Hornets, Wagtails and Wrens; Silver Linings and Seasonal Snowdrops

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Our resilience planning had a pre Christmas test, when at the height of our flu, we suffered quite a long power outage. Having basked in the warm glow from our wood pellet stove, and the novelty of automated central heating … Continue reading

Dine With Bee; Snow and Colour Drops; Moon and Starls; Cutting back on Honesty, and Gardening as Therapy.

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Contemporary science, pollinator decline, the theory of evolution and crowd funding are all linked with this plea. Please consider supporting the team behind the Urban Pollinators research at Bristol university with their upcoming “Come Dine with Bee” project. Click here … Continue reading

Ice Vases and Snow; Golden Slumbers; Heavenly Hamamelis; New Year, New Look.

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After taking the hair dryer to the ice encrusted satellite dish this morning, and getting connected again, I can write this post and feature an Ice Vase. Until last weekend, I didn’t know that such structures existed. But I’d been … Continue reading

The Heat Goes On (Autumn Leaf Mould Energy Potential and Heating a Greenhouse With a Compost Bed – Part 5); Unintended Consequences; Looking Back, and Forward.

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It’s now over 7 weeks since I set up ‘The Reactor’, an external compost bed designed to heat the ‘inner zone’ in our 14 X 8 foot cedar framed greenhouse. Thanks again to Fiona’s patience and wizardry with Excel, I’m … Continue reading

The Sun And Life Returns, Witch’s Hats, Frost Beards and Compound Interest from a Paint Brush

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Just in time to save our sanity the sun returned to this small part of Wales and reminded us of the delights of winter. It really turns our days’ activities upside down after all the greyness. Frosts, mists and the … Continue reading