So if this stuff, as I'm well aware, can solve problems in a business environment then surely I can use similar processes to assist me through the troubled times ahead? One of the "buzz phrases" back then was "don't see it as a problem, it's an opportunity!" I suppose it all comes down to the individual's perspective; Management bull-shit or not? I have about a month to develop some idea of what I want to do, beyond Fuji SIS, then it will be down to me to draw up a plan and see where it leads. As Ric alluded to, in a recent comment, doing nothing is a waste of life and not an option that I have any interest in pursuing.
The stuff going on, beyond the factory boundaries, is of far more interest to visitors to this blog, I'm sure. Despite the apparent failed breeding attempt, the male Common Buzzard continues to be seen, sporadically, hunting over the farm and, yesterday, was calling and sky dancing over the main farm compound. I really have no idea what's happening? Yellow Wagtail, Skylark and Lesser Whitethroat have all been successful in rearing broods around the "patch" and must be a direct result of the lockdown reducing disturbance around the farmland. Locally House Sparrows and Starlings seem to have had another very good breeding season, with large numbers of juvenile birds present around the garden. The fate of out local Blackbirds remains a mystery; at least two pairs have territories along Vine Close. I've watched the adults collecting food yet only seen one fledged youngster, so far this year.
The recent spell of warm weather has seen a massive emergence of flying ants and the gulls have been making the most of this bonanza. Monday afternoon was to see a flock of some 1,500 birds in a swirling frenzy, high over the farm. My best guess, under the circumstances, were an equal split of Herring and Black-headed, with a few Lesser Black-backed and, at least forty Mediterranean Gulls involved. Quite a spectacle, the sky being full of birds, yet not a sound from the flock as they went about the aerial ballet played out high over Dumpton. Very few hirundines around the farmland and even fewer Swifts, a sign of habitat or climate change or both ? A male Blackcap, in fine voice, singing in the garden early on Saturday morning was a nice surprise, although it had disappeared well before lunch time, having got fed up with my feeble efforts at obtaining a photo, no doubt.
Butterflies have been reasonably varied, if not numerous, the newly found enthusiasm to keep our potted plants in good nick has obviously been a positive factor. Small Whites dominate the sightings, yet Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Holly Blue and Gatekeeper have been noted on the odd occasion. Four more sightings of Humming-bird Hawk-moth have also been made, all of them feeding on the strip of Red Valerian which grows along the border of our block paved, off road, parking area at the front of the bungalow. A Green Shield Bug turned up on the freshly washed towels, hung on our rotary washing line last Sunday and Bev & I found an Essex Skipper, on the patch, when out on one of our "furlough" walks. Certainly nothing to get excited about, for sure, but it's enough to keep me occupied whilst awaiting the outcome of the redundancy caper.