Friday, 30 January 2009

The Last Shoot.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Malham Tarn on a very wet day. The way goes all the way around the Tarn (Lake).

Heading for Tennant Gill, the farm in the centre of the picture before climbing Fountains Fell.
TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 0C
Temp High: 5C
Feels Like: -4 to -2C
Precipitation: 0 mm
Wind Speed: 45 mph
Wind Direction: SE
UV Index: Low
Weather: Sun and clouds.

MY WORK BOOK

Light the fire
Summer House
Fri 30/01/2009 08:30
Fri 30/01/2009 08:50
20 minutes
Entry No.356
Also carried up some logs from the fuel store.

Check round the greenhouses
Greenhouses
Fri 30/01/2009 08:50
Fri 30/01/2009 09:00
10 minutes Entry
No.357

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Fri 30/01/2009 09:00
Fri 30/01/2009 09:30
30 minutes
Entry No.358
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.
3) Put out some minerals

Edging
Long Dahlia Border
Walled Garden
Fri 30/01/2009 09:30
Fri 30/01/2009 10:30
1 hour
Entry No.359
Put a new edge to the lawn.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Fri 30/01/2009 10:30
Fri 30/01/2009 10:50
20 minutes
Entry No.360

Digging
Long Dahlia Border
Walled Garden
Fri 30/01/2009 10:50
Fri 30/01/2009 12:45
115 minutes
Entry No.361

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Fri 30/01/2009 12:45
Fri 30/01/2009 13:45
1 hour
Entry No.362

Digging
Long Dahlia Border
Walled Garden
Fri 30/01/2009 13:45
Fri 30/01/2009 16:25
160 minutes
Entry No.363
Also pruned the roses on the wall as I went a long, this gave my back a break.

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Fri 30/01/2009 16:25
Fri 30/01/2009 16:35
10 minutes
Entry No.364
Took some more hay across.

Cleaned and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Fri 30/01/2009 16:35
Fri 30/01/2009 16:55
20 minutes
Entry No.365

Seeing to the bins
Hall
Misc
Fri 30/01/2009 16:55
Fri 30/01/2009 17:05
10 minutes
Entry No.366
Put the recycle tubs back

NOTES
1) After putting back the recycle tubs at the hall I went to collect ours only to find that the woman next door has run over it and broken it! How do I know it’s the woman next door? Well you don’t watch 324 episodes of CSI and goodness knows how many ‘Police Camera Action’ shows without picking up a thing or two! Actually she was parked on the grass so it was easy enough to follow her wheel marks firstly over the grass and secondly over our tub.
2) The lord and master is up from London for the weekend but I only saw him from a distance so unless I happen to bump in to him this weekend I don’t think I will get to see him before he returns.
3) Today was the last shoot of the season, not the pheasants can rest easy for a while, what’s left of them. I think I must be lacking something somewhere because I can’t for the life of me see where the pleasure is in spending a whole day killing things, I guess it must be a challenge or something.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Annie Wicking Thanks Annie I will sure try and have a good weekend. Glad you like the pics, there are plenty more to come.

The Weaver of Grass Well there is no big hole to swallow all the water up, it just soaks in to the ground, you can even walk on where it disappears and its solid enough, after that I suppose it just follows underground caves. I've actually amended what I said last night because in fact it doesn't come out at the bottom of the cove as you would think, instead this water emerges at Aire Head Springs. The water at the cove comes from the moor one and a half miles away.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Water Sinks.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY


Looking back down the dry valley which thanks to the rain was actually quite wet that particular morning.

The water sink. This is where the river sinks in to the ground and re appears again at Aire Head Springs south of Malham.

TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 1C
Temp High: 6C
Feels Like: -7 to 4C
Percipitation: 1 mm
Wind Speed: 32 mph
Wind Direction: SE
UV Index: Low
Weather: Overcast and damp with a cold wind - GREY.

MY WORK BOOK
See to the bins
Hall
Thu 29/01/2009 08:30
Thu 29/01/2009 08:45
15 minutes
Entry No.347
Took the empty black bins back and put out two recycle tubs for collection tomorrow.

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Thu 29/01/2009 08:45
Thu 29/01/2009 09:15
30 minutes
Entry No.348
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.
3) Put out some minerals.

Tidying up
Conservatory
Greenhouses
Thu 29/01/2009 09:15
Thu 29/01/2009 10:30
1.25 hours
Entry No.349
Continued from where I left off yesterday. Moved all the plants from the floor so I could disinfect and scrub it clean.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Thu 29/01/2009 10:30
Thu 29/01/2009 10:50
20 minutes
Entry No.350

Tidying up
Conservatory
Greenhouses
Thu 29/01/2009 10:50
Thu 29/01/2009 12:45
115 minutes
Entry No.351
Continued sorting out the conservatory. Scrubbing the floor and tidying up the border by the back wall.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Thu 29/01/2009 12:45
Thu 29/01/2009 13:30
45 minutes
Entry No.352

Tidying up
Conservatory
Greenhouses
Thu 29/01/2009 13:30
Thu 29/01/2009 16:35
185 minutes
Entry No.353
1) Finished off the floor.
2) Cleared out the wall border.
3) Tied in any lose ends on the Apricot tree.
4) Repotted a few needy plants.
5) Pruned the grape vines.
6) Pruned the Plumbago.
7) Put all the plants back.
8) Trained a few lose Jasmine shoots.

Cleaned and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Thu 29/01/2009 16:35
Thu 29/01/2009 16:50
15 minutes
Entry No.354
Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Thu 29/01/2009 16:50
Thu 29/01/2009 17:10
20 minutes
Entry No.355
Took across some hay.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara I agree, Picasso potatoes do sound interesting and I was actually wondering yesterday when I unpacked them how many people will pick a variety of Potato, or any other kind of veg for that matter based on the name of it?



Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Another Grey Day In Paradise.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Looking back to Malham from the top of Malham Cove. Those rocks were wet and it was like walking on ice, I was glad when I was able to get off them.

The dry valley beyond Malham Cove. Once water ran down here and over the Cove as a waterfall, now the water soaks in to the ground higher up the valley and then emerges at the base of the cliff. The people you can see are fellow Pennine Way walkers. The lad in the red trousers was from Holland and the three were father and two sons. We met very often along the way as far as the Tan Hill Inn then we lost touch.



TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 1C
Temp High: 8C
Feels Like: -1 to 9C
Percipitation: 2 mm
Wind Speed: 6 mph
Wind Direction: NE
UV Index: Low
Weather: Some brightness in the morning but basically it was another grey day in paradise.

MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Wed 28/01/2009 08:30
Wed 28/01/2009 08:50
20 minutes
Entry No.336
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.

Checked around the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Wed 28/01/2009 08:50
Wed 28/01/2009 09:15
25 minutes
Entry No.337
Checked round and made sure everything was okay, a fastener on one of the windows had come out so I had to sort that out with another rusty nail.

Sweeping up
Pumpend
Wed 28/01/2009 09:15
Wed 28/01/2009 10:30
1.25 hours
Entry No.338
Gave the two yards a sweep out and put down disinfectant. (Note 1)

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Wed 28/01/2009 10:30
Wed 28/01/2009 10:50
20 minutes
Entry No.339


Washing out
Pumpend
Wed 28/01/2009 10:50
Wed 28/01/2009 11:20
30 minutes
Entry No.340
Washing down where I applied the disinfectant earlier.

Washing down the staging
Conservatory
Greenhouses
Wed 28/01/2009 11:20
Wed 28/01/2009 12:45
85 minutes
Entry No.341
I carried on from where I left off the other day scrubbing and disinfecting the staging.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Wed 28/01/2009 12:45
Wed 28/01/2009 13:30
45 minutes
Entry No.342

Contined to scrub the staging.
Conservatory
Greenhouses
Wed 28/01/2009 13:30
Wed 28/01/2009 15:00
1.5 hours
Entry No.343
Also scrubbed the tiles under the staging while I had it lifted and out of the way.

Made a start on putting back the plants
Conservatory
Greenhouses
Wed 28/01/2009 15:00
Wed 28/01/2009 16:35
95 minutes
Entry No.344
Tidied up the plants before returning them to the staging. I’m also throwing some of the worst ones away.

See to the bins
Hall
Wed 28/01/2009 16:35
Wed 28/01/2009 16:50
15 minutes
Entry No.345
Put out 5 black bins, 1 was from Pumpend and there was the one from Franks that I usually put out.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Wed 28/01/2009 16:50
Wed 28/01/2009 17:00
10 minutes
Entry No.346

NOTES
1)The former lady to the big house asked me to tidy up her two yards as she is having visitors at the weekend. She also asked if I had anything I could put in her pots that she has by the front door. I don’t really have anything and I don’t feel like rising to the challenge as it’s their own fault there is nothing because that’s what happens when the captain stokes the boilers.
2)Today I got my order of seed potatoes from Marshalls Seeds, this year I’m growing Picasso, Charlotte, Swift and Maris Peer.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

The Weaver of Grass Yes I can imagine what it must be like on a weekend.I will try and keep on posting from my work book.
Jeanette Thanks for the award Jeanette, thats very kind of you to think of me. We had a lot of rain last summer so that helped to keep things so green and fresh.
Jim No I don't think they will be allowed in to your house unless invited, I think its more of an educational thing than anything else. Also apart from telling you what is good to eat they also advise on sell by dates on the food and food wastage in general and how to avoid being wasteful. I think a better way would be to bring back world war two food rationing for a while then people will educate themselves or starve. I guess with my ideas I will never make it to Prime Minister hey!! Hopefully one day you will get to visit again Jim.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Malham

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Malham Village. It was here that I met three girls doing the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, they pulled me over to enquiry as to where the campsite was. They were gutted to hear that it was somewhere up the road from where they had just come.

This is looking back to the campsite and was taken the next morning on the way to Malham Cove. The site is in the centre of the picture next to the farm.


TODAY'S WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 4C
Temp High: 8C
Feels Like: 3 to 6C
Precipitation: 1 mm
Wind Speed: 17 mph
Wind Direction: S
UV Index: Low
Weather: Overcast a very grey day.

MY WORK BOOK

Subject: See to the sheep
Location: Field
Start: Tue 27/01/2009 08:30
End: Tue 27/01/2009 09:00
Duration: 30 minutes
Message: Entry No.328
1) Took across some hay.
2) Put out some minerals.
3) Checked and counted the sheep.

Check round
Greenhouse & Conservatory
Greenhouses
Tue 27/01/2009 09:00
Tue 27/01/2009 09:10
10 minutes
Entry No.329
Had a quick look around to make sure everything was in order.

Tidying up
Apple tree shrub border
Walled Garden
Tue 27/01/2009 09:10
Tue 27/01/2009 10:30
80 minutes
Entry No.330
1) Edged the grass.
2) Cleared off any weeds and rubbish.
3) Forked over the soil.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Tue 27/01/2009 10:30
Tue 27/01/2009 10:50
20 minutes
Entry No.331

Tidying up
Apple tree shrub border
Walled Garden
Tue 27/01/2009 10:50
Tue 27/01/2009 12:45
115 minutes
Entry No.332
See entry No. 330 for details.

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Tue 27/01/2009 12:45
Tue 27/01/2009 13:45
1 hour Entry No.333

Tidying up
Apple tree shrub border
Walled Garden
Tue 27/01/2009 13:45
Tue 27/01/2009 16:40
175 minutes
Entry No.334
See Entry No.330 for details.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Tue 27/01/2009 16:40
Tue 27/01/2009 17:00
20 minutes
Entry No.335

NOTES
I really can't think of anything noteworthy to write here so I will press on to your comments.
COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

Sara I could write a book on what I think about these people and the way they act but it just winds me up so I will say no more.

Jeanette Ha ha - I'm sure they thought about taxing people for breathing, they just haven't thought of a way to implement it yet. Did you know they're looking to put a higher tax on cell phones that have GPS, decent cameras or any other gadget that makes the phones worth having? So you see a breath tax might not be so far fetched after all.

Merle Thanks for the award and of course I will both enjoy it and appreciate the thought behind it - its very kind of you.

Dick What you say about the car makers is so true. We used to have several car manufactures here in the UK but now I don't think there are any worth talking about, apart from the foriegn car makers that have factories here. We were making cars that didn't work properly or last very long so that was it, people went elsewhere.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Food For Thought.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
First sighting of Malham Cove.
The path in to Malham Village.



TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 2C
Temp High: 7C
Feels Like: -2 to 8C
Percipitation: 1 mm
Wind Speed: 6 mph
Wind Direction: SW
UV Index: Low
Weather: Overcast and very still all day.

MY WORK BOOK

Subject: See to the sheep
Location: Field
Categories: Misc
Start: Mon 26/01/2009 08:30
End: Mon 26/01/2009 09:00
Duration: 30 minutes
Message: Entry No.317
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.
3) Put out some minerals.

