Looking Ahead

Recovery continues: today I ventured outside to tackle the wilderness garden.

I planted some allium bulbs, which have been hanging around the house for some weeks. It seems terribly late, but I hope to salvage something from them. When I’d finished, my fingers felt as if they’d turned to steel!

The photographs were taken at Alnwick Castle Gardens last year. A wonderful place for ideas and inspiration!

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Visitors

The flu seems to be receding a little. I managed a trip out to the shops and replenished my stocks of bird seed for the garden feeders. The goldfinches will be happy for a while with this nyjer seed! Here’s a picture of a goldfinch from a few days ago, when it was snowing:

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I’ve also heard that goldfinches like sunflower hearts, so I thought I’d try some of that too. Within minutes, they attracted a siskin. The photos aren’t amazing, but I thought I’d include them anyway as I like the patterns on its feathers so much.

Some more from a few days ago:

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Village Show

Late August is the time for Froggatt Show: a delightful way to spend a warm Saturday afternoon. There are stalls selling jam, cakes, jewellery, plants, candles in teacups… I could go on. There are horses and ponies, classic cars and tractors. And so many dogs, taking their owners for a pleasant afternoon stroll. But the main attraction for me is the show tent, where people enter their lovingly grown produce and carefully nurtured flowers in the hope of winning prizes.

To be honest, I felt a little conspicuous using my large camera in front of so many people. Would anyone object to their prize cabbage being captured for posterity? So I used my phone. The interior of the white marquee made the flash fire, of course, but I think the results look interesting in a way.

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So carefully arranged… I wish I could grow vegetables like this!
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The dahlias really caught my eye.
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Closer…
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Drama! (Complete with tiny spider.)
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Bold.
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Paler.
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Painted?

 

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Sweet pea sparkle!
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And some more!

Recommended for a traditional English day out!

Pond Report

There’s a very new, very small pond in our garden. Raw at first, it filled gradually with rainwater. Then, before we had even decided what to do with it, nature began to move in. First, there was a huge yellow frog, which didn’t stay long.

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Then a beetle.

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We bought some plants to improve the pond’s appearance, but also for oxygenation purposes.

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Great excitement ensued when we found that two frogs had taken up residence; their activities are monitored with immense enthusiasm. That shivery feeling when they emerge in the dusk to go hunting! Laughter as they plop back in. Of course, we also hope they will keep the slug population under control…

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