At our bird feeder this week, there have sometimes been as many as 14 bluetits at any one time. Lots of them are babies and they are quite fearless. When Steve replaces the fatballs there is one that just does not move. We wonder if it might be deaf.
Unfortunately, on Saturday, Steve was standing at the doors watching them all enjoying an early breakfast, when a sparrowhawk swooped in, flew upside down and plucked one from the feeder.
It all happened at lightening speed. A bit sad when we have enjoyed the family so much.
On Sunday we opened our garden for our local hospice, St. Michaels, in memory of my Mum.
We raised £280.
The weather was a bit iffy....spitting and spatting with rain and it was quite cold by 5 pm.
We had 40 visitors... all family and friends. We ran a tombola, a silent auction, a craft stall and a plant stall.
Lots of nephews, nieces and my sister and my brother and his wife all here to help. Couldn`t do it otherwise.
People wandered around the garden and then had tea and cakes.
It was a busy afternoon and we feel quite tired today.
I used my final idea from India, to welcome people.
There have been many gardens open for charity in the village this week. We have been to them all. It has been fascinating to see how people have planned and developed their outdoor areas (and also to see how much bigger/smaller their tomatoes are if I`m honest)
Got lots of new ideas to try.
Today, late in the afternoon, we went to Freshwinds to make a final check before we go away.
The high winds had blown some of the fleece off protected plants, and they were ravaged by rabbits....lettuce, sweetcorn and radishes. Actually the rabbits are beginning to get on my nerves.
I had to cut the lupins right down and that has left a huge gap. I hope it will soon fill up.
I tied the sweetpeas which were blown around a bit over the last few days.
The first flower is out.
The pears are fattening up nicely.
Two kinds of courgette just starting to form.
Tom is surrounded by corncockles.
Some general views.
We still haven`t uncovered the calendula and they are looking so good.
And on Wednesday we are off to Cyprus for a week, hopefully we`ll see some sun. There`s not much around here at the moment. This evening on the weather report they told us that the temperatures over the last few days are comparable with October. We should be getting better.
It is mid-summer after all.