Damp and dull

Frosted strawberry leavesIt was a miserably wet weekend, especially Sunday, followed by a frost on Monday morning as could be seen on these strawberry leaves.  Since then it’s been mostly damp and dull, although there has been some sunshine this morning.

Crow on the canesI’ve seen and heard a robin during my wanderings round the site, and today saw a crow perched on my bamboo canes.  On Monday I caught a glimpse of a blackbird scratching about on the ground by the hawthorn tree. It’s a bird that I rarely see on the plot, although I do see them elsewhere on the site.

This bright green lichen on the top of the woodpile caught my eye.

Green lichen on the woodpile


A neighbouring waterlogged plotWalking round the site this morning I was thankful that my plot, although well soggy, has no standing water unlike other plots, of which this is the worst.

Have a good weekend!

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14 Responses to Damp and dull

  1. Caro says:

    Oh that soggy plot must be so disheartening for the plot holder – I’m guessing that the soil is predominantly clay? Although very cold last weekend, there’s still no frosts here and my nasturtiums are still standing! A bit warmer today and, as you say, that little touch of sunshine was very welcome!

    • Flighty says:

      Caro they’ve ignored all suggestions that ditches either side of the plot and raised beds would solve the problem as shown by other plots. Lucky you with the nasturtiums, there’s been a couple of frosts here which finished mine off. Sunshine at this time of year is welcome indeed. xx

  2. Jo says:

    We haven’t had a frost but it’s been dull, damp and miserable this week. My goodness, that’s a lot of standing water on that plot, I guess they don’t bother growing winter veg. My little robin’s been a regular in the garden since he returned at the start of autumn, I wonder where he goes all summer.

    • Flighty says:

      Jo it’s been pretty much the same here. The problem is that the water doesn’t drain away under the roadway and just backs up on the plot.
      Robins, like many birds, disappear in the summer as they’re growing new feathers so generally keep out of sight. xx

  3. elaine says:

    Much the same here – with little bursts of sunshine that didn’t last for long. Typical November really.

  4. pianolearner says:

    we are up north at the moment and it is very damp and dull here too!

  5. menhir1 says:

    We’ve had some frost followed by a murky damp couple of days; lights on most of the time. That plot you show, is really sodden. Could there a drainage issue in that part of the allotment? It is odd that the water is standing in a particular spot rather than spread out more. Your lichen is a vigorous healthy colour. 🙂


    • Flighty says:

      Menhir same here, and I’ve pulled the curtains and put the lights on just after 3 pm some days. Yes, the problem is that the water doesn’t drain under the roadway as it should so pools in the lowest area of the plot. That lichen is a really bright green. xx

  6. nikkipolani says:

    At least the frost on the strawberry leaves is pretty 😉 As is that bright lichen.

  7. wellywoman says:

    Hi Flighty, It’s been foggy and dull here too. That awful cold damp weather that you can feel in your bones. *shivers* Unfortunately we took the weather with us on a visit north. The only nice sunny day was yesterday which we spent in the car travelling home. 😉 You must have had quite a lot of rain for there to be standing water on some of the plots. At least this week is looking dry, so a chance to get out at least. Have a good week. xx

    • Flighty says:

      Welly’ I don’t like it damp and and cold as it makes my bones ache. It’s been a real mix of a few sunny and plenty of wet days here recently, but I’ve actually managed to do some plotting this week . Thanks, you too. xx

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