Six on Saturday: 4 December 2021

What a difference a week makes! Though not so much if you or your relatives are still without power. I have been wondering if the contiuing power outages has affected some UK postal deliveries as I sent a parcel from North Wales to Galashiels in the Scottish Borders on 22 November and my niece still hasn’t received it 5 days after her birthday!!

Of course, somewhere between here and there, someone might just be sitting down to read an anthology of short stories (some by me), drinking a choice of two different flavoured hot chocolate sachets and munching their way through a packet of five Curly Wurlies. Do leave a review on Amazon for the book.

So back to today’s Six on Saturday, edited by The Propagator.

Feed the birds, tuppence a bag,Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag...” It costs a lot more than tuppence (1p) these days, and with the weather being so mild until a couple of weeks ago our feathered friends have ignored the feeders. But last weekend, after Storm Arwen had moved on to cause havoc elsewhere, robins, tits (great and blue – I’m hoping for long-tailed), a wren, and several sparrows (or at least small, brown and grey things with beaks) have been jostling for a spot on the feeders in both front and rear gardens so I’ve put more out, and a tray for the robins who do their best to hover but prefer to feed on the ground (or the garage roof). Of course, I’m never going to manage a photograph of them feeding unless I sit outside for hours!

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Six on Saturday: 16 October 2021

Unless you want to see wall-to-wall white cosmos or arty shots of colourful leaves drifting silently to the ground, you’re stuck with what I’ve been able to scrape from the bottom of the gardening barrel, which isn’t much (and some isn’t even from my garden). But they are all I have to show for this week’s Six on Saturday hosted by The Propagator.

Raspberry ‘Yummy’ is still bearing fruit in mid-October (of which two were eaten by me literally the minute the shutter had clicked); which still begs the question – is it summer or autumn fruiting, and when should I prune it?

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Six on Saturday: 10 July 2021

A grey day so far, cool too. Everything that needed it had a good watering and feed yesterday, and there seems to be a lull in the vegetable production, though salad leaves of several varieties are still going. In the front border, I’ve deadheaded all the peonies; they only lasted a couple of weeks this year and no sign of further buds – perhaps the clumps need splitting, a job on the list for autumn. I’ve also managed to beat the birds to the alpine strawberries and have a few handfuls in the freezer. When I have enough, we’ll eat them with some ice-cream.

Right, time for my Six on Saturday selection – six things in the garden – suggested by The Propagator and the highlight of the gardening week (along with Gardener’s World on the tellybox).

It’s honeysuckle time in the shady borders at the back of the house (under the trees).

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