The Golfer may have successfully lopped the cherry tree (it’s the one covered in ivy) to just above the height of the shed extension, shredded most of the smaller offcuts and sawn the larger ones, but we are not sure who came off worse on Saturday, as he has acquired either a bruised or a cracked rib as a reward for his efforts. Although very safety conscious, bringing down the main trunk sandwiched him against a smaller protruding branch which had already been lopped and this is what did the damage. His doctor, the same age as him but avoiding full retirement, suggested that perhaps he shouldn’t be cutting down trees at his age, although he knew full well that this was an everyday sort of activity for the Golfer.
In the UK Midlands we seem to be avoiding the wet and stormy weather that had been promised or has already reached other parts of the country, with only momentary showers and one short but ‘proper’ shower yesterday. A beautifully clear and moonlit sky last night meant a cool start to the day (and a reminder that frosts may not be too distant) but also bright blue skies all morning. I managed to cut the grass next to the stream before another brief shower but rather than get involved in other tasks that might be interrupted I spent some time in the kitchen instead, poaching rhubarb and blanching windfall cooking apples ready for the freezer. There are almost enough tomatoes to make my third batch of chutney, and it seems strange that despite this year’s hot summer and prompt sowing of tomatoes they seem to be ripening later and more slowly than last year. Has anyone else found this?
Now, does a ‘professional’ watering can turn one into a professional gardener? I have been looking out for a second hand Haws watering can for some time, particularly to use on seedlings in the greenhouse, but decided in the end to splash out on spanking brand new one despite the expense, as their expected life span is supposed to be 20+ years, by which time I would hope to be still watering seedlings and would therefore feel it had been money well spent. Mind you, it took some dithering to decide on a SIZE and then a COLOUR!