Friday, 27 March 2015

Taller Daffs, Mr Mole and Noisy Traffic


Just to prove that some of the daffodils I planted are taller than five inches :-)


Mr Mole has been back in action, this time coming up directly under the chicken feed hopper.  I wonder if he had a bit of a snack when he popped his head out of that particular hole!!


Meanwhile over in the polytunnel ..... some poor neglected plants have been re-potted, it was lovely to work inside while outside the rain fell and the wind blew.  

Although this polytunnel is nowhere near as peaceful to work in as my last one was.  We used to live in the middle of a huge 600 acre farm on our own little rented 10 acres.  The nearest road was almost two miles away so noise and disturbance was a rare thing.   Here at the bottom of our hillside I am literally a few yards away from the main road with all it's traffic noise, emergency vehicles whizzing by on a regular basis and the roar of trucks and motorbikes.  Peaceful planting it most definitely is not.

But at least I'm planting again and that is the main thing.

Sue xx



19 comments:

  1. if Mr Mole starts to become a bit inconvenient with his excavations, I have heard that planting euphorbia helps...apparently moles aren't keen and will avoid that particular area. Even with the noise of traffic, I always think that there is a special kind of peace when you're in a greenhouse or poly tunnel :) enjoy! :)

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  2. Our last home was next to a busy road, it was on our list of wants wit estate agents to have somewhere away from the road, I hope they do the by pass soon for you.

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  3. Hope the mole doesn't try and come through the membrane under your vegetable beds. Are you going to catch it?

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    1. No, he's harming no one, he's more at risk of Rosy catching him, so I'll leave him in peace for now.

      Rather ironically this house is known locally as 'the Mole Catchers house', due to a previous owner's occupation.

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  4. Moles are smarter than they look :)

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  5. Nice little radio on low, would complete your bit of heaven.

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    1. I just have to find my little wind-up radio, I know I've seen it somewhere recently .... I just cannot for the life of me think where :-/

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  6. Funny Mr Mole, he must have planned it. The Daffs look great, lovely pop of colour against your wall.

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  7. Nice to see the Daffs. When is the by-pass likely to be done Sue, any idea? Like Dawn said, hope it is soon!
    The polytunnel looks great, very professional looking.

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    1. Well about six years ago they said in two years, so that gives you an estimate !!

      There is work going on today on the test beds over in the distance across the field from us ... so we are forever hopeful :-)

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  8. Sue sorry for the noise distrubance of your very quiet garden work. I'm sure it's annoying. Is it even noisy at night when you are trying to sleep? Glad you are back to planting and enjoying it. You need to get rid of Mr. Mole, but I don't have the solution!

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    1. At night there is just the odd car, but during the early hours it is the main route for all the heavy lorries that carry slate etc from the quarries further up the A470, we have learnt to sleep through it all, although they are very lit up trucks .... luckily our blackout blinds work very well to keep out all the lights.

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  9. We're within sight of the A66, the main east-west route through the north of the county. Yes there's traffic and if the wind is in the right direction we hear it more, but it didn't take long before I found I could tune it out completely. I remind myself that its proximity means we're not going to get snowed in if there is a really bad winter!

    Like Marlene, I find a radio permanently on in the greenhouse creates a wonderfully cocooned little world :-) The plants seem to enjoy Classic FM.

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    1. I am within feet of the A470, the main road through this part of Wales and the route all the coaches take. Like you say it does mean that we'll never be snowed in, so there are some advantages. I will get used to the noise after a while but it does bring home to me how close we are to other people, not something we are used to after our last couple of house :-(

      I will be hunting out my little wind up radio and it can once again keep me company while I plant, along with my faithful hounds of course. This time it will be used for driving out the noise, it used to be used to cancel out the silence.

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  10. We are much nearer a main road now, before we were a mile up a track from a quiet country road, now we are 300 yards from a much much busier road. It has taken a bit of getting used too, but when it snowed it was so much better and easier to get out!

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  11. Nice daffs and can't wait as other things begin sprouting!

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  12. I love seeing the daffs out. Every year I find a new spot I want to plant some. I have to make a note as I've forgotten by autumn

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  13. I expect you are noticing the road more as the holiday traffic picks up. For some the Easter break has started. I have never lived near a busy road but my hubby did for years before he moved to mine. He used to wake up because it was too quiet but has become used to it now! At least you knew you would be near a road when you bought it and took that into consideration. I always feel sorry for people who live somewhere quiet then suddenly have a road put through nearby. It's something I've always taken into account when buying houses. That and whether they will be able to build anywhere near me.

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  14. Your daffs look so pretty Sue. You are so lucky to have your polytunnel. I am still waiting for mine to be put up!
    Have had it over a year now. So seeds will be in greenhouse again.....
    Rosezeeta.

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