See to the greenhouses
Greenhouse & Con
Greenhouses
Mon 26/01/2009 09:00
Mon 26/01/2009 10:15
1.25 hours
Entry No.318
Did some watering.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Mon 26/01/2009 10:15
Mon 26/01/2009 10:35
20 minutes
Entry No.319
Had 1 mug of tea.

Pruning
Mulberry tree lawn
Walled Garden
Mon 26/01/2009 10:35
Mon 26/01/2009 12:35
2 hours
Entry No.320
Finished pruning the apple trees. (Note 1)

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Mon 26/01/2009 12:30
Mon 26/01/2009 13:30
1 hour
Entry No.321
Had 1 mug of tea, 4 cheese sandwiches and 3 jam tarts.

Pruning
The East Wall
Walled Garden
Mon 26/01/2009 13:30
Mon 26/01/2009 14:00
30 minutes
Entry No.322
Finished off pruning the pear trees.

Cutting back
The East Wall
Walled Garden
Mon 26/01/2009 14:00
Mon 26/01/2009 14:30
30 minutes
Entry No.323
Trimmed the ivy on the east wall by the white gate.

Cutting back
Mulberry tree lawn
Walled Garden
Mon 26/01/2009 14:30
Mon 26/01/2009 15:50
80 minutes
Entry No.324
Cutting back the two Laurels in the shrub border.

Carting away.
Mulberry tree lawn
Walled Garden
Mon 26/01/2009 15:50
Mon 26/01/2009 16:30
40 minutes
Entry No.325
Carted to the burn pile some of the days rubbish.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Mon 26/01/2009 16:30
Mon 26/01/2009 16:45
15 minutes
Entry No.326

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Mon 26/01/2009 16:45
Mon 26/01/2009 17:00
15 minutes
Entry No.327
Took across some hay.

NOTES
1) It seems I saved the worst until last as this particular tree was more difficult than all the others put together as there was not much pruning I could do with the secateurs and had to rely on the long arm pruner to do most of the work. It’s a handy tool to have and okay for a bit of pruning but it gets very tiring when it comes to doing a whole big tree.

Tools of the trade, step ladders and long arm pruner.

The business end.

2) Below is a sample of a news paper article I saw yesterday. As some of you will know I long ago adopted the head in the sand approach to the news regarding it as nothing more than brainwashing by both media and government but there are times like when visiting my parents that one can't avoid being subjected too it. Its not a bad thing though because after watching several news broadcasts and what have you I realise how blessed I am to have escaped the craving to be bombarded by so called news stories. The article below being one example of why I can't be bothered with it. You may be able to read some of it but just to give you an idea of what its about I will tell you the basics of it. Apparently the government are going to employ food police to go knocking on peoples doors at meal times to see what they're having to eat and if it doesn't meet with their approval you will be in for a lecture. The best part about it is, these people stand to earn up to £8 an hour which is more than either me or Vicki get for doing an honest days work. No doubt in time the government will introduce a tax on burger and chips to cover the cost of these wages.
To go with the article above here is an extract taken from 'Mail Online':

In a trial in six local authorities across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, the officials have been recruited on full-time contracts to visit an estimated 24,500 homes dispensing dietary advice and tips on how best to reduce the estimated one-third of all food bought which is thrown away.
They will call at homes throughout the day, including lunchtimes and in the early evening, when many people will be busy preparing dinner.
If successful, the eight week trial could be rolled out to other authorities around the country.
Each official, dispatched to the streets after one day of training, will be paid between £7.43 and £8.49 per hour, with a bonus for working on a Saturday.
If all 25 million households in the UK were visited in the same way, 8,000 officials would be required at a cost of tens of millions of pounds.
to read the rest of the article go to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1127371/Food-police-come-knocking-kitchen-door--tell-leftovers.html
COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

Jeanette If the Hyacinth bulbs you're trying to safe and grow another year are what have been grown in pots then I wouldn't bother to try because most likely they've been force and if so most likely won't ever come to much after that. What you need to do if you want Hyacinth in your garden is to buy the ordinary Hyacinth bulbs at planting time and put them straight in to the garden. When I grow them in pots I throw the bulbs away afterwards.

Sara No, the picture at the top of my blog is a place called Lanhydrock House in Cornwall http://www.cornwall-calling.co.uk/national-trust/lanhydrock.htm I no longer post pictures of the gardens where I work out of respect for my employer if you did want to see a few pics though email me your address and I will forward a few for your private viewing.

The Weaver of Grass The summer house fire is inside the summer house. On a shoot day the beaters use the summer house to have their lunch so if its cold and I'm not doing much I light them a fire. 1 slice of malt bread! Thats no good!! Well I need the energy. I don't know if I have a sweet tooth or not, I just have it because its something from the garden that I can put on bed to make a sandwich. Come the summer I will be eating Tomatoes and Lettuce or beans and stuff so really its more to do with whats handy and whats home made rather than a taste for sweet things. Below is a picture from a post I did in the summer showing what I was having for lunch one particular day. I lived for a long time on what I could pick from the garden.
Katie I don't think there are any white Hyacinth growing this time. The ones that you see are being grown in a heated greenhouse so are well in advance of anything that would be growing outside. Of course with them being in a confined space the scent is very nice when you walk in to the greenhouse.

Friday, 23 January 2009

More Pruning.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Looking back to Newfield Bridge

A walk through the park near to Hanlith.



TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 1C
Temp High: 7C
Feels Like: -3 to 2C
Percipitation: 2 mm
Wind Speed: 32 mph
Wind Direction: W
UV Index: Low
Weather: Rain at first becoming brighter.

MY WORK BOOK
See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Fri 23/01/2009 08:30
Fri 23/01/2009 09:00
30 minutes
Entry No.304
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.

Light the summerhouse fire
Main Garden
Misc
Fri 23/01/2009 09:00
Fri 23/01/2009 09:30
30 minutes
Entry No.305
Also carried up some logs from the yard below.

Cleaned out the water barrel
Yard
Potting Shed
Fri 23/01/2009 09:30
Fri 23/01/2009 09:45
15 minutes
Entry No.306
I have a water barrel to catch the water from the potting shed roof and it was due for a clean out.

Tied up some Hyacinths
Potting Shed
Fri 23/01/2009 09:45
Fri 23/01/2009 10:00
15 minutes
Entry No.307


Sweeping up
Yard
Potting Shed
Fri 23/01/2009 10:00
Fri 23/01/2009 10:30
30 minutes
Entry No.308
There was gathered a few leaves, mud and sticks so gave it a quick tidy up.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Fri 23/01/2009 10:30
Fri 23/01/2009 10:45
15 minutes
Entry No.309
1 mug of tea.

