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« Reply #1800 on: September 15, 2019, 11:02:26 AM »

  We had a few good weeks weather,
                                       Then things got difficult, Storms, Rain, flooding, etc, The lawn has not been mowed since and lush green swards await cutting. Our Bramley thrived with a bumper crop, The other apples have done well also, We managed a few jars of plums and for a short while I thought we might have clawed back some kilos but the rain came one hot afternoon ,ice cold ,dropping on the hot plums and that evening as I walked the hound, i was dismayed to look up into the tree and see the plums burst right round, almost turned outside in. perfect for eating but not in the dark. The following day the wasps and the birds owned the tree.
    This has been a very unsettled windy summer, with the various hurricanes giving us a sample of their tail end power. A few force 8s but nothing dramatic. Great water heating and house heat also.
 Out harvest fair has been and gone before i even remembered.I sold my Ebike to a happy lad and somehow I feel sad but wobbling along the road is no longer for me.
 My latest project has been slow. I have set about cutting down the weight and size. Using new methods and new ideas. God loves a trier. There has been so many other things to do and the shed is a draughty stand in the storms. The forecast is for improvement. I have a stretch of concreting to do and this might be my last chance before the winter sets in.
  Our turbine is doing well, steady and sure. occasionally we have had to light the stove in the dull foggy airless days but generally we rise in the morning to tanks of hot water and the house is never chill.
 Reports of more rises in electricity prices faze us not. Soon it will be Halloween and then Christmas.. fume.

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« Reply #1801 on: September 15, 2019, 09:55:34 PM »

Our plum and damsons all had a very good year.......too good for them. They are young trees at 3 or 4 years. A month ago the plum started breaking branches under the load. I hastily knocked out some wooden struts to help take the load on the plum and one damson. This week we have cleared the plum and made inroads on the damsons but there are literally thousands of fruit. The wife has been making chutney all day to get rid of some.

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