Friday, 12 June 2015

12th June 2015 - On death and Chickens..

Thought for the day: "Saying the same thing over and over again but expecting different results is called parenting. "

Sad day today - woke up to find that 7 chickens in the run were dead - Fox !
They were 10 weeks old and were growing well, and were all chickens not cockerels - so were getting to the point of lay. They were also a rare breed and Susie tells me that they were probably worth about £20 each as they were in excellent condition.

But next door saw a fox going over the wall at about 7.30am this morning, and three headless chickens were by the garage door, and two more by the wall behind the other chicken coop. Two are missing presumed eaten. The wire was forced on the large coop - and sadly we had not shut them into the wooden chicken house - though looking at the effort taken to get through the wire I do not think that the current door would have stopped it.

Today is full of the news that a Hunt was apparently raising 16 fox cubs possibly for release to hunt with hounds, and the anti cruel sports people horrified. I have a father in law that feeds his foxes in the garden every night, and can only see the cuddly red animal. However, at the moment a shotgun would be an appropriate implement and a morning vigil.

Our two remaining layers are going well but we will have to watch out if the fox is out in the day as well. The Polish are getting to the stage where they will have to go out soon - so we will have to strengthen the runs considerably.

Meanwhile - it is a clammy hot day with threats of thunderstorms.

And I have a Provincial Meeting for the Royal Ark Mariners, which means getting into Morning Suit int his heat  - ho hum...

Meanwhile, yesterday Ron Moody and Christopher Lee both popped their clogs.
Turns out that Christopher Lee was quite an interesting fellow as well as actor..

Little known facts about Sir Lee's service for the Army and RAF will escape many major news broadcasters and tabloids around the world today, but his distinguished career in the British military and the Special Air Service, will be recognized.

"I was attached to the SAS from time to time but we are forbidden – former, present, or future – to discuss any specific operations. Let's just say I was in Special Forces and leave it at that. People can read in to that what they like."
Christopher Lee first enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1940, where he worked as an intelligence officer specializing in decoding German ciphers. (He was also a cousin to Ian Fleming of 007 fame) He was then posted to North Africa where he was based with the precursor of the SAS, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG). While leapfrogging from Egypt across Tobruk to Benghazi, Lee moved behind enemy lines from base to base sabotaging Luftwaffe planes and airfields along the way. After the Axis surrender in 1943, Lee was seconded to the Army during an officer swap scheme, where he officiated the Gurkhas of the 8th Indian Infantry Division during The Battle of Monte Cassino.

An interviewer asked about his SAS past, he leaned forward and whispered: “Can you keep a secret?”
“Yes!” the interviewer replied, breathless with excitement.
“So can I.” replied a smiling Lee, sitting back in his chair.
After working with the LRDG, Lee was assigned to the Special Operations Executive, conducting espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe against the Axis powers. For the final few months of his service, Lee, fluent in several languages including French and German, was tasked with tracking down Nazi war criminals alongside the Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects. Of his time within the organisation, Lee said "We were given dossiers of what they'd done and told to find them, interrogate them as much as we could and hand them over to the appropriate authority." Lee then retired from the RAF in 1946 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant

Although his service records remain classified and Lee himself was reluctant to discuss anything about his service, after his retirement he'd been individually decorated for battlefield bravery by the Czech, Yugoslav, British, and Polish governments. He was also on personal terms with Josip Broz Tito, presumably after their mutual involvement with the Partisan Resistance movement (widely cited as the most effective resistance movement in occupied Europe).

On Ron Moody, Susie remembers the stage show with Davy Jones of Monkeys fame as the artful dodger.. However reading today it seems that one of the "other" boys was Sir Tony Robinson of Baldrick fame...  Was a few years ago !!!

Saw this video yesterday - Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring in a Garden.. Hokkaido Gardens Show: Amazing garden of his, directed by Invisible Designs Lab! I have rarely been so excited about a realization of this type!! The Great Art!

And so I leave this with you to finish the day ..   Cheers !!!

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