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Welcome Autumn

Spring is always full of promise as plants shoot and flowers come into bud.

Then plants bloom and mature before dying away again. Summer has passed, the clocks go back and the days shorten.

I’m always sorry to see spring and summer pass, but then reminded that autumn is just as wonderful.

The views on the clear mornings are breath-taking and even walking with our dog in the twilight is exhilarating.

Yes, there’s dull, wet and gloomy days, but we wrap ourselves up in outdoor clothing to enjoy them.

Just look at the beads of dew on a blade of grass.

We need every season and I enjoy them all.

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Stop and see new life

I’ve got so much to do over the next few days that I don’t have much time, but before rushing to my office this morning I remembered the seeds I had planted.

I had to take a look.

Sure enough, the runner bean and tomato seedlings are sprouting.

What a wonderful feeling.

What makes it even more special for me is that I have family members and friends who are ageing or not in good health at the moment.

It is a sad knowing that there will be farewells soon. Sometimes it can feel that life is grim, but these tiny seedlings put it in perspective.

We are all young once, full of vitality, stretching up in search of light and energy. We live our lives and, hopefully, are able to enjoy our time as much as possible.

The seedlings stopped me and reminded me of this.

I’ll get my work done today, but I won’t feel so frantic.

• By Robert Zarywacz

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Birds ‘n’ fish ‘n’ flowers ‘n’ trees

There’s so much wildlife to see around Ilfracombe, North Devon.

At the moment the foxgloves are just coming into flower up Hillsborough . . .

Foxgloves in flower at Hillsborough, Ilfracombe, North Devon

While conkers are already forming on the horse chestnut trees near the swimming pool . . .

Horse chestnut trees in Ilfracombe, North Devon

While nearby a starling hopped around on the grass . . .

Starling in Ilfracombe, North Devon
Starling in Ilfracombe, North Devon

Over at Bicclescombe Park, a collection of goldfish and other fish have mysteriously appeared in the boating lake. From what I have been told they are not supposed to be there and may be someone’s unwanted fish from a pond . . .

Fish in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon
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Beautiful bluebells in Ilfracombe

The bluebells on the north and east sides of Hillsborough, Ilfracombe, North Devon are astounding at the moment.

Bluebells on Hillsborough, Ilfracombe, North Devon

To see them:

  • walk from the harbour round to Hillsborough
  • go via the car park by the swimming pool
  • climb the cliff steps from Hele Bay
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Going for growth

After our first batch of runner bean seeds failed to germinate (we did use last year’s seeds), I bought new seeds and they are just now starting to raise their heads above the compost.
Runner bean seedling
The way they lift their ‘heads’ suggests it is a great effort . . .
Runner bean seedling
The broad beans are also germinating as are marigolds.
The sunflower seedlings look a bit happier than they did several days ago . . .
Out in the garden itself, the comfrey is just about to burst into flower. The bees love these . . .
. . . and a small holly seedling, that really looked quite bare in the winter, is really putting on new growth . . .
It’s a marvellous watching everything emerge, stretch and grow in the garden.
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After our first batch of runner bean seeds failed to germinate (we did use last year’s seeds), I bought new seeds and they are just now starting to raise their heads above the compost.

The way they lift their ‘heads’ suggests it is a great effort . . .

The broad beans are also germinating as are marigolds.
The sunflower seedlings look a bit happier than they did several days ago . . .

Sunflower seedling

Out in the garden itself, the comfrey is just about to burst into flower. The bees love these . . .

Comfrey flowers

. . . and a small holly seedling, that really looked quite bare in the winter, is really putting on new growth . . .

Holly seedling

It’s a marvellous watching everything emerge, stretch and grow in the garden.

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