It’s a shame that summer is over; it feels as though, rather than gradually slipping into autumn, we have plunged in! I put away most of my summer clothes during the week, retaining a pair of shorts and some short sleeved t-shirts in case we have, what is termed as, an Indian summer later in the month.

Winds in the week blew down the Nicotiana plants which had attracted the Convolvulus Hawk Moths into our garden earlier this month. They had pretty well finished flowering, so I took them out and consigned them to the compost heap. Our runner beans have finished; Peter cut them down and composted them yesterday. In our experience, this is very early for runner beans to stop producing. We used to leave them in until we returned from Greece at the end of the first week in October when there was usually a small picking to enjoy. The tomatoes in the greenhouse are still yielding but some of the plants on the vegetable plot and those in the hanging baskets have finished. It’s all a bit sad but I am not complaining as we have had a good summer here in Norfolk.

Tuesday 20th September 2017 - Light, Soaked and Community Resilience Plan

A group of members from our WI group enjoyed a walk on Tuesday morning around West Runton. This is a village we tend to drive through or, in the past, take the lane down towards the beach. Our walks leader, who also leads walks for Fit Together, took us down towards the sea and then back across the coast road, looping round the inland part of the village. We passed various houses and cottages with different architectures, looked into ponds, skirted the railway station and cut through the golf course. We always finish our walks at a café or similar; on Tuesday we went to the Corner House Tea Rooms in the village which was spotlessly clean and served a great pot of tea and a very fruity toasted teacake.

The next few days will be busy ones for us in the garden as we prepare for some work to start next week. I have already started preparing by trimming some shrubs and fruit trees, plus I have pulled out some of the summer bedding plants at the front replacing these with winter pansies. The forecast looks good over the weekend which means we should be able to complete the rest of the work by Monday.

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