Archive for November, 2011

Buckland St Mary Christmas Bazaar

Today was Buckland St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar.  Like last year we were on the Bric a Brac stall, basically selling other people’s junk, or their unwanted gifts.

We set up this morning, then went back at 2pm to await the opening of the bazaar by Father Christmas!!

Father Christmas at Buckland St Mary

We had a number of varied things to sell, from plates with poppies on, to scarves, old knives and forks, crockery, a hamper, jewellery bits and pieces to name but a few.

Here is Kathy at our stall.

Kathy at the Bric a Brac stall

 
The weather wasn’t too bad today, dry and sunny but cold, but much better than this time last year when we had the first snow.  A good number of people turned out and we raised £62.80 selling stuff today, which wasn’t bad really.

lots of people turn out for the bazaar

 
 
So there we are – rural life in the community of Buckland St Mary.
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Woodcutting for friends

Today we have been woodcutting for friends.  Our friends live in the next village Bishopswood, and have a thatched house, with no woodburning stove, so they have no use for all the wood from their trees.  They also don’t have a chainsaw, so they asked Neil if he would mind coming to their place with his chainsaw and chopping up some tree trunks. 

Neil tackles a tree stump

They  had already taken down some of the smaller stuff with a hand saw, but that is quite hard work when there is a lot to do.

So Neil went up there first and got going on the tree trunks still in the ground.  He also showed our friend how to safely use a chainsaw and he had a go too.

Our friend has a go at another stump

I followed on in my car so I had an empty boot (trunk) to bring back some wood in.  Us girls gathered up the chopped wood, and bagged it up.  There were quite a few bags of it.  It will be burning wood for next  year, not this, as it has to season first and dry out a bit, so we will have to stack it all up at home and let the air get to it.

 
Whilst at our friends I spotted our house in the distance, the other side of the valley.

Our house from our friends back garden

 

Our house is the white one behind the house in front.  Anyway it was a nice mild November day, with some watery sunshine today, so good for working outside.We helped our friends out and they gave us all the wood, so a good deal all round.

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Poppy collecting and Remembrance Sunday in Buckland St Mary

Neil and I were volunteered this year into door to door poppy collecting for the British Legion.  We have never done this before but took up the challenge and were assigned a rural patch with several farms and a few houses.  Even so the first day we went out it took us two and a half hours to go around, as where we found people at home, they mostly stopped to talk.

Neil with our poppy box

The lady who organises poppy collection in this area sends out 50 boxes with various people.  She has to make each box up, then collect them all in, count up the money, and bank it, so quite a job.  In our box we had normal poppies, car stickers, wrist bands, wooden crosses,  a large car poppy and a collection tin.  The wristbands seemed popular with the youngsters, but most people bought a normal poppy, and many people were very generous.

The poppy box

Yesterday was Remembrance Sunday in the UK and in Buckland St Mary, like many churches throughout the country we had a Remembrance Day service.  Ours was 3pm in the afternoon and for a small village there was an excellent turnout.  When we went outside to the cenotaph we had 2 local trumpeters to play the last post and then the revielle. Then we all retired to the back of the church for tea and cake and a natter. It’s very good to see the community coming together for such an event.

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Autumn gardening

The unseasonably warm weather this November has meant we have been able to carry on gardening althougththe ground is very wet due to all the rain we have had.

Firstly we pulled up all the runner bean plants, weeded the bed and covered it with black weed suppression sheet.  We have done this to a number of our vegetable beds once we have harvested all the produce, as this cuts down on the weeds and will give us a head start in the Spring, when we come to seed for the new season’s growth.

Vegetable beds tucked up for the winter

The remaining bean pods that we took down, we dried in front of the woodburning fire and took out all the seeds for next year.  We have so many that I think we can start up in competition to Thomas and Morgan, – we could be Arnold and Arnold bean seed suppliers!

runner bean seeds drying out

We have pruned the Bramley apple tree and put all the trimmings through the wood chipper and then added all the chippings to the compost heap.  We still have the magnolia tree in the back garden to do.

The hanging baskets were looking a bit sad, so we took them down and replanted the half moon baskets with spring bulbs, hyacinths, tete a tete narcissus, and crocus, then put pansies and polyanthus on the top to give some immediate colour.

replanted half moon baskets

I’ve taken out all the dying bedding plants and replanted the pots with bulbs and pansies.  The pansies are all in flower now and the bulbs are already pushing through.

a coule of pots of pansies and bulbs

Tarquin our old black cat likes to sit on the empty pots.  He got in on this picture.

Tarquin amongst the pots

I still have  a sack of daffodil bulbs to plant and wallflowers to put out, but the geraniums , godetia and begonias are still in flower in mid November, so it seems a shame to pull them up yet.  We haven’t had any frost yet to kill them off like we would normally have had by this time of year.

Neil has been strimming back the weeds in the paddock, and gave the lawns another and hopefully  final cut today. He wants to spend another couple of days in the woods, gathering fire wood for the Winter, but  he also wants to create another couple of vegetable beds for this year, and the thinking is, if he does it now, whilst we have all the fresh top soil down, we can cover them up for the winter and stop the weeds growing.

So the Autumn gardening continues.

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Visit of the Sparrowhawk

Yesterday Neil was walking down to feed the chickens and he came across a baby pigeon that had had its neck torn out.  He wondered what had done that, as neither of our cats are bird catchers anymore.

Just a little later we spotted a beautiful bird of prey hopping around the area, and it was a sparrowhawk.  It had yellow legs and lovely mottled plumage on its chest, but the wings were brown and well camouflaged amongst the leaves on the ground.

Sparrowhawk

This is the first time we have seen a sparrowhawk in our back garden.  We often see a buzzard which circles around on the thermals and then rests on a telegraph post, but we hadn’t seen a sparrowhawk before.  Eventually it flew off and we haven’t seen it again.

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