And we say, it’s all right.
Climate Change driven drought, summer abundance arrived at The Secret Acre.
It all made for a busy July and August, along with the usual influx of willing helpers at the start of the school holidays.
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Here’s our quick pictorial look at some of September’s harvest season action at The Secret Acre.
As is so often the case now under climate change,
awful August gave way to warmer days again in September, as soon as the school had gone back ( September was second warmest on record for the UK), before autumn could return again properly in October.
In the garden, flowers, fruit and veg all continued in abundance as we moved into this
harvest festival and apple pressing season. Continue reading
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It seems to us that more and more August is becoming the start of autumn in the UK under
climate change. Certainly our green roof seems to think so!
In the last few years, summer heat seems to have started too early in spring, with an awful August (in time for the school holidays!) before the sun often returns again in September before a final slide into full autumn.
July’s veg patch bounty continued to accelerate in August, aided by our usual school holiday influx of visitors, put to work on the growing harvest.
Here’s a few of our pics from our August at The Secret Acre.
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This time last year, after a promising start, events conspired to put gardening and harvesting somewhat on the backburner.
This year, events have conspired to have the opposite effect. Not just for extra
lockdown projects like the greenhouse and fruit cage, but to have beautifully weeded, prepared and planted out in the veg beds for once too. Continue reading
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We’re currently busy with the annual planting out now that the risk of frost has passed.
There was some
unusually late frost here last week that had us dashing out for several nights to fleece the young potatoes. The first time we’ve ever had to do this, as climate change driven weather extremes continue to build. Continue reading
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Today is May Day, so happy Beltane.
It seems only yesterday it was
Facemasks may be the haute couture of the pandemic, but here at The Secret Acre they have nothing to do with
the Good Life on Lockdown, but everything to do with Paul’s chronic hayfever. Continue reading
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Tagged April, Beltane, climate change, Coronavirus, Emma Alesworth, facemasks, Global Warming, hay fever, lockdown, May, May Day, May Queen, pandemic, Paul Rainger, Smallholding, The Good Life, The Secret Acre |
While the other side of the World burns, here in the UK we have had constant rain and flooding for well over three months now.
fires are an immediate threat to life, while the crops lost to flooding speak of the future food shortages we can expect as the extreme weather events of climate change accelerate.
Away from human hubris, at least the
mushrooms have been enjoying it, with boom in rare mushrooms are appearing across the country. Continue reading
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Tagged climate change, Emma Alesworth, environmental crisis, extreme weather, fires, floods, fungi, growing, mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, Paul Rainger, rain, Smallholding, The Secret Acre |
Last month, inspired by our Turkish smallholding/winemaking experience this summer, we visited our local vineyard – Woodchester Valley – for a tour and tasting. Continue reading
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Tagged Brexit, cider, cider making, climate change, Costswolds, Paul Rainger, Smallholding, The Secret Acre, turkey, vineyard, wine, wine making, Woodchester Valley |
I could say it started recently with the dog, but that wouldn’t really be true.
already written about her motivation for finding our Secret Acre. For me I guess it started watching The Good Life television series at an impressionably young age, which helped foster a lifelong passion for our environment and living a happier, more self-sufficient life. Continue reading