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My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 10:18

We're lucky here in the Dorset countryside.  Trees abound in spinneys, plantations and larger woods. We have Barn, Tawny and Little owls, sometimes the Tawnies are the only sound you can hear at night where I live.  We have the river running through the village which lies in a steep sided valley with a wide flood plain. We have kingfishers, herons (grey and egret), swans nesting, mallards (some of which head for private gardens with pools to hatch their babes and which then have to be escorted across the road between them and the river) and sometimes cormorants.  We have voles, occasionally salmon, but many smaller species of fish so the river birds do very well. I have frogs, toads, field mice and sometimes hedgehogs in my tiny patch. That is partly because much of the ground around is more or else left to its own devices.  I know people who live in suburban/town areas who think the countryside is boring.  Poor things, they don't know what they're missing

Slow coach hardy geraniums

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 08:49

Losing the plot? I  mislaid my camera for 10 days.  As I use it constantly it was a bit of a worry.  Found it eventually when I wasn't looking for it.  I got into the car and it was about 6 inches from my left hand and had been all the time.  Admittedly it was in a black case  on a black surface and it wasn't the sort of spot I would normally put anything let alone a camera.  I'm usually in and out of my car several times a day and although I frequently mislay things I looked at the camera for a long time before I finally  realised I wasn't just hopefully seeing things

My New Garden Friend....sorry I had to come and show off

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 23:47

My daughter and her husband are holidaying in the Outer Hebrides.  It has been a traumatic 18 months for them as Iain was at death's door early last year and even when there was a hope he would survive we didn't know exactly whether he would ever be whole again.  They are having a wonderful time just wandering the islands but the excitement mounted when they found an eagle watching post.  They watched her do the 'housekeeping' and then feed the chick and, as Helen said, it was a special 'with knobs on' experience to add to their day.  My most delightful moment bird watching was a woodpecker, same as yours OL, feeding alongside a Goldfinch. The first time you see something as spectacular as the Greater Spotted Woodpecker in your garden, is always a highlight.  Hope he returns for you

Sparrows Stripping Chard

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 18:07

Lots of sparrows here, they're on the feeders every day.  They nest under the eaves of the houses behind us.  Blackbirds abound as do Goldfinches, Long-tail Tits appear at intervals, Chaffinch, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Blue and Great Tit, Woodpecker, Collared Doves and suddenly Jackdaws.  Wagtails and House Martins will soon appear, the first to patrol the car park and roofs, the other to nest under our eaves.  I have ti ter myself away at times or I'd get nothing productive done

Oh no.....not again...

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 11:45

It will take me a long time to get used to his absence but I will always think of him with laughter behind the tears. He was as serious about his gardening as he was about his farming. He planted trees for future generations and his asparagus bed was a sight to behold. He started literally from scratch with pennies saved from jobs on neighbouring farms from an early age, read everything he could lay hands on, learned from experience and put every scrap of knowledge to good use.  A self-made man who trampled nobody on his way to the top.   The sheer physical work of farming without much of the modern machinery bound us together in the first place as well as careful husbandry of the animals we tended.  There were many stories of his kindness on the day, it  won't be just me who will miss him.

Peat free compost

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 08:51

The local Farm store (used to be called Scats) sells the Jack's Magic stuff, I haven't seen it in any of the GCs though. 

Oh no.....not again...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 12:25

Because there is no intelligence, empathy, thought or design to any of it, and certainly no entity called Mother Nature or anything else - we are living on a lump of rock hurtling though space - the only intelligence or empathy is our own and there's little enough of it

I agree  with every word.  It's up to each and every member of the human race how we deal with life and death.  Yesterday I was at the funeral of my oldest long time friend who many people felt they had been fortunate to know.  Not because he was anywhere near to being perceived as saintly.  He was a down-to-earth, forthright man and famer who love this earth we are so fortunate to occupy and looked after his portion of it to the maximum of his considerable abilities.  He combined intelligence, perseverance and hard physical work to a remarkable degree.  We discussed, argued, disagreed on all manner of subjects for nearly 60 years.  He had a peaceful end in his home overlooking a green and pleasant land and now lies in a fine oak coffin in a beautiful ancient village churchyard. He earned that but he would have been in distress at the chaos elsewhere as he was also a kind and caring man.


Oh no.....not again...

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 19:05

Yes Edinburgh is indeed on an old volcano but it isn't anywhere near a moving plate which Nepal is, as is much of the Med and into Asia and so is California.  Mind you if it did move it might give a certain female something else to think about other than upsetting England

Oh eck!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 22:44

Not forecast here but I'll be out late with the hound and will 'sniff the air' to be on the safe side.  My early spuds are just above the sleeve I added to their container as they kept on growing and are well earthed up and my toms are flowering in their containers but I do have fleece and am usually up early should there be a nip.  Might pull the bubble wrap over the toms anyway as all I have to do is unclip the pegs holding it back

Oh eck!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:53

 One of my favourite spots though I'm usually here looking for bats or stargazing

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