The week beginning 2nd of August, 2003.
Saturday the 2nd
I like very much, seeing my big black friends outside my window. There's Isla, helping mow the lawn.
Sunday the 3rd
After collecting some fallen grapefruit from under the trees at the cottage in Kohukohu, Stephan looked up a recipe for marmalade and made several jarsful. There's Isla, out the window again.
Wednesday the 6th of August
This morning, another bird tried to knock itself out on the kitchen window. I have recently evicted several hundred spiders from that window and its frame, so perhaps the bird didn't realise the window is still there!
This time a thrush. It was obviously quite shaken by its impact with the window. I usually pick birds up when they do this, since I suspect their recovery might be better in a warm, calm, dark place, rather than out in the cold, at risk of discovery by a cat. Often I wrap the bird in a soft cloth and put it in a small box in the hot-water cupboard, but I just held this one under my jersey until it started to make fluttering movements, at which time I took it outside and waited until it flew off my hand.
Here is a likely cat ...
I believe this cat belonged to a neighbour who has left the house in which she lived, leaving the cat to fend for itself. It is such irresponsibility which leads to the death of far too many native birds and insects in this country! The cat has been sniffing around our house from time to time, for the last few weeks, since the neighbour left. I will shoot it, when I get a good opportunity, but this wasn't it. I'd pulled some catnip plants out of the garden earlier today and the cat discovered them. Perhaps I'll be able to entice it back again with some more, later.
Thursday the 7th
Friday the 8th
Some of the heifers over the road, getting close to the end of the grass in their paddock ...
This paddock, all 20+ acres of it, is one of the best pieces of land we have, in terms of its ability to feed and grow animals. No matter what season, the animals come back from that paddock weighing more and looking better than they do from anywhere else. So even when feed looks like it's getting quite short up there, it's possible for the cattle to continue to find enough to eat.