All posts by Nadine Pierce

Living & working from the Pentland Hills just South of Edinburgh, a marketing professional with a love of running and the great outdoors!

RIP Betty – so long and thanks for all the eggs!

Sandy found Betty ‘asleep’ in the coop this morning. She was a feisty one – I’ve seen her chase pheasants out of the garden, not to mention the cats and dogs too.

It was June 2015 that we brought Betty, Rose and Marge, all Cream Legbars, back from Culzean. Sadly we lost Marge in fox attack in 2016, along with Ivy and Etta but Betty and Rose. She seemed pretty happy yesterday so can only assume it’s natural causes – not sure how long they’re supposed to live but am guessing 5 years isn’t too bad.

Lockdown put a halt to plans to get some more hens but now poor Rose is all alone we’ll have to see what we can do – don’t want her getting all lonely.

Here’s a wee montage

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What’s been going on…

Well, we’re still in lockdown, although we have had a bbq in a neighbours garden which was lovely. The garden centres are now open but I haven’t been brave enough to face the hordes even though I’m still desperate for compost – have just had to give up on some things I’d hope to grow this year now.

white rose

We had a very un-Scottish hot sunny May, it all came as a bit of a shock when June blew in with rain and at least a 10-degree drop in temperature.  The garden was definitely needing the rain and its much easier going out running again now.

astrantia

Lots of things are starting to flower and grow in the garden, my daily walkabout are always a voyage of discovery, I seem to find something new every day.

chilli flower

The first baby chillies and baby tomatoes are just emerging in the greenhouse.

baby tomato

We’ve had the inherited leylandii trees that were blocking out our neighbours afternoon sun, lopped right down – maybe still to come out fully but that’s a much bigger job. The decking has had it’s first coat of paint since we moved here over 7 years ago – oops!

the back garden

The bog cotton is looking fabulous out on the hills just now – I can go past without lying down in it and taking a photo.

bog cotton, cotton grass

 

Sometimes the snow comes down in May…

As I write this it’s snowing outside – I kid you not. We’ve had a pretty dry and sunny Spring with the occasional warm day thrown in and I’m desperate to get some of my seedlings out – with overnight temperatures of -3 forecast, I’ll need to hang fire a bit. Hurrah for the new greenhouse though. Continue reading Sometimes the snow comes down in May…

Spring is in full flow

It’s hard to believe that we’re already into week 4 of lockdown. Spring is everywhere, the butterflies and bees are busy dotting about, the cries of lambs echo all around the fields, pungent wild garlic permeates the air and that eye-popping acid green of new growth is bursting out all over.

wild garlic Primula tulip

The lockdown has meant that I now have a lot more personal time than I’ve ever had before, it’s quite nice not going at a 100mph all the time. The days are noticeably much longer and I’m finding time to get out running every day as well as other pursuits like reading and crafting and I’ve also started making sourdough bread – things I’ve wanted to try for years but never seemed to get around to.

Of course, the garden is getting much more attention than usual. I’ve been digging out the veggie beds and enriching the soil ready to get planting. We’re still getting regular frosts but it won’t be long now. We’ve also got ourselves a new mini greenhouse so we can move seedlings out of the conservatory where they have a tendency to burn and completely dry out during these sunny days.

Gosh, I love this time of year and I’ve really enjoyed having the time to properly notice everything as well.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to all the amazing key workers that are putting themselves at risk every day while we stay home and safe.