Sunday, 16 May 2021

Rain, Rain And More Rain


 

The last 10 days have been pretty boring (apart from the parties next door) with lots and lots of rain interspersed with weak sunshine.  It has done the garden and allotment a power of good and everything has put on enormous growth spurts.  From the allotment, we have been picking lots of rhubarb for crumbles, distributing a share to our daughter, my brother, and a lovely neighbour and our first radishes have been pulled and eaten.  They were delicious 'Breakfast Radishes'; not too hot but very crunchy and tasty so we have sowed more seed in the raised bed.   Although we had grease banded the apple trees earlier on I decided to try a tip from someone and apply a thick ring of vaseline below the grease band to try to deter the earwigs which spoiled a lot of the Bramley cooking apples last year.  I don't know if it will work but it's worth a try.  I dare say I will have to replenish it every couple of weeks but I have a BIG jar of the stuff 😀

The 'first early' potatoes have been earthed up 3 times so are doing really well and the 'second earlies' are showing the first bit of growth.

The photo above shows the tiny Canada Goose goslings which we came across when we went for a walk in the park last week.  They were drinking from and paddling in a dirty puddle watched over by some adult geese.  We counted 12 and they were so sweet 😊

Next week is going to be just as unexciting, I think, because more rain is forecast for the whole week and we have our Pneumonia jabs to look forward to on Monday 👀  I feel a bit like a pin cushion.  That will be my 5th jab in just a few months.  Ah well, needs must.......

I'm off to the shower now and will have to try to decide what we are having for tea tonight.  There's not much in the fridge/freezer right now .......

Stay safe everyone wherever in the world you happen to be x



10 comments:

  1. Very wet here again, but I was planting bedding plants in the week and just below the surface the soil was rather dry, so we are catching up on the missed rain of last month.

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    1. Yes the gardens are really feeling the benefit now.

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  2. It has been very wet again here as well so I think next week will be spent in the greenhouse again. Lots of seedlings to transplant.
    Don't think I'm going to get many apples this year as the wind and rain blew most of the blossom away :(
    Lovely picture of the goslings. Made me smile :)

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    1. A shame about your apples, Beverley, the blossom didn't seem to last long here either but I can see that apples have set. Fingers crossed we will both do well out of them ;)

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  3. I discovered that a small tin of peaches goes amazingly well in a crumble when the rhubarb is a bit short and its hammering it down .

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    1. Ooh that sounds lovely, Kate, thanks for the tip!

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  4. The goslings are adorable. I have my eye on a litter of three week old German Shepherd puppies. I hope the vaseline works for you.

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  5. Yes, there has been so much rain and so many chilly nights too. I've still got jumpers in my drawer to pull on over t-shirts when the temperature dips. Those goslings are super cute.

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  6. Finally getting rain here, but the temperature has dropped something terrible. Our gardens are covered and hopefully protected, but we won't know for sure until the weather improves.

    Baby ducks and geese are so cute, but once they get bigger those baby geese could be holy terrors. At least they are here, they are known to attack bike riders for no real reason.

    God bless.

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  7. So refreshing to get a glimpse of these baby goslings in water puddle. With seasonal fluctuations, take care of your health and well being. Lovely weather though.

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