Monday, September 24, 2012

Storm Battered

As I sit watching and listening to the wind and the rain outside ( not really wanting to get started out there this morning!) I looked at the blog for this day last year:

This is the picture in large format
September 2011

So I looked at the Nasa site:

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Smallest Extent In Satellite Era

and the latest map:

Sea ice extent maps are derived from data captured by the Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer aboard NASA's Nimbus-7 satellite and the Special Sensor Microwave Imager on multiple satellites from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.

As the US NSICD director said:

“We are now in uncharted territory,” said NSIDC Director Mark Serreze. “While we’ve long known that as the planet warms up, changes would be seen first and be most pronounced in the Arctic, few of us were prepared for how rapidly the changes would actually occur.”

And today's headlines only seem to bear this out:

Wet weather sweeps across UK

Three die as warnings issued of fiercer winds and the chance of flooding in 88 areas of the south-west, midlands and north-east
'Planetary emergency' due to Arctic melt, experts warn

Sunday, September 23, 2012


We picked up our six chickens from the nut house last night - we were only going to get five, but on hearing that they had just rescued 210 rather than the 150 they were planning on getting, we (rather feebly) took another one. 

If all works out OK, we'll get some more!

We were genuinely shocked by the state of the poor things, they were supposedly 'free range' hens, but they are in an awful state. 

We've had rescued battery hens before that were in far better condition than these.

Today was there first outing at the Turnip House:

bald and scrawny - not equipped for a brisk windy day

in very poor condition

this one is almost bald

the fan is totally flopped - a tell tale sign of stress and bad condition

meet the Cockerel - look at the difference in size!
Charlie getting acquainted 
 Still, despite their poor condition, and traumatic 24 hours being shifted about, we got 4 eggs form them - better than our own mollycoddled flock! 

We will be posting more pictures in the coming weeks, hopefully showing great improvement

Saturday, September 22, 2012

September Frost

Last night was the coldest since last winter, with temperatures dropping to 0.6 degrees C at 05:23 this morning, but rising to the dizzying heights of 13.7 by 9:38, hotter than some of our July days!

Still, it was a great night for viewing the space debris

Temperatures in Benraw, the night of 21/22 September 2012

You can download our monthly weather data as XL files from our website

Thursday, September 06, 2012


Wild winds and September skies brought some great cloud formations today, along with a distant Red Kite and it's crow tormentors

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Fresh From the Turnip House


Long Long ago when John was but a wee thing, his Mother knitted him bootees. 

knitted confection  perfection

The pattern had been in the family for ages (and so, amazingly, is even older than John!) 

Elaine has taken up the baton and has for years been making them for new arrivals near and far.

Now you have the chance to get some yourselves

All hand knitted, at The Turnip House, by Elaine

Price £15.00 

Sizes and colours to your specification.

Simply email Elaine to get some! 
good enough to eat