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.

Butterfly Days

We have had small populations of a variety of butterflies this year but no large numbers.

This week we have had quite a number of Peacocks and Red Admirals

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They fly up from the meadow and particularly like this white buddleia

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Some look recently hatched but some have been round the block a few times

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We have plenty of nettle beds but very rarely seen signs of eggs or caterpillars

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Late Sunshine

Today the sun returned

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Here is one of bees taking advantage

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There have been a few Red Admirals around. This one had realised that buddleia is where they are meant to be seen

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Our youngest batch of pullets enjoyed the warmth

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We went foraging for wine ingredients

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Here’s to more sunny days

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Sunny Vegetables?

Perhaps at this latitude at in this climate we should stick to peas and beans

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with now, or course, more runners than we can eat

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The tunnel is bursting with large tomato trusses – all green – waiting for heat and sun to ripen. And waiting…

Each day we manage to pick a handful

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Some peppers are coming along

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And aubergines are doing better this year having had more care and attention in the greenhouse

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The smaller tunnel has been taken over by cucumber plants

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which are trying to keep up with the cougettes

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Heatwave Harvest

The Gribin Isaf weather station hit 32 degrees today

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Time for some cool as a courgette lunch

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with broad beans

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Perfect inside

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with our own peas (still waiting for the tomatoes)

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plus our lettuce, raspberries and elderflower champagne

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Shift Feeding

One of our bird feeders is monitored by a camera and towards the end of the afternoon there is a regular routine.

5:21 pm and it is squirrel time – a juvenile today

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5:23 pm and it is the turn of the juvenile Woodpecker

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5:35 pm and the Wood Pigeon juggernaut lands

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6:19 pm is Jay time – another juvenile

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Who knows what arrives after dark.