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 … 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 … 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

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

Flames, Foresters, Failures and Tulips


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Fiona is used to getting excited shouts from me to ‘Come and have a look at this’, usually at pretty inconvenient times, and often after dark! One such happened a couple of nights ago when I went out about 9 … Continue reading