The warmth also brought out insects - this beetle is really this shiny, even more than the picture captures, hence the name 'Metallic Wood Boring Beetle'. I love it when things are named sensibly.
Honey bees appeared in droves when Andy started up the sawmill and cut some blanks for grade stakes. We don't know where they came from. The bees in our tree aren't stirring yet. Apparently honey bees will take tree sap before pollen is available and these bees were putting sawdust in the pollen baskets on their legs. There were hundreds on the actual sawdust pile behind the mill.
The sheep are too warm but shearing is delayed (a death in the shearer's family put him far behind) and won't commence for another week. Things always happen as they are supposed to - if we had bred the flock we'd be freaking out about the ewes getting dangerously heavy to shear but the flock isn't bred and so the delay isn't critical.
The ewes are in full fleece and so far we're keeping most of them pretty darn clean.
There are a few that seem to attract hay chaff but the bulk are either coated or don't mind me fiddling around picking junk off them occasionally. Of course, when it's hot and they melt it's going to cause some VM contamination. :-/
We've had the fans on in the barn and they really enjoy standing in the air flow. They kind of orient like seagulls on a beach facing into the wind but there's always one that likes to get the air up her skirt..
It's a pretty hefty fan and it ruffles the long locks on the Cotswolds. Of course Fortune has to come see what I'm doing.