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    Re: The Autumn Leaves .....

    Post by chris c on Wed Nov 14 2018, 23:08

    Yes it's still remarkably mild, and sunny yet again today. Finally there's some good autumn colour and as you say a lot of it now on the ground.
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    Post by graham64 on Fri Nov 16 2018, 23:15

    Still loads of leaves to drop yet mostly turned brown so can't be long now, depending on the weather staying dry I will spend time over the weekend clearing the leaves that have already dropped from the garden and cut some of the shrubs back


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    Post by chris c on Fri Nov 16 2018, 23:26

    I'm Getting A Man In. Meanwhile a Japanese honeysuckle which sowed itself the other side of the garden from the original one has gone completely berserk and is still covered in flowers that smell slightly like marmalade. Also one of my Clematis Montanas has fallen off the shed taking with it the trellis it grew through. The shed itself is overdue for replacement too.

    Today was totally miserable, I was considering taking a torch and a white stick to go shopping it was so dull and drizzly. I never even bothered to go for a walk. You'd almost think it was winter or something.
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    Post by graham64 on Sun Nov 18 2018, 22:28

    Managed to clear the leaves  Smile with more to drop it's not over still it's a start, next job is to clear the gutters which living in a bungalow is pretty straightforward


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    Post by chris c on Sun Nov 18 2018, 22:52

    Not much point doing my gutters until the oak trees have dropped, and so far they are showing little sign of obeying.
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    Post by graham64 on Sun Nov 18 2018, 23:08

    @chris c wrote:Not much point doing my gutters until the oak trees have dropped, and so far they are showing little sign of obeying.

    Think most of the leaf drop is done here but we are further north than you  brrr


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    Post by chris c on Sun Nov 18 2018, 23:12

    True, it's getting later every year here. A lot of the other leaves are down, like maples and sycamores and ash poplars and some but not all of the hawthorns and willows but the oaks are tending to hang on into December. We still haven't had a proper frost here, just an imitation. Maybe next week.
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    Post by chris c on Tue Nov 20 2018, 23:11

    Yeesh, that was not pleasant. Rained and blew all night and much of today, and the rain had lumps in, either hail or sleet or both, rattling on the windows and the roof. I just about managed to drag myself around town to the shops but couldn't psych myself up for a walk.

    A good day to roast the first pheasant of the year, first upside down (gas mark 5) with a huge rasher of bacon on top, then turned right way up with another bacon rasher on top, with half a dozen large Brussels sprouts and a few chestnuts peeled and boiled with the sprouts, and a couple of glasses of Malbec and a couple of squares of 85% chocolate for pudding.

    Not many carbs slaughtered there. Obviously I died years ago and am typing this as a zombie.
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    Post by graham64 on Thu Nov 22 2018, 21:20

    Coldest day of winter so far but at least the wind had dropped, woke up to a hard frost and the temperature stayed low throughout the day 

    Roll on spring  Cool


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    Post by chris c on Thu Nov 22 2018, 23:14

    Yup.

    Yesterday was cold but bright, I walked along by the river. There were at least a dozen Moorhens and loads of Wrens, don't know if they were immigrants or just from other parts of the country making cold weather movements. Strangely the Rooks in the park seemed to be renovating their nests already, a bit early.

    Most of the Rooks and Jackdaws are now collecting on the fields and adjourning to some woods to roost. Today was cold and dull and I walked up to watch the roost but they appear to be using some different woods. I could hear them but not see them. Somehow it seemed less cold when it was dark. A good excuse for rump steak and purple sprouting broccoli today, and liver and bacon with a mushroom and Brussels sprouts yesterday. Only good thing about winter is the food.
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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Nov 28 2018, 17:53

    Chris said "Only good thing about winter is the food."

    Yes, I can agree with you on that …

    It's Roast Chicken, with a Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheese mix tonight Smile

    Well as this is the Autumn Leaves thread - guess I'd better mention the Autumn Leaves are still falling down!

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Thu Nov 29 2018, 22:31

    As the leaves have dropped off the hazels they are revealing loads of catkins already, although not dangling yet.

