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Autumn

An excellent bonfire on the Equinox, fire built and food well cooked on it by sigmonster. Then yesterday (the 23rd), rain, and last night more rain--nearly 3 inches in 24 hours. Today, brief sunny spells and showers, with enough sun and breeze to lure me into hanging out washing, followed by a shower just enough to re-wet it all. I did get it in then, before two heavier showers which would have meant needing to respin it all.

The harvest is continuing. Courgettes/zucchini are producing well, not up to full glut levels but with a surplus. Cucumbers are amazing, with another 6 or 7 at least on the plants. I am not sure how many I have already eaten, I have given away at least 3, and 2 went home with sigmonster. The Sunset apples will need picking soon, but since the rain and wind last night didn't bring them down they can wait a few days. The pears aren't quite ready yet, but I will have a lot of pears to dry when they are! There are beans to freeze, and maybe courgettes to dry to make soup this winter.

Since the cotoneaster near the kitchen was cut down (think tree, growing up to 15 feet a year) there has been a gap above the wall that needs a trellis for the huge old clemtis to grow over. The trellis is being put up later this week, and I thought I'd have to buy a new clematis as the old one has showed no signs of life all year. On Saturday I noticed it had put out some new leaves, so maybe it responded to the threat of being replaced.