Getting a bit ragged at the edges

Looking around today it is clear that a lot of flowers feel their time is over as they get a bit ragged at the edges

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Some living things can’t wait to get on with the process of decay
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The raspberries just want to keep on giving for as long as possible
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as do the tomatoes
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We harvest the fennel seeds
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and Lottie
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admires the half of the field that has been scythed of two year’s growth
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:
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On the cusp

As we teeter on the cusp
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we look around
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and collect the goodness
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feeling if only somehow we could distil it (not literally please note HMRC)
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and bottle it
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we will keep the essence of sunlight
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after the shadows have lengthened
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Two sides of the lane

As the hours of light totter in the equilibrium before succumbing to the hours of darkness we assess our source of winter warmth

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we also work on converting the September bounty
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into
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winter warmth
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(although that will be winter 2017)

As to the September bounty – on one side of the lane it is stripped away
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while opposite, our hedge
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has…
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additional September bounty
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:
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When we get to the border

We have to cross the border (many times on this convoluted line: “Welcome to Wales”… “Welcome to England” seems less stressed.) As we journey to collect Spot.

We are told to arrive later so we have to dally by the Dee

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where there are strange flowering plants – toadflax

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and Sand Martin holes

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Currently we are eyeing up most things for their wine making potential

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We try not to be seduced by frolicking bullocks (No, we can’t have one)

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Although a Crow in need of care would be wonderful

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We see exciting properties, but leaning slightly

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and collect Balsam seed – we will have damp places soon… and bees

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and then on to collect Spot

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vet certified

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we had been told we would get back every part but that seems not the case as we receive an out of scale head

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Not put out we take her on to deepest Shropshire where she will be processed with craftsmanship

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plus we have a chance to see Brutus’ siblings – including runt Victoria – growing happily on bread and cabbage

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All we need is water

We have a pond

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We have a water catchment system in place:

Off the workshop roof
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into the IBCs
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down the neighbour’s field for a couple of hundred metres to the junction box
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some for the neighbour’s sheep, some for the compost toilet, and then through the hedge
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to join the run off from the farrow house roof
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from where Brutus keeps an eye on the pipe down through the field
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for a hundred metres or so
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into the pond
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Problem is
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nothing is due to land on the workshop roof this week.

Meanwhile we have been consoling ourselves by harvesting the damsons
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ready for fermentation
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Bert
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has been declared too big for young brides and is seeking an older lady

In the neighbour’s field boys are at play
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and we are on the lookout for the next fermentation opportunity
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Corn and seed

A rare visit out of station to Gregynog

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drawn by a free open day and not knowing what we would find we received unexpected inspiration.  From the Davies Sisters, who “were very aware they owed their wealth to the labours of ordinary Welsh people, and at an early stage came to feel that they had a duty to ‘give something back’.”; the books of the Gregynog Press; and the wonderful mature deciduous woodland.

On the site plan the walled garden

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was labelled “awaiting renovation”, on the ground it was labelled “no right of way” and beyond that sign it was full of young pheasants

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Some seemed interested in coming home with us

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a Golden Boy replacement?

Their wood margins were full of the bee-attracting wild scabius

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of which we have a little which we are trying to encourage

and the beech leaf litter had a wide variety of fungus

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We do have some, including this

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and the old scented roses reminded us there is more to life than vegetables

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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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Meanwhile Spot makes her last journey

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