Pop Up Garden Opening – Sunday August 18th; Vegetable Ideas; Floral Meadows.

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Autumn has arrived here early, in the last 48 hours. Rain. Gales. Home fires. Even if the air is still warm. After what must rank as one of the best summers we can recall here, life can calm down a … Continue reading

Shed of The Year 2019 and the Dunbar Number; Bees are Back; Jewelled Insects.

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In a blatant bit of promotional activity, I’m asking any readers of this to support “The Hut” in a public vote to find the Cuprinol Shed of The Year 2019. Having decided to enter “The Hut” into this annual national … Continue reading

Early Arrivals and Departure Times; Starry Days; Not Weeds and Insects.

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This week the valley roared, the birch bowed… the daisies danced …and the lashed larch littered mossy paths with twiggy lichened debris.  Storm Ophelia’s much heralded arrival lived up to expectations. Potentially movable detritus was tidied, travel plans for Monday … Continue reading

All of a Flutter, Flap, and Buzz – Vanessa, Cynthia, Poly and David; Lining Up and Tripping Out.

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August 5th saw us pass the annual ‘Welsh fifteen moment’, when more than 15 butterflies simultaneously appear around our multiple Buddleja davidii bushes (B. davidii is named after the Basque missionary and explorer in China, Father Armand David). As happened … Continue reading

Don’t Get Mad, Get Even; Bilingual Profanity; Untangling and Releasing the Welsh Dragon; Fish and Chips and Frogs.

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It’s been one of those spells since the last blog, when the rain has held off, the days have lengthened, and the blog takes back seat to all the other tasks and events going on. One of the major outdoor jobs … Continue reading