July has been an almost perfect summer month this year. We had lots of sunny, warm and dry weather but also a few thundery breakdowns, which included a few classic summer thunderstorms here. We avoided the flash flooding and other nasty consequences that hit others and so were happy to see them go past. It […]
I do not have any weather station hardware yet, but I wanted to make a start on a project to create a weather station for home. I want to keep an accurate and reliable record of the main weather data but also share them – through a web site and direct to various agencies so the […]
Despite all the rain today and Saturday, the first courgette is in flower with its huge, not quite politically correct bloom. The colour is wonderful too. It catches the eye from far away. It almost looks alien. It is good to see that crops are on the way. I have thoroughly enjoyed working on the […]
After more than a week of very hard work, there is real progress in the garden. The greenhouse is fully fixed and functioning, with tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers and a melon all growing nicely, along with some mixed salad leaves. Outside, the deep beds are in position and filled with lovely soil that I bought in. […]
I have twice received signals from FR1GZ this morning using WSPR. WSPR is a digital radio signal (details and free software here) designed to pass minimal information with minimal radio power over great distances. Since FR1GZ is the call sign of a radio amateur on Reunion Island deep in the Indian Ocean, this has definitely worked. […]
I wandered down the garden this morning to see that the blackbird eggs had gone. Not a surprise. There was no debris visible so something took them away to eat them. I did not see what or when it happened, but foxes are common here and could certainly carry eggs.
I spent about an hour and a half in the garden, beginning the long process of bringing it under control again. Things have been much too busy for a long time for me to do much more than cut the lawn, so there is much to do. Today, I cut back the grape vine that […]