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About smallPaws

A tumbleweed from Canada who's been living in London for twenty or so years.

butterfly bonanza

The Big Butterfly Count started on Friday.  Organisers say it’s the world’s largest butterfly survey. This is another fantastic citizen science project, and taking part is easy: find a sunny spot and spend 15 minutes counting the butterflies you see … Continue reading

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foxy update

The allotment foxes look to be in good health this summer. This guy appears youthful and was just chilling up on F’s plot last week by her spectacular Mullein plants. He’s not our bare-tailed chap, who we’ve not seen about … Continue reading

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new neighbours at the plot

One evening as we were leaving we could hear rustling and snuffling down the path to the edge of the top of the stairs.  We thought it might be a fox…  Or rat?  So we tip toed closer to the … Continue reading

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and so it goes..

We’ve been down the rabbit hole for the past few weeks.  There has been lots of summer rain – sometimes light showers, sometimes sustained, pounding downpours. And so on the enforced wet days when we couldn’t garden anyway, we got … Continue reading

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birds & berries

Tuesdays are busy days for us: we start with the volunteer woods group on Lismore Circus and do our usual trim and tidy. Happily we’ve recruited one more volunteer who came today – which was great as one of our … Continue reading

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biodiversity, bugs and a note on natives

Rah rah rah biodiversity.  But let’s be clear.  Biodiversity is bugs.  Some bugs we love – bees, butterflies.  Some less so – wasps, stinkbugs, lily beetles.  But when you’re making conditions fabulous for the bugs you love, you’re inviting in … Continue reading

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a glut of garlic

Yesterday we got around to lifting the garlic from their growing bed – the very last area in the allotment that we can cultivate for summer crops.  This shot shows the full harvest on-site, with flowering calendula growing on the … Continue reading

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Plant Alert – a new citizen science project

Plant alert is a new citizen science project aimed directly at gardeners to help spot potentially invasive species.  It was launched on 1 June by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI), in conjunction with Coventry University Department of … Continue reading

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PS: 3 June is World Bicycle Day!

Today marks the United Nations’ annual celebration of World Bicycle Day. We find that the best bikes have racks and baskets – all the better to carry our garden equipment to and from the plot. This is my ‘workhorse’ bike … Continue reading

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triple duty day & meeting father frog

Tuesday was another hot dry day in London, with temperatures in the mid-twenties.  We’ve been speculating about the temperatures inside our growing shed.  Our allotment neighbour R has a thermometer in his shed and told us on Monday that temperatures inside … Continue reading

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