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  • Derek – Friday 21st January 2022

    January is the longest month. Beginning at the tail end of Christmas and finishing in sight of spring; it is a shivery time to get through. The days, though, are slowly getting…

  • Derek – Friday 7th January 2022

    It was -2ºC in the early hours and the pond is still frozen when I come into the garden at 10 am. The ice isn’t smooth but has ribs in places, rather…

  • Derek – Friday 26th November 2021

    It is biting cold, the wind blowing the last leaves off the sycamore. The cherry is already stripped, though the birch, its leaves gone yellow, has still plenty of little flags. The…

  • Derek – Friday 19th November 2021

    We have got our 2m strip back from Gateway. This was ‘loaned’ to the site as they needed it for access for their building work. For us it meant flipping over our…

  • Derek – Friday 12th November 2021

    It has been a typical November week, with rain and temperatures slightly above average, and lots of leaf fall. Most fall this month, some in October, a few in the first week…

  • Derek – Friday 5th November 2021

    It’s chilly in the garden with a biting wind. This is November without doubt. On Saturday we had our Welcoming Winter festival. There was home-made soup and bread to keep the cold…

  • Derek – Friday 29th October 2021

    COP26 starts on October 30 and is due to finish on 12 November, but is likely to extend through that weekend with all the arguments and attempts at getting coherent policy from…

  • Derek – Friday 22nd October 2021

    Changeable weather has come in with the autumn winds. We’ve had lots of rain in the last few weeks, some sun and up-and-down temperatures. The days are shortening; at the end of…

  • Derek – Friday 15th October 2021

    The fencing is going up between us and the Gateway site as the estate nears completion. I recall the trains of concrete lorries going in as work progressed. The main ingredient of…

  • Derek – Friday 8th October 2021

    It rained hard in the early hours of Tuesday morning, with thunder and lightning too. I came into the garden in the late morning to find the rain barrels full. The pond…