• Empty cages

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of an empty bird cage must be in need of more birds. I asked Father Christmas for a new, larger cage for my canaries, and he very kindly obliged with a special early delivery. Sidney and Mrs McIver now...


  • Netting the Lakes

    Netting the Lakes A couple of weeks ago we had our lakes netted. This is something all lake owners need to do to remove the small silver fish (perch and roach) that, as their numbers increase, start to compete with the carp or other stocked fish for food. It also...


  • The Lady and the Unicorn

    The Lady and the Unicorn During half-term, Caiti needed to go to Paris for an appointment. So, since I’d be having to drive her to the station anyway (an hour’s journey) to catch her train and then pick her up again in the evening, I decided I’d tag along with...


  • Modioli in the Mud

    ##Modioli in the Mud In preparation for netting our lakes, which took place just over a week ago, we dropped the water level in Alder Lake a little, and discovered, as well as lost spods and, sadly, discarded bottles and cans, a large and healthy colony of horse mussels. The...


  • Brahma Farmer

    ##Brahma Farmer I blogged recently about the great egg disaster. I ordered a batch of Brahma, Wyandotte and Faverolle eggs, most of which were either smashed or scrambled when they arrived through the post. I was therefore pinning my hopes being able to buy a breeding pair of Brahmas –...