Monday, 29 June 2009

Flower in the Crannied Wall.

Flower in the crannied wall,

I pluck you out of the crannies,

I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,

Little flower -- but if I could understand

What you are, root and all, and all in all,

I should know what God and man is.

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

June Flower Power!

Here's wot's looking good in the garden today!

Gallardia 'Arizona Sun'


Actinidia sinensis

Achillea millefolium 'Inca Gold'

Achillea millefolium 'Martina'



Catanache caerulea 'Alba'

Salvia microphylla 'Hot lips'


Salvia greggii 'Icing Sugar'

Sanguisorba obtusa

Lythrum virgatum 'Dropmore Purple'

Orthrosanthus chimboracesis

Aeonium 'Zwartkopf'

Scabiosa atropurpurea 'Chile Black'

Penstemon 'Raven'

Penstemon with bumble bee

Penstemon 'Sour grapes' with bee

Penstemon 'Apple blossom'

Red Admiral butterfly on hawthorn

Silvi the sly!

It's been yet another sunny June day at Tumbledown Farm today. I had been thinking what a pretty little boy Silvi was. He's been sitting in the sunshine all morning on the patio. I had just popped indoors for a moment when the patio erupted in hideous shrieks. A rather daft blackbird had decided to pop down to the pond for a drink, failing to notice Silvi the sly dozing in the sun. It had ended in disaster as Slivi quickly had the shrieking bird in his mouth.

I tore out of the french windows in hot pursuit of the beast. As much as I shouted at the little bugger he wouldn't give up his prey. He's a fast mover when he wants to be. So I chased him around the outside of the house again and again, shouting at him. The whole time the blackbird was shrieking in terror. The little sod didn't seem to be letting up, but on the fourth lap of the house he weakened and the blackbird managed to wriggle free and fly off up and over the goat house. I breathed a sigh of relief and made my way back indoors. Thank god we live in the middle of nowhere, heaven forbid that anyone had seen me madly running around and around the house shouting angrily at the top of my voice at a Siamese moving faster than the speed of light.

If only I had had some shoes on, I'm now feeling rather sore footed and have shouted myself hoarse. I really love my boys but wish they didn't have to pick on the wildlife.

Silvi soon re-appeared and took up the prime sunbathing spot in the barrel waiting to be planted out on the patio. That was until Stilton spotted him and thought that that would be a rather good spot to sit too...

Silvi didn't see it that way and gave him a smack!

Stilton wasn't too impressed and went in for a good sharp bite.

And so they fought...

and tussled...

Until Silvi learnt his place, and quickly retreated.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Orchid Monday

I visited the Peterborough International Orchid Show at the weekend. As usual I was snap happy. I adore orchids. My Great Great Grandfather was keeper of the Rothschilds Orchid house, so I guess it's in the blood!

Paphiopedilum 'In-Charm' (right)

Paphiopedilum callosum type

Paphiopedilum malipoense

Paphiopedilum transvaal

Paphiopedilum callosum

Paphiopedilum haynaldianum 'Tai min'

Paphiopedilum macabre 'Chinghua' ?


I'm waving the white flag at remembering all their names!

The East of England Show

Sadly due to mums ill health she wasn't able to exhibit her goats in this years East of England Show. I did however go to visit the show. I've been visiting agricultural shows since I was very young as we usually show our girls at them. There is always something for everyone, and as usual I had a throughly enjoyable day.

The classic car show made me dribble...

Jowett Jupiter

E-Type Jaguar

O.K. O.K. the bubble car didn't make me dribble, but it did make me chuckle! Especially the little picnic basket on the back.

BMW lsetta

There was a large steam ralley and selection of old farm machinery.

Lots of displays from falconry to dog agility.

Martial eagle.

And a weatlth of cute animals...

Gloucester Old Spots


I have at last found a local man who breeds Dark Brahmas, so now all I need to do now is excavate the old chicken run and re-fence it. The list of things to do at Tumbledore Farm is getting longer and longer! *sigh*