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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It started off good


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Today's forecast was meant to be cooler, and it was to start with, so I thought I would get out in the garden and do a bit of work.


Even Charlie and Chuck thought it was quite pleasant and were happily wandering around the garden.






When it is too hot they spend most of the day hiding behind the bushes and then come out after tea when it cools off a bit.

I spent a few hours doing some cleaning in the aviary and then did some weeding and dead heading.

The Buddleia is certainly bringing  lots of beautiful butterflies into the garden.

Whites.



Red Admirals.



Peacocks.





The apples are looking good.



We had about 20 last year off of the one tree we have,  this year it is loaded.


Behind the greenhouse is a bit off a jungle, pots and bags full of potatoes, and down the bottom there are tomatoes and other things growing which must have seeded themselves from the homemade compost we used.




Before lunch the hot temperatures were here again, absolutely baking. 

Poor Mr blackbird had a rest in the seed tray.







Not long after he went in the bird bath for a drink and splash, it is so important to have some water for them all year round.

As with everywhere else the lawn is looking in a right state.




If it doesn't rain soon I am going to do the rain dance.

Yesterday I cooked up a ham in the slow cooker, so for tonight's meal it will be salad, consisting of lettuce, cucumber, tomato, peppers, new potato salad, egg mayo, ham, and a nice bit of cheese topped french stick.


Bye for now, stay cool.


22 comments:

  1. It's all looking good in the garden Marlene, except maybe for the grass but that seems to be the same everywhere, here included.
    I foolishly left my ironing until this afternoon which I now regret. It's rather hot. X

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    1. Hi Jules I have mine on the line still, I don't feel like doing it now, but I supposed I'd better. x

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  2. It’s cooler here with a breeze, but still hot, we are desperate for rain, none in our forecast. I have noticed loads of butterflies in the garden, but as it’s my first year of being home all day, I don’t know if there are more than usual. Our plastic grass is keeping our garden looking good, I was not sure when husband decided to have it layed, but I have been pleased he did.

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  3. Oh I wish I was coming for tea, sounds lovely. Charlie and Chuck just look like balls of fluff, very cuddly, bet they’re hot in this weather xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, Charlie and Chuck seem to be coping well, they have there drinkers in the shady spots as well.

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  4. Fabulous Butterflies.. Red Admiral here and the odd white one.

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    1. Thankyou Jill,
      I have never seen the peacocks here before, I have seen 4 in one go, they are beautiful.

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  5. Have arrived at your lovely new blog. Great pics. Someone told me it will rain on Sunday so the lawns should get a good soaking.
    xx

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    1. Hi glad you found me, I do hope it will rain, we have 4 empty water butts. xx

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  6. Your lawn looks like ours! I've been watering it a bit as we've not got any hosepipe bans yet and aren't on a water meter, but it's not really picked up. We have a few butterflies here - not many though - maybe they know our cat will chase them! (Thankfully she's terrified of birds!).

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    1. I am half expecting a hose pipe ban, we are on a meter, goodness knows what the next bill will be like from using water for the garden.

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  7. Our lawn does not look to bad as i have been trying to keep on top of watering it as it was only new last year and i am worried about losing it completely but with the looming hosepipe ban i don't know what i will do xxx

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    1. Hi Eileen, there is 50% of showers tomorrow and Friday now, but I won't hold my breath.xx

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  8. I LOVE the (composite) photo at the top.
    OUr fruit trees are laden this year too, except for the plum which only has a few. I wonder if it was caught by a frost. We're looking forward to plenty of apples and pears this autumn.
    Your garden looks great (and my grass is just the same)! xx

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    1. Hi Joy,
      The robins are my favourites, so I thought I would do something a bit different for a header this time.x

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  9. My apple trees are weighed down with fruit, I have forked stick supports waiting to go under some of the boughs. The strawberries are finished now but red gooseberries and black currants are nearly there. I took the nets off to let the birds feed but they seem to only like the Jostaberries. I have several cutting doing well so more plants next year.

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    1. What wonderful fruit crops you have, it is lovely to share with the birds.

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  10. We’re on a campsite in Yorkshire on a farm and the farmer is having to feed his animals so that they will continue to thrive as beef cattle and sheep are the farm’s livelihood. We’re being careful with water as he’s just invested in a new shower block he built himself and was held up by the heavy snow at the start of the year. He’s a lovely man and working so hard to keep the farm viable.

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    1. Hi Catriona, It must be so hard for the farmers at the moment, like you say it is their livelihood.

      Hope you enjoy your break.

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  11. Charlie and Chuck are so, so cute. It is so hot and humid here in Kansas. We need rain ... the chances of rain that have been forecast for us seem to go all around us. I hope that you have a lovely weekend. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

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  12. Hello Teri, yes they certainly are cute, we are getting a few more hens soon and a new hen house, I shall be writing about that sometime. We were lucky to have a little rain for a few hours yesterday, the ground is so very dry. Have a lovely weekend yourself dear Teri. xx

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