Herefordshire Week 235: Tuesday 25 June – Monday 1 July 2024

A long hot drive home. Setting up my new desk. Gardening. Rabbits!!!

Front lawn wildflower meadow
Front lawn wildflower meadow

Said au revoir to Witham on Tuesday afternoon after spending the morning with JG and lunching with PG and the other JG at Valero. Very very hot drive home. Emergency stop at Thrapston services on the A14 for a cool down and an energy boost; rerouting onto the A45 and A46 to avoid the M42 delays.

(Probably) My first Greggs
(Probably) My first Greggs

Lovely to be home. Late dinner, sat out on the patio enjoying the cool and the quiet and pottered around the orchard (picking giant mange touts and cucumbers) and the garden.

Pesky mole has dug a half tunnel across the top of the sloping lawn, running from the camellia to the nut bush! Varmint!

Blooming MOLES!
Blooming MOLES!

To Pontrilas on Wednesday morning to post my postal vote and to resume my exercises at the gym, then back home to get cracking on the admin catch up, keeping indoors during the heatwave. Outside R mowed his meadow.

Mowing Kiln Field
Mowing Kiln Field

Snipped some bramble runners and had a potter around the grounds. Apples coming on. A power cut late afternoon – connected to the chainsawing we could hear down towards Abbey Dore central we wondered – stymied VWW but thankfully ended around 8pm and without the fridges or freezer complaining. In the meantime we played Panda Pandamonium Top Trumps on the patio. When the power returned we headed inside to watch some Kia Niro EV reviews. My brother was right….. we love the Zoe but wouldn’t it be great if we could drive it over to Essex?

Army camp noisy this week.

Still hot on Thursday but very breezy. Spent the morning stripping the wallpaper off more of the walls in my office, having first unplugged and relocated my Mac and peripherals and deconstructed my desk set up – the old dining room table and makeshift filing cabinet extension that dad and I rigged up.

Stripping the wallpaper
Stripping the wallpaper

Late lunch then into Hereford to get the rear two tyres in the Panda replaced (hoping that’ll cure the juddering / thunking) and to run a few errands, then over to Winchester for a cup of tea with dad. Home to FaceTime with S&S.

We both woke up a little after 5am on Friday, so had a leisurely very early morning in the conservatory. Two bunnies breakfasting down by the big pond.

Rabbit
Rabbit

Put my new desk together and started setting up my monitors, Mac etc belatedly remembering the IKEA monitor desk thingies.

Setting up my new desk

After the gym, collected up Wednesday’s hedge cuttings and wheelbarrowed them to the quarry where a bonfire pile is building then caught up with VP before getting back to setting up my desk. Very satisfying. Late lunch then outside to plant my purchased and presented tomato plants into the grow bag, which I’d not had time to do before we headed off to Essex. Chopped the core of the ivy growing up the hawthorn tree by the big pond then continued in cutting mode tackling the elder above Nora’s rose garden, one of the self seeded hazelnut trees and tied up the self seeded holly below it. Tea and scone watching a bit of Glastonbury.

Didn’t sleep well so it was a slow start on Saturday. And we had an hour of non-forecast rain! We had time to walk the Bacton Square and for me to start work on moving yesterday’s hazelnut and ground elder cuttings to the quarry bonfire before lunch though. Then an afternoon of more gardening, completing the cuttings migration and then clearing the ground ivy from the almost invisible blue plough. Thankfully no bird skeletons were revealed but I did find two old bird’s nests.

Tea and scone and Glastonbury at 5pm. A stroll around the grounds with P – the small pond is chocablock with newtlets well on the way to being small newts – and down the road to haul the fallen dead tree trunk (a thankfully beanpole-y one) back up to ours and over to the quarry for chopping up sometime. Then back to Glastonbury.

Almost Baby Newt
Almost Baby Newt

A lot of rain overnight.

A bitty day on Sunday. Cool and overcast. I spent some of the morning clearing up yesterday’s second batch of cutting/clearing, dragging ground elder and holly cuttings to the quarry and wheelbarrowing the ground ivy there too. Drove P to AGV for the journey east and had just got home when he called to say COVID in Essex necessitated a change of plan and so he was coming back to AGV. So I drove back to pick him up. After a late lunch I had just enough time to finish clearing the ground ivy before dad and Jean arrived. Dinner and Glastonbury again.

Caught up with admin on Monday morning, and again in the latter part of the afternoon after a cuppa over at A&A’s. Two bunnies on the front lawn at dusk, and a sparrowhawk on one of the drive gates!

Sparrowhawk on the gate
Sparrowhawk on the gate

In the garden the deutzia is in full bloom, apples are growing, cucumbers and mange touts arriving thick and fast. The front lawn, unmown this year, is a meadow of tall grasses and clover, yellow and purple flowers.

Mole runs have materialised at the end of the ditch and up by the swings / B’s walnut tree – as well as that l-o-n-g run from mum’s Camellia to the hazel nut tree. Grrrrrr.

In the skies, house martins – and, at dusk, bats – zoom overhead.


TV: Doctor Who, Glastonbury 2024

Podcasts: Gone Mediaeval, The Today Podcast, The Rest is EntertainmentAmericast, Empire, The Memory Palace.


Photos: Herefordshire week 235 on Flickr.

Phil: Media, May & June 2024