Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Snow Brains

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
A July day on Fountains Fell.

Approaching Penyghent, there was no view to be had from the top of there either that day, at least it had stopped raining by the time I reached the top of Penyghent.

TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: -3.5C
Temp High: 3C
Feels Like: -4 to -3C
Precipitation: 0 mm
Wind Speed: 32 mph
Wind Direction: SE
UV Index: Low
Weather: Cloud and Sun.

MY WORK BOOK
Clear snow/ice
Front passage
Public Gardens
Tue 03/02/2009 08:30
Tue 03/02/2009 08:45
15 minutes
Entry No.387
Moved the snow and put down grit/salt

Removed snow/ice
Office steps
Public Gardens
Tue 03/02/2009 08:45
Tue 03/02/2009 09:00
15 minutes
Entry No.388
Moved the snow and put down grit/salt


See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Tue 03/02/2009 09:00
Tue 03/02/2009 09:30
30 minutes
Entry No.389
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.
3) Put out some minerals.
4) Broke the ice on the water trough.


Filled the log baskets
Hall
Tue 03/02/2009 09:30
Tue 03/02/2009 09:45
15 minutes
Entry No.390
Took in 2 baskets of logs.

Clearing snow
Roof of the Hall
Hall
Tue 03/02/2009 09:45
Tue 03/02/2009 11:15
1.5 hours
Entry No.391
Water was leaking through the roof in to the hall so they asked me to clear some snow off a flat roof for them.


Break for tea
Hall
Misc
Tue 03/02/2009 11:15
Tue 03/02/2009 11:30
15 minutes
Entry No.392

Sorting out
Greenhouse
Indoors
Tue 03/02/2009 11:30
Tue 03/02/2009 12:45
1.25 hours
Entry No.393
Making room for the young Wallflower plants in the warm greenhouse in a bid to bring them on a bit faster.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Tue 03/02/2009 12:45
Tue 03/02/2009 13:30
45 minutes
Entry No.394

Sorting out
Greenhouse
Indoors
Tue 03/02/2009 13:30
Tue 03/02/2009 14:20
50 minutes
Entry No.395
Continued to sort out the plants in the greenhouse.

Tending to plants
Greenhouse
Indoors
Tue 03/02/2009 14:20
Tue 03/02/2009 14:40
20 minutes
Entry No.396
Had to wipe down a few plant leaves that had been made sticky by the whitefly.

Replacing glass
Conservatory
Misc
Tue 03/02/2009 14:40
Tue 03/02/2009 15:40
1 hour
Entry No.397
One pane of glass had slipped and there were a couple of pieces that were broken so replaced them as the weather is set to turn cold.

Went shopping
Garden centre
Misc
Tue 03/02/2009 15:40
Tue 03/02/2009 16:10
30 minutes
Entry No. 398
I was not very happy because when I got there I found they were closed. Their opening times used to be 8:30 till 5 but now they changed it to 9 till 4 I can see that place closing before much longer because when they are open they don’t hav

Shopping
Home
Misc
Tue 03/02/2009 16:00
Tue 03/02/2009 16:30
30 minutes
Entry No.398
Looked through some catalogues for Quince trees as the boss said they would like me to grow one for them.

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Tue 03/02/2009 16:30
Tue 03/02/2009 16:50
20 minutes
Entry No.399
Took across some more hay.

NOTES
1) I was woken this morning at 5 by what I thought was someone continually revving a car engine so I reluctantly got out of bed to find that it was the milk man skidding up one of the lawns in the courtyard! For some unknown reason he had decided to drive across the lawn and had then sunk in and got stuck. Admittedly it was covered in snow but he comes everyday so should know there is a lawn there, it seems like he was another one suffering from snow brains.



2) Looking back I don’t think I made it clear yesterday that the sowing I was doing was indoors, meaning that the plants if they come up will be grown indoors until the weather picks up. I wasn’t out there sowing peas in the snow or anything, I’m sure you know that.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara I should think people the world over were laughing their socks off.

Red Clover There is no such thing as a dump question, its only dumb if you have a question and don't ask it. I will do a post about taking a dahlia cutting when/if I get any shoots up. There is a bit more too it than just sticking a leaf in water but they're easy enough to root from a cutting. Anyway in a few weeks when I take some cuttings I will show you how to do it. There are lots of nice Dahlia's to choose from, the hard part for me is knowing which ones to leave out - I want them all!

Jeanette I did fish out the ice with my hand actually, the worst bit is afterwards when the wind gets to it. It was all for nothing as the sheep have never left the hay feeder but I like to do it just in case.

The Weaver of Grass
The soil here is over limestone so it free draining and with a few nice days is starting to dry out also the veg plot is in he walled garden so very sheltered. Things like the Cauliflower and Lettuce can be kept quite a while in pots and the beans hard hardy enough so as soon as the soil is anything like and they're big enough they can go out. I would have sown them straight in the ground now if it hadn't been for the snow. The Peas can go out in March sometime if the weather is okay. Things don't always get timed right and I end up throwing them but if you have them growing there is always a chance you can catch an early window if you get a warm spell. If they're still in the packet you have no chance.

Matron I sowed more than 6 lettuce seeds, I sowed them in a 6 pack module tray and I made a dent in the compost with my finger and but 3 or 4 seed in each hole and when they come up I will pull out the weakest so leaving 6 plants to grow. I will sow some more in a few weeks.

2 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

Good point Bob. If weather conditions are not right you can always sow more seed. I think this is the difference between an amateur and a professional gardener - if some comes up, however weakly it is, I feel the need to nurture it!

Dreadnought said...

The Weaver of Grass I do know what you mean, I do find it hard to throw plants away, even a little Lettuce seedling.