Before I went into hospital I pruned this tree, a Santa Rosa plum, so that it will be easier to net next fruiting season. We have had an extremely hot summer this year and the trees cant work out just what is going on. This one is in full flower and the bees are buzzing all over it. I cant make it up the hill to inspect the other trees, but Popeye assures me that there are flowers on them as well. Its autumn (fall) here in OZ they are supposed to be shedding their leaves, not flowering !
We lost one of our laying hens to a fox yesterday, the first one in 3 years. Since we keep the female alpacas in the same paddock where we free range the chickens, we have to date been confidant that the hens would be safe from these nasty, foxie beasts. It must have waited until the alpacas were out of sight, over the hill and then made its move. The remaining hens are too scared to venture out this morning. I expect the trauma will affect the number of eggs for a while.