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Allotment Update

Okay, I think we’re all in need of an allotment update aren’t we?! Swiss Chard – middling. Growing but it’s getting a lot of attention from the pigeons. Unwanted attention from my point of view. Asparagus – good this year … Continue reading

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Bennett’s Cross

On Dartmoor there is a crooked stone cross beside the road between Moretonhampstead and Postbridge. Folklore has it that the cross was erected as a boundary marker by a tin miner named William Bennett in the 16th century. Looking out across … Continue reading

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Tomatoes

Ooo hang on, a bit busy with deadlines. Bear with me. In the mean time, look some of my tomatoes have actually ripened!

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A skunk stripe

I am now catching most of the dawn on my early morning bike rides. The sky ahead of me is full of radiant hues of pink, apricot and lilac. The bright Lenten moon sits on my shoulder. The air is … Continue reading

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Nightwear hi-jinks

The days have remained golden here but the temperature has dropped. The heads of our sunflowers are bowing to the inevitable coming of autumn. The birds will have a feast from one specimen with a particularly enormous head. We’ll collect … Continue reading

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Seeds

That’s my annual seed order sent off. I spent hours pouring over my preferred seed catalogue, comparing the descriptions of differing varieties of this vegetable and that, and weighing up whether to stick with a trusted favourite or experiment with … Continue reading

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Blossom End Rot

Things have gone very wrong with our tomatoes. We’ve had tons but the majority are marked by the same brown rash. It’s called Blossom End Rot. It’s a physiological problem caused by a lack of calcium getting to the fruit. … Continue reading

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Veg patch update

Little Owl did very well in both her performances this week. We’ll be singing the songs to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat for some time to come. I was completely mobbed on the Hook-A-Duck stall at the school summer … Continue reading

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Half term

We’re deep in the throes of half term. We’ve made dolly peg pirates, baked gingerbread men, made a hanging mobile of the solar system, planted out tomatoes, and spent copious amounts of time at the splash zone (lots of movement-triggered … Continue reading

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Slowly, slowly

You’ll be pleased to know I’ve stopped flapping. Slowly, slowly my heart has caught up with my body. Little by little the jarring exhaustion of constant newness has given way to gentle wonder. Our new house was built in 1932. … Continue reading

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