Small improvements. After discussing for years where it should go, we finally got a clothesline up. Just in time for the weather to turn, and we´ll probably have to dry clothes inside anyway.
We had the posts made at a metalworks down the road. The trick was keeping it relatively close to the house, but out of potential traffic patterns, and far enough from the trees to avoid bird droppings. Now lots of space for sheets and pairs of jeans.
The roses are giving their final performance. Here, Apricot Nectar celebrates the cooler temperatures with an explosion of apricot. She seems to be hitting her stride in her third year.
The electrical crews came and laid waste to the areas under the high tension wires. These guys don´t mess around! It seems to me they might as well put down some grass and give a concession to a shepherd as pay a team of guys with heavy equipment every few years. By next spring, this will all be bracken again.
Tasks in the garden are bringing in the (very few) pumpkins, taking out the remains of the veg, reconditioning the beds and planting fall bulbs. The daffodils are the only bulbs that come back here, and I thought it was lack of chilling hours. But since the voles ate half the carrot harvest and did some damage to the potatoes, now I think they ate all the tulips and crocus that were planted.
Fencing barriers and layers of grit aren´t practical in my cut-flower context. My dear friend W, brought me a bottle of castor oil from my favorite chemist shop in Madrid on a recent visit, and I´m going to try a mix of oil, dishwashing liquid and water as a vole repellent. I read that cats are the only reliable method of control, but Breo has vetoed that option.
In local news, a friend had an unplanned litter of puppies, so I figured flowers were appropriate for becoming a new ¨grandma¨. More on this anon.
The sad, wet remnants of hurricane Michael are passing over this week. Hopefully, the fire ban will be lifted and we can get the burn pile taken care of. After that, I´m hoping to call the tractor guy to expand the planting area again and then I´ll have until next spring to trench, shape the beds and fence.