Some would say we are currently experiencing glorious weather in the UK. I’d be inclined to agree but for the fact that my bedroom is south-facing.

Perhaps heat and light at bedtime didn’t bother me when I first moved in but they certainly do now. I had looked into shutters, principally for the dining room doors, which provide quite a large expanse of south-facing window but at the time the £1,800 they would have cost was out of my reach. However, the time may have come to re-consider such options.

So, inside it is hot at the moment. Outside on the other hand yesterday morning was bearable, especially as there was a slight breeze blowing across the field I was in.

Towton Battlefield Society has started Sunday morning archery again and I therefore was eager to get back on track from where we’d been rudely interrupted in March 2020.

Apart from one couple, who were as keen as me, there was only the ‘instructor’, so we had all the space we needed to shoot. I needed first to learn again how to nook an arrow and then shoot properly. On this occasion, I’d also been given a 35 pound bow, which is ten pounds more powerful than the one I had practised on previously. Most of my arrows therefore fell short of the butt for a long time but eventually I got the hang of it and suddenly there was a bull’s eye. Definitely a fluke but nonetheless pleasing.

This morning, it actually seemed quite pleasant and as I wasn’t rushing off to embrace my ever-expanding social life, I used the opportunity to do a spot of work in the garden. This included taking a photo of some of last week’s handiwork.

The yellow you can see in the above photo is wood shavings. These came with my last order of cheese from Lincolnshire poacher and I wondered if they would work as a mulch for the pak choi I have sown in this bed. The bed does in fact need a good dose of compost or manure but I didn’t want the soil to be depleted of nitrogen if the compost/manure is still decomposing.

The wood shavings aren’t going to decompose anytime soon but will help protect the naissant plants from slugs and snails, should they venture to this bed once the clouds and rain return. Eventually, the shavings will also add to the carbon in the soil and thus improve its ability to capture more carbon. In other words, Lincolnshire Poacher’s packaging is almost as good as its cheese.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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22 Responses to Outside

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Glad you found a breeze – it is certainly hot! Well done for getting a bullseye – fluke or not. And I hope your Pak-choi survive.

  2. Tabula Rasa says:

    So hot! I’ve got a bunny staying with me and we’ve both moved in to the coldest darkest room of the house!

  3. Ah. So that is why our bedroom is not as hot as some. With your name you were bound to get the hang of archery.

  4. I’ve often wondered about the challenges of sleeping with so much light. The added heat must be quite a challenge. In the States we have a product called room darkening shades. They’re significantly more affordable than shudders and they do an excellent job. I wonder if you might be able to find something suitable at a better price.

    Here are several options from Amazon UK, but you no doubt have a local vendor that could provide options as well. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Room-Darkening-Blinds/s?k=Room+Darkening+Blinds

  5. PS I love that you could use packaging to such wonderful effect!

  6. Over Soil says:

    Get some reflective stuff like an emergency blanket or a couple of car window reflective screens… Black out curtains might help, but if push comes to shove tin foil?

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