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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Primrose Time

It's that kind of time of year around here when there are primroses everywhere. When you drive along they are in the hedgerows. You glimpse banks of them in quite unexpected places. A few days ago I went to see how they are looking in our quarry. I wasn't disappointed. There were lots of random clumps of them.


Then what we refer to the Casualty bank was covered in them. 


                                                                     


So do you know why we call it that? I'm not sure if I have ever mentioned it but it was used some 20 odd years ago in an episode of Casualty. It was before we owned the quarry and was the setting for a bit of schoolboy bullying when the culprit (a stunt man in reality) was pushed down that bank.
Primroses aren't the only flower to be seen. There are a few oxlips about.


Then of course there are a multitude of stunningly yellow celandines.


The catkins are out.



Then a few bits of Old Man's Beard still cling on.



Tuesday, 28 March 2017

A Canny Logo

I have made a couple of visits to a local garden centre lately. It is an independent family run nursery that can always be guaranteed to have some quality plants. It's logo is a watering can with a giant one on the side of the road outside.


The entrance in the car park is equally novel.



With a great weather vane.


There are watering cans wherever you look including outside the loos.


Watering cans also make could plant containers.



I have an old one planted up in the garden. I promise you a photo soon.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Memos, Mail, Me and Monday

Well we have bounced around to Monday again and my goodness what a beautiful weekend it has been. The sun has been shining and we all feel a lot better for it! So sending a sunny wave to Sian and all the Monday bloggers!
So what has dropped through the letterbox this week? Mainly bills, statements and the usual amount of trash which heads straight to the recycling. There was however one very important envelope which I somehow knew had to be saved till Sunday for opening. It was of course a Mother's Day card from the absent student. 


It was Mother's Day or as my Gran always said Mothering Sunday here in the UK. The absent student had already given me a lovely bunch of tulips when she was home last weekend. They are still looking beautiful.


Older daughter is what you you might call "a chip off the old block" or her father's daughter. She had dashed out and bought me some delicious chocolates. Flowers though? Why would you want to go out and buy flowers when the florist is sure to be charging over the rate because of the special date particularly when the whole garden and drive is covered in tempting daffodils? She was caught in the act by her auntie "thinning " the flower borders but they still look lovely to me especially with the classy bow.


Don't worry Lady Ella they were from our gardens and not from the side of the road!

Sunday, 26 March 2017

In they Come

Now that the ewes have come close to their time the lambing shed has been prepared and the expectant mum's have come in.


They are now in the dry and ready for action!


Meanwhile older daughter's calves that she bought last year have spent the winter in the shed. They will soon be able to go out in the fields when everything is a little drier.





Saturday, 25 March 2017

The First

Part of being a farmer is being prepared to change plans at short notice. Older daughter was planning to go out last night. Her last job before finishing for the day was to check the sheep. They are getting close to lambing but are still out in the field. She came dashing in to say one was lambing and that she would need to go back before her night out.
So after getting changed for the evening it was back into her overalls and back down the field. I went with her as it was dark by now. Luckily the lamb was born so ewe and lamb were brought back to the farm.


Every year it is a little bit of excitement when the first lamb is born. She has had a healthy looking single.


So the cycle of life begins again.


Friday, 24 March 2017

A Photo a Week Challenge: Spring

I am joining Nancy today with her photo a week challenge. The subject this week is Spring. The daffodils are everywhere at the moment and don't they just look gorgeous. I took this last week in my mum's garden.



Thursday, 23 March 2017

Take Three Thursday: A Clock in Three Parts

Do I need to apologise for taking you back to Prague? It's time to join Mary-Lou with her meme choosing three pictures with a theme. I have chosen the three parts of a clock. First however I shall show you a picture of the whole clock.

                    
 
When my daughter visited Prague last summer I was very interested to see her pictures of the Prague astronomical clock and was looking forward to seeing it. The oldest part of the clock was made in 1410. It has been added to and restored over the centuries. It is situated on the wall of the Old Town City Hall on the tower that I showed last week.
The top of the clock has windows that open each hour and a parade of 12 wooden figures of the apostles appear. When they finish the cockerel crows and then the bell rings the hour.


The rather macabre characters around the astronomical clock also move. The astronomical dial depicts the medieval idea of the Universe. The dials show 4 different times; Old Czech Time, Central European time, Babylonian time where the length of an hour differs according to the season and Sidereal time. This clock is the only one in the world able to measure Babylonian time.



The most modern part of the clock is at the bottom and is the Calendar clock. The centre shows the symbol of Old Prague town. Every single date is itemised around the very edge of the clock with the current day marked at the top. Further in are symbols of each zodiac sign and each calendar month.


So much to read in one clock!
Shall I be naughty and show you another picture? This is the view of the clock by night.