Jonathan: I took the five young geese over to the croft this morning. Compared to the sheltered, enclosed garden, with lush grass, the croft is much more exposed and the vegetation more ‘natural’ – a mixture of wild flowers, grasses of various kinds (some quite tough!), heather … And they are much more vulnerable to birds of prey. However they are just starting to turn white, which is the point where the predators start to lose interest. However the main reason for taking them over to the croft today is the mess they are leaving all over the garden! A few nights ago we stopped rounding them up into a shelter for the night, leaving them to graze all night if they wish (and they do!) and to start to look out for themselves. But they’ve discovered how nice and cosy it is on the sisal door mat in the back porch … Well, it makes a change from seeing Welcome or Failte or some such printed into a door mat. D was not amused. I had to get the pressure washer out. You’d think she’d show some appreciation for the geese saving her the effort of mowing the grass, and the absolutely fantastic job they do of trimming all the edges! This evening I went over to the croft to check the young ones were okay: they were in a huddle by one of the water troughs, heads together and tails radiating out, with a ring of green piles outside of that. They looked very content, and very plump from eating grass all day!