Bird life from Folly View

I thought you might like to know how the local bird life is getting on in Craven Arms.

We have lots of busy sparrows. The sparrows who reside in the swift box are still there and are presently feeding youngsters. The swift box has become two story as there is a nest top of it as well as inside.

We have a sparrow who is nesting in a robin box by our front Windows, or should that be between. Mr Sparrow bangs against the window constantly and occasionally brings back a feather or leaf for Mrs Sparrow!  We think they are now on their second brood. We had less window banging over the last two weeks but it has started again recently. The window is a mess, there is no point cleaning it until they have finished nesting.

When I was walking the dogs recently two sparrows were having a dust up. There were no other birds around, as we got nearer they flew into a  nearby shrub, still arguing, at which point ten other sparrows arrived and joined in. Our sparrows usually argue in the large ever green at the front of the house.

I have sat outside watching the aeriel display put on by swallows, housemartins and swifts. One of our friends found a swift on the ground and helped it by putting it up high.

I have been watching housemartins collecting mud on the Onny River along with the swallows  I have not seen where they are nesting but I haven’t been looking.

I saw the egret on Halford Meadows a couple of weeks ago. I have not seen it with a mate but it has been around for a couple of years. The grey wagtails and dippers are busy on the Onny, I have not seen the Kingfisher recently but that does not mean they are not there.

I heard a skylark on Onny Meadows earlier this week. I have not seen one down there for a long time. I don’t think it was nesting but it was lovely to hear it.

There will be more on Bird life in Craven Arms in the coming weeks.

Cleaning and changes at Folly View

I have already spoken about cleaning at Folly View and there will be some changes to this until such time as Covid 19 is no longer  a worry.

We are trying to think of everything to reassure our guests to Folly View.

One thing I didn’t mention was that we open the windows and doors to air out Folly View.

All kitchen utensils will be washed.

We will spray soft furnishing with a disinfectant spray.

I have put two duvet covers on the duvets, both of which will be washed between guests. We will do the same with  pillows. I always have three layers of mattress protection on which will be washed as well. Everything is washed at over 40 centigrade and where I can, hotter than this to kill any germs or bugs. All of the bedlinen is ironed as well.

Things will look a little different at Folly View. I will remove the ornaments and I will be removing the cushions. There will be no books or leaflets and for youngsters no toys.

The shower curtain will be changed between each visitor and washed or disinfected, depending on how it can be cleaned.

All the outside furniture and high traffic, touch areas will be sprayed with disinfectant.

As you can imagine if we have guests leaving and arriving the same day it will take a little longer for us to get through all of this.

I would ask that until further notice that guests leave by 9.30am and guests arriving get to Folly View no earlier than 5.30pm.

This will hopefully allow me to get some washing done as well.

I would ask that if you are not using the twin bedroom you do not store anything in there or go in there unnecessarily.

Please leave Folly View in a reasonable state when you depart as this does help us.

I hope this has been reassuring and we look forward to seeing you again soon.