Tuesday, 14 September 2010

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The Higham Scarecrow Festival was a huge success this year raising over £4000. which will be split between the St. John's Church and the village hall.
We made a scarecrow this year for the first time and as we live quite a way out of the village he was exibited in the village centre and looked after by the scarecrow committee.
Here is a picture of him before he went down to the village.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Local Historian, Signmaker and restorer Duncan Armstrong preparing the finger post sign at the junction of Guide Lane and Stump Hall Road. The sign is post 1930 and so will be black and white when it's finished. It will be a much appreciated improvement.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Height Top Farm
Taken lots of photographs of the two little owls and just managed to get one of them both.
The smaller of the two is lighter in colour and sitting on the post on the left.

Friday, 9 July 2010

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On Sunday we called at Forrest Hills to look at the amazing resource centre. It is a while since we were last there and so it was good to see how thing have progressed. Colin was working away but took time out to show us around. The roof is on, some of the window frames are in and it's generally coming on. There is so much timber work and the shapes are outstanding. We're really looking forward to when it will be finished but know that however long it takes it's definately going to worth the wait.
Being there, reminded me that our vegetable garden is doing very well, although on a small scale. It is our first attempt at growing but we haven't bought any vegetables for weeks and it's lovely to go and decide what to dig up and cook immediately.

The little owl has a friend! This morning I saw two little owls both sitting on the fence posts.
I got very close to them and had both in focus when the lense closed on my camera and one of them flew off. I'll keep trying to get them both together.

Height Top Farm
A few of the wild and meadow flower seeds have survived the birds and certainly brighten up the stone wall. Next year hopefully we will have a better display.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

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Jan a recent visitor staying in Jenny Wrens Cottage at Height Top Farm took some excellent photographs of Lancashire. Here are just three of my favorites.

Height Top Farm
We're glad to see that some of the new nest boxes are being used

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Vegetables, Herbs and Flowers

A small selection of the vegetables herbs and flowers started in the greenhouse from seeds growing on in the hand cart.

The little owl is semi tame after Ken found it in the field with a damaged wing two years ago. It can fly now and whenever Ken is working in the field it flys from post to post in line with the tractor.

Duck and Drake on holiday at Height Top Farm!



Nest under construction!

Here's one that was built earlier!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Creature Comforts

As you can see it's not just the human visitors to Height Top that we aim to please.

Robin is having a long soak in the bath and one of the mule sheep has decided that the top bunk is for her!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Well, I think that Spring is finally arriving at Height Top. The birds are singing early in the mornings, the garden is showing signs of life and we have nearly finished lambing. On Sunday the calf finally arrived. He has found a very comfortable place to sleep underneath the hay rack and seems to be constantly covered in a blanket of hay. Quite clever of him.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Spring cleaning

Click on the photo to see a very cheeky mouse looking for seeds that the birds have dropped.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Getting to grips with my new camera.

These pictures have been taken at various stages throughout today. The early morning mist and little bit of snow were followed by birds on the feeders, but what made my day was the first of our lambs to be born . Just waiting now for Harron Clarissa our pedigree dexter cow to give birth to her seventh calf due anytime now. As you can see she doesn't seem to be in any hurry!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

grazing deer

We saw these deer grazing whilst walking at Bashall Eaves yesterday. Trying to get the camera out without making any noise was quite difficult, but just managed to get a couple of pics before they bolted.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

#January 2010

It's difficult to believe the weather that we have had in the first three weeks of January.

First the lovely powder snow, followed by the thaw or maybe not if you look at the water butts and yesterday we had a Pied Wagtail bobbing about in the yard.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

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The birds are visiting the feeders much more this weather and although we don't seem to have had a lot of different birds, we have had a dipper. I think it's a lovely bird and am trying to get a picture but to no avail! No doubt I'll post this and get a picture immediately. I thought that it was more likely to be found near to a river. It can't be the pond because it's frozen solid and has been for a couple of weeks. Anyway it's quite happy eating the meal worms and wild bird seed so I'm not complaining.