This was the view this morning

digging-out-compostEach day that I’ve been to the plot over the past couple of weeks I’ve dug out and sieved, using a blue plastic basket,  a wheelbarrow load of compost from one of the nearby communal wood chip bays.  I’ve put it on, then raked it across, two of the forked over vegetable patches.

I’ll continue to do this for the rest of the plot, as long as the weather remains good.



This was the view this morning across the top end of the plot showing the still flowering pot marigolds, cosmos and asters.

Visible in the backgound are the bright red and yellow leaves on some Stag’s horn sumach trees (rhus typhina). Top left of the picture is the magnificent willow tree by the site gates.



tomatoes-tiny-timI’ve now eaten the last of the plot grown tomatoes, which lasted about two months,  but the windowsill Tiny Tim at home has about ten fruit which it looks like I’ll be eating in November.

A year ago tomorrow I was in hospital having my gall bladder removed.  This year I’ll be enjoying the day rather more as it’s my birthday, not that I’ll be celebrating it.

Have a good week!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

The Versatile Blogger awardI was kindly nominated for this award at the end of May by Sharon on her Allotment Life blog, and which I mentioned a few weeks later in this post. I notice that I said on her post that…it may be a while before I get round to doing it but I won’t forget. She replied…it took me more than two months to get around to doing it – you surely can’t be worse than that. 

Well clearly I can! So with due apologies and no excuses here are seven facts as much about my online persona as my real self.

My original online name was Flightbuff which I chose to reflect my lifelong interest in aviation and when I first googled it whilst wondering what to use I found, much to my surprise, that it showed no results.

Needless to say fellow bloggers soon starting calling me Flighty, and I’ve been happy to use that ever since.  Thankfully I rarely have to point out that I’ve never been flighty, as in being fickle or frivolous.

flightyMy Flighty avatar has always been the same one.  It’s a picture of  James Stewart when he was a bomber pilot serving in the USAAF during WW2. He’s my favourite actor who I’ve long admired, as well as being a distinguished pilot and fine man.

sofaflyerMy other online name is Sofaflyer,  which is my Twitter name. This originates to when I used to settle down on the sofa at home to read an aviation book or magazine.  I’m not sure if it was mum or me who first used it.  I sometimes use this book and glasses picture along with the name.

Sofa flying enjoying reading a good book, along with a cup of tea and a couple of digestive biscuits, has long been one of life’s best simple pleasures.

I’m not one for change so this blog has only had one theme change, and that was down to WordPress not me.  Being a bit of a minimalist I like a clean, uncluttered look which I like to think this blog has.

samathaI’ve used the same PC desktop picture for as long as I can remember.  It’s of Samantha, one of Nikkipolani‘s cats,  when she was a kitten.  I’ve always liked cats and dogs although I’ve never owned either, which I do sometimes regret.

As usual with such awards I’m not going to nominate anyone.

Have a good weekend!

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Sofa flying with a good book

When I’m not plotting much, if at all, over the coming months I’ll certainly be enjoying spending time sofa flying with a good book.  I’m a lifelong book buff and generally read at least two books a week, as well as referring to others almost daily.

I’ll be rereading some of my gardening books such as The Natural Gardener by Val Bourne, Our Plot by Cleve West  and the informative Grow Organic reference book.

I go to the library every week where I usually collect one or two recently published novels that I’ve reserved and then happily browse the bookshelves.


I’m looking forward to reading Death at The Seaside by Francis Brody and The City in Darkness by Michael Gillespie, both published this month.



I’ve just bought a second-hand copy of The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin, written in 1944. If I enjoy it I’ll buy more in the series.

It’s damp and dull here today so later on I’ll be settling down to start The Ballroom by Anna Hope, which is set in 1911 inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors.  It’s certainly rather different to my usual reading choices.

Happy reading, and have a good week!

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Plotting this week


I didn’t do any plotting at the weekend but have made up for it since then.


On Monday this robin kept me company for much of the morning mostly hiding in the blackberry or rose bush and occasionally coming out in the open as seen here.




I’ve been watching honey bees on the asters Michaelmas daisies which are flowering profusely.  Unfortunately  the white Twinkling Stars one died earlier in the year as roots rotted in the soggy ground, however I hope to replace it next spring.




It’s been noticeably cooler this week but thankfully there haven’t been any overnight frosts so I’ve continued to enjoy the nasturtiums.

And there are still plenty of my Flighty’s favourites pot marigolds including this pale pink one.









Have a good weekend!

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Tree Following, October 2016

Liz’s serviceberry

The lack of rain and high temperatures here in Lexington, Kentucky continued through September and the serviceberry, seen here on the left of the first picture, seems to have suffered more than the surrounding trees.  Many of the leaves have dropped without changing colour.

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The branches in the sunlight now give a pleasing tracery effect on the asphalt driveway.


Thanks to Mike for letting me guest post, and to Pat, The Squirrelbasket, for hosting Tree Following.





Young oak tree

Following on the from last month this tree soon lost it’s acorns, mostly I suspect to the squirrels.  It’s certainly grown taller during the year.

The leaves are still mostly green although  a few are starting to go yellow then brown as shown in this picture.




Do have a look at this comprehensive post over on Pat’s, The Squirrelbasket, blog to see what Tree Following is all about.



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It’s The Year of the Cosmos

Last Sunday when I was at the horticultural society trading shed fellow member and friend Marge took me to her plot to show me the cosmos that she’d grown from seeds that I’d given her early in the year.  I was amazed to see a six foot high jungle of foliage covered in white and pink flowers.   Among them them I noticed these two rather pretty white with a hint of pink ones.  Needless to say I collected some seeds to grow next year.

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It’s The Year of the Cosmos and RHS Wisley have been trialling more than eighty varieties which you can read about here.

Chiltern Seeds currently have a seed sale on so last week I ordered and received a few packets of flower seeds, including some cosmos, which are on my list to grow next year. I’ll be placing another order early in the New Year once I’ve received and looked through the forthcoming 2017 catalogue.

Have a good week!

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It’s been good weather

stanleyFurther to the last Sunday’s post Stanley was pleased to see me as he likes a biscuit or three.

I’m rejoining the rota of Sunday morning helpers at the horticultural society trading shed next year so doubtless I’ll be seeing him more often.

It’s been good weather this week so I’ve been making the most of it, and now don’t really have that much more to do before I start winding down for the winter.  Needless to say that weather permitting I will continue plottering.



Looking round the site earlier in the week I spotted this Speckled Wood butterfly.


Happy gardening, and have a good weekend!

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