Wednesday, 7 December 2022
Friday, 2 December 2022
Been making a bit of progress with the leps on the Bulgaria project thanks to I-Naturalist. We've got 89 species sorted so far HERE thanks to 20 volunteers which have helped out. Another amazing on line resource! Here's a few of the more interesting ones that we've got names to now.
Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Seems like we have finally found a solution for the Cockerel, Lazlo . After he almost pecked our prize hen to death we had to isolate him and was then deciding whether to turn him into a Sunday roast or keep him as he is such a good looking bird and we might want to breed from him later. Housing the hens has been expensive to make sure we have a predator proof large compound but hopefully in time they will pay for themselves with eggs and compost (and provide insurance against money becoming worthless or supply line disruptions - and in our first year indeed there are now currently egg shortages). So we needed to come up with a cheap solution for the Cockerel (a potential financial liability) so he has been in the old dog kennel for a few weeks imprinting on his new home before we were going to try and free range him (saves money on feed etc). However what with bird flu restrictions (mad that in order to control bird flu, poultry farmers have to contain birds inside in more crowded and inhumane conditions which is why bird flu evolved in the first place) we couldn't let him range round the whole garden and potential village so with a bit of cheap fencing we've got a cheap fix (£14! instead of over £200 for electric fencing or £300 for complete predator proof enclosure) . He escaped within the first morning (we think because one of our drunk family members fell onto the fence) but Isabelle (the pub chef who lives in the coach house) caught him effortlessly (she was raised on a Portuguese farm) and we put him back into his new run. He had made his way over to the hens so if he does escape again it should be easy to find him.
Bryan has been out shooting pheasants in the local shoot (Mark Avery won't be happy) so we've been getting free game meat lately so I've been trying some new recipes. Still getting through the pumpkins too (got about 10 of them still) so what with eggs, pumpkins and pheasants there is still plenty of home produce to live off even in the winter. We do supplement our self sufficiency with Burger King and Starbucks and local farm shops and markets just to prove our anti-Capitalism is only a protest against the share and indices and reward systems of the global market. The stocks and shares I bought recently were in Sustainable Forestry, Renewable Energy, Water Companies and also Whizzair (that fly me to Bulgaria) so again the system change we would like to advocate is evolution and transition and smart engagement (but genuine transition and not global establishment bullshit and leftist propaganda) and the avoidance of extremism and simple narratives (there is nothing simple about the complex system we all have to survive in)- I suspect real system change can only come from grassroots projects that create that new system themselves and then grow and connect together.
Still a few moths, good numbers of Redwings and Fieldfares around the garden and the Sheep Field. Making good progress on the digitisation of old notebooks etc, Holly is making good progress with the indoor refurbishments, Jacob is Joseph in his school's nativity play and Isaac has got two new teeth- so all going well.
Monday, 28 November 2022
Friday, 25 November 2022
Thursday, 24 November 2022
Monday, 21 November 2022
Well that was an excellent week. Found a Bulgarian mega (with Dimiter), saw loads of good birds, ate Tripe soup and wasn't sick, got loads of work done on the plot and also got the ball rolling for services to be connected by Spring.
I spent the last morning at Cape Kaliakra which was shockingly quiet. Ebird list HERE. I'm so familiar with this place during migration times when it is buzzing that to see it during a mild quiet winter's day was quite eerie. Meadow Pipits, Wrens and Robins were present which are not present in Spring. The highlights were a couple of juvenile Arctic Skua, a Black Redstart and a first-winter Caspian Gull.
The moth trap was relatively busy last night. A few moths in photos below from the week. I started an I-naturalist project for the project Leps which I need to start working on HERE.