one man and his dog

One man and his dog have been trying to keep cool in this heat

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This was taken of Gibbs surveying the dam building in the little stream that runs along the edge of our orchard.   By the way, we’re still waiting for Gibbs’ biopsy results.  I’ll let you all know as soon as we do.

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My husband enjoys playing with water almost as much as Gibbs does.  Anyway, they were both nice and cool, in the shade . . . meanwhile in the sunshine . . .

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This is what the hens’ enclosure looks like, after several months of pecking, and scratching.  The only plant that has survived is

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I’ve no idea what it is, but it’s very pretty.  Hens meanwhile have been moved to summer camp, in the orchard.

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They’ve got plenty of fresh grass to peck/scratch and they’re in the shade of two apple trees.  You can only see two gals in the photo . . . Miss Moneypenny is brooding.

Anyway, a quick tour with the camera to see how everything is growing in the heat.

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The kiwi vine is covered in tiny fruit.  That won’t be ready for harvest until December/January, but I’m keeping a close eye on them already.

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This is one of the our grape vines (for eating grapes).  Husband cut it back last year and it has grown with new vigour this season.

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In the veggie patch . . .

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Courgettes are spreading and we’ve already begun harvesting & enjoying them while they’re small & tender.

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Same goes for potatos which husband planted under straw this year.  We’ve already enjoyed some baby new potatos (from the middle row).

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We’ve got 18 tomato plants under cover and first tommies are there.

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Other plants are looking a bit sorry for themselves, but growing nonetheless, apart from the brocoli which has completly gone to seed.

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And I have no idea what’s going on with my beans this year!

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We’ve planted 3 rows so far, at fortnightly intervals, but things are either coming up patchy or not at all.  Husband suggests he turn over the soil in what was the hens’ enclosure to plant more beans there.  I think he might have to.

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