Today Fizz and I were tasked with fetching the sheep down from the top field.
There is a connection between a shepherd and his dog. It starts with choosing the right animal. You need to select a dog that is intelligent and active but most of all it must be eager to please. I would love to show you how this works but…
Obviously I am stuffed 🙂
If Fizz understood every word that I said she would still do the exact opposite. That is her impish sense of fun and playfulness.
In this video I am employing a different sort of connection and half a loaf of bread.
Well it works just the same. Having kept her on the connection for the first half hour I then had to take her somewhere else for a bit of exercise.
I am pretty sure that my (soon to be) tame Robin is a male.
The male and female European Robin look just the same and you can’t tell them apart by appearance but they don’t always act the same.
This Robin always takes two worms and then he flies off. He eats the first one. Yesterday when I made this video I was surprised to see him almost a full minute after he had taken the second worm, he still had it and he was flitting around with the worm in his beak and he was managing to sing. Eventually he disappeared under a car with another Robin. I think that he is taking the second worm as a gift and that he is courting and that would make him a male.
Since making this video he has become even tamer and now he sits with me while he eats the first worm and then takes a second and flies off. What a nice little Robin 🙂
I will need a lot of worms when they are raising their brood.
Well it has been typical winter weather here and there hasn’t been a lot to see. I could show you some pictures of Haircut. When she came back from the beauty parlour I was careful to keep her clean for the first hour but then a dog has got to be a dog…
I don’t want to spoil you too much because Gorse will probably feature in my next post but it looks like this.
On with the wildflowers, this one is in flower now and that is probably how it will be from now on 🙂
Lamium album, The White Dead-nettle
That is a reasonable description, it does look like a stinging nettle but the two plants are not related. Urtica dioica, the Stinging Nettle is a member of the Urticaceae or Nettle Family and White Dead-nettle is a member of the Mint family.
Unlike the Nettle family the Dead-nettles don’t have a sting.
You can’t really confuse the two plants, the flowers are the give away and they start to form almost as soon as the plant appears.
Like other Dead-nettles Lamium album has a square stem.
The leaves are described as cordate (heart shaped) to ovate (oval with a tapering point). They are deeply veined with a net pattern and the edges are toothed. They are also covered in soft hair on both sides.
The White Dead-nettle is described as having a three lobed lower lip, It has a large central lobe, the two outside lobes are the very small tooth like projections either side of the central lobe in this next picture. They are fairly insignificant.
It is a valuable wild life plant providing a good source of nectar early in the year. It is very popular with bees and is sometimes known as the Bee Nettle. It is the food plant for a number of beetles and moths, including the Golden-Y Moth, the Rivulet, the Burnished Brass and the Speckled Yellow.
Species: Lamium album