Monday, 14 June 2010
Country Mice go to Heathrow, Tragic Deaths of Ducklings, Still Waiting to Make Silage, Castell Henllys
Anyway, it was lovely to see him and after we had all recovered from the stresses of being in an alien environment which Heathrow most certainly is, we country mice made our way back the the depths of Wales and sanity.
To counteract the pleasure of having YS home after 9 months absence, we had a tragedy on Saturday morning when Elder Son's corgi who rarely comes into our house, found her way into my kitchen when no-one was around and murdered the ducklings that had been living so happily by the Rayburn. I was so upset.
It was no-ones fault, just an opportunistic moment on the part of the dog. Corgis are delightful little dogs but never let them have access to small squeaking creatures...we had a similar incident many years ago with a litter of kittens and the previous corgi. Apart from these two occasions we have never had any problem with them, but there must be some hunting/killing instinct in their psyche that switches on when they see & hear tiny things. The labradors and the sheepdog have shown no similar inclination. It was all very sad.
The Farmer & his Sons are still waiting for the weather to come right for silage after a damp night...they may be able to start mowing this afternoon. The forecast for the rest of the week is reasonable I think, so with any luck they should be able to get on well.
Younger Son has slotted right back into his Welsh life and has not been too jet-lagged this time. Poppy his Labrador was overjoyed to see him and he her. They go off for long walks together inspecting the farm and seeing what changes have been made in his abscence.
Today is the Farmer's birthday and I must go and make the requisite chocolate cake. A request for smoked salmon sandwiches has also been made so that makes for an easy supper.
We have some delightful visitors from Australia staying in the cottage this week and I have just given them directions to explore part of Pembrokeshire and to visit the wonderful site at Castell Henllys. It is one of my favourite places, being a reconstructed Iron Age settlement on the edge of the Presceli mountains with superb views from the lovely thatched round houses that have been built in the original post holes found by archaeologists. The approach to the cluster of houses is a walk up through a beautiful wood in which lingers the spirits of the past. Near the village there are small gardens of herbs and vegetables and enclosures containing 'Iron Age' livestock such as ancient breeds of sheep & pigs.
The Farmer tells our Antipodean (and other 'Colonial' ) visitors who exclaim at the extreme age of everything here that is it all 'Pre-Australian/Canadian/ American' which they think terribly funny.