19th April. Heard the coocoo for the first time this year. Perhaps he’ll drop by one day soon, he usually haunts the walnut trees in the courtyard.
april, weekk 1 and 2 April 17, 2007
Asphodels in flower, white and pink, profuse and about a metre tall in the woods.
Always a delight to see the house martens back, they fly through the tiny gap over the doors into the barn without so much as touching the breaks, as if hurrying home from the shops. They’re very busy in the muddy patch where the ducks have dabbled up the grass.
Today I have been visited by a hoopoe, very priveledged. By the time I had grabbed the camera, he’d gone. Hopefully he’ll be back.
The arrival is announced of a very handsome boy calf, born to Lovely Leonora. In keeping with our tradition of giving each calf a poker associated name (we’ve had Missippi, Tex, The River, Devilfish and the twins, Pocket and Rocket), he is The Nuts. After a difficult start, and some very generous help from friends and neighbours, he is now practicing for the Calf Olympics, and will leave the barn today with his mother.