Well would you believe it! The morning after the storm and the makeshift cardboard box hotel for the baby bee-eaters... we discovered the geese trying to dismantle the cardboard box nest. So we spent several anxious hours keeping the geese away and keeping an eye on the chicks.
The parents finally turned up but they didn't seem to want to feed the chicks... they just sat on the fence and called to them and then swooped and swirled around the area calling loudly.
The chicks moved to the entrance of the box and just sat there. At least they had survived the night. We watched for most of the day, seeing mummy bee-eater feed them only once. She didn't go into the box but handed the insects over at the entrance. Finally we realised what she was doing. She was trying to encourage the chicks to fly. Then.... off they flew. First one, then the other.
We jumped around with excitement for a while and then dismantled the box and took it away. Huge hats off to the microwavable elephant for keeping the chicks warm that first night and totally saving their lives!
What are we all about?
The focus of this blog is simple - and that's the goal too. A more simple way of life. A life in tune with the rhythms of nature and of human nature. Where everything has its time and place and purpose, including us.
We have left the rat race behind and taken on new challenges. We aim to tread as lightly as we can upon the planet, to reconnect with nature, to eat good food, drink excellent wine, enjoy the best of company.... even if that is sometimes just our own! Please feel free to eavesdrop from time to time on our lives and see how we are doing and if you are ever in Extremadura... drop us an email and we'll give you directions.