ITS A DIARY !
This is a diary, or rather, field notes written up each day, with the latest entry at the top.
To get the full story, start at the bottom entry in the archive, and read upwards.
Then read the current diary entries from the bottom up as well.
Once you've got the full story, just visit and read the new story for the day!
The yellow and pink squiggly lines are two walks we take. The yellow one is the one we usually do. The squigglyness indicates how Madame visits her several important sniffing check-points!
We stop several times to feed the ravens, and you can see where they come from.
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Friday, 4 June 2010
We most certainly had more sunshine today!
It was a beautiful morning: dry, sunny, fresh - what more could we want ...
We left the house at 6.30 a.m. and went the usual way to the ravens field. At this time, there were no dogs there yet, so we did some training, and fed the ravens.
The first raven came as we closed in on the bottom end of the far side. It was the bold raven's companion.
She took a few scraps, and as we slowly walked up the fence to the allotments, the bold raven appeared. Both followed our way round the ravens field, picking up their scraps.
We used the opportunity to do a number of 'stay' exercises, and while Miss Sophie sat or was 'down', and 'stayed', I tried to see how close I could get the ravens to come.
It is about a foot and a half - and the bold raven most definitely is the boldest of the lot!
He ventured to within a foot, keeping a beady eye on me. When I looked away (well, I looked out of the corner of my eyes!), he picked the scrap up, his companion didn't dare.
Also, he does try and get to the scraps as fast as possible - twice I threw one in the air to land between them, and he was immediately at it.
Once he was pushing her off, with a clatter of beaks. That was how close they got together to that one scrap.
The second time, she just about got there first - but then, he'd already had six pieces in his crop!
He flew off then, in the direction of the raven's nest. She followed after having collected a couple more scraps.
Both came back when we were already close to the spinney, and the bold one flew in front of us, as if to say 'haven't you got some more food for us?'
Well - I didn't! Between the ravens and Miss Sophie's rewards, there were only two left, which go into Miss Sophie when we're back inside the house.
Later that afternoon, the heat was on!
It was about 78 F, and the sun was hot in spite of a rising haze, and clouds in the west looking as if we might be in for a thunderstorm later tonight.
We went to Pontcanna Fields - Llandaff Fields was overrun with people, dogs, children - the trees do make it a bit more shady.
When we approached the tree with the raven's nest, to about 50 yards, coming and going, there were raven calls, as if to sound the alarm. Well, we were moving - the other people were lying on trhe grass, broiling in the sun.
We didn't see any ravens, it was too hot - and Miss Sophie's black fur coat felt hot when we came back and I took her lead off.
It'll be cooler tomorrow, with a bit of rain, or so the forecasters say ...
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