Sunday, 19 June 2016

Rescued...

An enviable enough view from the office window. Finally got round to mowing the top of the hill. Lots of seeding grasses, and undisturbed cover, makes a fine scampering ground for any number of small mammals.

This is one of my favourite field tasks of the season...Plenty of effect; to show for relatively little effort. With the addition of a picturesque backdrop.

I'm cutting the herbage down in stages; so as not to obliterate; in one fell swoop; all the floriferous forage for the butterflies and other bugs....

And perhaps; in truth; to prolong the enjoyment of the job?

One small rodent had a lucky escape...Darting for cover just in front of the tractor wheels....Oh no! Will the poor mite get mown into tiny pieces....?

Then just at the last minute a kindly crow darts in and snatches said mouse; from the jaws of disaster....

Hope the little fellow was properly grateful to his rescuer....

I had a large buzzard do exactly the same thing last year; whilst harrowing new ground... Quite dramatic to witness....

Then after the rains of the last few days, the sun and wind had sufficiently crisped the surface of the carrot beds; to allow a session of hoeing....A satisfying conclusion to the days labour.

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