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« Reply #1110 on: August 13, 2017, 09:01:32 AM »

The mists,rain and wind have cleared away,
                                     Sunlight, dapples the shade in the light sea breezes, We had our first windfall, a small cluster of Bramelys fail to hang tight as the latest winds scoured the rear lawn. Angel was spoiled for choice, lifting her left paw and pointing to them lying under the tree, Then being left poorer for it when the 5 plum Bramleys were coveted into my large coat pocket. It was a terrible injustice and she let me know it. "There must be some mistake" her eyes said as they roamed my face. "Your joking,, You gotta be kidding" She wheeled around several times,,, A few minutes later,she was happy enough to know they were safe and secure in my pocket. Diese,sniffed the breeze as usual with raised head, pulling this way and that, like an old sea dog trying to impress the company,taking his wet finger from his mouth and holding it up..But he sniffed the kittens and was trying to steady their position in his head, Then a little black and white one broke cover beside Angel and she nearly fell over, spinning for traction. The Kitten was in no hurry. Born wise they do not last long otherwise. Then from the apples to under the rear of an old transit that has been refuge to dozen and dozen of feral cats down the generations, Angel gets down on her elbows under the rear of the van and tries to look friendly and encouraging. We were told that she did not like cats but having lived in the middle of the county,s biggest feline raves and discos, she got to learn that there were certain cats that she must not try and catch, perhaps match them step for step but not get too close. She has cornered a few and backed off when ordered so she is not bad at all. Diesel is indifferent. He will amble after them. He knows Blink and would not do anything to panic her.
The sun is pouring down on our array, Our W/T is having a rest. The Plums are starting to ripen. We have stacks of jars with good sealed lids. Even the Bramelys are ready. I gave boxes and bags of Bramelys away last year to the neighbours. Solar powered Microwave plum jam is a world beater. This year I will use less sugar and no lemon. Our harvest fair is just 4 weeks away.
 A year gone, just like that.
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« Reply #1111 on: August 13, 2017, 10:34:29 AM »

Nearly finished the painting. Hurrah. Beautiful early Autumn day full sunshine and a decent breeze just about perfect for wind and solar. Noticeable that the sun is already lower night and morning. The woods are full of fungi some edible all beautiful. I am told that Wednesday is the first day of deer hunting in Sweden so back to wearing high visibility vest when dog walking. 
Where does the time go?
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« Reply #1112 on: August 13, 2017, 04:20:59 PM »

sun out, been in garden for first time in a few days due to rain.
the courgettes are taking over, the pees are finished by the mildew bought on with the rain and then heat.
some of the cucumbers finished, chilies going red Smiley first time got them to do that, peppers still stubbornly green, french beens almost over, broad beens over.
very true where has the last year gone?
still not got the extension started, any clues as to whether we will get a good winter?
started to get he winter wood ready, got 3qmtrs of oak for 100 3 years old, and done deal for 4qmtr of false acacia , with what we had left over should see us though a normal winter.
with the new solar arrays our oil consumption has gone down by about 80%  extrahappy

now to walk the dogs with kids, pack my car and go back to work Huh for the week
lots of fungai in our wood, but i have not got a clue, have the book but too scared to risk it.
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« Reply #1113 on: August 19, 2017, 10:35:00 AM »

   Maybe summer is over for now,
                 We have been having heavy rain and strong winds and just over half way through August. The trees are still carrying their full load of leaves so the wind is more obvious and damaging. We have been lucky with the showers, getting caught only twice. The hounds sniff the confusing breezes, It was very blustry last night, Our big willow over the sun seat near the front lawn, lowered one of it,s limbs down over the brick retaining wall and slightly over the drive way, The constant to and frowing , back and forth weakened the long 12ft limb and it curved down over the wall, Like it is supposed to do. The solar light on top of the wall shine up and of course as the willow swept back and forth in the dark, it looked so much like some one was on the driveway with a flash light as the wet leaves picked up the solar and flickered in the dark. Angel got annoyed and sounded her " Halt,! Who goes there" but Diese was silent and laid back. Of course we had to investigate the naughty willow and then she was happy enough to continue our wanderings. It is a special window in the year that only lasts a few weeks, when the trees are heavy with fruit and green is rampant everywhere and yet it is turning cold, perhaps we will have a little frost soon and then the apples will be ready as winter silently approaches.
Our w/t has been cutting the mustard, delivering hot water and keeping the house at a nice stable temperature, with next to no wood burned.  It has been an excellent year for our solar and wind energy returns, especially keeping the house warm. We did have a few weeks where we kept the windows open but overall it was not too uncomfortable so we must have the balance near enough right. We are still not ready to light the stove yet, as long as the w.t and solar can deliver the hot water to the tanks and the hall stays warm, we will be comfy but that can change rather quick.
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