After 2 Weeks of Solid Rain

Sat for a moment on the terrace, I can finally feel the warmth of the sun upon my face! It’s time for this years grape harvest. A late one this year, what with this dratted weather. It will have to be tomorrow however as I am preparing for the children’s arrival home from school. Homemade ‘Shire’ pasties for dinner made last week and quick frozen for an any day mid week treat! Obviously followed by Dadda’s ‘Baked’ well tart.

I think that we have a few days of sunshine forecast this week, so a little outdoor time is inevitable. I’m not so keen on Autumn as a season, due to the leaf fall, deadheading and general maintenance a garden requires. John will inevitably look after the lawn, but my designated area is the terrace. As stated, the vine will get a pruning tomorrow. And about time as I’ve noticed a few bunches going moldy! The Canadian Oak has a deepening hue of orange now. Yes, Autumn is here. A few more weeks grace before leaf fall of the shrubs assorted around the terrace. If I hark back to the early entries on my diary blog, this was the time of year I was describing. The scarlet leaves of the acer’s has begun, the wisteria is starting to yellow, ready to release its hefty weight of leaves and the hydrangea will soon be ready for it’s now blackened floral bouquets to be deadheaded and disposed of! The central heating is once again set to timer. We are preparing for the cold months ahead.

Today saw the invites going to school for our ‘Hallow-Fawkes’ party in the woods and our terrace! Yes, it has escalated from just the neighbours families attending! I will of course update you once people have r.s.v.p.’d. Something to look forward to, though we have the intrepid Victoria and Glen back this weekend with all three children. Lucy and Aiden were unable to come last month with Fi. Let’s hope the sunny weather extends itself to the weekend.

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

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