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    Good Lord man, have you really only had 50mm of rain this last week!!
    We have had over 10cm in just one storm - and there have been lots of them.....
    We have lost the last 10 days to torrential rain.
    Perhaps we should move oop narth to ch'tis land
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    I'll swop you some rain for some sun Tootles. The sun is lovely but we could do with some of the wet stuff!!!!!!

    2nd - 10th June 2008

    Max Temp 28C Min Temp 6C Rain 7.25mm

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    Max Temp 26C Min Temp 4C Rain 1.25mm

    Started to freeze the Broadies, the first 3lb are in the freezer and there are loads more to go. The yield is good and the pods are producing 7 - 9 beans per pod. Variety Aquadulce.

    Suprise du Marche strawberries are cropping well and I hope to have enough for some jam soon. The Remontants are also just beginning to crop. Peas have pods on them, Sweet potatoes are growing, Tatties are flowering and Armandine will be ready next week. No Blight yet Garlic is looking good and the heads are swelling nicely, there is just the suspicion of rust but nothing like last year. Shallots are begining to swell so I will feed them in the next day or two. Blackcurrants are turning colour so out with the nets.

    Caulies and Calabrise are a disaster but the cabbages in the same bed are fine as is the PSB. Don't know why? Resowing the French Beans for the THIRD time.

    Made about 6ltrs of Elderflower and lemon cordial this week. Some is in the freezer for later use.

    Swallows have 4 babies or should I say mouths. Still have 8 chicks which are not as cute as they were, going through the 'ado' phase I think.

    Guests for lunch on Sunday who gave me a baby wild rabbit!!!!! Very cute but will be kept well confined. Busy making a hutch for it, must be mad
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    Would willingly swop some sun for a bit of rain!!

    11 - 18th June 2008

    Max Temp 24C Min Temp 4C Rain 3mm

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    Max Temp 26C Min Temp 9C Rain 41.5mm

    It might be dry but as yet there is no sign of the dreaded Potato Blight.

    Broadbeans are nearly finished (11lb+ in the freezer), some plants I have chopped off in the hope of another crop, the rest have been consigned to the compost heap. There are just a few with some beans left on them but they will be out by next week. In the space vacated I have planted leeks and lettuce. Peas are just beginning to crop, Cabbages are going fine and the Calabrese is at last beginning to show some signs of growth Spinach Beet romping away. Tatties are ready but haven't lifted any yet as Compost King is away and it is not worth it for one. First lot of Salad leaves are over and will sow some more today.

    Raspberries are beginning to ripen fast and the Black currants will soon be ready. First Strawberries are finished and 5 jars of jam made which SET

    Swallows have flown. Not before time too, 5 babies and Mum and Dad in the nest was causing it to breakup and they were all hanging on by the skin of their wings Chicks are going through the disruptive adolescent phase and look like something pre-historic.
    Baby rabbit is still alive and residing in a very posh hutch and becomming a little tamer. The killer cats seem to have lost interest in it as they cant get at it.

    Sun is coming out again so off to the garden, really supposed to be sanding a floor!!!! Oh well there is another tomorrow.
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    So hot yesterday, 34 still at 4 pm and still 27 at 8 pm when we were eating dinner on the terrace. Have visitors so things being taken slowly but lots of work going on.

    Soft fruit bushes groaning, strawberries are everywhere and need using this week, peach and plums trees coming on a treat, looks like a good year chez nous. And our chums with the pig farm want us to go to start picking their reine claude soon, their trees are absolutely laden.

    Loads of salad food, will be pulling first spuds tomorrow for lunch, need to get on other stuff as I've finally been able to get out to finish the raised beds after weeks of rain and the back garden being far too wet to walk on, let alone work in.
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    28C here at 7pm and about to eat outside...nice hot chilli dish!

    Cripes Tony ...34C????

    Great ain't it?????

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    19 - 26 June 2008

    Max Temp. 28C Min Temp. 8C Rain 2mm

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    Max Temp. 29C Min Temp. 10C Rain 42mm

    No I mustn't complain about the lack of the wet stuff! The up side of it is that there is NO BLIGHT yet. I have not started on the spuds as I am on my own at the moment and the longer I leave them the heavier the crop will be.

    All the Broadies are finished and there are about 11lbs in the freezer. Peas are in the process of being frozen. I am accumulating raspberries for jan and have about 7lbs of blackcurrants in the freezer (mine and a friends) waiting to be made into jam. Cabbages are really beginning to heart up and the Calabrese is still growing and I think that there is some movement in the Caulies. The 3rd sowing of French beans are just coming up and the Waxpods are in flower. The Garlic has been lifted and it is the best I have ever grown, really big heads Onions are beginning to swell nicely and the Shallots will be ready for lifting in about 10 days. Remontant Strawberries are flowering again and lots of the runners have been pegged down in pots to increase the stock. Sweet potatoes are growing well but I will just have to wait and see if there is anything under them.

    Rabbit is still alive and the chicks will soon have to be moved to a larger run.

    Dispite the fact that the rain came to nothing the floor is now sanded and the walls painted in the bedroom. Not bad after 5 years of waiting. Next job is building cupboards, the wood arrives today Panic!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Sorry Folks Iv'e run out of time. Back to the UK tomorrow but will report fully when I get back (16th).

    All I can say at the moment is THANK GOD IT IS RAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !
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    Sorry it's taken me so long to post but it is amazing just how much there is to do even after just over a week away.

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    8 - 20 July 2008

    Max Temp 28C Min Temp 9C Rain 20.5mm

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    Max Temp 30C Min Temp 7C Rain 48mm

    Well as you can see it is DRY and my jubliation over the fact that it was raining was short lived especially as the day after I arrived in North Devon the skys opened and it fell down all day. Next time it rains in the UK will you all please blow hard in my direction.I have just done the sums for rainfall for the last two half year periods and the results are that in the period Jan - June 2007 we had 598mm of rain and this year for the same period there was only 453.5mm.

    This is what is happening on the growing front;-

    Peas are finished and more sown
    Waxpod french Beans are cropping
    Beetroot are now big enough to eat but not as good as last year
    Turnips from the first sowing are finished and more on the way
    Spuds still no blight, Armandine and Charlotte have had their tops cut off and Bernadette is still growing, so far the crop is good.
    Shallots are now lifted and drying nicely
    Cabbage are really producing some good heads
    Calabrese is slow
    Caulie are rubbish
    Spinach Beet is fine and does not seem to be affected by the dry weather
    Leeks are now planted out and growing
    Onions are swelling nicely
    Raspberries have had all the canes that have fruited cut out and the new canes have flowers on them
    Strawberries are just beginning to crop again and the early ones have had all their leaves cut off. The runners that I pegged down are well rooted and have been taken away from the parent plant.
    The Swallows repaired their nest and the second clutch of eggs have hatched but I don't know how many chicks there are yet. Sadly the Rabbit died The first lot of chicks are now in a larger run and growing very fast and another hen is sitting and due to hatch the eggs on Wesnesday. From the first lot of 8 chicks I think that there are only 3 cocks which is pretty good

    All for now, I am going to have to get the pump out and start watering from the reserve underground tank as the water butts are empty. There are storms forecast for Friday Saturday and Sunday so here is hoping and fingers crossed!
    Gardening requires a lot of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. Lou Erickson, critic and poet

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