Monday, 26 November 2012

The Poseidon Adventure (on land)

It's all looking very much like a scene from one of those 1970 disaster movies.
The field is sodden.Everywhere is flooding and I must look like a butch Shelley Winters in my delightfully masculine plastic waterproof pantaloons!
Great pools of water lie on the surface of the grass sorry mud, and several of the coops in the Ukrainian village ( sorry Ukrainian "willage") are lying on unsuitably waterlogged marshland.

The Field at Dawn this morning

I moved two houses to more suitable positions yesterday and am about to brave the Somme-like conditions to shift a couple more before I make the menfolk their breakfasts.(visions of Doris Day anyone?)
The birds won't be let out for a while this morning...around 7am I heard the gate clatter in it's lock and looked out of the window to see a huge dog fox standing in the mid ground, just beyond the stone wall.
He had jumped the gate!
That was one big bugger I can tell you.
I "hissed" at him and he fled before the ewes stomped their way into view 
Another threat to add to mother nature's brickbats
hey ho

36 comments:

  1. O dear John...you are up against it.....and be careful around that fox..they can be quite frightening when hungry. Wishing better weather for you.

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  2. It's like that here, fields like lakes and rivers bursting their banks. Better start building an Ark !

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  3. It's not good outdoor weather really is it? I am supposed to be helping a friend's mum with her garden today, not relishing the prospect to be honest. Good luck with the menfolk, Doris.

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  4. Was Mr Fox wearing water-wings? The moat will keep the chucks safe ...

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  5. Ive got 3 bags of bread crusts here for your chickens John....eve had a birthday party yesterday and we made lots of sandwiches for it, but kids being kids, the crusts had to be removed....but the chickens will be glad they are picky !

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  6. Hissing at foxes? In waterproof trousers? A new image to conjure with.

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  7. I bet it is cold too. At least when it rains here it is more or less warm. Gives us the chance to have a good scrub down under the eaves.

    Looks like Doggie is on heat again. Would you like me to send you a stripey African hunting dog? Mine look after my goose and the chucks and even accepted a goatling but will tear any trespasser to shreds. They would make mince meat of a fox.

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  8. Oh dear, a fox is all you need.

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  9. A fox in the henhouse. Sounds like my ex-husband.

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  10. I remember seeing a fox sitting atop a large round hay bale, waiting for a ewe to give birth. I stopped at the house, and the farmer gave him a lead-peppered backside. Maybe you should do something similar.

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  11. I am guessing only the ducks are happy at the moment?

    Gill in Canada, where everything is white with snow.

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  12. Water rising aside, that is a lovely picture on your post today, John. Haven't seen a fox here for a couple of years. I miss them. Now I'm overridden with chipmunks. Sorry yours aren't as welcome. Hope the weather turns around for you soon.

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  13. Another adventure for you ! Our fields are covered in snow after quite the dump we got with it still coming down.

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  14. Doris Day? Sounds more like a scene with Doris Archer!

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  15. I think I prefer the snow we have to the rain you have.
    Jane x

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  16. Maybe an electric fence? Or a big gun?

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  17. Bruce Willis may yet arrive to save the day...

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  18. When did you change the colour? I'm sure it was green on Friday!

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  19. Bad weather + animals = lots of worries

    Hang in there, John!

    Nitty Gritty Momma

    P.S. I didn't watch this week's Walking Dead... but I heard it was gooooooooooood... I'll be watching it tonight.

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  20. Don't like the sound of the fox..
    Keep dry. Sorry, our weather is heading your way.

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  21. Good grief John...that sounds dreadful.

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  22. What a mess! I hope the rain lets up soon.

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  23. You paint a desperate picture John. Let's hope that the rain and fox both clear off!

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  24. Your weather is so lousy that it was even on the national news this morning in the US. Stay dry, my friend!

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  25. I hope the weather clears up soon. It sounds terrible. XXX

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  26. Pantaloons, eh?Just don't get them in a 'twist'! Best wishes for staying dry and fox free. It's horrible here -- constant rain all day and the lake in the garden has returned.

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  27. If it continues to rain my Koi fish will be swimming in the lawn.

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  28. Ever feel like 'sittin ducks', John?

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  29. Uh oh! A big fox! We have those around here and they sure do like chicken dinner! How green (and brown) you are there! We are frozen now with some snow.

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  30. Looking across the moor I can see Healthcliff being stalked by a zombie being further stalked by a werewolfe. Cue the Alfred Hitchcock Theme music. A writers paradise for sure.

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  31. My husband was deer hunting the other day and saw a red fox on our land. They are beautiful creatures, and we aren't too concerned since we don't have any chickens, but we have two neighbors that do. I had to look up dog fox to see what you were talking about. Keep those chicks safe!

    Cindy Bee

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  32. Sorry to hear about all the wet, John. Here's hoping it quits for you and starts up in our Midwest!

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  33. Watched the British news this morning John. My heart goes out to all those poor people and poor allotments and smallholdings saturated in water. I hope the powers that be start an emergency relief fund to help all the poor people and livestock.

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  34. Oh, I've been thinking about you and wondering if you were having problems with the flooding. So sorry to read this. It sounds like your house itself has survived the deluge. Would love to see a photo of you in those waterproof pantaloons.

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  35. Plastic pantaloons? What is the world coming to?!

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