A warm sunny day at Gribin Isaf
that started with mist all around
until the sun seeped through
lighting up the over-night industry
that had left every hedge
with intricate webs
The cumulative amount of spider time, energy and miles travelled that had happened when we were asleep is incalcuable.
There are so many species of spiders to be seen here
It is sometime hard to know if they use
or just ornament
In Monty Don’s piece in the current Gardener’s World Magazine
he talks about how it is unusual these days to grow crop quantities with the objective of supplying all one’s needs. A few speciality items being more usual.
Well, like him, our aim is to grow enough tomatoes to keep us supplied with cooking sauce through the winter. Last year’s crop was terrible – we blame the weather patterns.
This year we have had a lot more fruits on the plants
But the slow process of ripening keeps us on tenterhooks through September… October… November?
Slowly we are getting there, day by day, trug
Some for lunches
but most to be chopped
These are the varieties we grew this year
As novices at this game we have only recently learned that tomato varieties can be categorised by “days” – from flowering to ripening. As ardent followers of Beechgrove,
where they know about such things, we will be using that information to choose what we grow next year.
Although we are basking in a 28 degree Indian Summer
it is time to think about winter for the bees.
Queen excluders off
Wasp guards have been on for a while
a small share of the honey for ourselves.
We hear tell that some people in far-off CityLand can have food items delivered to their home within a matter of minutes.
We prefer things the slow way.
Seeds planted in February…
…six months later:
Well worth the wait.
We have had small populations of a variety of butterflies this year but no large numbers.
This week we have had quite a number of Peacocks and Red Admirals
They fly up from the meadow and particularly like this white buddleia
Some look recently hatched but some have been round the block a few times
We have plenty of nettle beds but very rarely seen signs of eggs or caterpillars
Today the sun returned
Here is one of bees taking advantage
There have been a few Red Admirals around. This one had realised that buddleia is where they are meant to be seen
Our youngest batch of pullets enjoyed the warmth
We went foraging for wine ingredients
Here’s to more sunny days
Perhaps at this latitude at in this climate we should stick to peas and beans
with now, or course, more runners than we can eat
The tunnel is bursting with large tomato trusses – all green – waiting for heat and sun to ripen. And waiting…
Each day we manage to pick a handful
Some peppers are coming along
And aubergines are doing better this year having had more care and attention in the greenhouse
The smaller tunnel has been taken over by cucumber plants
which are trying to keep up with the cougettes
The Gribin Isaf weather station hit 32 degrees today
Time for some cool as a courgette lunch
with broad beans
with our own peas (still waiting for the tomatoes)
plus our lettuce, raspberries and elderflower champagne
The Lake was alive today
and friendly (with each other)
A romantic meet-up?
One left out
Some other visitors:
One of our bird feeders is monitored by a camera and towards the end of the afternoon there is a regular routine.
5:21 pm and it is squirrel time – a juvenile today
5:23 pm and it is the turn of the juvenile Woodpecker
5:35 pm and the Wood Pigeon juggernaut lands
6:19 pm is Jay time – another juvenile
Who knows what arrives after dark.