Winter quarters

With the last apples picked

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and rain setting in

rain

It is time for the rabbits to leave their summer camp

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and move indoors (this picture was taken when the sun was shining – ie, not today)

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What has been added today is their kitchenette,

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for salad preparation

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and an indoor playpen to replace their summer exercise opportunities

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Rory tries it out

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Overnight, very discreetly

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Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

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It is that time of year when decay becomes recylcing

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a distributed breakers yard returning carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and phosphorus to the soil and the atmosphere

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Everything can be taken apart and the resulting elements used to start again

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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