Posted: 08/12/2016 at 19:23
The temperature has risen quite a bit. I checked the salad garden, and yes, all the rocket and red mustard is still growing nicely.
The birds have started flocking to the bird-table every day, so the autumnal stores must be beginning to dwindle. I'm hoping that they don't start flocking to my salad patch instead, so we are well stocked up with their favourite snack food. The bird table towers above the garden at about 7 foot 6 inches. It is also roofed, huge all around, and fortified with wire, looking rather like an Army observation post. This is our the cat defence system. It works nearly all of the time, except that when the wind is exceptionally strong and blows the food out of the food containers - I have to be very quick to clear it up if this happens, but forewarned is forearmed.
The rooks and magpies take some of the food from the table, but they have to stretch a long way in to get it. The cats seem to be afraid of the big birds, who mob them - a major cat siren starts up if a seagulls appear. For some reason, the cats use the same noise for 'seagull' as they do for 'postman'. Funnily enough, the postman approaches the house with his back against the hedge, facing any cats. I suspect there might have been an incident with the biggest cat, Charlie. The postman is at a disadvantage, since he can't swoop.
The magpies have learned to pull the root-balls out of my pots to peck at slugs and grubs. A mixed blessing - great for getting rid of pests, but they occasionally turn their attention to the roots themselves!