Category Archives: Wildlife

Accepting the inevitable

It would be an exaggeration to say that my morning has been blighted by what I saw when I opened the dining room windows this morning. I wasn’t chuffed, though. It seems the rats don’t like pickled chillis, bay leaves … Continue reading

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Never too much soil

I’m now keeping my fingers crossed that the rat which has conveniently turned my compost heap doesn’t take a fancy to the bed I have constructed by the back door. Last year, the ill-fated hugel bed I built about this … Continue reading

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No longer longing for rosemary

Last year, I was hopeful that the rosemary I had sown would grow. And indeed it has but it needs to be moved from its current location, which is where the pond is going to be. So, now it is … Continue reading

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From radio interviews to ground elder

Yesterday afternoon, I got a call from a BBC radio producer asking if I would mind being interviewed for one of their programmes (it isn’t to do with gardening or use of buses etc). The upshot is that this lunchtime … Continue reading

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Bullace or sloe?

There’s a lane which runs down the side of my housing estate and is a cornucopia of goodies for the forager. At the moment, that means haws, so today I went with my basket to collect some in order to … Continue reading

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No qualms whatsoever!

A friend yesterday identified what I thought was a hawthorn bush at the back of the garden as cotoneaster! Just as well I didn’t pick the berries and make jelly, although in all probability they are not that toxic. But … Continue reading

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The snail is oblivious

Today, I had new windows fitted, so hopefully the house will be warmer in winter and simultaneously the heating bills will go down. In the meantime, whilst the work was going on inside the house I busied myself with some … Continue reading

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