At the start of this month all the ivy growing in the garden flowered and brought in a multitude of bees, wasps, hoverflies, butterflies, and a couple of massive hornets keen to hunt them all. The amount of pollen that bees can carry always amazes us.
On rainy days all such activity stops, but we enjoyed sheltering in the woodshed on a particularly torrential afternoon, watching part of the garden turn to a puddle and being impressed by the power of the rain.
Its looking like being a good year for autumn colour, as our North American Hawthorn has once again turned the shades of traffic-lights. We can never get over this stunning transformation.
So while our summer flowers and long evenings are departing, new sources of colour and life are not so hard to find all around us. Today we noticed that garden birds are returning from the weeks they spend feeding in fields, and are again flitting around and entertaining us outside the windows.
This year we also have hundreds of flowers on the hops which climbs through the other shrubs and ends up dangling from the apple tree. They have beautiful papery bells and leaves that provide food for Comma butterfly caterpillars earlier in the year. When you crush the flowers you can smell the pungent chemicals that make them valuable for beer brewing!
Our other focus at the moment is to get into a healthier way of eating and also reduce our spend. After a few weeks of simply cutting out the obvious culprits we have both lost weight and have done far less food shopping than we had been doing so we are saving money. Its exciting to be so motivated again and reminds us why we started this blog in the very beginning!
James Kelman – Dirt Road
Barbara Kingsolver – Flight Behaviour
And a book about hygge that we forgot to note the name of!
Scritti Politti – Absolute
Grizzly Bear – Losing All Sense
Naughty Boy/Beyoncé/Arrow Benjamin – Runnin’
Radiohead – The Numbers
Portishead – The Rip
Years & Years – Eyes Shut