Turning over an Old Leaf

A few leaves from around the plot today:

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Visual warmth

With a noticeable ground frost overnight, the air temperatures may not have been very high today:

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but the return of the sunlight brings warmth to the heart.

So here are some of today’s glimpses that provide a warm feeling.

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Water, water…

Two days of rushing…

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…and gushing

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with a lot of water falling from the sky

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Inspired by all this water, one Muscovy looks at what is on offer….

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…is not impressed, and goes off to find something more exciting

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She might look picturesque

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but the Lake is not for ducks so she has to be encouraged to leave

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and take the long walk home

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where she keeps quiet

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just looking pityingly on her fellow Muscovies and where they have to swim

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this Cayuga in its bath

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and the Aylesburys having to take turns

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Meadow Maintenance

We are slowly increasing the diversity in the meadow area, some of which is documented here

This depends on cutting the grass at the end of every growing season and then removing it.

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This takes time

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Before:

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and after:

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Currently the mowed grass is being used to cover the mud in the duck pen

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and to give Bert an island

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Elsewhere today…

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Mid-October Observations

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Rain every day, 98.8 mm so far this month, but with day-time temperatures well into double figures and very little wind it has been pleasant working outside.

The young apple trees we planted two years ago are bearing fruit…

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and the cookers from one of the established trees are being put to good use

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The damsons have moved from this..

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…through this

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…to this

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The last of the tomatoes have been picked

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So far this Autumn we have not had to take into care any juvenile hedgehogs.  However, we are being prepared as the hostelry roof was leaking.

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It is getting a bit muddy in the rabbitry …

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…so work is starting on some winter quarters

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Our neighbours are on the lookout for the tup

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and colour is spreading across the Buddhist Tree

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Other signs of Autumn:

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The ducks have all settled down happily together

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and we too are looking forward to having a bath

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Eucalyptus Gymraeg

Twenty-five years ago Gribin Isaf was made up of sheep fields. Many trees were then planted but in order to get quick results Eucalyptus was included!

Now, some of them tower over everything

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their swaying silver tops a beacon visible from far away.

But, as the RHS notes, the species is prone to windrock – not ideal for 900 feet up a Welsh hillside:

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Unlike any native tree, Eucalyptus adds a layer of bark every year and the outermost layer dies and is shed adding fascinating sights to our surroundings:

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Early October Miscellany

The colour is starting to creep across the Acer

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We are starting to stockpile next winter’s wood

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The rabbits are outgrowing their quarters

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so Floppy and his two remaining ladies have had to shunt up

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as ground is cleared for a rabbit extension

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harvest continues… the less successful

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and the more useful

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Jessie’s water bowl seems a fertile hunting ground for interesting species. First this Hairworm

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and then a newt

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Oh, and it has rained everyday

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and is due to continue that way

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