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9th June 2021

Sat at the controls in the shed with the doors wide open. I am early today and I can hear the thronging sound of kids funneling into school. Cars seem louder as if competing with the noise of the children. Maybe it’s just because the doors are open.

It is peak summer. The nights are at their shortest, the birds their happiest. Life in our back garden is relatively benign. We see no sign of predation, other than against worms and insects. Blackbirds and robins flit in and out of the long beech hedge that separates us from next door. We haven’t seen much of the magpies that arrived earlier in the spring. Thought they might disrupt the harmony but if that is their bag they are doing it elsewhere.

I pulled out the parsnip tree. It was smothering the onions. The parsnips, left over from last year, proved to be inedible.I did like the idea of letting them grow to seed but eventually the onions took priority. I think I might have just discovered that parsnips don’t flower in their first year?

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splendid morning

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6 May Update

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6 May

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still life vibrant birdsong

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The growing season

Very noticeable at this time of year is all the growth in the garden. I doubt most people give it any thought beyond the need to keep mowing the lawn. If you are a gardener you will be more interested but largely because you will be looking for a nice colourful border or a good crop of fruit and veg in the Autumn. 

This good harvest is unlikely to be an existential event. If your onion crop is poor you will pop to the supermarket to top it up. Ditto spuds, carrots and apples etc.

We don’t think about the significance of spring to mankind as a whole. Without this renewal of growth, change in the season, we would not be. This is fairly fundamental. It is something that would have been in the mind of every human as recently as 300 years ago. Perhaps less. A poor or non-existent harvest would have been a disaster and very much life threatening. Think about the Irish potato famine.

This is stuff that entered my mind as I was making the tea this morning.

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nest building begins

Up with the lark ish this morning, healthy breakfast of yo gurt, fruit and oats and now in the shed waiting for the tea to brew. The birds are in good heart and I observed a blackbird cleaning the path for me. What she appeared to be doing is nest building as she flew off with the plant matter in her beak and vanished into the beech hedge. We had that hedge trimmed last week so just in time methinks. Interesting what you notice looking out at the back garden.
There is actually a pair of blackbirds out there being busy. Looks like the female is doing the scavenging for nest materials whilst the male looks on. No comment at all here…

The starting gun for the new season of growth has been fired.

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winter in the greenhouse



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allotments in the snow

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Leaves on the Lawn