Another month has already flown, and its been one of the driest here in England for a long while. We had a water hose-pipe ban in place, as some reservoirs began to dry up, We had a weekend of none stop much welcome rain this weekend accompanied by some strong wind gusts. The rain gave hubby a much deserved rest from carrying watering cans of water two and fro to water our crops in the allotment. He had to go tie up the sweetcorn and my Dahlias have taken a bit of a battering. But I forgot to take my camera with me to take photos.
One good thing about the dry spell, the weeds have not been growing as prolific as usual. So that has saved my back a little. 🙂
While hubby has been doing two hours of watering early every morning I have been picking berries and peas, then the task of cleaning and freezing them. We had a bit of a disaster as one of our freezers we had still some of last years sweetcorn stored and many pounds of berries I had frozen this year, broke down. We didn’t notice right away as the freezer is in the garage. With all the heat of this summer, it wasn’t long before everything was mush.. All had to be thrown out.
But you win some and you lose some, just one of those things, good thing I kept the nets over the red currents as I was going to leave the rest for the birds, but I forgot to take the nets down, and there were soon plenty more redcurrants that ripened. These photos show what was gathered on two different early morning picking.
I have been giving my self some lengthy breaks from WP both here and on my main blog. I have been painting my fences around my home garden, and we also last week painted both sheds in the allotment, We went early to beat the heat. As by 10 am on some days it was too hot for me at least to be working in it.
I also did some different painting, our old bird feeder must have been 15 yrs old, it finally looked worse for wear.. So my hubby made me a new one. I painted it and added some decoration on it then varnished it. So it should I hope last another 15 yr as hubby build the last one.
Now over the winter when we are digging and hoeing we often come across bits of old Clay Smoking Pipes, click the link to see some history about them. Well we often find the odd broken and stem and recently I found several bowls.. Along with pieces of broken crockery. Also found a tooth, Not sure if its animal or human, hubby seems to think it could be a foxes, Anyway the tooth is on the right.
It is interesting to think who tilled the land before we did, and ponder upon their lives.
I will leave you with some pictures of our some shady spots in our home garden and some more pictures of our hedgehogs, we have several now from babies to adults that come visit and now sleep in our hedgehog box.. So hope that some decide to use it to hibernate over winter in it. ( Ignore the dates on some of them as the web camera needs to be reset, I forget when we recharge the batteries )
Hope you are all enjoying your Summer. Much love to you all.