Tuesday, 25 February 2014


I  turned my head, looked up and there it was!
In the deep distant greyness of the sky,
A faint arc beyond the hill.
And then suddenly  it became clearer, vibrant, stunning, beautiful.
Closer. So close. 
And in that moment, I reached out my arms and touched a rainbow.

And no-one else took any notice.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Picking up the Pieces

It was a wild one last night! In our thirty six years down here, I don't think I've ever experienced a storm like it. By four-o-clock in the afternoon, the wind was fairly raging and the rain was rattling down in stair rods.  I did my best to mend a small rip in the newest poly tunnel but had to give in and dive for cover into the house.

One look through the bedroom window this morning and this is what greeted us - the 30 foot tunnel on the east side, next to the brook looked as if it had been slashed with a knife. The seventy footer one next to it was torn to shreds. Oh well  - it did need a new cover - we'd been saying for ages. and it certainly does now.

Spent the afternoon, patching the smaller tunnel with Rhino tape. Brilliant stuff for holding it all together. It was just about in one piece again when I came in. I've got spring cabbage, leeks, onions, garlic and lettuce in there right now.

All my plants were in the disaster area, along with some broad beans, I'd sown in cardboard pots.  I'd sown 6 rows of parsnips a couple of days ago. Also got beetroot, broccoli and cauliflowers growing - but they look as though they'd survived okay. It was a bit of a marathon, fleecing up as much as I could, so hope they make it through.

Anyway, the daffodil bulbs are are pushing their heads up where they can.

And the primroses starting to bud..

Good old hellebore flowering again amongst last year's windfall apples.

And Eric? ..... well he slept through the lot of it.
There's another front coming in tomorrow, so they tell us.