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The Earth is Growing Quiet

In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures. The bed is white and silent, and much life can hide beneath its blankets. Cynthia Rylant The weather has definitely got colder and we’ve been getting frosts. So it’s time to wear my winter vest while gardening now. I’m not in the garden as much, but volunteers are still keeping it tidy and doing the dead heading. We are leaving all the dead leaves that have fallen into the garden as these will give homes to wildlife as well as feed and protect some of our plants. I can’t see many insects around, so I think they must be settling into Bugingham Palace for the winter. Did you know some i

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below We are the dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields." - Colonel John McRae, In Flanders Fields Volunteers had a quick tidy up on Wednesday, doing a bit of weeding and deadheading. But they’ve spent most of their time making poppy related things to decorate the garden with, ready for our afternoon tea on the 10th. In fact all sorts of people and groups have been making contributions. As a result our garden has ‘grown’ poppies and painte

November's sky is chill and drear

"November's sky is chill and drear, November's leaf is red and sear." - Sir Walter Scott Well it’s November, or Blotmonath – the blood month, as the Anglo Saxons called it. I think that’s because animals used to be slaughtered about now to avoid having to feed them during the winter. Winter seems to have started with some frosty mornings, falling leaves and some darker days. But it’s also the month of festivals of light, such as Bonfire Night, Diwali and Samhain. All three of these festivals involve sweet foods too. Parkin, toffee apples, soul cakes and Diwali sweets. I love this comfort food. We’ve just had Halloween too. This used up the last of our pumpkins. And during the week Dinosa

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