Pruning
Mulberry tree lawn
Walled Garden
Fri 23/01/2009 10:45
Fri 23/01/2009 12:45
2 hours Entry
No.310
Continued to prune the apple trees. (Note 2)

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Fri 23/01/2009 12:45
Fri 23/01/2009 13:30
45 minutes
Entry No.311
1 mug of tea, 4 tuna sandwiches and 4 pieces of malt loaf.

Carting away
Various Places
Walled Garden
Fri 23/01/2009 13:30
Fri 23/01/2009 15:40
130 minutes
Entry No.312
Cleaned up all the prunings from the apple trees also there were a few piles of weeds from when I was digging in the veg garden and the shrub border earlier in the week. I carted them all off to the burn pile.

Sweeping up
Conservatory
Greenhouses
Fri 23/01/2009 15:40
Fri 23/01/2009 15:55
15 minutes
Entry No.313
Cleared up all the mess that I made in the conservatory the other day. When the boss comes to live here in March I will have to clear up as I go along as they will be going around the place more often.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Fri 23/01/2009 15:55
Fri 23/01/2009 16:30
35 minutes
Entry No.314

See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Fri 23/01/2009 16:30
Fri 23/01/2009 16:45
15 minutes
Entry No.315
Took a couple of bales across on the wheel barrow as I needed to stock up the feeder for the weekend as I’m going home for a visit tomorrow and won’t be back until late Sunday night.

Watering
Conservatory
Greenhouses
Fri 23/01/2009 16:45
Fri 23/01/2009 17:00
15 minutes
Entry No.316
Did some watering in the conservatory as it catches the sun when its out so things had dried up a bit.

NOTES
1) I'm going to visit my home tomorrow, I thought I might go walking with Tom but I have to confess to a lack of motivation in that direction at the moment, hopefully its just a Winter weather thing and when the nice weather gets here I will feel more like getting out and about again. Also i think I need something to aim for, like another long walk.
2) I still have one more apple tree left to prune, all being well I will get that finished off next week along with some Laurels that need getting in order.
COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

Matron I think the boss put in many seeds and this is the only one that took. No I don't know what sex it is but I think it looks like its going to lead a lonely life as I don't see any more growing anywhere.

Trixie I don't think its that common here, I've never seen any growing before.I guess its up to the boss if it kills the tree as they're his trees and I reckon he will value the novelty of the Mistletoe more than the apples he gets from the tree.

The Weaver of Grass Yes for sure I think the Dahlia's will be easier to get going also you get more seed for your money. I think the colour I ordered are a lilac colour. Ha the Mulberry jam is still in favour because there is still some left in the jar. It is nice though.

Kimmie I don't know how long the seed lay dormant for, it may have taken me until just now to see the plant.

Jim I think the cars belonged to people going to the shop/off licence, there were just three other campers on site that night and they all walked there. I do like the chocolate biscuits and often have a couple with my morning tea. The scenery was changing all the time on the Pennine Way, its actually harder to find your way when you get down in the valley compared to on the hills.

Jeanette Ha ha - you're right there, it was a heatwave yesterday and no mistake!

salina The beauty of the canal is that its all level walking and also you can often find a little cafe along the way.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Mistletoe.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY

The Leeds Liverpool canal near East Marton.

Canal locks at Gargrave.


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 4C
Temp High: 9C
Feels Like: -1 to 6C
Percipitation: 5 mm
Wind Speed: 30 mph
Wind Direction: N
UV Index: Low
Weather: Rain at first becoming brighter.

MY WORK BOOK

SUBJECT: See to the sheep
LOCATION: Field
CATEGORY: Misc
START: Thu 22/01/2009 08:30
FINISH: Thu 22/01/2009 09:00
DURATION: 30 minutes
NOTES: Entry No.295
1) Took across some hay.
2)Checked and counted the sheep.


Making out the flower seed order
Home
Misc
Thu 22/01/2009 09:00
Thu 22/01/2009 11:30
2.5 hours
Entry No.296
Ordered the same as last year except I deleted a packet of Impatiens and order a packet of bedding Dahlias in its place. (Note 1)

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Thu 22/01/2009 11:30
Thu 22/01/2009 11:45
15 minutes
Entry No.297
1 mug of tea and 3 short bread biscuits.

Pruning
Long Walk Steps
Walled Garden
Thu 22/01/2009 11:45
Thu 22/01/2009 12:45
1 hour Entry
No298
Pruning the apple tree.

Break for lunch Home
Misc
Thu 22/01/2009 12:45
Thu 22/01/2009 13:30
45 minutes
Entry No.299
1 mug of tea, 4 Mulberry jam sandwiches and 3 mince pies.

Pruning
Long Walk Steps
Walled Garden
Thu 22/01/2009 13:30
Thu 22/01/2009 15:00
1.5 hours
Entry No.300
Finished pruning the apple tree.

Pruning
Mulberry tree lawn
Walled Garden
Thu 22/01/2009 15:00
Thu 22/01/2009 16:30
1.5 hours
Entry No.301
Made a start on pruning the apple trees by the Mulberry tree lawn.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Thu 22/01/2009 16:30
Thu 22/01/2009 16:45
15 minutes
Entry No.302

Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Thu 22/01/2009 16:45
Thu 22/01/2009 17:00
15 minutes
Entry No.303
Took some more hay to the sheep.

NOTES
1) The guy at the garden centre said that if we have another summer like the last it could cause serious problems with Impatiens which suffered from a virus last year so I thought I would try some dwarf Dahlia's instead.
2) Whilst pruning the apple tree by the steps I noticed growing from a branch some Mistletoe. The boss said he put some seeds on the apple trees a couple of years ago but no one has seen anything of it until now so I am quite pleased about that.


COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Jeanette Yes I do have plenty more, I'm not even half way to Scotland yet! When the pics were taken that I put on the last post it was thundering and lightening all around so I had to put a spurt on to try and get to Lothersdale before I got another soaking, thankfully I was lucky and just managed to get my tent up in time.

The Weaver of Grass This is the time of year to get all these kind of jobs done because the last thing I want to be doing is playing catch up in Spring. Yes the Pennine Way is a great walk even though it was very wet when I did it last July.

Red Clover I'm glad what I said about the Dahlia's was a help to you. Now I've said all that they will probably turn out rubbish this year LOL!

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Racing The Storm Clouds.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Racing the storm clouds to Lothersdale

Looking down on Lothersdale, almost the end of another days walking.


