watching the tour de France over the cobbles.
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« Reply #1550 on: July 15, 2018, 07:26:44 PM »

Thank you all for your kind words,
                                 We have an appointment tomorrow at the clinic but this evening he has had a mighty meal of chicken and sausages. Everything is working, waterworks, pooworks, nice bright eyes and wet nose but he is starting to stagger on the rear end and making it up the stairs is heavy work. he is also carrying a heavy does of painkillers every 6 hours. It is 8 years almost to the week that he landed here. I was unable to go and collect him sooner. Shortly afterwards i was unable to walk him or train him, There was a period of 6 months that I remember very little about, except that he slept on the floor, along side my bed. He was already house trained and fastidious clean.  By the time I could get up and walk out the front door, he was over 60 kgs and growing bigger and bigger until he was as long as the bed that i slept on. He was very polite and mannerly and extremely gentle with my wife but it was old Nat who raised him and put the manners on him when he needed it. He is one of these specials who was born to do good, despite being a harum scarum loony as a pup.
    He was very easy to train however, because of his size and weight, it was unfair to make him do all the usual things,  searching and sniffing out things were a delight to him and the normal training was effortless. Angel was everything that he dreamed off and she is going to be really sad when he goes. Dogs should die with dignity and not be allowed to suffer too much. There are those who would say, let him live for the remaining 4 to 6 weeks. I don,t think he would last that long, His heart could not stand it and he would die degraded. This is not meant to be a maudling dirge. Instead, I hope it shows a responsible attitude to caring for a good canine friend to the end. We have many happy memories of him winding up old Nat, Her patience amazes us. He had a lovely sense of humor and enjoyed a laugh. I have visitors coming from abroad who will miss him. We will all miss him.
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« Reply #1551 on: July 15, 2018, 08:02:44 PM »

It is the last service and kindness that you can do for  your loved friend.
You will both be in our thoughts.
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