Thursday, 13 May 2010

Our feathered friends

Last summer we bought a couple of baby peacocks, and up until now kept them inside a secure pen, but the other day we decided they were now old enough and hopefully sensible enough to roam free. What an adventurous pair they are. They love to sit on my car roof, unfortunately they like to leave little "presents" behind, but mostly they seem to enjoy seeing how high they can get. I often see them sitting on the eaves of the roof I can't begin to imagine how they got up there. They can fly of course, but not so high as that surely!!! They are certainly ruling the roost with the chickens, rooster and guinea fowl, every thing scatters when they decide to grace us with their presence on the ground. Even our dogs are wary of them The male, although he has a beautiful metallic blue neck, hasn't got his fully grown tail feathers yet, but this doesn't stop him from opening up the few dowdy feathers that he has at the moment to try to impress his mate. My one fear was that they would be doing that awful screeching sound all the time, but at the moment they are fairly quiet, which is just as well for our quinea fowl are dreadful. We have two of them and when they get separated from each other you wouldn't believe the racket they make.

We also have some new arrivals on the lake. A pair of manderin ducks and a couple of Canadian geese. Hope they don't all start mating...

Saturday, 1 May 2010

British Rail and "Rats"

Okay, here is an advert for British Rail. In spite of all the awful things you hear about our train/underground system, I have to say I have had a very pleasant journey to London today. The ticket collector was very friendly, the train was on time, clean, bright and nearly empty, inspite of it being 8.30 in the morning and what can be more relaxing then speeeding through the English countryside seeing sights you would never get to see by car. I sat back in the comfortable seat and listed to my Ipod, the only thing missing was a nice cup of tea and toast. Might make a suggestion to the powers that be. Even the fare I thought was reasonable, it worked out at about £7.00 each way. I guess this blog is a bit sad really.....maybe I ought to get out more instead of being buried in the countryside.

Anyway to make this blog more interesting, here are some pictures of a couple of "rats" we are looking after for a friend of mine while she is in say the least, Sam, Megan and Jess are not amused!!

Love to you all