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September in Norfolk (England)

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By ponty

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What a wonderful September it has been in the garden! One complaint, though – hardly any overnight rain in my part of the country (East of England). I say overnight rain because we don’t really want it during the day, do we?
I have been gathering an awesome crop of Bramley apples and distributing them to friends and neighbours and the best of them are still clinging to the top of the tree, some 5 metres high. I have already stored my personal supply for the winter and if all the promises from the aforementioned recipients come to fruition (no pun intended) I will be eating Apple Crumble for months to come. The same applies with my Worcester tree. The best crop of the most tasty fruit I have had for years. My Tsar and Victoria plums have also been plentiful – lots of friends to be made distributing that crop!
My favourite vegetable, my runner beans, are finished and all I have left to crop are carrots, beetroot and a few remaining potatoes.
A truly great (and highly amusing) delight this year has been the flock of sparrows who decided to move in. They were said to be an almost endangered species a few years ago but the cheeky fellas have made a superb comeback. My nearest estimate must be at least between 150 and 200 of them. They have caused no problems whatsoever in the garden. The majority of them seem to head off elsewhere during the day, leaving a dozen or so holding the fort in my Beech hedge, bathing in my waterfall and having an occasional snack from the bird-table.
In early evening, in the space of about a half hour, the majority return home and create one hell of a racket. I imagine them telling each other about their day’s experiences. The late-comers join them shortly afterwards in groups of up to about 10. After another half hour or so, almost as one, they leave the Beech and stream to the back of the garden into my Laurel hedge where they re-commence their reminiscences to near deafening effect for some considerable time before silence finally reigns – in an instant. Who tells them when?
A pair of Pheasants (both male) which lodged in my garden in 2008 survived the local guns and are still here, along with some of a family of Partridge (7 chicks) which settled in the “orchard” this Summer.
Yes. September has been great in South Norfolk. Lots of work. Lots of joy.

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Nicely written blog.
Well done !
Good to know you have so very many sparrows :o)

24 Sep, 2009

 

Lovely blog ponty here in the south east its so dry, still having to water. We seem to have a resident pheasant too lately who calls loudly every afternoon to round up his ladies?

24 Sep, 2009

 

I remember the sparrows chattering like mad at dusk when I was a kid, at my grandpa's house. They are incredibly noisy and they do, as you say, suddenly do a full stop, as if someone's blown a whistle. Haven't heard that for years though - here in the south I've not seen a sparrow for some time - plenty of dunnocks, but not proper sparrows. Glad to hear they're in plentiful supply up there though.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Good blog Ponty...no shortage of feathered friends in your garden then! We have plenty of starlings too...they are great to watch squabbling & chattering together. As you say they suddenly all fly up as one...does one of them shout 'NOW!'??!!

Runners are my fave too...I can eat a big plate of them with butter or gravy!! Enjoy your apples & veg...you deserve it!

24 Sep, 2009

 

The starlings were blamed for a power outage here: must have been a synchronized landing on the electrical wires. The laurel have such good cover and berries for the birds, don't they?

25 Sep, 2009

 

As a fellow Norfolkian I can also say the lack of rain has been a complete disaster, for the gardens. Is it the sparrows that create those clouds of changing shapes in the skies and then all swoop into the trees?

I love watching that so so beautiful

x x x

25 Sep, 2009

 

No Mookins, that's the starlings and Norfolk's a fantastic county to see that

25 Sep, 2009

 

thats brilliant hubby and I used to watch them quite often before we had Cody.

just amazing

x x x

26 Sep, 2009

 

Bob Flowerdew is a Norfolkian too, I'll bet he has a way of saving water. I really enjoyed your blog. Like you I too enjoy Apple crumble but last spring I went on a diet to lose two Stone, I did and am back to 12 stone where I was 35 years ago so no more crumbles for me. ooow but I do miss them.

14 Oct, 2009

 

Is he the chap with the very long plait?

Mmmm apple crumble and hot custard
x x x

14 Oct, 2009

 

Surely you can have a crumble occasionally, Heron? If you use ground almonds in the topping, you need much less fat... but my favourite's rhubarb crumble

14 Oct, 2009

 

Mmmm Rhubarb crumble acidic against the sweet
my mouth is watering hehe

x x x

14 Oct, 2009

 

I dunno what's the matter with me - this is the second thing I've talked about food on tonight - must be the winter coming on, seems to be all I can think about!

14 Oct, 2009

 

hehe
I always pack on the pounds over winter and not just at Christmas. i just non stop eat!
Mmmm mince pies and cream?
x x x

14 Oct, 2009

 

Oh, stop it ....;-)))

14 Oct, 2009

 

hahaha

sorry its mean, dont want you having to pop out this late at night for a fix hehe

x x x

14 Oct, 2009

 

I won't have to - I've just eaten roast chicken, acorn squash, parnsips, potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, stuffing, beans and broccoli, followed by, ta da, a Frys chocolate cream!

14 Oct, 2009

 

wow that sounds delicious Acorn squash!!

my goodness one chocolate that Im not keen on! was it orange plain or mint?
xx x

14 Oct, 2009

 

Plain, delicious. The acorn squash was really nice- roasted it in chunks under the meat, much nicer than butternut squash.
Apologies Ponty, seem to have digressed somewhat on your blog.

14 Oct, 2009

 

Think nothing of it Bamboo. I haven’t laughed so much for ages. From Autumn in Norfolk to Bob Flowerdew to apple crumble, a complete roast chicken meal with parsnip, garlic etc and Frys Chocolate cream to Acorn Squash. It had me thinking about Les Dawson gossiping over the garden wall! lol

15 Oct, 2009

 

Oh yes, I can see him now playing that role... Can I assure you, though, that I don't drop my voice and mouth the "ruder" bits I say 'em out loud. Having said that, not sure if its a good thing or not....

15 Oct, 2009

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