Tuesday, 22 June 2010


I have started my Journal on the first day of Summer and intend to do one for each of the seasons. My little Instant Mobile Printer is working a treat - the small pictures which come out of it have a sticky back so they are perfect for fitting into the middle of the script. You will see page 1 above - when I do a particularly nice page I will show it to you.

Tess and I have just walked past the curlew residence - and the birds have gone. It is all neat and tidy and there is a round depression where the nest has been, so I think it is safe to say that they have hatched and that the parent birds have taken them away. Almost as soon as they are hatched curlew leave the nest, and never return. The parent birds take the egg shells away and leave the nest clean and empty - and that is how it looks today. If it had been raided I think there would have been broken shells around. And, as if to endorse that, when I got into the next pasture a curlew was standing in the beck having a drink and when it saw me both it and its mate flew overhead making distracting calls - a sure sign that there are babies around. So all's well that ends well.

It is another glorious day here - the hay is drying well and the farmer is oiling his baler ready to start gathering it in tomorrow. Somehow haymaking is still the quintessential farming activity - going back thousands of years - we tend to forget hay now that silage has come on the scene. I can't tell you how lovely the air smells when you step out of our back door - and you can't say that of silage-making!


Country Cottage Chic said...

That little printer looks like a lot of fun!


Caroline Gill said...

What a delightful summer diary - and fabulous mini printer, too.

Glad to hear what seems to be good news on the curlew front...

Tess Kincaid said...

What a cute little printer! How fun! I look back on my life and wish I had journaled it. I guess it's never to late to start.

mrsnesbitt said...

Where did you get the printer from? My birthday is approaching and I could quite fancy one!

Rosaria Williams said...

Smart idea, to start a journal for each season. Hay versus silage smell? No contest.

angryparsnip said...

I love the idea of the little printer and journals for the seasons
I have tried since moving to Tucson (great vistas no buildings) to take solstices pictures, the sun just peeking over the mountains but somehow keep forgetting. . .
Keep posting so we can see how things are progressing with journals and the how and if you still like the printer.

cheers, parsnip

Jane Moxey said...

Congratulations on starting your new series of journals, right on the official first day of summer! Your posts about the smells of hay evoke childhood memories for me. Thank you!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I'd so love to take a whiff of that glorious, hay-scented air. How fortunate you are. And wise to keep a seasonal journal of all that wonder!

Dianne said...

Thank you for reminding me of the first day of summer. I usually celebrate,
a journal of the season, and on paper in this electronic world!
I am inspired.

Titus said...

Just love this whole idea, Weaver. If that's the printer, I'm definitely going to seek one out. So neat!

Heather said...

Your mobile printer sounds like a wonderful piece of equipment. Great news of the curlews. It's nice to know that some old farming activities are still being carried out and good that the farmer and his colleagues have the help of modern machinery to make haymaking a little easier.

Unknown said...

Hello Weaver,

I can see shares in Polaroid soaring! I'm sure you will enjoy making your journals and if our sunshine continues, 'Summer' should be stunning!

Gwil W said...

What delightful handwriting, and done with a 'proper' pen too. You don't see that too often these das.

Elizabeth said...

Isn't technology a delight!
Remember going in to Boots six times before one's awful photos came back with half of them no good at all!
What a super idea for your journal.

Eryl said...

What lovely handwriting you have.

Your journal looks very like mine, only I record any old thing that comes into my mind and I have to cut out my pictures and use glue. Your little printer is a very enticing option!

Crafty Green Poet said...

how lovely that your curlews have left the nest! I hope they thrive as adults.

I love the smell of hay!

Your journal looks lovely!

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...

A wonderful idea Pat. Please share bits as you go along!

Loren said...

Glad to hear the curlews seem to be safe.

And that does look like an amazing little printer.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

Beautiful journal. I need to check out one of those printers. Years ago I bought a Polaroid to take instant photos for my daily journal.

Hearing a lawn mower and the scent of cut grass. Definite summer smells for me.

Hope to catch up to all your posts I've missed. So love to read them.

mrsnesbitt said...

Thanks to the wonders of today's technology I read your comment over on my blog re printer and with the one click facility with Amazon I ordered my printer last night. This morning I received notification to say it has been shipped - so expecting it soon! All thanks to you!

Dave King said...

Excellent project - and thanks for the good news of the curlews.

The Weaver of Grass said...

If there is a down side to the printer is that the reproduction of the greens and blues is a bit heavy - rather like the old Polaroid photographs used to be - but it is a useful tool for photos as a reminder.

Yes I too am glad about the curlew.

Thanks for your comments.

Golden West said...

What a wonderful project - I'll look forward to the pages you chose for us to see.


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BT said...

I have never heard of a printer so small WEaver. How amazing. I might have to get one...! I keep meaning to start a journal but blogging takes up so much time. But I love the idea of the mini photos from the printer.