    Finally the oaks are shedding. A beam of sunlight came out from under the clouds and hit an oak tree which looked like a bonfire.

    I'm getting herrings regularly this year and most of them have had hard roes. I ate one earlier with toasted almonds and thickly buttered oatcakes and shortly I shall have a gammon rasher, probably with purple sprouting broccoli.
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    Post by chris c on Sun Dec 02 2018, 23:08

    Damn cluster flies!

    I've had them also in previous places, they move in, usually the attic, and hibernate in a big ball, or cluster, then all fly out again in spring. Hornets too, and some species of butterflies.

    Presumably because of the relatively mild weather they have emerged in the hundreds. I left the wine bottle uncorked for a while and found two of the damn things had plunged in and drowned.

    Finally the oaks are shedding their leaves. I'll wait until the rest have come down before doing the gutters and my back passage.
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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Dec 03 2018, 21:42

    Chris said: 'Damn cluster flies'

    I'd not heard of cluster flies ...
    Wikipedia to the rescue
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_fly

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    Post by graham64 on Tue Dec 04 2018, 22:31

    Another garden full of leaves  Sad though I've cleared them twice the wind has blown a lot more over from surrounding areas, they are not going to cleared for a few weeks now if it's not raining we have frost so isn't going to be dry enough


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    Post by Jan1 on Wed Dec 05 2018, 21:54

    Today's weather can only be described as


    rain

    Will it be better tomorrow?
    I hope so.

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    Post by chris c on Wed Dec 05 2018, 23:38

    We're getting those days where soon after you get up it looks like time to go back to bed.
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    Post by Jan1 on Thu Dec 06 2018, 19:13

    @chris c wrote:We're getting those days where soon after you get up it looks like time to go back to bed.

    Absolutely !

    Especially after yet another rainy day …

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    Post by chris c on Sun Dec 09 2018, 22:17

    The sun came out yesterday but went in as soon as I went for a walk, and the rain started on the way home.

    It stayed sunny today but the wind was dire and there were puddles that needed careful navigation as it was chucking it down much of the night.

    Currently stuffing myself with winter goodies, a partridge wrapped in bacon, liver and bacon with mushrooms and rump steak, either with brussels sprouts or purple sprouting, so it could be worse . . . oh and just so I don't get bored a prawn curry with coconut oil.
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    Post by Jan1 on Tue Dec 11 2018, 23:11

    Chris said:
    "Currently stuffing myself with winter goodies, a partridge wrapped in bacon, liver and bacon with mushrooms and rump steak, either with brussels sprouts or purple sprouting, so it could be worse . . . oh and just so I don't get bored a prawn curry with coconut oil."

    Sounds lovely food Smile


    We had slightly better weather today, but I believe it's going to get cooler as the week goes on.
    Well it is December!

    All the best Jan

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    Post by Long birder on Wed Dec 12 2018, 18:35

    Hi all,
    I cut the grass today and the mower picked up what was left of the leaves.
    This climate change is getting serious this is the first time I have cut the grass in December.
    Good grief it will soon be Christmas.
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    Post by Jan1 on Thu Dec 13 2018, 18:19

    It is strange cutting grass in December, but you are not the only one.
    No, it wasn't me out on the mower but some nearby gardeners Smile

    It's turned very chilly today, and they are forecasting a frosty start to Friday.
    Must make sure by gloves and scarf are handy ...

    All the best Jan
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    Post by chris c on Fri Dec 14 2018, 21:23

    Yes we used to stop mowing the lawn in October or so when I was young and not start again until spring, now it's an all year thing.

    The oak trees out back have finally lost most of their leaves though they are still hanging on on some out over the fields. We had a couple of frosts which probably helped. Tomorrow sounds dire, I probably won;t be doing much except eating yummy winter food. Today was cold and miserable with something between rain and sleet coming down as I drove back from the farm shop with more goodies.
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    Post by Jan1 on Mon Dec 17 2018, 19:13

    We had so much wind and rain over the weekend, that when I went out in the car earlier there were quite a few Autumn leaves on it and under it …
    Surely there cannot be too many more to come down after all it is mid-December!

    All the best Jan

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