The Fox’s Lair

July 5, 2011

Cutting silage in the clump field

Cutting silage in the clump field

How things change. When haymaking was the only way of ‘saving’ grass for winter fodder it took days. From cutting, to turning and putting up into haycocks, the process was long and labour intensive. Today, one silage cutter, several tractors and trailers arrived and after a noisy couple of hours all was quiet again ¬†Today the field was cut in just hours, with the cut grass transported to the silage pit, leaving the field looking like a newly shorn sheep.

Sunday was my first opportunity to take a trip up the hill to the clump. Following the boundary fence I made my way up slowly, noting where boundary ditches once been. Crossing the track across the breast of the field use by badgers and foxes. Noting where they all get through the fence. ¬†Isn’t it is so much easier to follow in someone else’s path through long grass?

Fox's path into Mornington forest

Fox's path into Mornington forest

Further up the hill I saw the outside ‘lounge’ or ‘bedroom’ where a vixen had fed her young earlier this spring.

It's great to sleep outside in the summer

A vixen's has created a nursery area in the long grass where she could feed her cubs.

Guest watched a fox yesterday as it enjoyed the sun, before eventually following the track into the forest.

View across the lake to towards faughalstown

View across the lake to towards faughalstown

Cow Parsley in full bloom

Cow parsley in full bloom

Wild strawberries growing under the new rose hedge

Wild strawberries growing under the new rose hedge

Wild strawberries

Wild strawberries

We planted the roses last year to replace the hebbe which was killed by the frost. Children love to pick the wild strawberries. The Blackbirds like them too.

Raised beds

Raised beds are full to overflowing of herbs and Vegetables.The tape is to discourage Dexter jumping across the bed to get his ball.

By the way: The tape is NOT electrified!

The herbaceous border is in full flower.

The herbaceous border is in full flower.

A bag of Anemone corms was great value.

A bag of Anemone corms was great value.

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