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Autumn is upon us...

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Just too wet and heavy drizzle all day. There is a wonderful crop of apples this year in spite of several trees missing completely. I've been trying to collect and clear the windfalls so that mowing can be done around the orchards but just getting soaked. There were a lot of hazel nuts a month ago, but not ripe enough to gather. None left now, but catkins forming already! Strange seasonal things happening. Got a large colony of hornets in the hanger and they are still very active. Like compo we have a lot of strange looking fungi but not enough field mushrooms to bother with, so leave them to spore. The trees are colouring nicely and the grape vines turning red and grapes turning black.

Late Autumn is an important time of the year for cider makers and I'm looking forwards to joining a local village group for their cider making this w/e. I will be taking a press and scratter + 7 types of apple for them to experiment with. Should be two sacks of pears for Perry too ;)

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SWMBO is making apple wine this year, PP, so that means no fruit for cider.  Not a problem though - I still have a gallon or two left from last season; hope it keeps until Xmas.

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A few Autumn veg for Sunday dinner:

 

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Not my garden but Autumnal is this picture I took yesterday on the River Thurso in Caithness, north Scotland:

 

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Autumn is upon us once again and it is time to start gathering leaves for Leaf Mould.  Here is some of a batch we bagged last year and prepared for sowing today.  It consists of nothing but mixed leaves:

 

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Certainly a beautiful day. Spent the afternoon gardening and, yes, there are plenty of leaves to gather!

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We're about set for another 'Urricane.   (Hurricane Michael) This one is scheduled to hit Panama city tomorrow and then move North through Georgia.  Last I heard it was strengthening to a Cat 3 in the gulf that is winds upto 120 'mph.  They usually weaken over land so it should be just a tropical storm by the time it hits us.  Can be high winds and three or four inches of rain though.  That might take a few leaves off the trees. Mostly in Georgia we tend to get those sort of gale force winds and rain that I remember in Nottingham as a kid.  I liked to hear it beating on my bedroom window at night and it would remove the occasional chimney pot or a few slates.

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Saw Hurricane Michael on the BBC news website this morning, Loppy.  Wondered if it might be heading your way.  The boys won't like it! Keep safe and batten down the hatches!

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We never know for sure, Jill.  It could decide to go straight north through Alabama.  Right now it is forecast to go Northeast from the gulf and that will take it pretty much  right over us as it heads to the East coast.  Probably give North Carolina another bashing.

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I've finally got my broad beans in. They've been sitting in root trainers and have been ready to go in the garden for ages so I was worried they were too tall and would flop over but they're fine, sitting up straight and tall. Phew.

 

Really miss the allotment.........

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