Mercy dash…

Ahh my long weekend off.. This usually entails jobs around the place, maybe a good hike with the crew and…. Red wine..
Friday started with checking the border for invaders, a task that has come to the fore as a result of the two weeks of monitoring. Since Monday past I have been checking traps morning and night; with a little help from the locals who are just as keen to keep our population of red squirrels.

This morning was a bright start with the sun glistening on the waters of the Warks burn. this spot is where the camera and feeder had been set up four weeks ago.
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on the long drag up the hill back to the farm there seems to be a glimmer of hope that spring has finally started, these primroses had popped out since yesterday’
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and the buds on the hawthorn are starting to swell..

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But only just..
The sun on my back was very welcome as we trudged back to the farm where the landrover was parked.
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Home.. And DRAMA…
this poor old girl has made it through one of the toughest winters up these hills for a few years, she gave birth to twins which may be the death of her..
She is still weak and has no milk
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A quick call to mr farmer to see if he could spare some colostrum and a little bit of milk powder for what could end up two orphans. No problem, so twenty minutes later the lambs had a feed..

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Tiny little things, they deserve a chance at life.

More signs of spring with the only show of daffodils to grace the hilltop is in the garden, the rest having been devoured by the roe deer..

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To the west of this republic is a clear fell site and over the past couple of days, this view has changed immensely..

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It won’t be long untill that and a whole lot more vanishes.

The rest of this afternoon was going to be filled with splitting the remainder of the log pile.. That is untill the weather changed..

As I watched the remnants of the turbine change to point north

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This stuff fell from the sky

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It had us scurrying around making space in the shed to put the ewe and her twins into shelter..

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At which point there was a (to close for comfort) lightening strike that sent both of us into the house..

So all in all an eventful day, and the twins are still alive and kicking….

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