Moving back out into the countryside from the city has been a lot easier than I imagined. I thought I would miss the street light, local shops, takeaways and being able to walk to the local bars and restaurants......well I can't say I really miss any of it, perhaps I'm getting old :) It is strange to actually have dark nights, to need to grab a torch to go outside (of course most of the outside lights don't work) and to listen to the strange noises of the night, not the usual drunk people coming home at silly o'clock in the morning, but foxes, a sound we used to hear in the fields next to us before 200 houses were built there. A cockerel crows on one of the nearby farms at random times and the tractors are pretty busy at this time of year early in the morning to late at night. I find myself inspecting poo I find in the field trying to guess what animal left it, yes our 'wild' life gets that exciting. We have settled into our quiet life amazingly well after urban living for 16 years, though we have yet to experience a winter here. Even this time of year has been very different from our previous location, I have used my fog lights more than ever before, it seems to have a unique climate of it's own up here, as I drive to work I discover that everywhere else is clear of fog and the sun is shining. It's like those old horror movies where the fog drifts across the moors.......
During the huge storms we had recently, our son and I sat in the conservatory watching the sky light up every few seconds, it was like being outside without getting wet. I don't know why I had such a downer on conservatories before, we practically live in it now, watching the moths, stars and distant lights in the evenings. The rain caused flooding in towns across Cornwall and when I noticed the dog bowls moving across the floor I realised that the kennels where my sons dogs are staying were flooding. The drain was blocked (oh what a surprise) but after clearing it out and putting dry bedding in their sleeping area they were happy and didn't seem bothered by the storm. They are loving their stay in the country with runs around the field several times a day and their luxury kennels with separate sleeping and outside areas. Our cat is loving it even more that she hasn't had to hide the whole time they are here. She looks out at them smugly.
I have been out photographing what wildlife I can find and hope to encourage more to our home by creating a wildlife pond. (still to be negotiated with the bearded one) and leaving the edges of the field uncut (also to be negotiated) In the mean time I have put out feeders which so far has only been visited by a brave blue tit There is also a scruffy little Robin who follows me around the veg patch, I think it must be moulting as it is a sorry sight.
|The underside of the Red Admiral is just as beautiful|
|I didn't think I would be seeing the Speckled Wood here in the field|
|Plenty of rabbits|
|Most of the House Martins seem to have left for the winter|
|Garden Cross spider creating beautiful webs in the garden|
I have also managed to make some blackberry and grape jam, and stored the rest in the freezer for when I have more time for jam making. It would be lovely to have more time at home to get things done, but I love the weekends here!!!
Thank you for all your well wishes to our son, he is still staying with us as his recovery is not going as well as hoped. On a purely selfish level I am loving having him here and his friends who come to visit, it makes a change from just me and the old man :) We are also getting out in the field several times a day walking his dogs which is lovely. I'm still looking to get our own dog but can't decide on a breed. All the rescue dogs I have seen have said not suitable with very young children or cats so not really an option. Retired greyhounds would chase the cat and anything else that moves so again not suitable. The dog for us is out there somewhere.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend,