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Mar 18th

2020

By donich_admin

As we move into a new wave of idiocy

I am tempted to quote from one of my favourite books “The Screwtape Letters” by CS Lewis – this is letters from a senior devil to a junior temptor set during the second World War. “I am not in the least interested in knowing how many people in England have been killed by bombs. In […]

Mar 17th

2020

By donich_admin

Stephen Sourdough

Due to the entirely stupid overeaction to this virus business it is now almost impossible to get food delivered which puts people like us in rural areas in an awkward position. Having said that – at least they can’t break the democratic tradition of hundreds of years here by forcing us to stay in the […]

Mar 12th

2020

By donich_admin

Frog Spawn rescue

We noticed that some frogs have been creating piles of spawn in shallow puddles on the paths which inevitably are going to dry up causing the eggs to die. Yesterday I took a huge glass jar and rescued some of it. Unfortunately, although I took a ladle to try to scoop it up, this did […]

Mar 7th

2020

By donich_admin

Never did so many people make such fuss about so little

I won’t get started on this virus crap as personally I think it is a storm in a teacup. People these days have become so very risk adverse that I can’t imagine how they would get on if they were translated back to the Second World War and had to continue with their daily activities […]

Mar 4th

2020

By donich_admin

All the creatures waking up

Checking our webcam last night, we had two (at least) badgers, a fox, and a pine marten. None of them seemed that interested in the nuts I had put out though, as they just had a quick sniff and moved on. However, all the nuts were gone this morning, and turns out that this is […]

Feb 27th

2020

By donich_admin

Bad weather

The rain we have had constantly for the last few months has now turned to snow. We’ve about an inch on the drive, but as you can see it is not looking very good at the top of the Rest. I have had to vacate my office temporarily as the door has leaked. Yesterday the […]

Feb 20th

2020

By donich_admin

Something going very wrong these days

I’d be the first to admit that there have been many beneficial changes in society over the last 30 years (I wouldn’t be without my iPhone or Surface for example), but to me there is something very badly going wrong now. When I was in my early 20s I lived in Brighton with my then […]

Feb 16th

2020

By donich_admin

New location of the Ram

The huge male sheep which R has named as SD RAM left the garden yesterday. R was braver than me and went out in the foul weather this morning to walk to the top of the waterfall while I cleaned the house. Sure enough SD RAM (this is a tech joke BTW) had escaped from […]

Feb 15th

2020

By donich_admin

River as high as I have seen

R and I had been supposed to be repairing the shed roof today but with the weather the way it is, it is just not possible. We have had gale force winds and torrential rain since yesterday. The river is really really high and after lunch we took our life in our hands and walked […]

Feb 11th

2020

By donich_admin

Sheep

We have had four ewes and an enormous ram in our garden. I was expecting them to have gone overnight but they were still here today. The farmer turned up with his dog to round them up but apparently they ran off up the hill and he couldn’t catch them. My Mum wrote a poem […]