For the last few summers I have spent hours picking my way through the nettle patches on our land and finding a rich and varied stock of insects but this year they are barren. Perhaps the ducks who spend a lot of time grazing there have eaten them all?
This summer I will have to make do with a nettle leaf.......
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Sunday, 28 August 2016
Friday, 26 August 2016
Thursday, 25 August 2016
My Mother planted a greengage tree around twenty years ago in her little orchard here at the cottage. In the intervening years it has never produced more than half a dozen edible fruit in total despite being laden with blossom every spring. This year the tree is absolutely laden with fruit....!!
Sunday, 21 August 2016
Saturday, 20 August 2016
Friday, 19 August 2016
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
I planted some native crabs at the cottage about eight years ago when my Mother still lived here, planted just because I love them and with no intention of ever living here let alone being about to harvest the fruit! This is the first year of fruiting and wonderful they look too.....
Monday, 15 August 2016
Sunday, 14 August 2016
Prunus x subhirtella Autumnalis flowering at last in the orchard.
The underfloor heating pipework is all now in place in the new kitchen and snug, pressurized, ready for the screed to be poured. ...
In recent years, Northumberland has been a disaster area as far as road verge mowing is concerned, with our 3000 miles of road (6000 mil...