This umbellifer has appeared beside one of the bird feeders. It is Wild carrot.
It is the time of year for lamb sales. This year Farmer has done the same as he did last year - where he booked a lorry to take the bulk of our male lambs all in one go. In previous years he has taken the livestock trailer over with 60 or so lambs, but this is very time consuming as it takes several weeks to get through selling them all. So last Tuesday the 29th our wedder (male) lambs all went off to Oban to be sold. We were not as pleased as last year with the prices, which was an average of £4 a lamb down. And we made a new record - by selling one lamb for £2. (Bear in mind, it costs about £3 to get the lamb to market in the lorry and about £4 in medicines so there is a loss in there...)
Aurora spotting season has started. Here is my first (very faint) tick, a faint one fighting with the light from Shieling outside light! I couldn't see anything with the naked eye.
The late summer growth in the garden was buzzing with bees, loving the comfrey in particular which we have in huge clumps.
The Herdwicks have been in the field around Shian and Duill for the last week or so. They are sharing it with our ewe lambs (the hoggs). They are so noticeably friendly compared to the Blackface - who leg it in the opposite direction when they see you!
I ventured down to Croig to collect some crab from the local fisherman. It was beautiful down there, so still and quiet.
The Devil's bit scabious are thriving this summer. I have never seen so many.
Sadly I think it is only a matter of time before the swallows take off on their long journey to Africa. The air is noisy from their gathering song and flight. Such a wonderful sound of summer, but bittersweet to hear it now, and now that they will be off any minute. This year it seems like there are more swallows, certainly, than last year.
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