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 2C
Temp High: 3C
Feels Like: -6 to 3C
Percipitation: 0 mm
Wind Speed: 25 mph
Wind Direction: S
UV Index: Low
Weather: Sun at first cloudy later.

MY WORK BOOK
See to the sheep
Field
Misc
Wed 21/01/2009 08:30
Wed 21/01/2009 08:50
20 minutes
Job No.286
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.
3) Put out some minerals.

See to the greenhouses
Greenhouses
Wed 21/01/2009 08:50
Wed 21/01/2009 10:15
85 minutes
Job No.287
Did some watering and removed some dead leaves and flowers.

Break for tea
Home
Misc
Wed 21/01/2009 10:15
Wed 21/01/2009 10:30
15 minutes
Job No.288
1 mug of tea.

Finished digging shrub border
Conifer Hedge Border
Walled Garden
Wed 21/01/2009 10:30
Wed 21/01/2009 12:45
2.25 hours
Job No.289

Break for lunch
Home
Misc
Wed 21/01/2009 12:45
Wed 21/01/2009 13:45
1 hour
Job No.290
1 Mug of tea, 4 cheese sandwiches, 3 homemade jam tarts and a mince pie.

Prune the fruit trees
Various Places
Walled Garden
Wed 21/01/2009 13:45
Wed 21/01/2009 16:30
2.75 hours
Job No.291
Pruned the three apple trees in the veg garden and part of the one near to the memorial gardens.

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Wed 21/01/2009 16:30
Wed 21/01/2009 16:45
15 minutes
Job No.292

Seeing to the sheep.
Field
Misc
Wed 21/01/2009 16:45
Wed 21/01/2009 17:00
15 minutes
Job No.293
Took across a bit more hay as I think they need a bit more than I’m able to carry across in one journey.

See to the bins
Hall
Wed 21/01/2009 17:00
Wed 21/01/2009 17:15
15 minutes
Job No.294
Put out 2 green bins from the hall.

NOTES
COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara You're welcome to the pictures, I was originally going to put them on my other blog but because I don't write to that one anymore they never got posted until now. No the ground isn't frozen at all. Sometimes the ground gets hard but it only lasts a few days at most.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

A Few Flakes In The Wind.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
This is looking down on Ponden Reservoir, near by is Ponden Hall which too has associations with the Bronte's. Ponden Hall is considered to be Thrushcross Grange of 'Wuthering Heights'.


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 1C
Temp High: 6C
Feels Like: -7 to 4C
Percipitation: 0 mm
Wind Speed: 30 mph
Wind Direction: SW
UV Index: Low
Weather: Periods of cloud and sunshine.

MY WORK BOOK
Seeing to the sheep
Field
Misc
Tue 20/01/2009 08:30
Tue 20/01/2009 09:00
30 minutes
Job No.276
1) Took across some hay.
2) Put out some minerals.
3) Checked and counted the sheep.
4) Check the water trough for ice.

Checked around the greenhouses
Glass Houses
Tue 20/01/2009 09:00
Tue 20/01/2009 09:30
30 minutes
Job No.277
Did a bit of watering.

Digging Veg Garden
Walled Garden
Tue 20/01/2009 09:30
Tue 20/01/2009 10:30
1 hour
Job No.278

Break for tea
Home
Home
Tue 20/01/2009 10:30
Tue 20/01/2009 11:00
30 minutes
Job No.279
1 mug of tea.

Digging
Veg Garden
Walled Garden
Tue 20/01/2009 10:45
Tue 20/01/2009 12:45
2 hours
Job No.280

Break for lunch
Home
Home
Tue 20/01/2009 12:45
Tue 20/01/2009 13:30
45 minutes
Job No.281
1 mug of tea, 2 Mulberry jam and 2 golden syrup sandwiches and 4 pieces of malt loaf.

Digging
Veg Garden
Walled Garden
Tue 20/01/2009 13:30
Tue 20/01/2009 15:00
1.5 hours
Job No.282
Finished off digging another piece of the veg garden.

Pruning
Veg Garden
Walled Garden
Tue 20/01/2009 15:00
Tue 20/01/2009 16:00
1 hour
Job No.283
Made a start on pruning the apple trees.

Digging
Conifer hedge shrub border
Walled Garden
Tue 20/01/2009 16:00
Tue 20/01/2009 16:40
40 minutes
Job No.284

Clean and put away the tools
Potting Shed
Tue 20/01/2009 16:40
Tue 20/01/2009 17:00
20 minutes

Job No.285
NOTES

1) I had a phone call from my mate Jo today, she was asking if I would mind taking her dad with me when I went walking one time as its something he likes to do but no longer has anyone to go with, I said I wouldn't mind as long as we could fit it in okay.
COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

Sara You're welcoem to the pictures. The moors are just wilderness places really.

Jeanette Sorry I forgot to mention what I had for lunch, due to firstly my PDA playing up and then my computer I'm having to use some different software to record my jobs so I'm still getting to grips with the new way of doing things. The snow didn't amount to anything, it was just a few flakes in the wind.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Top Withens

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Across the moors to Top Withens.

Top Withens




TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 2C
Temp High: 6C
Feels Like: -4 to 0C
Percipitation: 8 mm
Wind Speed: 38 mph
Wind Direction: SW
UV Index: Low
Weather: Breezy with snow and rain.

MY WORK BOOK

See to the sheep
Field
Mon 19/01/2009 08:30 -Mon 19/01/2009 09:10
Misc
Job 267
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.
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Tidying up
Conservatory
Mon 19/01/2009 09:10 -Mon 19/01/2009 10:30
Greenhouses
Job No. 268
Took off the staging boards down one side of the conservatory and cleaned them off and then disinfected them also while they were off I had a good sweep up under the staging. (Note 1)
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Break for tea
Home
Mon 19/01/2009 10:30 -Mon 19/01/2009 10:45
Job No. 267
1 Mug of tea and 3 shortbread biscuits.
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Check if logs are needed.
Hall
Mon 19/01/2009 10:45 -Mon 19/01/2009 11:30
Job No.268
Took 3 baskets of logs.
Had a chat with cleaners.
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Cut down dead plants in courtyard
Courtyard
Mon 19/01/2009 11:30 -Mon 19/01/2009 12:30
Public Gardens
Job No. 269
Cut down some Chrysanths, Sedoms and anything else that looked like it needed a trim.
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Break for lunch
Home
Mon 19/01/2009 12:30 -Mon 19/01/2009 13:30
Job No.270
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Fetch some hay.
Farm
Mon 19/01/2009 13:30 -Mon 19/01/2009 15:00
Misc
Job No. 271
Fetched 11 bales of hay.
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Clear out the tubs
Courtyard
Mon 19/01/2009 15:00 -Mon 19/01/2009 15:35
Public Gardens
Job No. 272
There were a few old Osteospurmums left in the half barrels in the courtyard so as they were no longer looking like they were worth keeping I took them out.
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Clip the shrub by the office steps
Office steps
Mon 19/01/2009 15:35 -Mon 19/01/2009 16:00
Public Gardens
Job No.273
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Tidy up the fuel tank passage
fuel tank passage
Mon 19/01/2009 16:00 -Mon 19/01/2009 16:30
Public Gardens
Job No.274
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Clean and put away the tools.
Potting Shed
Mon 19/01/2009 16:30 -Mon 19/01/2009 17:00
Potting Shed
Job No.275

NOTES
1) A couple of pictures to show what I was doing with the staging.

