Despite the wintry spell of weather we are having, I’ve been working outdoors with my volunteer team repairing a recycled-plastic board-walk. Some of the kick-boards along the edge had been knocked off so they had to be replaced. That’s just the kind of routine maintenance we expect to have to do.
We also revisited Force Crag Mine where there had been a quite a big wash-out under the water flume that is diverting water away from the archaeology that we are trying to protect. So we had to do some fairly major repairs there.
I then returned to Watendlath orchard with some members of the Northern Fruit Growers Association who are advising us about the care of the trees. They will be back to work with the children of Borrowdale School on their next visit. The next step in restoring the trees to a healthy condition will be some pruning and the children will be able to help with that.
And finally some news of the newest member of my team - we collected our puppy Daisy at the weekend. She and some siblings were leaving on the same day so their mother Storm will have missed them in some ways but might be relieved in others because they were becoming so big and boisterous. Daisy has settled into her new home very quickly and has even been joining me at work. She is growing very rapidly and in a week gained almost 25% in weight. She is also learning very quickly and, at a little over 8 weeks recognised her name, would come when she was called and was house-trained barring the occasional accident. Every morning her legs and nose look just a bit longer.
If you regularly follow the blog, you will no doubt see and read a lot more about her and her exploits!