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Rob Carlyle
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Frost
Bramblings Heavy frost over yesterday's dusting of snow. Ponds frozen. Ground too hard to work.  Apple trees are said to require a period of cold to stimulate blossom so this 'snap' is welcome. The garden is busy with birds. Bramblings have laid claim to th...
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Frost
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January
A fine dusting of snow as dawn cleared the darkness today. A chill night but still moths on the wing. We have been laid low with chesty coughs and the early-morning air is deemed unsuitable for me to work outside. We work in the afternoon clearing raspberry...
January
January
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Mild
Tonight the temperature fell to -2C but we did not wake to a frosted garden where, at last, the skeletons of the prairie garden perennials were gilded with frost. The winter has been mild with only three or four frosts. The consequence is that crocus and da...
Mild
Mild
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winter solstice
An auspicious day: the winter solstice. The day awakens oily black with rain glistening the terrace. Rain barrels that collect water on its way to the pond are filled. The barrel slats have thickened after their summer desiccation. George's Pond is bloated ...
winter solstice
winter solstice
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winter
The arrival of meteorological winter at the beginning of the month was answered by finches. On some days I'm putting 1.5 kg of sunflower hearts into our large feeder. Goldfinches, greenfinches and chaffinches are abundant at the moment. No lesser redpoll or...
winter
winter
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At night, nature is busy...
The moon rising - a large pink grapefruit through the bare trunks. Little owl chick At night, nature is busy. From the fields a piping call carries - a male little owl. I think I know exactly where he's calling from. This time last year we sited a nest box ...
At night, nature is busy...
At night, nature is busy...
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woodpeckers, starlings - and a linnet ...
First to the bird feeders for several days has been a spry female great spotted woodpecker. Splendid in black and white she lacks the red nape of the male but shares the red vent coloration. The numbers of great spotted woodpeckers have risen by 250% in rec...
woodpeckers, starlings - and a linnet ...
woodpeckers, starlings - and a linnet ...
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The Beast from the East ... and helping tree sparrows
Ravens, black, cronking through the autumn mist. Migrant fieldfares in vocal groups foraging for fruits and berries. Four pretty, white-rumped roe deer bouncing across a field of winter wheat. Leaves crunch underfoot. We prepare ourselves for forecast winte...
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Tucking the garden up for winter ....
'Green Lane' in autumn colour A furious hammering on the windows at the start of the day. Carrion crows are asserting their territory and angrily attack their own refections. We lay obstacles along their path to the windows for their welfare. They become so...
Tucking the garden up for winter ....
Tucking the garden up for winter ....
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bubblegum and house sparrows ...
Cold weather is on it's way. As an aperitif, chilly rain and wind. I've put on a warm winter hat.. Wooden dowels hosting the spores of oyster mushrooms have been drilled into logs in the Woodland Garden. Down in George's Pond, be-wadered, I drag the scythe ...
bubblegum and house sparrows ...
bubblegum and house sparrows ...
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