Monthly Archives: June 2016

It’s Armathwaite Open Gardens!..’you know it is, it really is.’

The weather was a bit unpredictable this year but despite the rain, we had 267 visitors to our garden over the two days… an increase on last year! It was good to see some familiar faces and they appreciated how much the garden has developed since last year.

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‘2113’……thanks Cindy.

The finishing touch to Phil’s fantastic Frank Sidebottom scarecrow arrived just in time on Saturday morning …. a shocking pink silk tie all the way from China! Frank was a hit with our visitors and we were very surprised how many people had heard of Timperley and of Frank Sidebottom. He now stands proudly guarding our Timperley Early Rhubarb.

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Is that Timperley Rhubarb?…. ‘You know it is…it really is’

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We sold some plants too and all the proceeds from ticket sales will be split between the village church and village hall funds. Many went up to the church to look at Phil’s window and came back with glowing reviews.

 

 

 

Upped sticks and gone…

Disaster! The Collared Dove chicks are no more. Their precariously balanced  nest had tipped off the branch and Phil found the chicks dead on the ground beneath.

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The Bantam chicks are also no more. The two other hatchlings were squished under the 3 adults and young Chesney (as in ‘the one and only’) suffered a similar fate. We now have another 8 eggs under the Lavender Pekin and a spare run to transfer them into once the hatch is under way, which should be around 9th July.

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The Blackbirds have fared a little better. Although only 3 of the 5 have made it, they were large enough to be ringed by our local bird expert and neighbour Mike Carrier. However, one chick leaped off the nest and disappeared. We feared the worst but Phil located it right over the other side of the garden. We returned it to the nest but having had a taste of freedom, it was straight out again and hopped off into the undergrowth. It has been calling and Mrs Blackbird has been feeding it  on the ground. It won’t be long before the others join it.

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Mr and Mrs Sparrow are doing very well in their box and I managed to catch them on camera Saturday morning.

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Hatch-it job

Yesterday we noticed that one of the eggs had a small hole in it…

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Today our first bantam chick hatched.

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It took a number of hours to break out but this little chap soon found his feet…

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Now it’s a case of waiting for his brothers or sisters who should hopefully arrive on Monday.

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The Collared Doves are still having a bad hair day….

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While the Blackbird chicks are singing for their supper.

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We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx. Geddy Alex and Neil.

I went to tell the good news to our neighbour who had given us the eggs three weeks ago and came back with another 8 eggs which are now under the Lavender Pekin.

The Eglu could soon be rather crowded !

Hatch-tag# chicks

Sunday was gloriously hot. Phil and I were enjoying some liquid refreshment outside the summerhouse after a day of gardening when he noticed Mrs Blackbird off the nest and gathering food in the chicken run. He quickly checked and found two of the five eggs had hatched.

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The Collared Dove and Silkie Bantam are still sitting …..

Closer ‘Let me whisper in your ear’

If stones could talk, what a tale this pair could tell. Geology could reveal some of their ancient secrets but of their more recent past only they can tell.

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Listen ‘Do you want to know a secret?’

The sandstone flag would have been quarried locally and then spent the last couple of hundred years as part of a sandstone roof on what is now our village shop, Eden Stores. When Bob re-roofed a couple of years ago in slate, we did a deal for the surplus stone in exchange for a portable air conditioning unit. Most of it was used replacing broken stones on the Buzzshelter roof. This one didn’t find a home until yesterday.

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Dove Descending?

I collected the cobble many years ago from the river Irthing. It had spent many years on the riverbed in two different positions as indicated by the stone and water sculpted depressions seen here.