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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:50 pm

River Elwy back down to its low clear summer levels this morning, one or two Maple trees now showing brilliant yellow ochre along the banks on a beautiful calm sunny morning, too warm it turned out for the fleece jacket I'd prudently put on earlier.
I burned some pruning's earlier on in the year around May and within minutes I had an attentive audience!
Like the sheep they are always looking for a free snack, an apple or some fresh succulent green weeds pulled out, as in wheelbarrow; See pic.
The picture jogged my memory of just a few years ago when we had a Bichon Frise called Ben.
He followed me out to the back garden this day and being a creature of comfort, he settled down for a kip on my heavy anorak alongside the back fence as I was burning pruning's in the fire bin.
The inquisitive cattle gathered and a huge bullock reached through the fence and licked the sleeping Ben with that long raspy rough tongue they have.
A terrified Ben leapt two feet in the air with a loud scream and fled down the garden to the safety of his bed in the house.
To be honest though we did call him "Ben the Wus" He was not a brave dog!
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:55 am


"Come little leaves" said the wind one day,
"Come to the meadows with me and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold,
For summer is past and the days grow cold."

Autumn colours are rapidly appearing everywhere as the nights close in and get chillier; I saw the most beautiful red/gold harvest moon on Saturday night about 8.30pm but by the time I'd got my camera out, changed the battery and got a heavy coat on, it was pulling away from the Clwyds above Tremeirchion and losing its red loom. This is looking east from our back garden, in the second pic I took, Harvest Moon 2, you can see the red cloud cover disappearing from the waning moon.

This summer I have tried bud grafting some new very dwarfing plum and cherry rootstocks I bought last winter and because of extremely hot weather I delayed it until early August. Yesterday I very carefully removed the grafting tape from four of the first grafts I did on 3rd August and was most gratified to see I have 100% success!
Not had much success with this type of grafting before so I'm very pleased, I know now that timing is everything.
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:07 pm

Cool mists in the morning,
The call of wild geese,
Days quickly shortening
Ends Summer's brief lease.

Now cold and abandoned,
The mud-cups that bore,
Young Swallows departed;
For Africa's shore.


The last lot of plums for this year were picked this week, 22 lovely sweet Marjorie's seedling plums to be exact.
Must have been the hot summer that sweetened them up that extra bit!
Too nice to cook, see pic, a lovely deep purple, reminds me of one of my favourite groups from the late 60's early 70's Deep Purple, anyone remember the unmistakable intro to "Hush" about as memorable an intro as Lemmy from Motorhead with "The Ace Of Spades"


I was lucky enough to go fly fishing on Thursday with Nigel to Llandegla and had a pleasant day on a superb fishing day. Llandegla is a beautiful part of Wales and even the trip there right through the Vale of Clwyd is scenic, particularly scenic is through the densely wooded steep sided Graig-fechan.
The hundreds of Rowan trees around Llandegla are putting on their annual autumn show with bright orange berries everywhere on display in the bright sunshine.
A good days fishing with 5 rainbow to the net and a pure bonus, a lovely brown trout of about one and a half pounds right at the end of session, (see pic below)
The pic is not the best but we were in a hurry to get the little beauty back in the water to grow some more. We saw a nine pound Brownie caught at this spot last year!
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:04 pm


Rain soaked spent raiment that branches can't keep,
Windblown and trembling the Autumn leaves weep;
Massed leaves swirl in eddies, shades fading fast,
Decaying reminders of a Summer now passed.

Now cold and abandoned, the mud cups that bore,
Fledged swallows departed for Africa's shore;
Hoar frosted Dahlia's in a new Harvest moon,
The last signs that summer is all gone too soon.
I thought I would post the original poem I dedicated to Roy Castle who died on the 2nd September 1994, a nice man.

The Autumn brings us the darker evenings and the inevitable creepy thoughts of ghosts, Bogart's and things that go bump in the night.
This witches and warlocks theme is now adopted commercially as we carve up thousands of perfectly good pumpkins and children exploit to the point of annoyance the American 'trick or treat' at Halloween or All Hallows Eve as it was formerly known.
We seem to be well provided for with ghosts, fairies and goblins locally here in North Wales and this time of year seems to be a catalyst for bringing them out!

On the A541 at a place called Fairy Hill (Bryn-Yr-Ellyllon the ghost of a white lady (Arglwyddes Gwyn) has been seen at a house on the north side of this road at Mold.
The house near the roundabout to Mynydd Isa has a (quite inaccurate) plaque outside commemorating the finding of a rare and priceless Bronze Age artefact, the Mold Gold Cape.
On the 8th October 1833 workmen digging into the fairy hill, a stone barrow to collect stone for road repair discovered the gold cape with a small human skeleton, decorated with amber beads and an urn containing burnt human remains. Since this discovery the white lady has appeared. Very close by is another historical site, at Maes Garmon farm is an obelisk to commemorate the victory in battle of St Garmon and his Christian army against the Picts and Scots in 430AD close to this was the Gnomes Well, this was in use and existence up to 1910 when it was filled in due to road widening work. the spring that fed this well has reappeared on the opposite side of the road further down to the original!
Judging by the many sightings and name places, Mold appears to be well represented by 'The little people' or, they drank a lot in those days!
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