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February 27 Watery Garden and Out of the Box Brecon February 27, 2021

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The weather seems to dominate our lives these days. The garden has been sodden to say the least but the sun has come out on occasion to try to dry it all out…but to no avail! However, the forecast is brighter and we should have a few more drying days coming up next week so fingers crossed!

Looking out of the kitchen window at the rain is brightened enormously by seeing the birds on the bird table.

Some new bird boxes have been added to the sparrow town and the wren street is slowly taking shape.

A local walk, around our local Marlais loop, with a lovely friend cheered up a windy and wet day.

Walks around our garden have taken place daily checking on the water levels and trying out my new wellies. The leak in my welly had been mended by a cycle repair kit but that too had leaked. I’ve always worn Muck Boots but was astonished to find out how much they had risen in price since I bought the last pair years ago! I’m trying out a cheaper pair now!

We have had some beautiful hours of sunshine though and the spring flowers have done their best to cheer the place up. Best of the bunch though are the hellebores…even with their heads pointing down! Good to have the farmer’s sheep back in the adjacent field. They are always very interested in the antics of Rufus!

Rufus amusing the sheep and trying to keep his feet dry in the wet garden and then relaxing on the settee in front of the fire!

A change of a food shopping venue to Brecon on a sunny day was wonderful. The walk along The Promenade by the River Usk in the sunshine was just what was needed and it was lovely to see all the signs of spring springing and to hear the roar of the weir and the birds singing in the trees.

The nights are much lighter now and with March 1st on Monday being the start of the meteorological spring..things are looking up! There’s the rugby this afternoon and St David’s Day soon! Hope life is cheering up for everyone!

 

18 Responses to “February 27 Watery Garden and Out of the Box Brecon”

  1. tootlepedal Says:

    You have a great selection of bird visitors. Spotting the tree creeper was a triumph. Your garden is looking very promising.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. I’m determined to get a good photo of the tree creeper. He’s just outside our kitchen window but he moves so quickly! I mowed some of the lawn today…not the bit underwater! It’s amazing what a day of sunshine does to the garden. The Tenby daffs are all out now and everywhere is looking fresh! Long may it last!

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  2. Sara Rall Says:

    So many lovely photos have me excited for spring.

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  3. Eluned Says:

    Diolch! Best time of the year ahead.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you Eluned. The sunny day today has been wonderful- I’ve even mowed the lawn …just a bit of it…the other bit is still under water! Look forward to catching up with you in the not too distant future!

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  4. Hello Marianne,
    Lovely post with many fab photos, and isn’t it great the “weather’s turned around” at last! Do let me know if you find a good new wellie brand – we always go for the thin neoprene type ones – (Countrywide) from Charlie’s but they always seem to spring leaks after 18 months or so, and Fiona found they were no longer available either…
    Like you I have a resistance to paying too much for something which might spring a leak just before/after it’s out of a one year guarantee! Looking ahead at the forecasts at least the land might begin to dry out now…
    best wishes
    Julian

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading Julian. My goodness we are being blessed with these few days of sunshine…makes life so much better. The front garden is starting to drain the water away today but it still looks like a pond! I have managed to mow some drier parts of the garden and a neat lawn makes the borders look better! Last year with all that time at home I dug some borders up!!! Sadly I can’t remember what I dug up or replanted and where! This year is going to be a surprise! I was trying to turn some borders into shrubberies…for ease of management …not sure it’s going to work! Our field with a pond in it is now all mowed today…my knee and mower gave up at the same time!! It only took 4 hours so I’m getting faster as I get older! My wellies are doing OK at present but they won’t last long. The soles are too thin for digging with a spade. Maybe we need waterproof army boots! Hope you had Welsh cakes for tea and leek pie for supper! Thanks again.

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      • Thanks Marianne… no but we did have some of our own Welsh slow cooked mutton! Delicious followed for me with home blackcurrant, raspberry and apple crumble.. so all in all, apart from ongoing boiler problems, a lovely St. David’s Day! Glad things are drying out, and very impressive to hear you’re speeding up as you get older! Wish I was. Not surprising your knees gave up after 4 hours!
        best wishes
        Julian

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      • lletty Says:

        The crumble sounds delicious! Hope the boiler gets sorted soon. Best wishes.

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      • It is and I’ve worked out that if I make a big batch of the cooked fruit, and crumble mix and keep both in the fridge, it works really well in a big ramekin, so can be cooked in individual portions as and when, and only needs about 10 mins to cook – plus my own low sugar healthy (ish!) crumble mix of butter, ground almonds, oat bran, coconut flour, muscavado and coconut sugar. YUM! Serve it with a dollop of creme fraiche and I honestly never tire of it… 🙂

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      • lletty Says:

        I’m sure no one would tire of that recipe…it sounds delicious and such a great idea to keep it in the fridge to dip into when one wants. Mind you I’ve never heard of coconut flour or coconut sugar….not something the local Coop would sell! I’ll have to go into Iechyd Da in Llandovery! After years of drinking Soya milk and soya products I’ve just changed to Oat milk and cut out soya – stomach problems seem to have disappeared nearly overnight! It’s amazing so I’m up for trying new things now… your crumble mix is next on my list…Thank you Julian

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      • Thanks Marianne, I hadn’t heard of them either – Fiona hunted them down and probably bought them on line, I’m sure you could try other mixes, but I so enjoy the simplicity of knocking up an easy fixed sized portion s quickly – one batch seems to last a good 10 days or so! Trouble is I’m now running out of our frozen blackcurrants so will have to substitute something else. Interesting to hear aabout the switch from soya being so positive. Well done -I’m sure so much of our ill health has diet at its base, if only we could work out what to drop!
        Best wishes
        Julian
        Still battling with the bolier…et al!

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  5. Great bird shots, Marianne! And how wonderful to see the flowers. Nice capture of the little frog (toad?) too. Rufus is looking very handsome and I love the shot of him climbing the tree. The snow has almost melted so it’s very soggy here too, but its so nice to have slightly warmer weather.

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    • lletty Says:

      Thank you for reading. Pleased that your snow is melting now and it’s warming up for you. Hopefully your flowers will be appearing very soon . It gives one such a boost to be able to see colour back in the garden. We sat outside, well wrapped up, for our coffee today in lovely sunshine. The birds were all singing, the crocus, daffodils and snowdrops were all blooming and lockdown didn’t feel so bad after all! Rufus rules us! He’s not allowed out alone! He is taken for his walks at certain times of the day. We’ve always had cats but Rufus seems to have at least a couple of brain cells! He knows his walk times and feed times to the minute and organises us accordingly! He’s have loved your possum! Hope the sun shines for you this week and your garden begins flowering time again.

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