Friday, 23 October 2015

British Summertime.

Tomorrow is the last day before British Summertime ends, the clocks are put back one hour and darkness falls before tea time.
To be honest, the fact that for a little while it is lighter in the mornings always seems totally unnoticeable to me.   But it all means less time to do things outside and more time inside.

To this end I have been trying this afternoon to finish off my bulb-planting.   All but one dozen of the daffodils are now in the ground and all the crocus.  (the snowdrops I never disturb).   There are about a hundred tulips to go in but it is still plenty of time for those.

How lucky we have been here inWensleydale with the weather this Autumn.   Our River - the River Ure - can reputedly rise as much as twenty feet in an hour in pouring wet weather as water runs off the fells and down all the becks to join the main river.   This means that at key points along the Dale is becomes impossible to get through.   There is a high road and a low road, and by crossing from one to the other at certain points it is usually possible to negotiate the Dale with difficulty.   This year there has not been one single day when the Ure has been high.

The Syndicate shooting begins tomorrow so that the farmer will be out all day and I shall have the day to myself - I shall go out with my secateurs and cut off several rogue shoots I have spotted on the climbing roses, I shall go to the Library and change my books, I shall spend an hour on the jig saw which is calling from the table and then I shall get ready to go out to friends for dinner in the evening.   A nice, relaxing day - hopefully.

7 comments:

Heather said...

Thankyou for reminding me that I still have a pot full of bulbs to be planted. Every year I manage to dig so many up when I'm digging up obstinate weeds. We are off to a grandson's wedding tomorrow so I hope the day will be reasonably kind for that and for your gardening. Enjoy your day and evening.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Feel like attempting to grow chillis or tomatoes next year. Would be nice to grow something

angryparsnip said...

What a wonderful day. A hundred tulips ? Oh my goodness. But what beauty in the spring.
Our fall has just appeared. I can have the screened doors open part of the day. Last nigh it was 69 at my house ! This week high 70,s to low 80's. durning the day.Such a treat for me.

cheers, parsnip

Joanne Noragon said...

Actually, tomorrow sounds perfect.

Beverley said...

You really shouldn't have said that about the river not rising...........it will now.

Mac n' Janet said...

It ends here next weekend on the 1st. I use to hate the time changes when I worked, I felt out of whack. Thought it'd be better when I retired, but it's not, things still seem strange.

Cro Magnon said...

I'm rather looking forward to the hour's change. At the moment I can only get outside at 8.15am (European time) to walk the dog, as before that it's still dark. Next week my walk will end at 7.45-ish, and I will be able to get on with the days work so much earlier.