Category Archives: Wildlife

Calke Abbey Tramway Walk (Again)

The National Trust property at Calke Abbey┬áis one of the nearest to us and one we love to visit regularly. The house has been maintained in the condition that the Trust acquired it in the late 1970’s, not tarted up … Continue reading

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Mid August Review

Definitely a strange year, particularly for the tomatoes. Growing vegetables in the poly tunnel continues to be a success, with the climbing French Beans coming into play after the dwarf beans. However, the plants are really too large (or the … Continue reading

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Ducks on the Pond

The ducks are back for the fourt year. Continue reading

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A Short Break in the Lake District, Red Squirrels and Snow.

Last week we decided to have a short break. So, on Saturday, we had a look through what would be available from the following Monday and booked ourselves four days in a small self catering cottage (mind you the email … Continue reading

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Snake’s Head Fritillary

I didn’t realise until I read the Telegraph this morning that my lovely patch of Snake’s Head Fritillary are doing their bit to conserve wild flowers that are becoming extinct. In the paper it says “the snake’s head (or leper’s … Continue reading

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Sowing and Planting at the Allotment

Its been 10 days since my last post and the garden and allotment are really bursting into spring. The weather is still very variable (with a frost last night and heavy rain yesterday) but the sun is bright and warm. … Continue reading

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A Week at the Allotment and other things

Its been an interesting and productive week. I usually complain (bitterly) about the soil at my allotment. One spit down its thick and heavy yellow clay and, whilst the layer above is good soil, it quickly goes from heavy, damp, … Continue reading

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