Thursday 10 June 2021
The garden is an ever changing project. Each year recently I have decided to do something with the middle section of the garden. One year it was a chamomile lawn, one year sunflowers, and last year it was vegetables. I go for weeks without doing anything to it, then have a big blitz, and attempt to pull up the massive weeds, cut things back, then take it all to the recycling centre, (the tip!) Well this year, after an initial blitz, I then did nothing for weeks, and the constant rain, followed by a lot of sun, produced a mass of plants. I then decided to just leave it, as the bees are happy, it looks good and I don't have any spare time. I have been going up to the pond to check the progress of the yellow flags, as you can't see them from the kitchen. They were already in the pond when we moved here, and all they need is cutting back in the autumn.
The pink geraniums were from my sister in law Jenny, and have spread everywhere.
The lavender behind the bee is one I grew from seed years ago.
It lasts well and has self seeded on the steps. Behind that is a bay tree that started off quite small in a pot, and has now rooted in the ground through the pot which is slowly disintegrating around it.
Steve!) Interestingly, I didn't see any bees on it while I was out there. Jenny gave me that too. Also there is fennel growing. Fennel loves our garden. Another bee favourite and a really tall plant that looks good right until the seedheads emerge, so I only cut that down at the end of winter. I can't remember where it was from but it is another self-seeder.
Tuesday 8 June 2021
Here are a few recent photos of Eddie doing his thing in the kitchen. The situation now is that he comes in about twice a day, eats some food, plays, either alone, with Bollie or with me or Andy. His favourite toy is a ping pong ball. He seems to view us as a mix of second home/luxury hotel. We sometimes find him asleep in the morning. He is gone for long periods, hopefully to his own house. Sometimes he annoys Cassie, and sometimes Bollie doesn't want to play (playfight!) He is very fond of the furry throw you can see him on here. Look at that weird sleeping position!
He was squiggling around on this day, so I took lots of pictures as he was being so funny!
Cassie tries to ignore him.
What's in the hole!
Cassie can no longer ignore the situation.
A bit of poking and hissing ensued.
Sunday 6 June 2021
Yesterday we went to a strange place. I was looking for somewhere near the Medway or the Thames that is not too far away, and came upon this place. It is a 'Leisure Park' on the bank of the Medway right next to the M2 and rail bridges at Rochester. It has a bowling alley, Premier Inn, McDonald's , a pub, a gym, flats (I think) and a couple of other eating places. It was a lovely spot, peaceful and a bit weird. The leisure park, although not attractive, provided food, toilets and parking. There is a path that goes along to the bridge then is blocked off. There was a little gathering of three boy racer types showing off their cars. There was a huge and empty carpark at that end. It was really cool under the bridge. (Temperature cool!) Along the path there were pretty wild flowers. I love the tiny dark pink flower. It looks like a sweet pea but much smaller.
I have these flowers in the garden. Can't remember their name.
Andy leads the way.
I can see at least three bikes in the mud. And the cones were not lonely either.