It has been a bit of a strange week for me. I’m home alone with the alpacas and not Ian for a change. He is off in England learning more about taking care of alpacas and then tomorrow he will be learning about shearing them. On Tuesday of last week, I went out to our land to find out how to take care of our alpacas and their routine, then on Wednesday, my birthday, I was up early and heading out of the door to travel up to Tallinn for a conference. I did at least get cake as they had some refreshments during the registration, albeit rather small but nice pieces of cake. It was just not a big slab of moist chocolate cake that I rather like. Oh well! I’m sure my waistline is better for it.
|The woods are starting to green up now and is |
carpeted in flowers
|A closer look at the woods|
|Closer still. Wood anemones - unfortunately not edible|
as they are a member of the buttercup family
|More flowers. These are under the oak tree|
|These are strange looking plants. If anyone|
knows their name then feel free to comment.
Unfortunately I haven't got a lot of time
to do the research tonight
|A field full of the flowers above|
|These flowers are quite delicate looking.|
|A view from our ski hill. If you are eagle eyed, you might |
just see our alpacas in the distance
|Further up the ski hill and looking towards a neighbours land|
|My charges this week|
|Ian was busy this week before he went away. He has chain|
harrowed the land to flatten the mole hills that always
appear over winter and some of the ruts the wild boar
I forgot to mention last week that I was skyping with my two year old granddaughter and I was showing her the chicks. I picked one up in my hand to show her and she kept putting her hand out, she wanted to hold them too. So cute! She just couldn't get why she couldn't take them. I bet they are pleased she wasn't really in the room, not sure how gentle she will be with them.
|He has also rotavated this piece that had been ploughed|
previously. We just need to collect the oats now to seed it.
Or maybe it is buckwheat going in there, can't remember now
Still, don’t good fences at least make good neighbours? Not according to European integration expert Kalypso Nicolaidis. She says that in all the three main cases – in Ukraine, Bulgaria and Poland – governments are guilty of making decisions effective only in the short term. “People don’t really understand that it’s really about what’s happening at the source. Deal with Russia, deal with the problems that cause people to travel up from the Middle East and Africa – that’s much more effective,” she says. “But in citizens’ imaginations, walls have an imaginative quality which politicians tend to pander to. They seem like the easier solution.”It concerns me to think that some of these barriers are to keep out the Russians, which really won't make much difference should they ever decide to invade anyway. All barriers do is breed distrust, just as the article states. Let's hope for a few more moments like when the Berlin Wall came down instead.
|One of those places that is always wet|
in Spring. Not sure if this is a spring or
drains. It's wet anyway