38 Degrees

If you are feeling chilly in the coming month, just build yourself a metre cube framework somewhere convenient in your house
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fill it with fresh horse manure
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wait a week and you will have a 38 degree radiator
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Body heat – just right for snuggling up to.

Unfortunately ours is in a polytunnel
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so we will have to find another use for it.

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An imminant haunt

Today we have been mainly watching the starlings
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They chatter in the trees
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and there is a moment of quiet, a collective intake of breath, before a communal launch
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and away
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Down in the wood
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We are excavating
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what used to be the floor of our abode, consigned to the wood when the animals moved out. Now on the way to be part of the lake.

The essentials of life continue
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and the hotbed has reached 33 degrees
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Watching Big Birds?

The Pheasant had heard that today is the Big Garden Bird Watch
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and said “I am a big bird, watch me”.

The starlings said “We are the biggest flock, watch us”.
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The Robin said “I have the biggest voice, watch me”.
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“No you don’t”, said the Nuthatch
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The Raven is above being watched
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and the Treecreeper is oblivious to being watched
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Two a penny:
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I am watching the peanuts
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Don’t watch me
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Meanwhile the pineapple bed has reached 23 degrees
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Hellebores and violets

Today the cloud clears briefly to let through the mid-afternoon sun
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The Hellebores are looking fine
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and there is a hint of violet
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We employ locals to aerate the lawn
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and the robin keeps an eye on a new woodstack
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A Bluetit holds tight to its share of the feeder
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Dinah
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and Bert
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are ready for their dinner.

Outside today, one degree below freezing,
in the pineapple bed…
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ten degrees.

Manure heat and January sun

After researching pineapple growing
pineapples

we decide what we need is one of these
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So off to collect some of this
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transferring it via shuttle
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until we have this
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Heat will soon be generated to lift the polytunnel temperature a little and then we will make a horse powered propagator on top.

Meanwhile, the January sun continues to illuminate our plot
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