|Lovely open bay building on a Claythorpe farm|
This morning, as I was working in the vegetable garden (digging, as seems to be my lot this year!) I could hear the bleat of sheep and lambs. Spring must have sprung, the sheep are lambing.
|The old railway engine building, Claythorpe|
The sound was definitely coming from the Claythorpe area, so I grabbed my camera and set off. I walked past the likely fields in Claythorpe, but could only see one distant sheep with twins, too far away to photograph.
|The beautiful old Railway Station building (now a home) at Claythorpe|
Give them a few days and they will soon be relaxed and skipping around, their mamas will be less protective and I may be able to get a little closer.
On the way home I saw these lovely geese and ducks on the Great Eau, I had seen, and heard, the geese fly over our vegetable garden an hour earlier.
It was a funny old day which started off with an early visit from a couple of Wildlife Crimes Officers as they asked for permission to have a look in our woodland. It seems that someone who lives close by, and who has been in trouble before for dealing in wild birds, is being investigated again. I won't go into too much detail, but fair to say it infuriates me that people trap wild birds and then sell them on.
They had a look round and agreed with us that he hadn't been using our woodland this time, which was a relief.
The upside is that one of the officers takes a great interest in plants and has offered to identify my mystery plant for me. He had a look at my photo and couldn't immediately name it, but he will get back to me. I'll let you know when he does.
So, in some ways it was a lovely day - I love seeing the first lambs of the year.
My brother, Ian, has done his account of the happenings on The Owl Wood Blogspot.