As we approach the end of August and families wend their way home for the new school term there’s a feeling of autumn in the air and yesterday there was no better indicator that the season was changing. This little fellow (caught on camera after he/she sneaked in to Beili one Saturday morning in June after the guests had left) along with the whole of this year’s magnificent large brood of swallows were circling around our cottages and chatting away for all of yesterday afternoon. This morning there is not a swallow in sight! They have left us for their long journey south for the winter. What an amazing little bird. We look forward to welcoming them back next spring and wish them, as we wish our guests, a safe journey home.
The glorious spring and start to summer we have been enjoying this year has provided perfect conditions for tomato plants I am proudly growing from seed. There are huge crops of ‘chocolate cherry’ and ‘sweet million’ tomatoes developing in my greenhouse and fortunately the plants have not yet suffered any of the usual tomato problems.
Maybe it’s because I have this little friend who moved in to make his/her home in the corner of one of my tomato growbags a couple of months ago and seems in no rush to leave! Thankfully, ‘toady’ is probably keeping the insect population at bay and I haven’t seen a slug in the greenhouse since he’s been there. He pops out to greet me when I water my crops and I’m sure he recognises my voice! Then again…..maybe not. Cute though!
We’re very pleased to say that our poorly lamb has fully recovered after crawling around on his knees. As his strength returned he raised himself up onto his ‘wrists’ and within two weeks he was back up on all fours frolicking around with the rest of the flock!
Our tipi certainly came to the rescue – providing a convenient and safe grazing and resting place to keep the patient protected from the sun by day and predators (foxes) at night. Now… we just need to clear the sheep droppings from inside the tipi before we furnish it for summer use! Here, in the foreground is our recovered ram lamb.
As I turned the pages of the August edition of Good Housekeeping, the double page coastal landscape caught my eye as being unmistakingly familiar. Travel editor David Wickers highlights his favourite place for walkers – “the 186-mile long coast path that hugs the National Park coast of Pembrokeshire. The scenery is magnificent, the birdlife amazing and even in the height of summer you can find yourself alone with just the cacophony of seabirds and the thrashing of waves for company.”
There is something very special about Pembrokeshire and every year we are delighted to welcome more ‘first timers’ to our cottages, as well as lots of lovely regular guests who are already ‘under the Pembrokeshire spell’! We never become complacent ourselves and are aware of the privilege it is to live and work in our beautiful county. This image of ‘The Green Bridge’ was taken last weekend when we drove out to see the magnificent Stack Rocks covered at this time of year with nesting guillemots and razorbills – a fabulous sight to behold. Recent guests have been rising early and leaving to catch the boats to Skomer Island for a day of puffin watching, taking in seals and the teeming birdlife on the short journey. Sheer magic! If you’ve never been, put Pembrokeshire on your ‘to do’ list. It’s well worth it!
So…it was a surprise for us on Friday last week when one of the ram lambs suddenly collapsed looking very poorly indeed. There seemed no reason for it – we couldn’t even blame the glorious weather for his sudden ill health. He was unable to move with the flock as they grazed and searching for a cool comfortable place for him to ‘pass away’ we put him into our garage overnight. The next morning we were surprised to see that he seemed brighter but was unable to lift himself up onto his front feet so we had to think of another plan to give him some food. Why don’t we use our tipi as a hospital? Fortunately the tipi has been erected but has not been ‘furnished’ with matting and seating as yet this year so it makes a wonderful airy, sheltered, shady place for our ram lamb to graze and recuperate. Three days on he’s still with us hobbling around on his knees occasionally coming outside to graze our lawn. The vet came to see him today and gave him some shots of vitamins to try to boost his energy – I don’t think he’s visited a tipi before when he’s been asked to treat poorly animals!