Yesterday the dogs got their coats stripped. Poor Rigsby was struggling to see through his eyebrows and hasn’t been able to negotiate the stairs, which is tricky when we live in an upside down house, so for the last fortnight we’ve been carrying him up. Shackleton has also taken full advantage of Rigsby’s visual impairment, to sneak in and grab his carrots from under his nose.
Today he’s like a different dog and was first up the stairs to get his carrot!
Only one week until our next NGS open garden event.
Our visitors last week were particularly interested in two of our unusual specimens;
Sinocalycalycanthus ‘Hartlage Wine’
Dwarf Horse Chestnut, Aesculus Pavia ‘Koehnei’
And not forgetting Shackleton.
Here’s hoping for better weather!
‘A carrier bag?’ ….. the boys have been stripped to reveal their sleek spring coats and we asked to keep the hair as we thought it would make excellent nesting material.
A whole carrier bag full; enough here to bring up several broods in comfort!
Well we didn’t have to look far to find it!
We were out in the garden at the weekend dead-heading and tidying and it’s very apparent that Autumn is here.
Rigsby and Shackleton chased about and had a game of ‘raggy bone’
It’s another fine sunny day in our Eden Paradise and only 5 weeks until the annual Open Garden event. Today is also someone’s 3rd birthday …..
It’s all been a bit much for Shackleton
Our Borders are looking their best now that their coats have put on some new growth after being stripped in April.
Time now to strip the other borders of weeds.
I’ve been working away from home this week in the Midlands. I really miss Phil and the boys when I’m stuck in a hotel room on my own but we have started to use FaceTime which is way better than a phone call. The view out of my city window was blue skies and winter sunshine but I was surprised to see snow out of our window in Armathwaite. Phil sent me these lovely pictures of our Snow Dog … Rigsby. He loves to roll in it whereas Shackleton doesn’t quite get what’s so great about it !
It was an early September morning and Phil was photographing the play of sunlight in the garden.
We have used reclaimed railway sleepers to retain the gravel paths between the raised beds. Just a perfect walkway for two inquisitive Border Terriers to conduct their early morning patrol.
Once they were quite sure the garden was as it should be, it was playtime.
There is an autumnal feel to the air but still plenty of flowers for the bees
and a fabulous crop of crabs, perfect for Phil’s chutney. Last year he made damson and crab with red onion but this year a late heavy frost took all the damson and sloe blossom and there isn’t a single damson or sloe to be had anywhere in the village. This year’s recipe will include red gooseberry, crab and red onion.