It's too hot to be outside now so I am in the office thankful for air conditioning, surrounded of course by the dogs. Despite 25% of our normal rainfall so far, our bees and trees are still surviving for which we are most grateful. Leaves and flowers are much reduced but still there - nature always does its best. We will certainly cherish the easier and more plentiful times to come.
And, we have not let the grass grow under our feet this year - wot grass! - so here are some changes. Pictures on the left are 2018; right, 2019.
(1) Raised veg beds now covered from hail - not entirely, so that the bees can visit.
(2) The 'West orchard' covered from birds and mulched to help retain water and give the trees a more forest floor environment. I am so thankful for consultants Kim and Angus Deans' patient help, Mr Bendy's steel bending, Peter our perpetual builder's building skills and my husband John who quietly gets on and makes these visions happen.