Thursday, 27 September 2007
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
Eastbourne Borough Youth FC U18 were to play Haywards Heath Town U18 in the FAYouth Cup. This is a big tournament for the U18 sides and is seen as a great way to get selected for trials at a big club. Last night it was rumoured that Portsmouth FC (Premier League) http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk/ had their senior scout to watch Haywards Heaths No 11, Jonathon Rowley. They needn't have bothered as the No7 Brannon O Neill was much better and the Borough defence kept all but one goal out.
Tuesday, 25 September 2007
Richard bought a Vitara on E bay and despite needing to rebuild the big end has got it running round our shoot. Richard likes his power toys and chose to cut a new ride on the lower strip with the car rather than wait for the strimmer.
Great progress was made. until the Vitara found a dried out stream bed and the next picture was like the closing scene from "The Italian Job!"
After all this is why men of Sussex are so stout!
We seem, and the slots around the feeders seem to agree, to be attracting deer back into our wood again. Good news and with the addition of spice to the corn, salt licks, apples and salz paste we should have a healthy population to start on next year.
Jobs outstanding include: Bringing in Chris' caravan so we have a rain shelter and somewhere tobasha up after BBq's, dismantling a concrete sectional garage and moving it 20 miles for re erection so we can store the boys toys in safety.
Next year about March time we will build a new pen. This will be at least 2 and 1/2 times bigger than the other one and we will use both for birds.
Wednesday, 19 September 2007
This was one of the rifles taking part, a lovely SMLE sniper rifle.
The picture above shows Maurice with his 8mm lebel a very nice example and Maurice does collect nice French rifles.
Mr FM turned up with his Ikea rifle and sneaked the tupperware Remington into the case as well. It did shoot well despite not counting as a score I enjoyed shooting it too.
The Englishman with the CZ 527.
Mr FM sent this suitably entitled "Suit You Sir!" picture of myself dribbling over an SMLE sniper rifle.
Friday, 7 September 2007
Tuesday, 4 September 2007
This is the happy couple with my brother and myself at the back!
Chris my helpful friend as usual doing the work whilst I ponce around with the camera. During the wedding, whilst trying to sup wine after the ceremony and take picturesI dropped this camera breaking the display screen but it still takes a reasonable piccy.
We put out a few of these feeders reducing the 3 in the pen down to 1 from 3. The birds are doing well, many are flying in and out of the pen and its getting easier to tell the difference between cocks and hens already. We have started to move feeders along a track that runs downhill from the pen, this hopefully will encourage the birds to use different areas of the wood. I'll remove the final feeder in a couple of weeks and by then all 30 feeders will be out in the wood. We are also considering planting cover crops in the recently cleared areas. This would encourage the deer up from the river area at the bottom of the wood.
Doesnt the wood look spectacular at the moment, coppiced well back with all the old oaks showing?