Poor Bunty is not too well. She is eating and drinking OK, is as active as always, laying, but wheezing and coughing. No runny nose or anything, just noisy. So she is in isolation and we went down to the vet and spent the huge sum of a quid for antibiotics for the water for them all. Didn't think there would be any problem with them refusing it, with it being so hot, but I was wrong, they are only drinking the bare minimum. At least Bunty is drinking. So no eggs for a while. After Googling the antibiotics it seems we can't eat the eggs for between four days and two weeks after treatment, depending on where you look, and treatment can be between three days and ten days. Confusing!
Dave has had company while digging. The dogs are enjoying the cooler weather and sitting with him instead of hiding inside.
The swallows and martins seem to have gone now, with the exception of a few stragglers. There has been a lot of noise from the bee-eaters who have been joining into large flocks and flying over like small clouds. Some of the trees are dropping occasional leaves and the walnuts are looking a bit paler as if they are getting ready to drop. We have had quite a drop already, but they have had black patches on them, and when Dave opened a couple they had grubs inside. The wasps are abating slightly and we can actually sit outside without roasting or being eaten alive by insects. It seems Autumn is just around the corner, despite the temperatures still hitting the high 20s