It’s a little darker than the last few mornings for sure. I’m not sure that a results of the days getting shorter, just the fact that the yellow round thing we have had for the last few weeks appears to be absent on this one. As I type this it makes the screen look almost glaringly bright and my early morning eyes feel a little like they have just emerged from a matinee performance at the cinema.
For so reason the week already seems like it’s dragging. My head telling me it should be at least Thursday but no, it’s only managed to creep to midweek and 7am at that! Just been down to sort the chickens and noticed that while the tree in their enclosure was pretty laden with cherries ripening on the weekend, it is now almost bare with discarded stones all around the base. I am suspecting a mix of squirrel, crow and magpie. Hope they enjoyed them! I enjoyed a few I picked from lower branches at the weekend. not sure it would even be possible to stop them doing that? Still, fingers crossed, I still seem to have cabbages and brussel sprout plants although the patch is now in desperate need of weeding.
After over a year, we, or should I say mainly Jo, have regained the entire area of the chicken enclosure from brambles. (Click to enlarge and you will also see the cleared tress and shed behind). You will remember we did the bulk of the work over a year ago, but left a small patch in the corner. Over the months that had started to encroach further and further in, so it is now gone and we reckon we could easily now, if we had housing, get 20 chickens in there and maybe a duck or two? This is driving us on to clear far more of the boundary of the house and over the next few weeks we may hire some kind of powered bramble eating machine as there are some areas of the plot that would grow by around 40ft if we got rid of all the undergrowth. We’re not trying to de-forest the place but there would be so much more light and space with some of the undergrowth removed, the bushes cut down to size, the self-seeded sycamore trees removed and the lower branches of trees cut off. Hopefully this could get done over the next few weeks? Patch by patch.
The Dutch moved on to the World Cup final and will see who they play later today when the second semi-final is played.
Mood meter = The week is going veeerrrryyyy slow.