Author Archives: Bo

Wet & Windy

For months the daily question has been: ‘does the garden need watering’? The curse of gardening in containers is that they can dry out very quickly. Moreover, this year the hot, dry weather has often been windy. I don’t recall … Continue reading

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The Shape of Things to Come

We have survived lockdown and shielding because we have each other and the garden. Latterly we have been able to go and do some contactless birding, nature with social distancing. But, for most of lockdown, we just had each other … Continue reading

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Swallows up and down

Yesterday was an odd day of migration. Having dipped out at the cemetery we drove over to Sandwich. Gone were all the warblers and finches but the air was full of hirundines. Mostly Swallows but a fair number of House … Continue reading

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Dead End Birding

Up at first light assuming today would be a good migration day as there was rain first thing and a nice breeze. Tried Margate cemetery as yesterday saw a few birds there and thought the weather might bring a ‘fall’. … Continue reading

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Problems

The side of the pond, and the marginal plants are looking pretty messy right now, but it’s too early to trim stuff back. The variegated reed/grass spreads out every year and would swallow the whole pond if left be… so … Continue reading

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Consolidation

Now is a time when one ‘potters’ about making sure that maintenance tasks are up to date and that dead stuff is trimmed, flowers are dead-headed and unwanted invasives whipped out before they get going. This is not the full … Continue reading

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Getting ready for winter

Winter preparation continues with most of the garden sorted out. The exceptions are areas where late summer flowers are still blooming and its too early to cut them back and tidy up. Having planted bulbs ready for spring we also … Continue reading

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GOB 134 – Buggers

This article first appeared in Birdwatching Magazine Autumn 2020 Many years ago, when staying at a B&B in the highlands I overheard some chaps at a neighbouring breakfast table discussing their plans for the day. I leant across and asked … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Curry

Ever saved a bit of your Indian take-away for the next day? It may not be the gut-busting blow out you had the night before, but boy is it full of flavour, always more intense on day two. Well, today … Continue reading

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Hiatus

Yesterday was the first day I didn’t add to this BLOG since May. The best laid plans…, as they say. We went out birding first thing (or as near to first thing as these old bones allow). It was just … Continue reading

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