Sofa reading, November 2017

I’m sure that most people read more books at this time of year and through the winter.  I also find myself making sure that I’ve plenty of library books, second-hand paperbacks and ebooks to hand.

These are Liz’s and my current bedside table choices.

 

Liz is about half-way through A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.  She’s comments that it’s brilliantly written with well drawn characters and has had made her chuckle at times.

She’s reading it on the recommendation of one of her favourite authors, Michael Lewis, who was on a live book programme recently where he mentioned that this is his favourite book.

 

 

I’m about to start Death at Bishop’s Keep by Robin Paige, which is the first of twelve in a series of cosy crime mysteries none of which I’ve read previously.

If I enjoy it and decide to read the others they are all available as second-hand paperbacks, and ebooks,  for around £2-70($3-60).

 

 

Happy reading, and have a good weekend!

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This delightful picture…

is titled Remington the Horticulturist by American painter Charles Wysocki.

It’s been a cold and sunny weekend, but there’s some heavy rain due tomorrow followed by a few days of notably much colder weather so I’ll be doing plenty of armchair gardening.

Have a good week!

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It’s surprising to see…

Last night there was some heavy rain and high winds so this morning I looked round the plot, and the rest of the allotment site, to see if everything was okay.  Although still chilly and windy it was sunny, and thankfully I found that all was well.

 

It’s surprising to see the California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) still growing at this time of year.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking round the site I noticed these colourful leaves over by the fence-line but I’m not sure what they are so if anyone can identify them I’d be grateful.

 

 

 

 

On the way from and to home I passed this sadly now unloved and unwanted rocking horse which had been dumped.

 

Have a good weekend!

 

 

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On the to do list

As you can see from this photo the strawberry patch needs replanting, which should really have been done in early autumn.   I’ll be doing in early spring, weather permitting, so I almost certainly won’t get much of a harvest next year.  I’ll dig them all up, weed and prepare the area then replant no more than a dozen of the younger plants.

In the same photo you can see two clumps of crocosmia both of which now need to be dug up and some replanted.  It’s a job that I’ve put off for the past year or two and don’t really want to leave it any longer.

The clump of blue asters also needs lifting, dividing and replanting slightly further away from the dogwood.

Providing that early spring isn’t cold and wet then I’ll do all three jobs but if it is then they may well stay on the to do list for another year.

Have a good week!

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I’m still busy

Sadly frost, rain and wind last week finished off most of the remaining flowers, and I’ve since cleared the cosmos and pot marigolds.  This is the last of the Flighty’s favourites, which is nestled away in a sheltered spot.

On Tuesday morning I pruned, tidied and weeded the raspberry patch.

I then re-mulched it and added more wood chips to the path down the left-hand side.

I will cut the comfrey on the right sometime soon and add the leaves to the compost heap.

 

 

 

I’ve been digging out and sieving a few barrow loads of compost from the nearby  communal wood chip bays as I did last year.  It’s a good job to do when the ground is soggy, and keeps me warm when it’s a bit fresh.  Most of it I’ve put under the blackberry bush to use next spring.

Top of the list for jobs to do in late February or early March, weather permitting,  is to dig out and sieve my own compost as the heap is now full as I didn’t dig it out early this year as I normally do.

Have a good week!

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Remembrance Sunday 2017

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Tree following, November 2017

Liz’s Tulip poplar…Over in Lexington, Kentucky the leaves on Liz’s tree have now changed from green to golden-yellow then brown and started dropping.

All three colours can be seen in the above picture, providing plenty of interest.

Flighty’s Dogwood….The leaves on this tree are changing to yellow and dropping. As you can see the flowers that I mentioned last month have gone.

Once bare the red stems will be visible, which are a notable feature of dogwoods.

Our thanks to Pat, The Squirrelbasket,  for hosting Tree following.

Have a good weekend!

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