It’s the hottest day of the year so far. The forecast predicts a temperature of 34 degrees centigrade today; it was 27 degrees early this morning. Billy Bull says it’s too hot to work and the flies are horrendous, so the herd will spend the day lolling about in the shade around the south entrance water trough. I have to say that, for once, I don’t blame them.According to Noel Coward: “Only mad dogs, cattle and Englishmen go out in the midday sun.” He obviously did his research, because this is exactly what the marsh cattle did! They roused themselves from the cool and shaded comfort of the southern marsh entrance at around midday and made their way through the Hillary Road Field gate, that I left open for them this morning, in the blazingly hot heat of today’s noonday sun. Waynetta didn’t like it; she mooed after the herd for quite a while from the shade of hawthorn tree along the riverbank; eventually, though, she joined them.
I have seen an otter at the South Pond sluice two morning in a row.