Snow Sheep; Colour Perception In a Monochrome World; Otter Show – Snow Tunnel.

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As I write the text, all the snow which features in the images below has finally melted, and been washed away in further deluges, preluded by a brief power outage inducing storm on Saturday, with savage thunder and lightning which … Continue reading

Food and Frost; Trust and Goodbyes; Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential (Part 4 : Heating a Greenhouse with an External Compost Bed – First Month’s Experience).

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Having been caught out by the severity of the last 2 winters, we were a bit better prepared this year, when the cold weather arrived early. The last week has been very cold, but the carrots we lifted at the … Continue reading

Patterns and Perceptions; Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential (Part 3 – Heating a Greenhouse with an External Compost Bed:- Design Tweaks, Internal Set Up and Initial Temperature Findings); Growth Limiting Factors.

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To put everyone out of the suspense left after my last post, I’m going to show the starting point of the mystery image. Thanks to Carolyn for having a go at the identification. As you can see it’s an image … Continue reading

Hello November; Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential (Part 2 – Construction – Heating A Greenhouse with An External Compost Bed); Bat and Butterfly

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Most of this post will be devoted to the detail of constructing ‘The Reactor’ – a compost bed designed to help to heat the greenhouse and keep it frost free over the winter. (Addendum: – There are a lot of posts … Continue reading

Goodbye October; Inching, Leaping and Dying Back; Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential (Part 1 – The Idea)

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As the light seeps from the grey wet scene at 3.30pm, I’m taking a pause from work on “The Reactor” to catch up with a blog Post. More about this project later, but first a few of the gorgeous and … Continue reading

Insect Friendly Flowers; More Mushrooms; Lighting The Fire.

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The last swallows have finally fled, the sun hasn’t showed for the last 3 days, the forecast shows more of the same and the nights have really drawn in, so I thought it might be appropriate to explore a topic … Continue reading

Master of None; Weed Steaming; Pink in Red; and Being in The Right Place at the Right Time

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Butt, Tip, Slype, Wale, Scallum, Back, Belly, Rod, Dark Dicks, Light Dicks, Bodkin……. The lexicon of a new activity had to be assimilated quickly, along with practical skills when Fiona and I headed off last weekend for an intensive course … Continue reading

Great Expectations; The Warmest Place; And the Value of Caged Silence

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I had great expectations for Monday morning. A new day, week, month (just) and season. And the fact that summer had ended with an appropriate Blue Moon on the penultimate day of August seemed a good omen. (For those unfamiliar … Continue reading

Fifty Shades of Green and Grey; Seasonal Landmarks; and Coping with the Wind

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Lightning. Thunder. And Fifty Shades of Grey. Followed by sunshine, and the strangely vibrant Fifty Shades of Green that are the very stuff of August Welsh landscapes. Pretty much every year, but in this year more so as the weather … Continue reading

Definitions, Media and Mo-tivation; Luscious Lord Napier; Solar Inputs and The Laws of Thermodynamics

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The challenges of the rural blogger….As I sat down this morning to write this post, with heavy rain and strong winds forecast by 10.00 am, the screen went dead – the power was off. Ah well, into the greenhouse as … Continue reading

Tatton and Tomatoes, Lammas Laments, Olympian Swallows, Urban Apiarists and Avian Intelligence

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As I waited for the first home grown Tomato and Nectarine of the year, quite a lot more thoughts and ideas on tomatoes have gelled over the last couple of weeks. Before we’d headed off on holiday I’d installed reflective … Continue reading

Swallow Chatter, Noms de Roses, Through My Window, Bedding Bliss

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We’re just back from our annual week’s holiday. Strangely for reasons I won’t bore you with, we can’t actually choose the week we’re away and so this year it landed in early July. Hardly the best timing for keen gardeners, … Continue reading

Oh What a Lovely Boar! Smelly Mushrooms, Squashed Slugs and Blooming Dragons.

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Intrigued by the email mentioning the Basket Making event held last week at the National Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW), we headed down and thoroughly enjoyed the display and demonstrations in the marquee by various basketry and rope work experts … Continue reading

Rain, Rain, Rain. Manic Midges, Abseiling Slugs and Simple Singles.

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So, the nights are drawing in…Having just passed the longest day, we’ve also now notched up the wettest month in 2 years (even though we’ve over a week to go in June, and well, it’s JUNE, for goodness sake.) 273 … Continue reading

Kingdom United? Taller When Prone, Bat on My Hat, Meandering Jetstreams, Serenading Swallows

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The day began well with a pristine Green Silver-Lines Moth resting up on the barn door. I’ve only ever seen this moth 3 or 4 times before, so when we had a phone call a couple of hours later from … Continue reading

Monosyllabic Profundity, Dirt, External Stimulation and a Bee in My Ear

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It started with Time. And A Watch Ad. And another full-page colour supplement Watch Ad,  4 pages further in and both were featuring sponsored aeronautical display teams behind the shiny complex watch face. And both, no doubt, were hugely expensive … Continue reading

When I’m feeling Blue…., Pitchers,Twits,Carnivory and Reliable Rhodies

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All I gotta do, is take a look at you….. (As Phil Collins sings on Groovy Kind of Love). A busy 10 days and more cold wet weather. But at this time of the year even rainy days and Sundays … Continue reading

One Man’s Trash, Nine Wild Plants, and Weather

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‘Dewi’ the cuckoo should have stayed in Cameroon. After getting a mention in my last blog for making it back to the UK ahead of the 5 tagged birds from East Anglia on April 16th, Dewi wasn’t heard again until … Continue reading

Returns from Africa. Tulips. Clouds, Blues and Stones.

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A special day last week when on the 16th, whilst concentrating on some log splitting, I picked up a faint but distinctive sound from the far side of the valley. And paused. Was it a cuckoo? As is often the case, … Continue reading

Morning Preenings, Night-time Droopings and Dustings, Last Daffodil and Snowdrop Comments and Seed Successes

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Every year the Canada geese fly into the valley sometime during February or March to breed. I guess that the 5 or 6 ponds in the immediate surroundings of the village are a sufficiently good draw. This last week I spotted a new … Continue reading

Courting, Cavorting Red Kites; Dawn to Dusk Sunshine and the Challenge of Maximising it; and Drilling and Placing the Willow.

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The last week has seen our first garden visitors of the year, happily visiting on days of glorious sunshine. But the most dramatic event was on a very sunny Sunday 10 days ago when we ate our lunch outside under … Continue reading