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Wednesday, 10 March 2010

March at Tumbledown.


It must be about time for an update on what has been happening at Tumbledown Farm. We have been blessed with blue skies and good weather this month. It has been a welcome relief from the cold winter that seems to have been dragging its heels for months.


Stilton and I have been contemplating what to do with the front garden. So far this has mostly involved sitting under the trees in the dappled sunshine watching the branches sway in the breeze.




The snowdrops in the old apple orchard have at last come to life. Now a white carpet lies beneath the trees in their mossy jackets.







Even the girls have ventured outside this week to enjoy the sunshine. Some are starting to look quite heavily pregnant although kidding does not start until next month.


Things are begining to stir in the greenhouse at last. Stilton, Tumbledowns No. 1 garden supervisor carefully watches my every move. He usually takes up residence on his Lloyd Loom chair in the greenhouse. I learnt some time ago that it is essential for a greenhouse to have somewhere for the garden supervisor to sit. Otherwise they will without doubt sit in the potting tray and the best part of a morning can be lost trying to persuade them to move.




I've been busy laying new bark paths in the veg plot, where I have had not one but two supervisors. Leo just glares at me from afar. Stilton on the other hand likes to inspect every last thing, even the quality of the weed matting...


In the evenings I often go for a stroll along the banks of the river at the end of the lane. Despite having a somewhat bleak aspect, the flat Fenlands are brimming with wildlife. On my stroll last night I saw swans, ducks, moorhens, reed buntings carefully clinging to the reeds whilst keeping half an eye on me and a barn owl hovering low over the reeds at the edge of the river. It feels hideously lonely here at times, but there is something immensely enjoyable about being able to walk out of the door and hear the smallholding around me filled with bird song or to watch an owl hunting just a few metres from me.

31 comments:

africanaussie said...

Oh, what wonderful photos, I really felt as though I was going for a little ramble with your and your beautiful cats! The sun setting over the river is such a quiet serene scene. Thanks for sharing,
Gillian

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Stilton is hilarious, RO. It's so nice to see signs of spring really taking hold around a good deal of the blogosphere. Didn't see your ground elder anywhere, so maybe it just expired quietly overwinter. Yeah, right, like that would ever happen. :-)

blake said...

Oh lovely. I'm a new visitor to your site, but I've been looking forward to an update from Tumbledown. Beautiful photos, especially the lonely river. Haunting.

Tim said...

Your photos perfectly capture the magic of spring!

Liz said...

Hi RO,

Lovely photos, I love Stilton and if I were able to have a cat he's definitely in danger of being kidnapped :)

Great to see spring scenes, nothing lifts the heart quite as much as seeing life growing around you.

Noelle said...

Your words and images make me want to come and visit Tumbledown Farms. The snowdrops are so lovely and I have not seen them growing so thickly before. I think my favorite part though is seeing pictures of Stilton throughout the gardens.

Di said...

RO, such beautiful and tender photos, and that Stilton is a heart throb! The blue eyes, his dark nose, the blue of chair... gorgeous. Happy Spring.

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

Looks like spring has arrived for you, lucky you, we still have snow!

Kiki said...

Yay...what a wonderful update! Stilton is such a charmer! And I LOVE that second photo of the trees..wickedly beautiful..wicked! Gorgeous photos..and a lovely read..I got my Tumbeldown-fix..thankyou!
Have a magical night!
Kiki~

miss m said...

March at Tumbledown looks mighty sweet ! Your post exudes pure delight and transforms envy into wonderment. Magnificent !

(Adored your crocuses on previous post, too. Exquisite !)

jeansgarden said...

Aren't you lucky to have so much garden "help." I couldn't help noticing the CD at the edge of the bed. I hang them from strings to try to discourage deer. What do you use them for? -Jean

Edith Hope said...

Dear RO, Spring is stirring everywhere in and around you at the moment, the signs of which have been captured beautifully in your photographs. I love seeing picturesof Stilton and Leo - two very distinct characters.

The walk by the river at sunset does appear solitary but such times can be good for reflection.

Lucy Corrander said...

I couldn't bear to live in Fenland. I would go mad and depressed. But it is impressive to see in photos.

Your posts from Tumbledown are my favourites of the various things you write about on this blog.

Lucy

Emma said...

Dear RO, stunning photos, handsome cat. What more can I say?!

gz said...

I would miss the mountains if I had to live in the Fens, but you can revel in your skies

easygardener said...

Beautiful pictures. I like the tip about the chair in the greenhouse. Stilton looks very much at home. Luckily my greenhouse is too small and cramped for my cats to bother with.

Martyn Cox said...

Lovely pics - I really must get to grips with my camera.

Alice Joyce said...

So very beautiful and peaceful, RO,
...I'm coming to England, for real!
We should email, xoxo
Alice

HappyMouffetard said...

Gorgeous photos, with a really unusual angle of the snowdrop.

You obviously can't be trusted in the garden without close supervision though ;-)

Stone Art said...

I love your photos, I especially like the photo of the branches of the trees, really beautiful

Kyna said...

I miss seeing Stilton in your header, I'm glad you posted some pictures of him! :) What a stunning cat.

I also enjoyed the view up into the treetops :D

The Idiot Gardener said...

Fantastic pictures, and what a beautiful place. A few years ago Mrs IG tried to persuade me to move North. Her brother used to live in Lincolnshire. I ummed and aahed until it passed, but now I am kicking myself!

Doug said...

I love your pictures and would love going on a walk seeing what you see

joey said...

Spring has indeed announced itself at Tumbledown! How fortunate to enjoy its beauty. Lovely photos ... is that a corkscrew willow?

Andrea said...

Those are really excellent photos. You've captured them in the most lovely angles and conditions. This is the first time i see snowdrop in that angle, thank you for tilting it up for me. I wonder how you did it, without your hand in the picture.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Just simply stunning.

The sparse beauty of your words, and the unbelievable photography. I am there, and so enjoying the solitude.

Jen

Anna said...

Stilton looks in fine form and a most able assistant. That Fen landscape is oh so familiar :)

Stephanie Renee Frye said...

Gorgeous Pics

Woodswoman Extraordinaire said...

Your photography is magnificent! And Stilton in the weed matting gave me a good chuckle. I'm delighted to have discovered your blog!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Is Stilton pasteurized or non, LOL! I think it's important to have a garden supervisor. Heck, my cats serve as pretty good life supervisors! What is that wonderful gnarly tree?

Rothschild Orchid said...

Thanks again for all the lovely comments. Yes it is a contorted or corkscrew willow. Great tree. It’s grown HUGE now!

Stilton is my shadow; he supervises my every move (actually I think he is probably just trying to trip me up but I pretend I haven't cottoned on to his little trick!).

RO xx