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" Garden, Paddock and Visitors "
Date & start time: Various dates in May, 2018.
Location of Start : By the red phone box, Loweswater, Cumbria, Uk. ( NY 143 211 )
Places visited : Top, middle and bottom gardens ... this is getting complicated.
Walk details : Up and down, longer walks have not been photographed !
Highest point : Watching the flowers grow (see base of page later).
Walked with : Ann and our dogs, Harry and Dylan plus those of visitors.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies, hot, with only one short cloudy blip.
Our basic plan all the way back when the year was new.
A busy month, notable for the sunshine, the heat and the lack of rain.
As well as working in the garden we have the pleasure to host lots of visitors
but this set includes few of the walks, more of people and progress close to home.
Our "Lingholm" octagonal walled garden is half planted with veg.
The bank just inside the gate from the lane is sprouting grass . . .
but I'll need to pick off a few more stones before we lose sight of them.
As the month has progresses the weather has become hotter and drier.
The garden has several nice spots to relax if you have the time or inclination.
Under the oak tree by the roadside is shaded and often catches a slight breeze.
One can lie back and enjoy the view.
The pond is looking good
and the vegetation I've added gives the tadpoles something to work with . . . better than just the initial bare mud.
The marsh marigolds have finished flowering, but a couple of plants have been adding to give a spot of interest.
The yellow candelabra and a tall pink primula were specifically purchased, the yellow iris were donated from next door's garden.
With the lack of rainfall the grass is taking a long time to grow . . . so there are still bare patches.
I even re-planted some weeds from the top garden down here . . . but perhaps that was getting a little over enthusiastic !
Our pond is attracting the wildlife . . . four mallard ducks . . .
Tails up searching for food . . . do they eat tadpoles anyone ?
What they are doing is muddying the water so their visits are noted even if we don't see them.
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Ann was looking for a special seat for the paddock . . . to fill the grassy space at the top.
With the aid of a friend . . . the job was soon completed.
Carpenter's mate, Peter records the successful completion as Ann tests out the technology.
We're 'farming' for the birds and bees . . . and we have received a pack of seeds from the 38 degrees bee charity appeal
Rather than scatter them, I had planted them in a seed tray and transplanted the seedlings today.
The principle was good, the price around ten pounds but with no power supply, the cordless drill only pumped for about eight minutes.
Quicker and easier with a watering can in the end.
Our Bird table continues to inspire . . .
We had a family of spotted woodpeckers on the table this week.
I tried to catch a picture with all three birds but I was not quick enough with the camera, but here are two of them.
Sadly there was an unfortunate twist to the story . . .
The third bird was a chubby youngster, here being fed on the stone next to the table.
For some reason he flew into our glass window on the other side of the house twice this week.
Once we rescued him and after resting he flew off . . . but second impact was too traumatic for him to survive.
He now rests in the paddock.
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On a lighter note :-
We were connected to super-fast broadband this month as our local phone hub went digital.
Extreme ironing eat your heart out . . . we are now running on 50 Mega bits per second instead of 2.5 !
The fine weather of May was also enjoyed by our many visitors.
A big welcome to Geoff and Christine, over from Ireland.
Ian was in Seascale for a few days so came over for a walk by the Crummock, followed by supper.
Neil likewise was working in the Lakes.
He joined us on a cooler evening as the fire is lit.
Peter and Jenny Cook were up from Ipswich . . .
and invited us over to the Mary Mount hotel for afternoon tea . . . which was very pleasant and most kind.
Catherine and Tony had driven up from Leeds and were staying in Borrowdale.
They came over to say hello with their dog Meg.
Sadly this and the next photo were the last two we have of Harry
who passed away on June 1st, as mentioned in a previous post.
Harry, Dylan and an afternoon cup of tea in the garden.
A quiet one to finish . . .
The sunny cloudless days often continue on as clear cloud-free nights.
Here's the old moon is setting in the north west, with the planet Jupiter high above it in a twilight sky.
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" Did you ever see a flower grow
If you did then you would surely know
Love is like the flowers, takes a lot of hours
If you really want to know . . . watch the flowers grow."
Lyrics by Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Panasonic Lumix TZ60, or my Panasonic Lumix Gx8 Camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . happy memories of Harry.
Previous walk - 26/27th May - Darling Fell Traverse - Hilton and Vanessa
A previous time up here - 27th March 2018 - Frosts, Gardens and the Paddock
Next walk - 1st to 12th June - A Pin Mill visit to see our Family