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Nature Notes: Christmas on the Balcony

There isn’t much to say in the way of what’s happening on the balcony – the only differences with November are that I discovered a fairly large, half-ripe strawberry on the Alpine strawberry plant (which didn’t produce any fruit this summer), and the birds have found the bird-feeder we put up a few months back.… Continue reading Nature Notes: Christmas on the Balcony

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Life in Isolation: The Return of Lockdown

Every year, I’ve always wanted to be able to go into hibernation from about the end of October until about Easter-time, with a foray into the world for festive feasting about Christmas/New Year. This year, I suppose I’ll get a taste of it, with this new lockdown. In theory, it’s just for a month, until… Continue reading Life in Isolation: The Return of Lockdown

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Nature Notes: October on the Balcony

Ah, October. When the clocks go back and the evenings darken. When, ideally, I would go into hibernation until spring (waking up for Christmas, of course). The weather is being especially dark and gloomy right now. Very soggy. The cherry tree, whose blossoms first inspired me to track the months on the balcony, has gone… Continue reading Nature Notes: October on the Balcony

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Life in Isolation: Thinking About Christmas and Raspberry Cakes

I had planned, this weekend, to make a Christmas cake. They’re best made early, to mature. But, given the current Covid-situation, I’ve decided to work on the basis that we probably won’t go home for Christmas. It seems safest to plan for that since we’re in a Tier 2 area. That way Christmas plans won’t… Continue reading Life in Isolation: Thinking About Christmas and Raspberry Cakes