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SWIMMERS: I am pleased to say that a new brood of six ducklings has appeared on the pond. I hope they do better than the last ones. This mother duck seems to be a bit more sensible and is keeping her young close to her in a very military line. So far-so good.

DIGGERS: An enormous hole has been dug in our garden and, judging from the poor confused bumble bees milling around and trying to put things together, it was made by a badger digging up the bees’ nest to eat the grubs and honey. As if bees were not in enough trouble already! At least there are plenty of flowers to feed from at this time of year, and the flowers are particularly good this year. Immediately over the top of the ruined bees’ nest there is a large clump of foxgloves which are proving a very popular nectar store.

MORE DIGGING: We are so busy in the garden at this time of year that we seem to spend most of our time out there. Apart from the basic work to be done, I am raising a lot of plants for our Flower Festival in a couple of weeks. Our back yard looks like a nursery and it is going to take a lot of trips in the car to get everything over to the village hall. As well as plants we are also collecting for our popular Bric-a-brac stall and the “Preloved” clothes stall. The Flower Festival is on June 27 and 28 and will have all sorts of other things on offer including the main event - the lovely flowers in the church. One innovation will be live flute music in the church on June 27. Watch this space for details of times.

MUSIC: Last week’s concert by the Pastores Ensemble was wonderful. The Ensemble play very old music on period instruments and also include some contemporary compositions by members of the group. I thought the Three Ravens with soprano Amy Cunningham was particularly beautiful and a composition by Marion Pilbeam was another favourite of mine. The next concert in the series will be on June 27 and features Nicola Grunberg and Judith Maddison playing piano duets. You can visit the Flower Festival, have some tea and cake and then come along to the concert, perfect.

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