I've had another good week in Suffolk, not too busy but some interesting days. I do love sharing My Quiet Life in Suffolk with so many people around the world and getting comments and replying - time permitting - and reading lots of other blogs too and commenting - time permitting again but best of all I just like writing my almost daily posts. I can't imagine not writing. It's very therapeutic.
Thank you to everyone for comments yesterday, it was a grey drizzly day in Suffolk, so much for the weather prediction about All Saints Little Summer......Ha!
Swimming was a treat as there was hardly anyone in the pool, a couple of other oldies like me ploughing up and down and a Gran and Grandad there with their little granddaughter who was such a cutie, just had to keep smiling at her as I went by.
I've finally got round to planting the three small trees that were in pots, they're now out in Colin's Birthday Wood. Two Rowan and one Hornbeam free from the Woodland trust at various events . I've now only two growing in pots - the Wayfarer tree from the Eye Green fair and a Yew Tree which came from a charity sale sometime this year.
The protection mesh circles are the ones Col made for the original trees and come from the few bigger trees that didn't survive.
A few weeks ago I noticed that here and there on the meadow were some tiny Oak trees. Probably planted by Squirrels. They might be Turkey Oaks from the big tree here or Common Oaks from further afield, hope it's the latter.
Because we lost so many of the Silver Birch in the first summer after planting I had all the protective sleeves so I've stuck a cane in by the baby oaks and wrapped them up. Four more trees that hopefully will survive summer drought and Muntjac deer. Oaks are really slow growing........I'm certain I won't be around to see them produce acorns!
Something that amused me this week was all the news people/politicians talking about canvasing for the December election..........how difficult and cold it would be for them having to knock on doors after dark in winter. I have NEVER had anyone knocking on my door to persuade me to vote for them......even in town..... and the chance of anyone coming up a lane in the middle of nowhere is so Very unlikely. Anyway most of Suffolk has been boringly Conservative for ever so I suppose they think there's no point.
I got the ride-on mower out one afternoon when the grass had dried and went up and down the footpath and around some of the garden but there's something wrong with the steering so I'll need to ring up the company that mended it last year. It was about time anyway to get them them to come and fetch it to check over and service it before next spring.
Then I got the small mower out to do the narrow paths and under the fruit trees and pulled up the undergrowth near the trunks ready to put the wood ash from the fire around them. I'll put some round the gooseberry bushes and raspberry canes too.
Had a good morning visit to a friend from way back - so glad we kept in touch with Christmas cards during all our years over on the coast and we were able to pick up again now I'm back in Mid Suffolk.
This week I'm grateful for..........................
A quiet swimming pool
Sunny days to get the washing more or less dry outside
Dry days for gardening
Living closer to friends
The weather forecast here for the weekend is a bit questionable, not sure about boot
sales, the grand opening of the local cycle route or bonfire/fireworks but I will be watching the rugby of course.
Hope the weather is OK for everything you want to do