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  1. Had an awful fortnight, it’s been mizzling every day. After 5 trips out, I have only shot 2 & seen very few. Put 3 more feeders out but they are still not interested. Still plenty of Beech about, even the woodies seem to be foraging for them. Hoping the weather will improve next week. Total 174
  2. Crikey, that video of the steam engine brought it all back, course they weren’t nice and shiny like that, they were b noisy and the chaff got everywhere and I mean everywhere. Watching the reaper was also great fun. The reaper would cut around the edge of the field in ever decreasing circles and a man and shotgun would be stood at each corner shooting the rabbits and hares that ran out. The shooting was frantic as the circle got very small. Unfortunately the last few often got mangled by the reaper. Passing Clouds were very posh (& expensive), Am I right in thinking they were also pink? One of my uncles used to lift the 2 cwt of corn which he would then mill for the pigs, however he always wore a leather corset to give extra support. He also ate 2 large cooked meals and baggin everyday to give him the calories for such hard work. He lived into his nineties and never had a bad back. Mind you the dust didn’t do his chest much good!
  3. Ditchy, your post has brought back some lovely memories of ‘threshin’. In the late50’s I would be about 6 and remember the great excitement of threshin day. A monster of a steam engine would arrive, belching smoke and with flapping Drive belts & lots of dust (no health &safety!). Threshin would begin. The only concession to safety was the labourers would tie bailer twine round their trouser legs! Us boys would be given sticks to hit the rats, but the terriers (Ormskirk heelers) would always beat us to it. I don’t remember any betting but the farmer had a party trick of simultaneously catching a rat by the tail and booting it 10 feet in the air without getting bitten. I have never seen that since. It was very exciting to a 6 year old. I think threshin was in the autumn. I suppose it would be whenever the thresher and extra labour was available and after potato harvesting.
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    That’s because squirrels don’t hibernate!😁
  5. One more to a different loan trap with a fat ball for bait Total 129
  6. I had a walk round this morning but saw nothing. - serves me right for boasting last week! I did however get one in a loan trap. Total 126
  7. Awful day today, quite cool and miserable. Two of us set out hoping for double figures again. The first site usually yields at least 3 or 4 , we only saw one and a branch got in the way. Went home and put on a thicker jacket and went to my Favorite Hotel. Shot one in car park, but wedding photos in the gardens stopped us gaining access to the wood where we could see a grey. Just as we got in the wood, 12 lost Ramblers came out of these private woods and the grey was long gone. Entered the next wood and saw another pair of youngsters running about the canopy but they never stopped for a second and a safe shot was impossible. Finally went to a caravan site closed for refurbishment. (I had shot 4 there on Wednesday) saw 2 tame roe deers but the greys which should have been hungry and plentiful, were lying low and the four feeders were untouched. Went home. Total 1 grey between two of us in seven hours - Should have stayed in bed! Total 113
  8. Caught the male vowing the scent of yesterday’s female. Total 111
  9. Had another good day out today and shot 10 at 2 sites with .410 and using a thermal. All very plump and well fed. The Beech mast is still inches thick in places. Yesterday, I had another in a loan trap. That’s 25 shot and trapped in six days- not bad for January! This was over 5 woods, all with very large beeches. Total 106
  10. I had a good day, This morning two of us shot 4 with .410 and in the afternoon I had another 4 with the air rifle. All of them were very well fed. Last year they were pretty scrawny. Total 90
  11. Another trapped today. This was a large female, so I am hoping to get a few males in the next few days. Total 52
  12. Two trapped in loan traps in last 2 days. Total 51
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    squirrel control

    Nev, 50lbs a week - I am impressed! What is the purpose of the cooking oil? I also love the smell of the aniseed attraction. Yum
  14. First time out this year. A miserable morning. There seemed fewer about, but shot 3 adults in the canopy- a lot easier than shooting the turbocharged youngsters! Total 14
  15. Catamong - well done beating the 2000 target. Fisher Uk, your last one takes us up 2015. Kev, I didn’t mention that one of them is a triathlete, in the summer he would also do 25 miles on the bike or swim a mile in the lake, again before breakfast! It’s exhausting having them to stay.
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