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

Of Hawks and Hobbits; Borderline Gardens and Bedroom Firetails.

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The day began with a flash. A brown flash. Or should that be a streak? (Word selection has suddenly become much more important…). I’d nipped back to pick up the metal watering can outside the back door, when a fair … 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

Rain, Worms and Roots

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Last week the plea was for rain. 2 days later it thankfully arrived, but not before 2 interesting events which happened because of the long unseasonal drought. The first was seeing smoke rising from an immature oak wood on the far … Continue reading

Spring explodes, firsts, and a sudden and brutal end

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Going away from a garden at this time of the year is always risky. Every day brings dramatic new growth, flowers and of course this is when the battle with annual weeds really begins in earnest. Still another couple of … Continue reading