Summer at the Yard

Hello to everybody,

Life is still throwing challenges at us, there have been changes to the covid restrictions but none that makes it feasible to start group driving.

Mother Nature on the other hand has been in full flow.


Very young ones. We think there are 3.
Very young ones. We think there are 3.

For many years we have always had swallows nesting in the stables, rearing their young quite happily amongst the horses comings and goings.

Then for 2 seasons running all the young were lost to the magpies before they even fledged.

Understandably the swallows gave up on the yard and we didn’t see them for 2 years.

This year one nesting couple returned. They made their nest up on the beam in Ruby’s stable. We have nurtured the 3 young that hatched, we found one tiny little one in the bedding one morning and between us managed to get him back in the nest. A couple of days later we found 2 on the floor. Again they were returned to the nest. In fact we left a ladder in the stable so we could nip them back in quickly, bearing in mind we do have a yard cat! Eventually our babies have escaped the attention of the magpies and have fledged, sitting on the beams and 2 flying today.

Poo picking this morning ... watched by a young Sparrowhawk
Poo picking this morning …
watched by a young Sparrowhawk

Such a small event in the world, but so important to us and the swallows. Hopefully we will see them return next year.

Dear Jim continues his pampered life style. He is looking so well, I really hope our group members will be able to visit soon.

Best wishes

Lesley