August Mardler

My Desert

As I sit here with the rain lashing down its seems strange that but a week ago I was looking out on a garden that was more akin to the Gobi Desert than the fair lanes of South Norfolk, the lawn brown and the hose very active in the vegetable patch. As for the allotment I have always been of a mind that it needs to be grown “hard” that is well watered in initially then left to its own devices. Having just got back from said allotment with 4 lbs of raspberries I can report all is looking very well particularly all the brassica, safe in their rabbit proof cage with just the application of a quick hoe will make it look like something out of an RHS catalogue (I can always dream!).

I have been wondering what has been happening with our local Barn Owls after a windy and very dry June. Delighted to say that as I was pottering in the greenhouse yesterday I spotted one quartering the field and then as I watched the other one appeared so was treated to the sight of the pair hunting through the field before disappearing into the next. Whilst in reality this owl is probably the most common and commonly seen owl in UK, since it often hunts in daylight, it is slowly recovering from 2013 which was an extremely poor year – described as ‘the worst year since records began’. They may be common, but remain an utter delight to see them silently ghosting across the landscape.

Finally I would like to thank whoever it was that got the benches at the Thorpe Abbotts Pump cleaned and redone. They look absolutely lovely thank you so much.

About All Saints Thorpe Abbotts

Living in Thorpe Abbotts I am the Secretary to the PCC, manage the churchyard conservation area and write regularly for the Parish Magazine.
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