After its been washed, scrubbed and disinfected.


COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

The Weaver of Grass I'm not sure what variety the Tomatoes are, they are actually rooted sideshoots from the ones I grew last summer and as I grew a few different kinds I can't really say. I remember when I first started gardening they had the solid fuel boiler to heat the greenhouses. In some ways I wish it was a solid fuel boiler here as it used to be in the potting shed so would have been nice and warm in there back in the old days. I don't think I would miss looking after the boiler though because as you say it was a bit of a chore.

Jeanette I'm guessing now that Coldies are beer or lager?

Mad Bush Farm Crew I find that grass cuttings from the lawn make a good mulch provided you haven't treated the lawn with weedkiller. I use a lot of grass cutting around the bottoms of the Raspberries and they seem to love it.

Merle Thats okay, just pop in when you have a minute. Its a shame your beans died but as you say its better for them to suffer than yourself. I often wondered why they have the V8 Supercar season in your Winter because most of the motor sport here is done during the summer months but I guess if you have that sort of heat it wouldn't be possible to race a car in it so I reckon that answers my question.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Too Hot To Imagine.

TODAY'S WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 2C
Temp High: 4C
Feels Like: -5 to 2C
Precipitation: 3mm
Wind Speed: 48 mph
Wind Direction: SW
UV Index: Low
Weather: Mostly sunny.

NOTES
My work book is a bit limited today with it being a Sunday so instead I will reply to your comments which you have kindly left me.
COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara Tomorrow all being well I will include some pictures of Top Withins farm house which is where its thought Wuthering Heights came from in the book written by the Bronte's
Matron Tippy and Tommy are doing fine both are enjoying an afternoon nap at the moment. The boss said that the hedgehog escaped, if the dogs did get fleas then its nothing more than they deserve as they are terrible pests in the garden.
The Weaver of Grass I've never had it before, its another one of Vicki's wonderful creations. I don't think the hedgehog intended being out, knowing those two dogs they went and woke it up.
Mad Bush Farm Crew The farm was a thousand feet above sea level so we got quite extreme weather if there was any around so I think that's why we got frozen up so badly sometimes. Travelling anywhere these days seems to be getting harder. It seems to me that the more times goes on the more backward we become. There is certainly a long way to go before Startrek become reality, I doubt it ever will the way things are going.
Jim I'm glad to see you're back okay and didn't hit any icebergs or anything, now that would have been a worry considering where you went! I already enjoyed looking at you pics and reading the account of your trip so far. I don't know if you were joking when you said about being able to camp close to the car park but the walk I'm post pics of is the long walk I did last summer so there was definitely no cars around, not that belonged to me anyway.
Carla Thank you for popping by. I realised after I read your comment that no one can see the pics of my tomatoes growing anymore so I will post a picture of them which was taken in December just as they were starting to ripen. I must point out that the greenhouse has heating so they are kept pretty warm.

Annie Wicking You're welcome to the visit, I am prone to blog wandering sometimes although I don't always comment - I am a man of few words.
Red Clover Mmmm, I think the easiest way to answer that is to send you a picture as for my fav flower to work with I think I would say Dahlia's. The reason for that is that they are easy to grow, flower non stop from last frost to the first frost, don't seem to mind whether the summer is wet or dry, There size range is from miniature to massive both with regard to the plant size and flower size, they are really easy to propagate from cuttings and the range of colours seem to be just about infinite, of course the biggest drawback to Dahlia's is getting them though the Winter. I have lots of favourite plants but if I could only grow one kind it would be Dahlia's.
Jeanette I don't like the sound of fire, that must be a real worry. I can't imagine it being that hot.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Signs Of The Pennine Way.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Very tempting.

Off licence, camping AND first aid, what more could one ask for?

(Note 3)

My tent pitched at May's Aladdin's Cave




TODAY'S WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 5C
Temp High: 6C
Feels Like: -3 to -1C
Precipitation: 4mm
Wind Speed: 51 mph
Wind Direction: S
UV Index: Low
Weather: Cloudy with a little rain and breezy.


MY WORK BOOK
247
15/01/2009 08:30
15/01/2009 08:55
00:25
Misc
Attending to the sheep
1) Took across some hay. 2) checked and counted the sheep. 3) Put out some minerals.
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248
15/01/2009 08:55
15/01/2009 10:35
01:40
Walled Garden
Pruning
Made a start on pruning the pear trees on the east wall.
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249
15/01/2009 10:35
15/01/2009 11:00
00:25
Home
Break for tea.
1 mug of tea.
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250
15/01/2009 11:00
15/01/2009 12:45
01:45
Walled Garden
Pruning
Continued to prune the pear trees.
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251
15/01/2009 12:45
15/01/2009 13:30
00:45
Home
Break for lunch
1 mug of tea, 2 tomato sandwiches, 2 Mulberry jam sandwiches and 3 mince pies. (Note 1).
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252
15/01/2009 13:30
15/01/2009 14:30
01:00
Walled Garden
Clearing up
Clearing up the prunings from the pear trees.
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253
15/01/2009 14:30
15/01/2009 15:50
01:20
Main Garden
Tidying up
The dogs had ripped 8 holes in the lawn whilst trying to kill a hedgehog so I had to try and patch them up a bit.
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254
15/01/2009 15:50
15/01/2009 16:30
00:40
Walled Garden
Edging
Put a new edge on one of the pieces of grass by the rose garden.
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255
15/01/2009 16:30
15/01/2009 16:45
00:15
Potting Shed
Clean and put away the tools
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256
15/01/2009 16:45
15/01/2009 17:00
00:15
Hall
See to the bins
Put back the black bins, after standing in the courtyard for a week they finally came to empty them today.

