Monthly Archives: April 2016

Once the snow had gone….

Yesterday, I posted a similar shot to this: However, instead of snow, the sun was now shining. So, almost by instinct, I was out in the garden, tending to the patch where I had put down extra cardboard and compost … Continue reading

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What’s that white stuff?

This morning, when I pulled back the curtains, I was rather surprised by the above scene. We have had hail and sleet this week, with unpleasantly low temperatures, so perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. However, it is May on Sunday…. … Continue reading

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Spreading the muck

After finding a blue egg shell on the patio yesterday morning, I was taken up with doing some research into birds eggs and then their behaviour in general. I had been intending to start digging for the next hugel bed … Continue reading

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The blue birds egg

For the first time in my life, I have been presented with a bird’s egg upon opening the back door. It wasn’t crushed when I saw it on the patio but the shell was quite fragile. In comparison with a … Continue reading

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Chives, tomatoes and three sisters

Over the last few months, one or other of the indoor tomato plants has delivered a fruit. Not quite as small as the one today – but now that the days are longer and warmer, production has improved! Outside, the … Continue reading

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Ivy and other unwanted growth

  The ivy featured in the photo above came with the fir tree as a moving in present from a friend. It was therefore a little hard letting it go – but needs must. Whilst the ivy was in a … Continue reading

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Upon moving the Elijah Blue

It’s been a long time since I have spontaneously gone into the garden and then ended up on a roll. Blame it on my ornamental grass, Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’, if you will! The grass lived in the forest garden … Continue reading

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Hoeing the grass away

Ever since I moved into my house, I’d been wondering what to do about the grass (and other things) growing out of the path and in the Tarmac round the edge of the front garden. But today, as I got … Continue reading

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Four year anniversary

   When I set out on my blogging journey, I had no idea what to expect. Well, does anyone? I certainly hadn’t expected to find a community to talk about my exploits, either in cyberspace or on the ground. But … Continue reading

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The plastic milk bottle

After weeks of waiting, the mangetout peas I sowed outside are finally poking their leaves through the soil. So, to protect them from the spying parental eye of our visiting birds, I have put used milk cartons over them as … Continue reading

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