Category Archives: diary

thinking ahead – special seasonal tipples

The end of summer approaches.  I’ll be back to work soon – which surely will be a shock to the system.  What?  No outdoor time for six hours a day?  Oh my!  It’s going to be something else this year, … Continue reading

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shoe mystery solved

We’ve been cursing our neighbourhood lately.  Pandemic aside, our little leafy corner of north London is awash in rubbish.  Missed garbage collections on the circus makes for growing tides of swirling garbage.  Drives super-dude nuts – to the extent that … Continue reading

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July’s over…

July ended with a mini-heatwave.  We arrived at the start of this week and simply had to photograph the temperature – partly to prove to ourselves it really was over 36º – and this from the thermometer installed on the … Continue reading

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second brood of sparrow fledglings

It’s been variable in London – spells of cool weather, then hot and humid, then more cool and rain. Today started with sun but quickly turned overcast then wet. We’d been tricked by the forecast for rain later in the … Continue reading

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stargazing day & night

The stargazer asiatic lily has finally come into bloom in the back patch.  All through April and May I monitored for the dreaded red lily beetle – which did manage (again!!!) to completely strip a few of the garden lilies … Continue reading

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plot developments elsewhere…

Our work at M’s plot has really paid off – she’s back at it, so as the big guy says, ‘Mission accomplished.’  She came up with us after working with the woods volunteers, and returned on her own to go … 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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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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