NOTES

1) The Tomatoes were home grown from the greenhouse.
2) I think I'm getting on top of my computer problems so hopefully I will be back to normal soon.
3) For those that don't know I will just explain that an 'Off Licence' is a shop that has a licence to sell alcohol

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara I'm glad you keep on coming back Sara, its always nice to see my friends and if none of you ever came to look there would be no point in putting any pics on at all so please visit as often as you like.

Jeanette Don't worry about the bridge, its been there hundreds of years and will probably be there hundreds more, its very solid. When it gets that hot here Tom is in for a hard time cos we don't have fans so he would have to got to school to learn how to stand by me and fan me with his big bushy tail so it would be a long night for Tom!

Mad Bush Farm Crew Animals can drink a lot of water when the weather is hot. When I was on the farm I also ended up carting water around in very cold weather because all the outside troughs were frozen solid so I had to cart water to the troughs with the water tanker.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Life On The Edge.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
An old footbridge over Colden Water.


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 3C
Temp High: 5C
Feels Like: -4 to 4C
Percipitation: 0mm
Wind Speed: 17 mph
Wind Direction: S
UV Index: Low
Weather: Mostly sunny.

MY WORK BOOK

Misc
Tending the sheep.
Field
08:30 09:30
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.
3) Broke the ice on the water trough.
4) Took across a bag of minerals as there was none left in the bucket or trouugh.

Greenhouses
Seeing to the greenhouses
09:30 10:30
Did some watering.

Misc
Break for tea.
Home
10:30 10:45
1 mug of tea

Walled Garden
Edging Long Walk
10:45 12:45
Putting an around the conifers on the long walk.

Misc
Break for lunch
Home
12:45 13:45
1 mug of tea, 4 golden syrup sandwiches and 4 pieces of malt loaf. (Note 2).

Walled Garden
Edging Long Walk
13:45 16:15
Finshed edging around the conifer trees.

Walled Garden
Digging
Veg garden
16:15 16:45

Potting Shed
Clean and put away the tools.
16:45 17:10

NOTES
1) The layout is a bit different tonight due to my computer not working properly so I'm having to post in a different way to normal.

2) I was going to have Mulberry jam but I couldn't get the top off the jar!

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED

Mad Bush Farm Crew Thats okay about being busy, I'm always torn between actually writing a post or visiting people as I don't always have time for both. I also know how busy farm life can be in the summer.

salina The road out of the valley is very steep in places and winds its way between stone built houses clinging to the hillside.

Sara The countryside at this point of the walk is that of the Bronte sisters who wrote such books as Wuthering Heights, my next pictures will be of the moors around where they lived.

Red Clover If I give you two pictures everyday I might run out of pictures! Here its not too cold now but very wet, muddy and GREY.

The Weaver of Grass I am still pretty busy, I guess I must have learnt to make it look easy LOL! The cellar work was quite hard really and a bit pointless to my mind as all I was doing was moving the logs from one side of the cellar to the other but they want it like that so I have to do it.

Jeanette It was too hot inside for me, I worked up a right sweat. I don't know how you cope with those temps, I wouldn't mind your sunshine though.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Cellar Work

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
The way down in to the Calder Valley.

The way out of the calder valley.


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: 4C
Temp High: 9C
Feels Like: -1 to 7C
Percipitation: 7mm
Wind Speed: 43 mph
Wind Direction: SW
UV Index: Low
Weather: Rain at times.


MY WORK BOOK
220
12/01/2009 08:30
12/01/2009 08:55
00:25
Misc
Attending to the sheep
1) Took across some hay.
2) Checked and counted the sheep.
3) Put out some minerals.
4) Checked water trough for leaks. (Note 1)
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221
12/01/2009 08:55
12/01/2009 09:10
00:15
Greenhouses
Attending to greenhouse duties
Had a walk round, there wasn't much to do that couldn't wait.
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222
12/01/2009 09:10
12/01/2009 09:25
00:15
Hall
Take in logs.
Took in 3 baskets of logs.
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223
12/01/2009 09:25
12/01/2009 10:35
01:10
Hall
Stacking logs
Stacking the logs that arrived on Friday.
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224
12/01/2009 10:35
12/01/2009 11:05
00:30
Home
Break for tea.
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225
12/01/2009 11:05
12/01/2009 12:15
01:10
Hall
Sweeping up in the cellar
Swept up in the cellar.
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226
12/01/2009 12:15
12/01/2009 12:55
00:40
Walled Garden
Digging
Did some digging in the veg garden.
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227
12/01/2009 12:55
12/01/2009 13:55
01:00
Home
Break for lunch
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228
12/01/2009 13:55
12/01/2009 16:35
02:40
Walled Garden
Cutting back
Pruned back some of the shrubs in the shrub border behind the Conifer hedge. Also took away to the burn pile most of the rubbish.
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229
12/01/2009 16:35
12/01/2009 17:00
00:25
Potting Shed
Clean and put away the tools

NOTES
After a prolonged spell of freezing weather its best to check water troughs and outdoor pipes for bursts, the trough looked to be fine.


COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
The Weaver of Grass There is a control for Vine Weevil, I can't think what its called off hand though. In this case the plant was a succulent type plant so I'm hoping it will put out new roots now its re potted in clean compost. I do prefer the cold weather in winter because as you say it does a good job controling the busg and what have you.

Jeanette You get used to the cold Jeanette, there was one day when it was painful to put my hand in the trough to fish out the ice. The thing is the sheep probably never once drank from the trough but I always think that if I was in a field and I fancied a drink I would be able to get one so thats why I do it.

Sara Thats just what I thought when I saw the road, I guess its fair to say that it doesn't get the traffic on it that the modern roads do though. It is interesting to see though. The Hyacinths were bought by the former lady to the big house, I think she thought they would open out for Christmas but they didn't so she gave them to me to bring on in the greenhouse for her. I didn't bother to force any this year as no one has bothered with them in the past.

Sara The Pennine way is 160 miles long and runs over the Pennine Hills and the Cheviot Hills which are in the centre of northern England. The way isn't to far away from where I live.

Jeanette Yes the digging and everything kept me very warm, I never have much trouble keeping warm. Glad you like the history lessons!

salina Thanks Salina. We don't get much snow here in the UK and when we do it last no time at all. The worst thing about the UK in winter is the grey gloom and dampness.

