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De Vine & Nut Tree 

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As those of you who follow me will know I have built us a “fly free zone”(FFZ for short) where we can sit without being mullered by wasps or black biting flies. It also provides a certain amount of camouflage for bird watching, especially now I have loped the olive tree.

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Two years ago I planted a very small  cutting of a grape-vine which we have watched grow slowly, and I do mean slowly, until last year.  Since then it has been a competition between the Walnut tree and the Vine to see who can grow the tallest and longest.  The Walnut tree was winning last year as it shot up putting out two new branches so not wanting it to become a giant I pinched out the tips – I had already cut out the central growing bit – of the tallest branches and waited for the others to catch up. As for the vine well, although it spread around the FFZ, it did not bear any fruit and behaved itself until now that is!  You can see from the ‘before and after’ photos that they both did very well. I pinched out the tips of the other two branches on the Walnut tree no problem there however, on further inspection I found the vine had taken a liking to the tree and was wending its way up into it.  So I got the secateurs cut that branch away then after checking  found there were several bunches of grapes on the main stem hidden by loads of leaves. Then my wife asked if I was going to sort out the bit which was trying its hardest to grow across the FFZ door. But the thing that finally drove me into action were the hornets.  Where the vine had latched onto the netting it’s weight has torn a small hole which allowed the hornets to get in so with staple gun in one hand and secateurs in the other I repaired the hole and began the job of drastic pruning.  Now only the fruit bearing branches are left the grapes are filling out and we can see the garden more clearly.  It may not be the correct way of doing things but up here it works.

Weather Gardening

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As you may or not know it has been very very hot, too hot to work outdoors and only just bearable indoors. So when Thursday broke cool and grey a cuppa appeared by my bed accompanied by “I’m in the garden whilst the weathers like this” and she was sorting out the tyre garden before I had drunk it.   Now this tyre was left here by the delivery guy many moons ago and put to use as a bulb garden at the top of the drive.  Two years ago she planted some of the lilies in there along with the other bulbs but they took over and stifled the Irises and Tulips.,So out came all the bulbs carefully sorted  then began the work of filling in under the rim of the tyre with stones.  (Please note the lesser spotted Michael plant is not for this planter it’s too big.)

This done the earth was spread around again and a coffee appeared should have known, out came the plant books and we sat pouring over them and discussing what would go well where.  “Right then, fancy lunch I’m buying.” that meant one thing garden shopping!  Well I did want a few thing so we got ready then headed for Reus and the big stores and lunch in the Chinese.

Weather Weather Come Our Way

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When we left there were dark clouds everywhere but NO RAIN……  As we neared the pass it began to rain but as we were driving through clouds I suppose it should have.  Up and over the mountains we went down towards the coast with lighter sky’s but still no sun or rain.  The return journey along the coast was no different and I was feeling a little let down all these dark clouds but no rain and we really needed it.  Friday came in cool and grey, but at least we could get out and do thing. One important job was getting the petrol for the generator if it was going to be overcast for a few days we would need to run it for a while to top up the batteries, so under darkening sky’s we went shopping.

 

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Returning home we filled up the generator,  I looked at the sky and grrrrr’d at it then went to continue writing.  But hey guess what we got our rain at last in the shape of a promised thunder-storm.  The first we knew about it approach was the wind getting up and blowing a hooly, bit like the approach of a squall at seq.  It got darker and I heard a distant rumbling as well as seeing the odd flash streak across the sky.  I then noticed my wife sitting in her chair concentrating on her laptop “did you hear that?” I asked “shut up I am ignoring it” was the reply and she did.  Even when it was over head and the rain came very brave.  Normally I would find her hidden away where she cannot see the flashes, a while later she even stood and watch the light show nature put on over the town the sky was lit up in a most spectacular way.  Eventually I asked if she was watching the tv as I was going to turn off the generator as she wasn’t I trotted outside to the shed turned it off then went to the battery house flicked the switch and got soaked, but know what? it was really refreshing.

This morning I woke to find the clouds still there but the sun could be seen peering under the cloud further down the valley and the black biting flies were out in force of well the respite be it ever so small was most welcome.

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

 

 

 

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Today has been a rather cold and dreary day so around 2pm we decided to go for a drive, Mrs Bosc to see if she could get some pictures of Erbert the Eron and I wanted to see if we could find a way up to the windmills they have been puttin up on the range behind the village.

We drove along the winding roads through the mountains to the Falset Vinebre road, twisting and climbing through the passes. The terrane is rugged with valleys layered is vines and olive groves, with the season ending the remaining leaves of the vines are ruset in colour.

We came to a bend in the pass and there rising through the clouds were the tops of windmills rising like spectors. We travelled on a little further and as the angle changed so more appeared, as though sentinals standing in line watching, waiting for instructions to begin their turning to produce electricity.

For once we found the road easily, we did not get lost as usual, and the climb up to the ridge was interesting. As we climbed we saw the windmills appearing out of the clouds majestic standing tall and still waiting…

The return journey was eventful for pictures of Erbert and his friends, so I have managed to place his photo on his story. Even if I say so myself he is a handsome bird, although what his ‘friend’ is we don’t know I think its a Stork Mrs Bosc thinks it’s a white Heron.

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