Some notable events:
April 2015 There has been very little rain this month and not that much this year.
April 15th: Hottest day, 26°C, since last summer.
April 16th: For the first time the ash are leafing at the same time as the sycamore. Ash is usually a few weeks later at least (last to leaf, first to shed). It seems all the trees are leafing at the same time, which is extremely odd (ash, oak, hawthorn, sycamore). So it seems they are primarily sensitive to temperature not day length.
Well I was a bit slow on the uptake here. I wondered why the Capsicums leaves were distorting, why the cucumbers plants were not growing well. Well its the thousands of greenfly. Bugger! Never seen a single one before, so where did they come from???
Haven't dome anything about this yet largely as I'm not sure what to do. I can't see much option but to brush them off or spray them with soap. No doubt many will die. Does it affect my view of being vegan, ahimsa, and Jain principles, well yes and no. If I chose to eat then I either only eat what they don't want or I kill them rather than have someone else do it via commercially. Maybe its a choice of food, or rather that where there is a choice avoid the killing.
Generally I am inclined to support the unconventional and wild, but neighbours, Kay and Steve, seem unable or unwilling to make a secure place for their 'Black Sheep'.
Today is the third time I have had to chase them off and the response from their 'owners' is not very helpful nor forthcoming in making any permanently effective resolution.
I managed to catch one with a young cabbage in its mouth, which it dropped on me shouting at it.
I do not want Kay and Steve to foster the idea that I will tolerate the sheep incursions. I am neither happy to chase them off nor to chase them about and round them up.
Consequently I've written to Kay and Steve asking them to make defined plans to prevent further problems and to be prepared to make reparations in future.
28th May 00:58 Have emailed Michal and Steve to check the letter.
29th May 15.40 Steve is ok with the draft letter so must chase up Michal
3rd June 12:10 Michal has agreed to the letter as is, so will tidy it up and get a print off.
13rd June 08:52 Vera has just come to report the sheep are out and about again -:- Later said she had talked to Kay who said 'they' may get rid of the two males as they were the trouble, the females don't escape, asif.