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Visit to Ferne Animal Sanctuary

On Sunday we dodged the rain to take Neil’s sister Carole to Ferne Animal Sanctuary, where both our pussycats came from. There were some lovely cats there and some adorable kittens that make  you want to take them home with you, but maybe 2 cats is enough!!

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at Ferne

Waddling along the path were some happy ducks.

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The Ducks have a big pond to swim in and several of them were just sitting about by the pond.

The pigs looked content, one of them was wallowing in the mud.

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There is a lovely wooded area where chickens run free and another pond for the geese.

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We stopped for an ice cream to finish the afternoon off and some chickens were pecking at our feet.

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There were also some handsome chicks picking over the grubs on the dung heap!!

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If you want to visit Ferne it is only a couple of miles from our B&B. http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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Duck racing in Bishopswood

Today we went to the duck racing at Mill Leat in Bishopswood.  Not real ducks I hasten to add, but little yellow plastic ducks all numbered and tipped into the Yarty river.  We had to buy a ticket with a number on, and then that was the number of your duck.  We followed their progress down the river.

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Some got caught on stones along the way and had to be guided off.  One would dash past and then another would overtake.  The organiser had a loud haler and was calling out their progress.  There was money to be won on the duck first past the post.

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We didn’t win anything in any of the 3 races, but it was a bit of fun, a bit of madness on a Summer’s afternoon.  There were also other duck themed activities.  Instead of a coconut shy there was a duck shy.

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Neil’s sister was with us and she knocked down two ducks.  Then she had a go at throwing hoops round ducks.

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There were other duck stalls too and some people even dressed in duck costumes. The face painting for the children was ducks on their cheeks!

But we rather more sedately retired with a Pimms!

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The last thing was the tug of war between Bishopswood and Buckland St Mary.  Neil was in the Buckland team and went prepared in boots and gloves, but they still lost!

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You can see the lovely thatched house in the background, in whose grounds the event took place.

They are going to try and make it an annual event.  It was well supported and everyone had a bit of fun.  Other villages hold duck races too so maybe its just a local thing around here.  We certainly had never heard of it until we moved here.

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Bluebell walk at Otterhead Lakes

Today, dodging the showers we went for a walk at Otterhead Lakes, one of my favourite places, to see all the bluebells.

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The map shows the path we take, from the car park following the red line down to the first lake and then along the path through the woods to the second lake.  Earlier in the year we came here to see the carpets of snowdrops, now it is the turn of the bluebells.

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When we got to the first lake one of swans came up to see if we had brought any bread, (but we had forgotten).

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It was closely followed by some ducks, who were equally disappointed by us.

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The swan upended itself to search for its own food.

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As we walked along the path by the river we could see the carpets of bluebells in between the trees.

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Neil posed on the little bridge across the stream.

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In an established woodland the bluebells are native English where the bells hang to one side as opposed to Spanish bluebells where the bells are all the way round.

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When we got the second lake there was a clump of yellow flowers that looked a bit like buttercups.

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The water was calm on the lake.

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Walking back we admired the bluebells in the woods along the bank.

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Visit to Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Yesterday being a lovely sunny day, and even better than that it was my birthday, we decided to go out to lunch and we visited the modern new cafe at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.  Had yummy Thai fish cakes and then went for a wonder all round the grounds and looked at all the rescued animals.

They have a number of free range hens of all different breeds.

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There were also some newly rescued ex battery hens which were still in a sorry state.  At least now they can scratch around in the open and in time their feathers will grow back.

An ex battery hen in a sad and sorry way

At Ferne there are a variety of animals and birds including some geese that have their own pond and enclosure…

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and some goats that have a big field to roam around in……..

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There are rescued cows and an odd mix of old sheep….

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And then there are horses, cats and dogs, bunnies, chipmunks, chinchillas, an avairy of birds and a few others too.  It’s a lovely spot with paths around the grounds and a great view…

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Ferne animal sanctuary do a great job taking in unwanted pets, and rehoming where possible, but where it isn’t possible they provide a permanent home.  All this is done with donations from the public, there is no charge to enter.  So before we left we made a contribution to all their good work.

Then it was back home to look after our B&B guests.  visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

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Taunton Poultry Fanciers Show March 2012

Today we went to the Taunton Poultry Fanciers Show to see all the various types of chickens, ducks, and turkeys that were on display.  And no we didn’t exhibit any of our hens, they are all too muddy and dirty and not sure they would take too well to be washed and spruced up!!

There were so many different types there, from beautiful hens with shiny feathers to bantams and ones with fluffy feathers and feathered feet, with their proud owners huddled about waiting for the results of the judging.

Here are some photos we took today:

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I love this fluffy white one and the one below is a really big bird. I’m afraid I don’t know all the different breeds, we will have to get a book and look them all up.

The one below is the breed “Spanish”.

This one looks like the chicken on the Kellogs box!!

I thought this on was rather splendid!! I took loads of photos but these are some of the best.  If you want to see proper free range hens ( complete with mud) visit us at www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk.

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Ever heard of homing ducks?

Further to my blog of 15th June, lo and behold this pair of ducks have waddled their way all the way back to our neighbours where they came from.  This is about half a mile.  They would have had to cross a road (not that busy) and waddle all the way as their wings are clipped so they couldn’t fly.   All the searching for them, and no wonder we couldn’t find them if they were making their way home.  Who would have thought ducks would have a homing instinct, or did they just get lucky and head in the right direction? We’ll never know, but these ducks voted with their feet, they obviously didn’t want to live with us, so there we are.

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The lamentable tale of the ducks

Our neighbour was having problems with Mr Fox getting to his ducks and hens, so he decided to offload some of the ducks, and we agreed to take a mating pair.  They  arrived yesterday afternoon, and we set them down in the hen enclosure, with appropriate trays full of water and a little corn.  They wandered around the hen run, making sweet little cooing quacking noises to each other and we fell in love with them.  We made appropriate provision for them at night, and when dusk fell we tried to cajole them into it.  But they were having none of it, and they ran all around the enclosure and in hindsight we think they got spooked and  flew up about 2 feet and through the poultry net.  That was unforseen, that bid for freedom.

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Before we could think about how to catch them, they had run, and they are quick, into the undergrowth between us and the farm below.  It’s quite a thicket and we couldn’t see where they had gone.  We went round to the farm and into the thicket that way, but to no avail.  By this time it was 10pm and dark, so we left it overnight, and thought we would have another go at getting them back in the morning.

9.30am this morning, another neighbour came over to help. She went into the undergrowth, saw them and shooed them out onto our land, but they were so quick that they just went back into the undergrowth again and wouldn’t come out.

This afternoon she brought over 2 more ducks in a cage hoping that their quacking would bring the original pair back out, but to no avail. And we couldn’t see them in the undergrowth where they were this morning, so they could have gone anywhere, maybe into the woods.

It is unlikely now that we will see them again.  In the thicket they had some protection from Mr Fox, but if they go into the woods, where there is water, they will be too open to preditors.

What a sad state of affairs.  Our 2 little ducks were only with us for 5 hours!  We will have to have a different arrangement of fencing if we get ducks again in the future, and that will take some sorting out, so I doubt it will be soon.

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