Author Archives: Cathy

Let There Be Light…

…and there was light, once the oak tree had been cut down to size. Having been planted in what I called the woodland edge border, the plants underneath the canopy can all cope with a certain amount of shade, but … Continue reading

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A Bit of Forestry, Part Two: the Path Less Travelled

Less than a month ago, blogging friend Chloris from The Blooming Garden happened to mention, when talking about projects, that she had been having fun uncovering a hidden overgrown brick path. This sounded an exciting discovery and reminded me of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Purple Pineapples

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A Bit of Forestry, Part One

It was Chloris who, on seeing some of the evidence from my busy Six on Saturday post, suggested that we might be doing ‘a bit of forestry’, and yes, she was right. Now, we all know that ‘mighty oaks from … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Shaking the Blues Away

I am grateful that there have not actually been any blues to shake away here, although there was an almost palpable feeling of relief when the hardest part of one of our current projects was safely achieved yesterday, ending the … Continue reading

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For Your Information: Fence Wars

You may not be interested in the Fence Wars of our neighbours, but as it was only yesterday that I mentioned it, and there were ‘developments’ today, I thought some of you might be curious. Sometime early this morning  (and … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Busy!

As the globes of echinops begin to colour up they become a magnet for bees – but this busy bee was dining alone, his friends perhaps still being reluctant to dine out. Us humans have been busy this week too, … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Proboscis

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In a Vase on Monday: In Memory of the Purple People Eater

In the dim and distant pre-lockdown past, when Thursdays were Grannie Days and I looked after Younger Daughter’s two children, our afternoon routine was sleep (them), walk, refreshment (“cake..!” went the plaintive cry) and then play till hometime accompanied by … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Yellows

I decided, for want of anything else grabbing my attention, to share six yellow blooms from my garden as part of Jon the Propagator’s weekly meme – but then struggled to find six, nearly having to resort to half of … Continue reading

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