Friday, 11 August 2017

The Rainy Season

Previously known to us as Summer

Frankly I'm getting rather fed up with it now

Some dry days would be most welcome

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Today I actually have a day off

Though sadly have another funeral to attend

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Yesterday I did manage to weed most of the area around the patio

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We have been bringing in our meagre Harvest...

Broadbeans

Runner beans

The first tomato

And as it's the school holidays eldest has been a frequent visitor

Of course you're never too old to lick out the bowl!

Sonshine came home on Tuesday

And his girlfriend arrived yesterday

A houseful!

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So I must away to my duties

Blessings J. x

 

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

I Can Remember...

...a long time ago

each Christmas Morning

Dad's boss

'The Lady'

The farm owner

Would return from church bearing gifts for my parents

For Dad an envelope

...

For Mum

Maybe some new sheets

Or a table cloth

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And always a huge most beautiful box of chocolates

So unlike what we see today

Sometimes the box had raised decorations

Usually a lovely ribbon bow

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And inside the box

A wondrous array of shiny treats

We only ever had one at a time

And you learnt to savour the taste

After all were gone the box would be used

To store old photos

Or greetings cards

Letters

Never discarded

...

So now when I see mile high stacks of plastic tubs

Containing less and less sickly sweet blobs

Well I long for the return of the beautiful chocolate box

And the shiny goodness within

Nothing I've seen in recent years compares with those beautiful examples in my memory

Blessings J. x



 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Nature Friendly


This blog has been sat patiently waiting for me to add pictures which I have yet to take

Work has been hi jacking the majority of my waking hours

In fact some of my sleeping hours too

I really hope soon things will calm down drastically

Anyway this is what I had written

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I honestly don't know how long we will live at Little Winter but am determined whilst we are here the garden will be a haven for wildlife

Ummm....apart from the flying ants the other afternoon

Sorry ants

We have left a huge tree stump in situ

Upon the stump sits an old birdtable top

Now grown over with ivy

And surrounding this is an area left wild

An old clay pipe rests nearby

Stone walls stand at the base of some of our perimeter hedging

Bird feeders are visited regularly

There are two large fir trees, and a small one that after nesting is over we want to remove

But hopefully in their place will be a small orchard area

I have a large round tub without holes

Heidi was supposed to use it as a paddling pool

But doesn't

So maybe we could utilise this and dig it in as a pond liner

With stones placed in it so that wildlife can get in and out at their will

Some oxygenating plants

Then I'm sure Heidi will love to wallow in it!

Plans and hard work and a body full of aching muscles

I should also like a few raised beds for vegetables and soft fruit

Hubby is not a tidy gardener

And our harvest this year is modest to say the least

I feel that raised beds would help

A gooseberry bush that we found in an overgrown bed last year has not fruited at all this season

This needs to be moved

But I am not able to do everything at once

And hubby and his muscle power are kept busy at work this time of year

We have had several days of constant rain

At times I could almost have done with some lighting on

I hope that soon the weather Goddess will see fit to shine some golden goodness upon us

Much as I love Autumn

I would like a little more Summer before she appears

Blessings J. x