Friday, 9 January 2009

Log Delivery.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
Stoodley Pike, is a land mark that is seen for miles around unless like me you're out walking in the fog and rain. It stands 120 feet high and was constructed to commemorate the peace of Ghent the abdication of Napolean in 1814.

Looking back to Stoodley Pike after the rain.



MY WORK BOOK
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208
09/01/2009 08:35
09/01/2009 09:05
00:30
Misc
Lighting summer house fire
Today was a shoot day so I lit a fire in the summer house for the beaters.
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209
09/01/2009 09:05
09/01/2009 09:35
00:30
Misc
fetch things from the church
Had to fetch the Christmas tree from the church, there are still a couple of other things to fetch but I was told to leave those for a while.
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210
09/01/2009 09:35
09/01/2009 09:40
00:05
Misc
See to summer house fire
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211
09/01/2009 09:40
09/01/2009 10:00
00:20
Misc
Attending to the sheep
Took across some hay, checked and counted them and broke the ice on the water trough.
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212
09/01/2009 10:00
09/01/2009 10:30
00:30
Misc
Have a bonefire
Had some rubbish to burn from Christmas so lit the burn pile with it.
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213
09/01/2009 10:30
09/01/2009 10:45
00:15
Home
Break for tea.
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214
09/01/2009 13:35
09/01/2009 14:10
00:35
Main Garden
Tidying up
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215
09/01/2009 14:10
09/01/2009 14:45
00:35
Hall
Take in logs.
Had a load of logs delivered so had to throw them down the cellar.
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216
09/01/2009 14:45
09/01/2009 16:00
01:15
Walled Garden
Clearing leaves
Some stray leaves had collected round the rose garden area so swept them up and took them to the bonfire.
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217
09/01/2009 16:00
09/01/2009 16:35
00:35
Walled Garden
Digging
Did half an hours digging in the veg garden as it was turning cold so needed a warm job.
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218
09/01/2009 16:35
09/01/2009 17:05
00:30
Potting Shed
Clean and put away the tools

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Made A Start On The Digging.

MY PENNINE WAY PICTURE FOR TODAY
The old road said to date back to Roman times at the top of which is the Aiggin stone.

MY WORK
196
08/01/2009 08:30
08/01/2009 08:55
00:25
Misc
Attending to the sheep

1) Took across some hay.
2) Put out some minerals.
3) Checked and counted the sheep.

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197
08/01/2009 08:55
08/01/2009 09:40
00:45
Greenhouses
Attending to greenhouse duties
Checking round.
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198
08/01/2009 09:40
08/01/2009 10:35
00:55
Walled Garden
Digging
Made a start on digging over the veg garden.
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199
08/01/2009 10:35
08/01/2009 11:00
00:25
Home
Break for tea.
1 mug of tea.
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200
08/01/2009 11:00
08/01/2009 11:25
00:25
Pumpend
Fetching plants back.
Had to collect some Hyacinths to bring on in the greenhouse.
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201
08/01/2009 11:25
08/01/2009 13:00
01:35
Walled Garden
Clearing up
Continued my tipy up around the summer house.
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202
08/01/2009 13:00
08/01/2009 14:00
01:00
Home
Break for lunch
1 mug of tea, 4 black currant jam sandwiches and 4 pieces of malt loaf.
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203
08/01/2009 14:00
08/01/2009 14:30
00:30
Walled Garden
Digging
Did half an hours digging in the veg garden.
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204
08/01/2009 14:30
08/01/2009 15:05
00:35
Main Garden
Planting
Planted the Pansies in the stone trough by the Japanese garden
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205
08/01/2009 15:05
08/01/2009 16:25
01:20
Walled Garden
Clearing up
Finished of clear up by the summer house steps.
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206
08/01/2009 16:25
08/01/2009 16:50
00:25
Potting Shed
Clean and put away the tools
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207
08/01/2009 16:50
08/01/2009 16:55
00:05
Hall
See to the bins
Put out 3 recycle tubs ready for collection tomorrow. They never collected the rubbish today so I couldn't put the bins back.

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Aiggin Stone.

MY PICTURE FROM THE PENNINE WAY
This is the Aiggin Stone and marks the summit of the old road which I will show you tomorrow.


TODAYS WEATHER READINGS
Temp Low: -1C
Temp High: +4C
Feels Like: -1 to +4C
Percipitation: 1 mm
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind Direction: W
UV Index: Low
Weather: Cloudy and a bit warmer than yesterday.

MY WORK BOOK
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07/01/2009 08:30
07/01/2009 08:55
00:25
Misc
Attending to the sheep
1) Took across some hay.
2) Broke the ice on the water trough.
3) checked and counted the sheep.

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07/01/2009 09:25
00:30
Greenhouses
Attending to greenhouse duties
Did some watering and potted up a plant that had fallen prey to vine weevil.
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07/01/2009 09:25
07/01/2009 10:15
00:50
Main Garden
Cutting back
Cutting back some more ivy from the low wall by the summer house.
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07/01/2009 10:15
07/01/2009 10:30
00:15
Home
Ordering seeds
Checked over the order before handing in to the office.
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07/01/2009 10:30
07/01/2009 11:00
00:30
Home
Break for tea.
1 mug of tea.
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07/01/2009 11:00
07/01/2009 12:50
01:50
Main Garden
Clearing up
Clearing up and carting away all the ivy that was trimmed from the walls
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07/01/2009 12:50
07/01/2009 13:35
00:45
Home
Break for lunch
1 mug of tea, 4 cheese sandwiches and 4 pieces of Malt loaf.
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07/01/2009 13:35
07/01/2009 14:40
01:05
Misc
Fetch some hay
Fetched 5 bales of hay and 1 propane cylinder for the greenhouse heater.
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07/01/2009 14:40
07/01/2009 16:05
01:25
Walled Garden
Clearing up
Clearing up and carting away the rubbish cut from the walls by the summer house.
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07/01/2009 16:05
07/01/2009 16:25
00:20
Potting Shed
Clean and put away the tools
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07/01/2009 16:25
07/01/2009 16:50
00:25
Hall
See to the bins
Put out 3 black bins from the hall, 1 from Franks and 1 from Pumpend.

COMMENTS FROM THE POTTING SHED
Sara Ha ha - don't worry, Tippy is very forgiving. The motorway that the bridge spans was created in the late 1960s after the route of the Pennine Way was approved so the bridge had to be build especially to accommodate the trail.

The Weaver of Grass You're right about the sun, the picture was taken yesterday which was a nice sunny day unlike today which has been grey, damp and cold. Yes I did have a sweet lunch didnt I, I needed the energy to keep me warm!