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Autumn Round At Our House

I thought I’d join in with the obligatory autumn colour posts even though it’s happening fairly slowly here and I was eating my lunch in the garden earlier this week in beautiful sunshine, however, I’ll have a go.

Proof – if proof were needed – and, although that is a wine glass, it contains coconut water. Honest.

I don’t have that much in way of a routine these days (hoorah!) but the dog walk every morning is obligatory come rain or shine.

I set off with my phone in my pocket this morning as I mean to do every morning in case I break an ankle or something up the hillside and have to call for help before my dogs take advantage of my prone position and do me damage.

What actually prompted me to take it this morning was I needed to send Mr. Tialys a photo of the quince we have growing on our little tree halfway up the hill.  There are only four of them but probably enough to make some quince jelly with.  I’m not sure they are ready to pick so had to ask the gardener of the family.

On our way further up the hill we spotted the rarely seen Octobericus Tabbyrean Catticus (or common moggy)  up a tree.

Then we noticed how the colours were starting to change on the hills and peaks.

A drop in temperature and some rain and there’ll be snow on those peaks before too much longer.

I finally managed to take a decent photo of a spider’s web with water droplets.  Usually they are too busy glinting in the sun and, although that looks pretty, it doesn’t photograph very easily.  I know I should have done a bit of ‘housework’ and cleared some of the fallen leaves off but that would be cheating – this is ‘au naturel’ and I’m keeping it real.

Looks a bit like frog spawn.

Back down in the main garden and the figs are still fruiting …..

…….which means the dogs are still foraging which is followed by farting. (sorry but I couldn’t resist the alliteration).  I can’t wait until the figs are all gone and my evenings become more pleasantly scented again.

A more conventional autumn colour photo

Our metal chicken – made (though not by me) using recycled oil cans – in his last bit of free-ranging before putting him in a more sheltered spot for the Winter.

Keeping it real again with the garden this time – those weeds really got the better of us this year.  I say ‘us’ but, really I mean ‘him’ as I don’t get involved too much in the gardening side of things.

Maybe next year Mr. T. will let me call for help and get a gardening service in.  Trouble is, he’s so fussy that, if they do anything that isn’t to his liking, I’ll be to blame.

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Buds, Blossom, Badgers and Bats

Well, ‘cats’ actually but the alliteration didn’t work.  No bats to see here although there will be plenty swooping about at night soon.

In between waiting to sew up the side seams of my jumpsuit (see last post) which, I must say, looks very good on the hanger and waiting for my silver rivets to arrive from Japan(!) so that I can show you the finished jeans which I think might actually fit me, I took my phone with me on our dog walk this morning.  I keep meaning to take it with me as our garden is very steep and some can’t be seen from the house so I wonder how long I would be lying up there with a broken ankle or something with the dogs, taking advantage of my supine position, trying to eat me before anybody realised I was missing.

Anyway, here are some pretties.

Leon likes to come with us but cries if we go too far.

White lilac about to burst forth

Likewise one of our many Iris

Pretty apple blossom – though the apples are never up to much.  A bit blurry but I do have two dogs on leads so not too bad really

We’ve only ever had one quince from this but there are lots of blooms this year so perhaps we’ll get more.


Our Judas Tree about to bloom

but even though the grey lichen looks pretty against the purple, sweet pea-like flowers,

I don’t think it bodes well for the tree.

Leon likes to have a little rest half way round.

There have been lots of piles of poo and holes dug around the place and after weeks of thinking the wild boar were coming further down the hill to dig up roots because of the very dry winter we’ve had, Mr. Tialys spotted this on the hillside at the top of our garden.

It’s a badger sett.  Notice the pile of earth they’ve moved out and it looks like the doorway has a lintel across it which is formed by a rock they’ve obviously dug under.

I must take myself up there one mild evening with a book and sit and see if I can spot any .  How exciting if I got to see one or even a family group.

I won’t take the dogs with me and the sett is the other side of the fence we’ve put up to keep the dogs in a smaller area so they shouldn’t be bothered by them.

                                                   Photo taken from the British Ecological Society here

Although, I’m a bit worried about my hedgehogs that usually snuffle around in the evenings a bit later on – I think they can become Badger food.

This is a bit closer to the entrance but I didn’t want to go too close in case I caused any stress.

 

There is an informative blog post on the subject here if you think you might have badgers living close to you.

See – I do go outside sometimes 😎

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