Sitting in the polytunnel eating an apple (still a few left in store) and admiring the raised beds which I built over the winter. Outside the big 1000 litre IRB tank is slowly filling with water via a hose from the rainwater butt. The apricots have been trained onto wires going up to the centre crop bar and canes tied in between the crop bars. 

It seems many weeks since I made a proper entry here. But today is sunny with a clear blue sky and a light wind - albeit with a slight chill in the air - and I've just sat down to eat an apple for lunch having been mowing for an hour or so.


Picked pears and a load of Saw Pit apples. Also tomatoes and what looks like the last of the edible raspberries. Grey and a bit colder.

Creosoted the old shed today. Found a really old third full container in the outhouse at No4 which had gone all gloopy so mixed that in and it gave a good black colour and better coverage than the cheap creocote that I had left from last year.

Lovely blue sky fluffy clouds sunny day with autumnal taste. Did my incipient first cold of the winter a power of good. Whilst cycling up here picked up some acorns - 6 each from three trees along underlane, 2 on the Lanson side of the scrapyard and one near the bottom of the Trebursye lane. Also 6 more from one of the oaks overhanging the stream here. Planted all in four rows in geographic order to the east of the polytunnel as a nursery.

Whilst planting the acorns a little vole bustled by intend upon its purposes and ignoring me.

Found a track through the grass along the bottom by the river - wondered if it was otter made, but probably domestic cat out hunting.

Picked a lot of apples today. Also courgettes and, of course, tomatoes. Very few raspberries. First red cabbage. Finished Vranja quinces.

Much rain for the last 3 days, today it cleared up id morning so did some apple picking up of windfalls. Planted winter tares in the ex onion patch and lifted the remaining spuds - 2 big bags full. Still a few raspberries coming through. Runner beans have blown over and are almost done.

Whilst picking tomatoes yesterday found another enormous melon.

It was windy on Monday night (and we were away yesterday) but not many windfalls thanks to my efforts on Monday. Picked up a few apples and harvested pears that came away easily - still a few Beure Hardy and the odd Gorham, plus most of the Harvest Lanion yet to be picked.

Sunny this morning but dallied at home and didn't get out till after midday. Had to be home by 2:30 anyway and it had clouded over and light rain started by 1:45 so called it a day after doing some grass tidying. Rain late afternoon and evening - need a few days fine weather to dry out the sheds so I can treat them...