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At last it's getting warmer and the birds are visiting us. Today we had redpolls eating nyger seeds and arguing with the goldfinches and siskins as to who needs the most. We hadn't seen Repolls in the garden before and it took a bit of detective work with the bird books to identify them - we've also had linnets and they are pretty similar until you get your eye in!! We also had a Redstart hit our ...

We do like to do a bit of bird-spotting here and we've seen a good few rarities - cuckoo, pied flycatcher, golden eagle - but a couple of weeks ago we had a rather exciting day! We are very used to the Red Kites and Buzzards but on this morning there was another large bird of prey flying above the house. After consulting the bird books we came to the conclusion that it must have been a female hen ...

Well, we woke up today to some brilliant snow. As it's nearing the winter equinox, the sun did seem to take it's time to rise but it was definitely worth it!! Luckily our fields have a reasonable slope so the sledge, having sat redundant in the garage all year, came in to it's own. Cuppa tea and some chocolates afterwards... lovely!!

Just north of us is the Hafod Estate which is recognised as one of the finest examples in Europe of a Picturesque landscape. Its most celebrated owner, Thomas Johnes (1748-1816) laid out its grounds in a manner suited to displaying its natural beauties in sympathy with the 'Picturesque principles'. Today it is a series of fabulous circular walks, varying in length along tracks around the estate. W...

Well, summer has now gone and we are preparing for winter. We have at least two hedgehogs who nest in the garden; we've seen them many times through the year on our night-time wildlife camera and various guests have spotted 'the big one' trundling through the garden at dusk John has just made a cosy house from logs and slates in the bottom garden close to where one nested last year so hopefully it...