Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Tuesday 14th June



Monique the hen sailing round the world - with her owner of course.

Hens are hardy creatures as this video shows, just click on the red above, though apparently she may have some trouble in Canada, passport etc!  She is like my three, always inquisitive, exploring and very friendly, you can get very fond of hens, they are not as stupid as you may think.
At the top is Lucy out on her walk, a great source of delight and mischief with her half grin as she brings in yet another shoe or piece of clothing, anything to get herself noticed.  LS always loves the way when in the garden she will bring the hand tools instead.
This walk reveals the intricacy of the world around us, the grasses are at their best, making me sneeze.  The giant hogweed rears its beautiful but poisonous head, the thistle its needle like cruel leaves.  The ugly dock leaves are sporting their flower., the cut leaves of the cranesbill are around with the pale blue of their flowers.  Oxeye daisies show a simplicity of shape that is pleasing. These long days are full of vibrant life, dozens of rabbits sit around the buttercup field, a plague on the gardens on the other side of the river.  It is almost as if there is a template for their shape and colour, all exactly the same as they grow.

Wheat turning golden

Dock flowering

rabbits galore

shapely thistle

Giant rhubarb - gunnera escaped into the wild?









8 comments:

  1. Hope your weather has been as glorious as ours today Thelma - pure, hot sunshine all day in spite of the forecast. We have lots of wild cransesbill round us but it is not out yet. The farmer saw his first wild rose today -my favourite of all the wild flowers.

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    1. No Pat, we only get sun in the late afternoon, otherwise cloudy. I love the cranebills, would fill a garden with them if I could.

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  2. Possibly five bunnies but very definitely three, so how many did you see ?
    Pic of the Photoshopped Hen on an iceberg made me laugh :-)

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    1. Hi Heron, the grass is long and they disappear into the bank of the river as we approach. If you watched the video, the young French man obviously has a lot of fun with his female companion;) she gives him 6 eggs a week.

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  3. Your thistle is 'branchier' than those common in Kentucky. They seem to come in a formidable variety--none of them welcome.
    "It is almost as if there is a template for their shape and colour, all exactly the same as they grow."---I like that thought!

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    1. Morning Sharon, We curse all these plant 'thugs' yet in their own way their complicated forms inspire us in science or technology. I suspect rabbits breed amongst themselves ad hoc, luckily we do not have the dreaded disease Myxomatosis in our lot of rabbits.

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  4. No Rabbits here, but plenty of Hares.

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    1. We also have hares, though not seen any this year, our neighbours are building barricades round their garden to keep out the rabbits, we are lucky, because even though they are in the church yard, they can't jump down..

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