Category Archives: Environment

On the strange weather patterns that afflict us this year

So many of the things I planned to do over the 2020/21 winter failed to happen because the ground was so wet and the weather sufficiently unpleasant that they became impossible. The clogs I wear outdoors became lethal because they … Continue reading

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Unusual fungus

I found this fungus growing in the polytunnel a couple of days ago. I think it’s possibly growing on some of the wood chips, but I’m not sure. I’ve no idea what it is. I don’t think I’ve ever seen … Continue reading

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Another visit from the roe deer

It seems to be getting quite relaxed here, though prefers to back off to a distance when humans are clearly in sight. But as long as we stay out of the way it appears very happy just to sit around … Continue reading

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Tasty apples, obviously

I’ve seen footprint in the compost in the veggie plot and even seen the animals themselves at a distance, but it seems that one relatively young roe deer couldn’t resist coming a little closer to the house yesterday afternoon to … Continue reading

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It really has been a poor summer

This photo was taken on 16th August, still summertime by all accounts. But late in the evening a thick fog settled in the valley below us and gradually crept up to envelope us. Surprising to think it can be so … Continue reading

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So it’s not summer any more then?

After the blazing heat, June has turned into a month of weather misery so far. Yesterday and today we have had thunderstorms which I don’t mind at all, though it does mean I have to unplug the phone and internet … Continue reading

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Restoring an AAG rain gauge #2

I’m pleased to say that the rain gauge is now in place and all connected up. It appears to be counting properly (unlike it did when I had it on the desk for testing), but I’ll keep an eye on … Continue reading

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DIY Stevenson screen #4

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Just a photo of the Stevenson screen, as complete as it’s going to get for the time being.

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January 1st: Best weather of the decade so far

New Year’s Day was dark. Really dark.

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Once more unto the beech

And only once more… Shortly before Christmas it became clear that an old beech tree at the end of our garden was rather more hollow than we realised and in fact has started to rot off at the bottom, presumably … Continue reading

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