There are distinct signs & smells of Autumn in the gardens, but due to the high temperatures during the day, the lawns are still growing, so the mowing is set to continue for another few weeks.
We are getting the gardens ready for the annual Surrey Hills WoodFair Event on 4/5th October, so there is plenty of work to keep us going. Large crops of raspberries and plums are still being picked and tomatoes continue to ripen, although the season is coming to an end. Pumpkins and squash are ripening nicely in the late summer sun and will soon be ready for harvest. The garden orchard has barely filled one box with apples this year, compared to the bumper crop that we had in 2013. However, the cider orchard is into its second major cropping year and will soon be picked and stored, ready for pressing in a few weeks time. Windfalls are being collected and any good enough are being stored, while the rest go to supplement the pigs diet.
The yew hedges have been cut and taken away for processing, we collected about 60 bags this year.
Pumpkins & Squash will soon be ready for harvesting...
Throwback to 'Burns Night' at Birtley House
Another day for intergenerational learning to take place
A group coffee morning for all to enjoy
Well rested and returning home...
A family affair at our annual Carol concert
Helping those in need to put food on the table at Christmas time
A rare opportunity has arisen to explore three different apartments within our house, leaving you spoiled for choice
An afternoon spent getting to know each other