Late Bloomers

Gold has been trying to steal the show

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giving the stock an evening sunbathe

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The leaves think they are the thing

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But the late bloomers won’t be ignored and want to shout for the rest of the spectrum

Red

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Yellow

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Blue

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Purple

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and even white

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Honey Home

Our bees have been busy taking advantage of end of season blooms – including the Eucalyptus flowers and the nasturtiums

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So a few days ago was a chance to see what they were up to at home

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Both colonies seemed pretty happy and healthy

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This one was a bit short on stores so we filled up the rapid feeder.

This one

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had better supplies

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Time to remove the queen excluders

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This one was a bit stuck down but we got it off eventually

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So far the wasps have not been the threat they were a couple of years ago when they wiped out one colony.

Here’s to a cosy and well fed winter

Glowing Red

Each time we have one more golden day we savour each moment as it could be the last one of the year.

The rising moon hints at glowing day that has passed

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The rosehips are now glowing following on from the hawthorn, where the Blackbirds have not been slow in playing their part in the seed dispersal

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Other fruits, late

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and early

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Nasturtiums could almost replace gorse in the kissing season proverb

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The Robins have started to sing again, staking out their territories ready for the Spring. The Compost Heap Robin might have the best patch but we appreciate the Back Door Robin who sings so loud he sounds as if he is inside.

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We are starting the wood stack for using in over a year’s time – that seems a long way off at the moment

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Around the hen house

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the Cockerels vie for the reddest wattles

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This plant is in the lake and its red beacon is visible from afar

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Possibly the only picture here where red might be for danger

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The Poppies in the orchard meadow continue to shine

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and the Dogwood promises to keep glowing through the dark days ahead

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Controlled Multiplication

(A Tale of

Five Boys

and

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sort of)

After a slow start to our rabbit breeding plans the litters we did produce are reaching an age where they might reproduce without permission.

So time for some close inspection to sort the girls

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from the boys

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The Five Boys settle down to a manly supper

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while these Four Girls have the same

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Two slightly younger females have their own accomodation

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They all look forward to their evening salad bowl

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Not that one, this one

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while we enjoy ours

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Harvest Festival

It has been a very strange year for growing things. It is not clear how much of that is due to the weather and how much to our husbandry.

Let’s start with an “impossible to fail”

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Well, the runners are doing OK but not as abundant as in previous years.

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except they have – there is a miserable courgette harvest (think shriveled sausages)

The main success has been rabbit food

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We don’t really eat brassicas (apart from broccoli of course) but our rabbits

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do. By the barrow load

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They do leave some salad for us

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The broad beans did well

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But we are not talking about the tomatoes

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We normally roast and freeze vast quantities but this year they are just not ripening.

Same true of the chillies

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although maybe more understandably due to the lack of recent heat.

This round yellow cucumber has done well

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Here served with a bizarre success – we have had succulent figs from our rather poorly placed tree

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We don’t eat many potatoes. Four years ago someone gave us a few which we dutifully planted. Now each year we get a rogue crop

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We note that mooli should be harvested young

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The apple trees are overloaded

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inspite of Frances taking her toll

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We look forward to our share

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Likewise with the plums

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Maybe we should stick to the wild harvest

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