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Spuggies

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A couple of days ago the wind knocked down a whole row of runner beans, so that’s that for this year. I spent the whole of this morning collecting the edible beans and throwing the overgrown, thick-skinned beans into the compost. From Friday afternoon until Saturday afternoon, after the driest September on record, it rained and rained non-stop.  On Friday I took the sheets down  from the naval line (high overhead – the washing goes on a kind of rigging) and could hardly carry them back to the house, they were so wet. My husband went out to put on his walking boots, and whilst everything around him in the shed was apparently dry, one boot was full of water.  This boot is still sitting under the radiator stuffed with kitchen towel.  I was thinking of using the hair dryer, but vaguely remember fusing a hair-dryer putting it too far down into a boot – I was, in the past, given to boots with holes in them.  Tip: if you apply any kind of sticky tape or plaster as a temporary boot-dressing, put it on the inside.  Obvious, really.  Anyway, the green by Penitent’s Walk was flooded and impassible by foot, probably there will be ducks swimming over the grass.  If there is any more rain the road over the small bridge will be blocked.  There are sparrows galore round the bird table, and collared doves, and I saw a robin on the compost bin watching me cull the beans. Soon the finches will be back for sustenance. Goodbye. Indian Summer.  Hail, wet and muddy autumn.

 

October 5, 2014 - Posted by | Art, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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