Spring, all change and good news

[vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”SS_G6_20180319 ” data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G6_20180319″ content_type=”image” columns=”6″ height=”200px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rather wet at the end of January but spring seems to be arriving, the first of our narcissi bravely poked its head up, snowdrops also. We hope to see more soon having planted a total of 4,000, mostly narcissi. We have been enjoying a band of siskins that have invaded the bird feeders on the terrace. They gather for most of the day in the ash tree opposite, very chatty and boisterous, then launch themselves at the feeders, we can often count 30  and the band is about 50 strong. Sometimes they all take flight in a smoke of citrus green, it is quite a spectacle. They are very unafraid and we can often get to within a metre of them,charming!

To our delight the twenty foxtail lilies that we planted in the orchard area have all emerged bar two, they look a little like anemones poking up and we can’t wait to see if they will produce their lovely orange waving flower spikes. The warmer days are encouraging the lizards to wake up, we have one that sneaks out of the wall of the terrace and basks on the foot of the old vine; as he warms his body, which starts of quite cylindrical, gradually flattens out and he looks positively fat.

As the weather started to dry up we have had tremendous news, the approval of the plans for our new entrance has been given by the local planning authority. The work should start in a week or so weather permitting. The current entrance is between the house and the barn,this is very convenient but extremely dangerous when driving out as the visibility is very bad. One of the conditions of purchase was that we had permission to move the entrance to the other end of the west field beside the cemetery. We wanted to do it now before any other work starts as we will need somewhere for the artisans to park and leave vehicles. So now we just need the weather to stay dry so it can start. We’ll report soon on progress.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][postgallery_grid id=”SS_G3_20180319_01″ data_source=”data-4″ null=”” slidesetid=”SS_G3_20180219_01″ content_type=”image” height=”200px” align=”aligncenter” lightbox=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”custom” accent_color=”#deead0″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Perhaps you would like to know…
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