Category Archives: Round Hill

There goes the neighbourhood.

Two of the last three mature elms lost on the Upper Lewes Road.  OK, so Dutch Elm disease was spotted last year, but the Council’s tree surgeons simply cut off all the boughs leaving the trunk.  The plan was it … Continue reading

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Windows, spikes and grappa

Days ago now Rowena was urging me to go out for a walk, and I mumbled something about possibly dropping into a bar.  She suggested an alternative – a photo project – to seek out things that were ‘spiky’, ’round’, … Continue reading

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Squirrel activity, hornbeam and hazel.

I was sitting in the shade of our mighty hornbeam reading an old New Scientist when small things started to slowly rain down on the magazine and me.  It was associated with a shaking of leafy twigs and a clicking … Continue reading

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Renovating the bird table

Our back garden is really quite small, some 60 feet by 17 feet, but it is the permanent source of jobs, every one leading to another.  A few weeks ago we cut back the increasingly oppressive holly by the back … Continue reading

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Benefits of a drizzly day

The new grass seed is being gently watered with no effort from me, and no addition to the water bill.  Whilst out checking the seed was actually growing (it is) I spotted a garden spider in her web, made distinct … Continue reading

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Toads and flying ants

Yesterday early eve I was reading in the back garden when I heard something crunching across layers of brittle brown bay leaves.  A pair of toads were walking in line along the foot of a low wall, approaching three steps … Continue reading

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By ‘eck that’s an echium alright.

The fairly modest 9foot tall echium of last summer has developed two flower spikes this year, and it must be over 15 feet tall, and full of busy buzzing bees.  Actually 15 feet might be an underestimate – if you … Continue reading

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