Sunday, 17 June 2012

My new header

Thanks for the kind comments and words of encouragement after I was unable to leave comments on anybody's blog. I have defragmented this afternoon (my computer, not me) - whatever that means - and as a result the machine is working much faster. The bad news is that at present there are no blogs at all on my side bar! So I am putting on a new blog and hoping all is well when I return to my site.

I'm glad you like the new header. I have been saving it up for a few weeks. For those who don't know about such things, here are a few bits of information. The cattle are Limousine heifers, all in calf. The yellow ear tags are compulsory as all cattle have to be registered and have a passport - done through the Cattle Movement Service of Defra. They are registered, and issued with a passport and an ear tag, at birth. This information stays with them throughout their lives. And - no - I don't think it hurts them particularly when the tag is put into the ear. I suppose it is a bit like us having our ears pierced - it is over before you notice the pain.

Today is June 17th and the farmer and I have just realised that (only four days before the Summer Solstice) we have had our wood-burning stove working every night of the year so far.
It is cold and showery and certainly not warm enough to be without any heat source.

And yet everything in nature has gone on as usual. The trees are in full leaf and looking as beautiful as they always do before wind and rain begin to sully them; all the wild flowers are out at their allotted time; vegetables in the garden are growing at their usual pace; the birds are nesting and already there are young sitting on the tree branches outside the kitchen window demanding to be fed. We have siskins this year and the young are off the nest. A young one hit the dining room window full pelt shortly after lunch today and lay on its back under the window. I went out to look at it and by the time I got there it had turned over onto its stomach. It lay there for an hour or so and then when I looked again it had gone, so I presume it had recovered - I certainly hope so.

In the fields the rabbits are well, breeding like rabbits. Tess caught a young one this morning and brought it to the farmer, saying "Look at me, dad, aren't I clever." We will draw a veil over what the farmer did next.

Among our fields is one field which does not belong to the farm and this year it has been totally neglected and the grass is high. When we walked past a couple of days ago a roe deer stood up in the grass at our passing. Now we are wondering if she has dropped her fawn there.

Now that our Dutch friends have gone - they went over on the Hull to Rotterdam ferry last night and will be home by now - we are feeling quite sad. Isn't it strange? Some visitors one tolerates as being a necessity, some one enjoys seeing now and again and others feel like a part of the family. Well our Dutch friends fall into the latter category - we were delighted to see them, we had a lovely time while they were here and we were really sorry to see them go.

We did, however, feel that it was a great strain on them having to struggle to speak English all the time they were here. Both of them have excellent English but I am ashamed to say that neither the farmer nor I have made the slightest effort to learn the Dutch language.

At the top of this post I have put two photographs of Studley Royal Water Gardens. They are very beautiful and also very peaceful. Together with our friends we had a lovely walk round them after our visit to Fountains Abbey (they are next door).

In one photograph you will see a 'temple' in the background. In the other photograph our friend is coming out of the door of that temple having just tested the acoustic by singing part of an aria and a bit of Gregorian Chant - and beautiful they sounded too.


Em Parkinson said...

The header is gorgeous. Talking about your Dutch friends, I was reminded of the last time I was in Amsterdam, twelve years ago, when I managed to get through four days without speaking a word of Dutch....shameful.

John Going Gently said...

EM IS RIGHT... it's lovely
there is something restful and benign about a clows face, I always think!

Dominic Rivron said...

Het is een grote schande dat de Engelsen zijn niet beter in de belangrijkste Europese talen. Maar zo is het leven.

Sue said...

Beautiful photo of the heifers.

Heather said...

It just goes to show what wimps we humans are when everything else is getting on with life and we are muffled up in sweaters and have the heating on!
The gardens look very impressive and an extra treat for you with the acoustic testing.

Jinksy said...

"How now brown cow?" But why do they look so dad? :)

Reader Wil said...

Your header is wonderful indeed! So your computer was also out of order! Like mine. The weather here is very unbalanced like yours. The result is that many people suffer from a sore throats and colds. My central heating is on now too.
How wonderful you have had Dutch visitors.I don't blame you for not trying to speak Dutch. It is rather difficult.

Joanne Noragon said...

Lovely cows. And weather just is. It's summer, it's hot, but not humid--read drought!--so all in all, not too bad. Glad you're up and running.

Mary said...

Love your photos. Must be so very lovely there.. :)

ChrisJ said...

The photo of the cows is lovely. They all look so gentle. When I was a child growing up where cows were in the fields, I could never decide if they really were gentle or not. Now I don't even see them around here. No sheep, no cows. Rattle snakes, mountain lions, coyotes and lynx yes, but I don't particularly want to get near to them. Most of our 'farming is in orchards.'

rkbsnana said...

I noticed your header yesterday and love it. So glad you weren't defragmented

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Bovey Belle said...

Great header photo Weaver.

I was only just saying, it's been so cold, damp and miserable we are STILL lighting the woodburner most nights and had to go back to another layer (3!) despite it being June. Yet we had a lovely week or so early June and in March it was summer!

MorningAJ said...

I'm very proud of myself for being abe to understand Dominic's comment! (I have spent a few holidays in the Netherlands though.)

The cows are lovely. I've always thought they have such gorgeous eyes.

ArcticFox said...

our cat also brought an "unwanted" gift of a baby dunnock to which I too am blanking out the following scene!!


Glad you had a good time with your friends, sounds like they'll have enjoyed it too.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thank you for visiting. Actually Limousines are not particularly gentle cattle and can be quite feisty - it is best to avoid them if you can.