Rise Up

It is the season

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when things erupt

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pushing up from the unseen

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in strange forms

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and guises

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It makes us realise

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there is much unknown

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beneath our feet

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waiting to take over

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when the time is right

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They know what they are doing, being fungi

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or…

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It has always worked

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Can we do they same?

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October Slow Down

Half way through the month and more than half-way to the Hunter’s Moon

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October continues its golden phase

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keeping one foot in the closing season

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while the Oak

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and the Acer

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try to change colour without anyone noticing.

Dragonflies still bask

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and down through the Woodland Portal

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so do hens

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as Gilbert

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and George

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try to ignore the lack of feathers in their flock

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“Don’t look at my back”

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“What, us?”

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“We will be alright soon”

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“Just don’t expect many eggs”

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The Australorps we hatched this summer…

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…say: “It’s nothing to do with us, we haven’t started laying yet anyway.”

Haf Indiaidd

Purists insist that a true Indian Summer can only occur after the first frost. In recent years that has occurred here in mid to late November so a warm spell after that time seems rather unlikely (for the time being).

However, what John Bradbury wrote in 1817 seems to fit our experience today: “The air is perfectly quiescent and all is stillness, as if Nature, after her exertions during the Summer, were now at rest.”

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The low-slanting light brings extra delight

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But not everything is at rest. Certainly, beneath the Lake surface

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all kinds of unknowables are taking place

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It is good to see the Wasps enjoying the Ivy instead of harassing our Bees or lazily drifting into the the kitchen.

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Some creatures are not so happy

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moulting time is not pleasant for anyone.

The haystack is still simmering

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We have had a suggestion of using this for a hot bed. We have made these from horse manure in the Spring, has got us thinking.

While we are enjoying the goldenness, we can read the runes

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and are making preparations

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Remission

Last time we thought we were on the downward slope. But after three days of dry warmth

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we bask in the goldneness

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The hedgerows are slowly shifting their palette, but still studded with Rowan

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Leaves slowly turning. Red Oak

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Red Witch Hazel

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Acer

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Seed heads explode

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Bees still busy

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and Butterflies browse

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Clearing the Meadow for next year’s insect food is going well

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But as we currently have no pig mud to absorb, the latest cut grass

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is ending up in a steaming pile

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We are just working out how to harness the heat it is generating.

Transition

Still harvesting

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but things are changing

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from sunlight

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to shadow

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Time to make sure our produce

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is put to good use

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The stock is building up, from our patch

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and the hills around

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All set for a cosy winter

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The Rain Stops with the Camera

Showers have been torrential today. When there is a pause,

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it is time to look round with the camera

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Hence, our pictures don’t often show rain, just tears on the Eucalyptus

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and dripping woods

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where up above, the Noble Fir cones look dangerous

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But there is lots of it. This is Wales after all.

Rain or shine, there is a meadow to be mown – by one man and his dog

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Everything else is slowing down, which can be a good thing – this Lake flower has spent weeks evolving

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and, until the arrival of the first Autumn storm, seeds hang poised

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Mature apple trees are giving up a reasonable crop

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and some cheap bare-root stock put in two or three years ago are doing their bit

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The field next to us is normally cut for silage but due to a bumper thistle crop has been left to the sheep and the cattle

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In the tunnels the Nasturtiums are trying to take over

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and the figs, as always, do their best in their less than ideal situation

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(although we did actually eat some last year)

Some other drippy moments from today

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That’s it then

The change:

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When the season turns here there is no going back

Time to fill up the stores

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And capture the summer sweetness

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Our bees will be mainly staying at home too, having given us a small offering

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to sweeten the time ahead

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Of Plums and Haystacks

Some harvests have crept up on us unawares this year.

(not radishes, obviously)

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We were bemoaning our bumper crop of green tomatoes. Then this late warm spell has done the job.

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We don’t remember much fruit blossom but suddenly the plum trees are weighed down

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Our job today is to get them before the wasps bore into every one

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Looks like we will have to make even more wine

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Part of maintaining our meadow is to mow and remove all the grass at this time of year

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We are currently without pigs, who used up a lot of the cut grass to soak up their mud.

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Now that the ducks have two feet of grass to root around in we need to find somewhere else to put it

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We did, kind of accidently in the recent hot spell, make some hay which went to the rabbits. We should try harder next year.

Meanwhile we have decided to make a giant pile

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and see who takes advantage of this new habitat

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September Spinners

A warm sunny day at Gribin Isaf

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that started with mist all around

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until the sun seeped through

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lighting up the over-night industry

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that had left every hedge

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crammed

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with intricate webs

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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

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outside

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and in

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It is sometime hard to know if they use

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or just ornament

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Winter supplies

In Monty Don’s piece in the current Gardener’s World Magazine

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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

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But the slow process of ripening keeps us on tenterhooks through September… October… November?

Slowly we are getting there, day by day, trug

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by trug

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by trug

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Some for lunches

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but most to be chopped

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baked

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and bagged

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These are the varieties we grew this year

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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,

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where they know about such things, we will be using that information to choose what we grow next year.